You fight the Monday blues every week and make your way through the remaining weekdays to find solace in the cradle of weekends. A two-day affair, the weekends recharge your battery, for the battle that lies on the other side of the current week. But every once in a while, calendars are kind enough to gift you extended weekends which are nothing short of a blessing. Be it an extended one or the default one, weekends call for fun, relaxation, and even adventure.
Delhiites often crib about not having access to off-beat destinations for their weekend getaways. This article aims at addressing that very issue. We bring you 10 lesser known weekend getaways around Delhi. So the next time your bags are packed over the weekend, you have more than one place to go to!
Dundlod is located at a distance of 252 km from Delhi in what is popularly known as the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The famous Dundlod Fort is an amalgamation of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Along with this, one can also visit the Bhagirath Mal Goenka Haveli to view the artistic mirror work. And if your wallet permits, you can stay at the grand Dundlod Fort Heritage which is a 17th century Rajputana Fort that has been converted into a luxurious hotel.
Galta is little known pilgrimage spot located at a distance of about 260 km from Delhi. It lies just beyond the Sisodia Rani-ka Bagh on Agra Road. The main attraction here is the Galtaji temple which is seated next to a natural spring. The temple is made up of pink stones and is dedicate to the Sun God. It is a completely off-beat location suited for wanderers and trotters.
Pangot is a beautiful hilly settlement located at a distance of 13 km from Nainital. Pangot is largely famous for bird watching and is home to over 150 different species of birds. Bird watchers flock up at Snow View Point and Kilbury to get stunning photographs and views. Trekkers too prefer the destination as one can trek from Pangot to Naini Peak. Street-side food stalls serve lip-smacking samosas, pakodas, and tea.
Mansa is located at a distance of almost 300 km from Delhi in Punjab. It is primarily famous for the Mansa fair which is held in March-April every year. A calm and quiet city, Mansa is dotted with ancient temples and gurudwaras, amidst covers of green. The Ghagar river flows by the region.
Hansi is situated at a distance of just 150 km from Delhi. It lies in Haryana and is home to countless forts, mosques, tombs, and shrines. The city is also famous for its ‘pedas’ which are basically mouth-watering milk-based sweets. Legend has it that Maharaja Prithviraj Chauhan started a sword manufacturing company here which exported swords to the Middle East.
Pilibhit is located at a distance of 310 km from Delhi. It lies on the Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh and the name translates into ‘Wall of Yellow Mud’. Pilibhit is a densely forest region and is also home to a Tiger Reserve. In addition to this, the city also manufactures and exports a majority of Indian flutes.
Rohru is located at a distance of 100 km from Shimla and is an extremely quiet and peaceful town. It is famous for trout fishing, camping, trekking, and gliding. The town is also famous for its apple orchards which produce some of the most juicy and delicious apple varieties. Other attractions include the Shikhru Devta temple fair (held in April), heli-skiing on Chanshal ranges, canoeing, rafting, and the village of Dodra.
Bhandarej is situated at a distance of 62 km from Jaipur and is famous for its unique lattice work pottery of terracotta and carpets. The region attracts tourists from around the world and ongoing excavation work offers several archaeological sites for those interested. Other attractions include village homes, camel rides, Sariska forest, and carvings of wild animals and domes and sculptures at the Bhandarej Baodi.