A city with rich heritage and culture, a melting pot of India's vast diversity and a mix of different ethnicity, Delhi represents a world within a world. With an amazing blend of history, culture and food, it is the perfect place to get a glimpse of India's rich cultural heritage. Sprinkled with dazzling gems including stunning ancient monuments, remarkable museums and some of the yummiest places to eat, a visit to Delhi is filled with both fun and excitement. However, there are many places near the capital city as well which your can explore while in Delhi. Here is the five places you can visit on the weekend and enjoy your holidays during India tour.
Lansdowne- A cute little hill station
A small hill station in Uttarakhand Lansdowne might not be as perfect as Kasauli or Chail but as you wander around through its lush oak and pine forests, the place grows on you. Nothing beats its clean meandering roads and well-maintained lake complex. Only about 250 km from the hustle bustle of Delhi, it is the perfect weekend getaway to have a great time amidst nature. Unexplored and unspoiled, Lansdowne makes you discover little things in life. Taking a walk through its streets lets you come across the simple local life. Enjoy boating in the serene Lake Bulla complex which is designed in the theme of Rishikesh. A visit to this little hill station would surely revitalize your spirit.
Chandigarh- City of gardens
One of the best planned city in India, Chandigarh is a blend of good architecture, clean wide roads, well- laid gardens and shopping places. It is a rare combination of modernization and nature's preservation. Located near the foothills of Shivalik ranges in Himalayas, Chandigarh is also famous as 'City beautiful'. First planned city of India, it was designed by French architect Le Corbusier. On your trip to this lovely city, explore the pretty gardens including the Rock Garden, Pinjore Garden and Rose Garden. Visit the popular man-made lake Sukhna and enjoy a boat ride on the lake. You will be mighty impressed with this beautiful city.
Nainital- A Gem in Himalayas
At a distance of about 270 km from Delhi, Nainital is a popular tourist destination and is famous for its lakes and wonderful climate which remains same throughout the year. Situated on the foothills of Kumaon, Nainital is blessed with natural beauty and splendor. Surrounded by lofted mountains and dotted with numerous lakes, the place is rightly called the 'Lake district of India'. It was a popular summer retreat for Britishers during colonial times. With its winding streets and ancient buildings, the place has not yet lost its age-old charm. A boat ride on the famous lake Naini in the evening is a great way to enjoy the breathtaking views of Nainital.
Corbett National Park
Situated at the foothills of Himalayas and spread over an area of about 500 sq km, Corbett national park is the first wildlife reserve in India. Named after the hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett, it is home to a variety of flora and fauna which also include some of the most endangered species. Including the wild pigs, leopards, hedgehogs and wild deers you have a chance to spot tiger also, if you are lucky. River Kosi and Ramganga runs through the forest providing the life source of the reserve. Embark on an exciting jungle safari and have a great time living the perfect adventure of your life. Exploring the wilderness of the jungle has its own charm.
Neemrana Fort Complex
If you want to get a taste of royalty of Rajasthan then head to Neemrana. A fort complex and a heritage hotel, it is tastefully done with exquisite furniture and antiques. Situated on the high hills, the fort offers splendid views of the surrounding natural splendor. Only at a distance of about 130 km from Delhi, Neemrana is a great place to visit on weekend and enjoy various activities including camel cart ride, zipping and vintage car ride.