3 Best Weekend Getaways from Delhi
A spoon of Mughal architecture mixed with sandstone carcasses, added to a concoction of cultures (and a tinge of AAP, if need be) will give you every shopper’s Paradise- Delhi. Encasing monumental heritage sites and India’s best street food, Delhi is also the central point to several holiday spots that you don’t want to miss!
1. 1. MANALI
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Get your wheels rolling from Delhi and voila, in less than 10 hours, you’ll find yourself in ‘the abode of Manu’, a.k.a Kulu Manali. At 6,260 ft. above the sea level, feel the murky clouds hovering over your head and your feet going raw in knee-deep snow, but worry not folks, Manali is your salvation from summer! Winter is always here. (But don’t go looking for Dire wolves)
There’s so much you can do in Manali:
- Zorbing and Paragliding- Lock yourself inside an enormous plastic ball and watch your world go berserk! If that’s not vertigo enough, paraglide and quench your adrenaline thirsts in the Solang Valley!
- Ski in the Rohtang Pass that connects Manali to Leh and trek along the Hampta pass.
- Do you want to touch the stone with healing powers? Yes, you read it right! The Hidamba temple in Manali bubbling with its legends is one of the most sought after tourist spots in Manali!
- For Fitness freaks, Shri Hari Yoga Ashram is always be open
- Manikaran’s Sulphur bath- These are not acid baths so don’t worry, you won’t come out looking like Frankenstein! Go on, soak yourself in the hot springs and pamper your body a little bit!
And also get one of those divine yet trippy tattoos maybe?
Best time to visit: September to June
2. 2. MUSSOORIE
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Did you ever read ‘Eyes Have It’ and wonder about the wild dahilias, the delicious Sun and the Bonfire nights in Mussoorie? Good news, they are as real as anything in this world! ‘The Queen of the Hills’ couldn’t have been a more appropriate name for this hill station. Seated atop a beautiful valley in Uttarakhand, Mussorie offers sensational views of the Shivalik Ranges and the Gun Hills. A 270 km long ride from Delhi will take you to this hilly retreat were activities are aplenty.
Here are some of the things that you can do in Mussoorie:
- Go have some cable car fun- Rope your way to the Gun Hills at only INR 75 and enjoy the mystical view from above!
- Ice skating- Do you have two left feet? Then Mussoorie is the right place for you to reset your balance. Ice skate in one of Mussoorie’s many skating rinks, and your bucket list will seem lighter! (If you have Final Destination Paranoia and still do it, 100 brownie points to you!)
- The Tibetan Market will welcome you with its popular woolen garments, so spend a few bucks and get your hands on woollen sweaters and jackets of the finest quality.
- Dhanaulti Adventure Park is the one stop place for all your adventure activities like Zip-lining, Mountain Biking and Horse Riding.
And if you are an avid reader, the Cambridge Depot will keep you booked!
Best time to visit: March to June and September to November
3. 3. MANDI
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Just pictures will convince you to take a trip to this beautiful town 520km North of Delhi. Amidst temples and colonial architecture, lie Mandi’s famous street bazaars that sell Silver jewellery and stone carvings . Walk into one of these bazaars and haggle your way to your new antique collection! Don’t forget to take a dip in the icy cold waters of the Beas river and feel your breath go away!
There’s so much that you can do in Mandi, like
- Hike to Prashar lake- A 10-km hike will take you to one of the lesser known yet most serene spots in Himachal Pradesh, the Prashar lake. Don’t be baffled by how blue the water is here! ( WARNING: The lake might coerce you into forgetting who you are and convince you to leave everything and settle on it’s banks, so be very careful)
- Chiddi- Through Shivite Shrines and Buddhist Monasteries, saunter through the gardens of apple trees and get a taste of these succulent fruits that’ll stay fresh in your memories!
- Do you miss packing sandwiches and napkins and going on a picnic? Barot is your salve. Sit by the Pathankot Highway, munch on your nutri bars while laying the bait for some trout fish.
- Janjheli- Trek your way through Bajahi forests (leech- infested, so stay on your vigil) and watch the screen unveiling to a spine-chilling view. Stay the night and go on the night safari!
- Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary- Barot is home to many animal and birds that you won’t be able to see at lower altitudes. This is a one time opportunity, so don’t miss it!
Best time to visit: May to October
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