Every individual look forward to the weekend and starts to make plans well in advance so that, one can enjoy the two days without worries. While some of us prefer to stay indoors, a few of them like to venture outdoors and head to a path which is not taken.
Those who head outdoors are those people who are looking forward to experience various cultures, wildlife, food and also peace seekers.
There are plenty of places in close proximity to the capital city that include hill stations, wildlife sanctuaries, high altitude places, places for the adventure enthusiasts and much more.
For example, Agra is one place which is visited by many and the main reason behind this the Taj Mahal. Agra has many more monuments in its kitty and the Agra fort is one of them.
There are plenty of such places which is a combination of history, wildlife, nature and the much needed peace of mind. We bring you a few places around Delhi which can be visited over the weekend. Take a look.
1. Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh
A half an hour's drive from Shimla would take you to Shoghi. The place would soak you in the mountainous views as you stroll through the deodar forests;It is also home to the black drongo, blue magpie and the Kalij pheasant. Indulge in the local delicacies of ‘saag' along with roti and ghee; a must try is the ‘sarson ka saag'(a popular dish made with mustard greens).
Take ride in the toy train bound to Shimla on your return journey. The trains passes through 102 tunnels and offers some scenic views of the clear streams and snow covered peaks in winter.
2. Alwar, Rajasthan
The forts, palaces and the cenotaphs offer you a mind blowing tour through Rajasthan's rich heritage. The prominent structures here are the Bala Quila which looms across the town and the ornate Vinay Vilas Mahal which is home to some rare Mughal paintings that dates back to the 18th century.
Pay a visit to the City Palace's Government Museum to have a deeper insight of the history of Alwar. The major draw at this museum is the sword which belonged to Emperor Akbar and an illustration of Mahabharata on a 200 ftlong scroll.
3. Rampur, Uttar Pradesh
More of an offbeat destination, Rampur has a lot of history to narrate to its visitors. The Nawab who ruled Rampur during the Sepoy mutiny of 1857, did not participate in the mutiny and this made it the only Muslim state in North India to survive the mutiny.
Rampur still has a very string infusion of the Nawabi culture and is littered with a number of domes which throws light upon its distant glory.
Visit the grand Hamid Manzil which lies in the heart of the crumbling Rampur Fort, which happened to be the winter palace of the Nawabs and now is home to the central Raza Library which is renowned to archive rare manuscripts collected by the royals.
4. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
A place with a great shopping potential which comprises of the Chanderi and Maheshwari saris, hand-woven carpets and also some rich heritage which comprises of the Gwalior fort, palaces, temples and tombs.
The city is well-known for its musical history which always continues to grab the attention of a curious traveller.
Make sure you pay a tribute to small and simple tomb of Tansen who was a well-known singer and composer in the court of Akbar. Beside the tomb is the intricate mausoleum of a Sufi saint Hazrat Mohammed Ghous, who also happened to be Tansen's spiritual mentor.
5. Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Filled with boarding schools, Dehradun is often seen as the boarding school capital of the country. The most visited places here is the salmon pink, Greco - Roman building which houses the Forest Research Institute and the Kempty Falls.
To know experience more the town closely follow the locals. This is also a chance to show your love towards Maggi along with the colonial treats at the bakeries here.
6. Landour, Uttarakhand
It is the home town of Ruskin Bond, who signs books for you at the Cambridge Book Shop in Mussoorie every Saturday. Apart from this, one can also spot him in the deodar woods which are filled with the red rhododendron flowers added on by the British style cottages that gives it a vintage look.
Head to one of the cafes and read your favourite book and also get your hands on the strawberry and gooseberry jams.
PC: Paul Hamilton
7. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Well-known for being the headquarters of His Holiness, Dalai Lama, the town offers peace and calm to a busy person.
Stroll through the pine forests, spin the prayers at the monasteries and feel the warmth of the Tibetan community and give a treat to your taste buds with the ‘thukpa'(noodle soup) and the mouth watering momos.
8. Agra, Uttar Pradesh
The Taj Mahal is one of the major reasons for a person to visit the city of Agra. Apart from the Taj Mahal, there is the majestic Agra Fort, the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri and the bear rescue inside the Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary.