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Long and Offbeat Weekend Getaways From Delhi

By: Akshatha

People like a break from monotonous life and love to travel during long weekends. 

Delhi being a tourist place has many options for travellers. However, there are many offbeat destinations away from Delhi.

This list of long and offbeat weekend getaways from Delhi, will give you a good experience. These places around Delhi are little far, yet very interesting to visit.

Kausani

Kausani

One should visit Kausani for its breathtaking views of Himalayan ranges. It is a hill station in Bageshwar which has enticing landscapes.

Mahatma Gandhi spent some days in Anashakti Ashram and named the hill station as the 'Switzerland of India'.

Kausani provides a panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like Panchchuli, Nanda Devi, Trisul. It is a bliss to be surrounded by pine trees, valleys on one side and Himalayan ranges on the other.

Anashakti Ashram, Lakshmi Ashram, Chaukori , Gangolihat, Bageshwar are some of the places to visit around Kausani.

A visit to this secret destination in Uttarakhand is a must!
Distance: 408 km

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Dausa

Dausa

Dausa or Deva Nagari is a city known for its serene nature in Rajasthan. It is also a place which produced some great freedom fighters.

Dausa is situated at a distance of 60 km fro Jaipur, is surrounded by the places like Alwar, Sawai Madhopur, Bharatpur, etc.

There are various tourist places like Abhaneri, Khawaraoji, Bhandarej, Mehandipur Balaji Temple and so on. The city has a lot to offer in terms of tourism, art and culture.

It has also served as a shooting location for Sharukh Khan's movie 'Paheli'.

Dausa is one of the lesser known weekend getaways from Delhi.
Distance : 254 km
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Mandi

Mandi

Mandi is popularly known as 'Kashi of Himachal' or 'Varanasi of Hills' because it has 81 temples (more than Kashi - 80).

It has many ancient Shiva temples and they are one of the main attractions. Mandi is situated on the banks of the river Beas and is covered by mountain ranges of Himachal Pradesh.

The temples like Panchvaktra Temple and Ardhanareshwar Temple are some of the protected monuments in Mandi.

The picturesque locations and temples in Mandi together make it a must visit destination.
Distance: 446 km

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Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, the 'Golden City of India' has many World Heritage Sites. It is the largest district in Rajasthan and is filled with tourist attractions.

Jaisalmer Fort is a prominent part of Jaisalmer tourism; a living fort because the quarter of city's population stays inside.

The fort itself has a number of tourist places like Jain Temples, Raj Mahal ( Royal Palace) and the Laxminath Temple.

Other places in the city are the museums, Gadsisar Lake, Ganga Sagar, etc. Even the haunted village of Kuldhara is in Jaisalmer.

It has everything a tourists can hope for and that makes the city, one of the best long weekend getaways from Delhi.
Distance: 776 km

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Lansdowne

Lansdowne

Lansdowne is a town founded by the Viceroy of India, Lord Lansdowne. It is situated in Pauri Garhwal of Uttarakhand.

British used this town for military purposes and it was a training center of Garhwal Rifles (a military regiment).

Even to this day, Garhwal Rifles of Indian Army has an office in Lansdowne. Being one of the main places during the freedom struggle of India, it is a historical place.

The War Memorial, Tip n Top view point, Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, St. Mary's Church are some of the main tourist places here.

Lansdowne is both a town and a quiet hill station in Uttarakhand. A tour to this peaceful place is going to be fun.
Distance: 251 km

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Bhowali

Bhowali

Bhowali is situated in such a location that it is a gateway to many places in Uttarakhand. Bhowali is a town and a hill station enveloped by the places of Kumoan division.

Famous lakes like Bhimtal, Sukha Tal and Nal Damayanti Tal are nearby. Even Nainital is just 11 km from Bhowali.

The hill station is one of the ideal locations for a long weekend trips from Delhi.
Distance: 302 km

Photo Courtesy: Ross Huggett

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