With a few long weekends coming up, a quick getaway is the perfect way to chill out and beat the city crowds. And while you’re at it, instead of just revealing the charm and beauty of the place, explore these venues and you may just discover a new trail! So here are a few perfect weekend getaways from Delhi that you can explore to rejuvenate yourself and take that much required break from work.
Trip Type: Rafting/ Trekking/ Camping
Getting There: One can take a bus or a train from Delhi to Dehradun, then a bus or a cab from Dehradun to Mori
Attractions: River Rafting on Tons River
Mori is situated on the banks of Tons River in Uttrakhand around 500 km from Delhi. Being situated at the border of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarkhand it is culturally diverse.
In ancient times, Mori is said to have been under the reign of Pandavs and Kauravas from the epic Mahabhartha, the residents of Mori are followers of Kauravas and follow the practice of polygamy. There are temples dedicated to Karna and Duryodhan in the nearby villages of Sarnaul and Saur respectively.
Mori is slowly emerging as a destination for adventure tourism. It is well known for adventure water sports. Rafting on the Tons River and trekking on the undulated hilly terrains are the chief activities one can experience here. Mori is an apt place for holiday camping, to rejuvenate and relax the body and mind.
2. Nag Tibba Trek
Location: Near Mussoorie in Uttrakhand
Trip Type: Trekking/Camping
Getting There: Train or a Volvo to Dehradun, then a cab or a bus to Mussoorie or a direct bus to Mussoorie (may not be as comfortable). From Mussoorie, take a shared cab to Devalsari.
Attractions: Breathtaking views of Gangotri & Kedarnath peaks and Doon Valley.
Trek through the dense mountainous forests.
One of the easiest treks in the Himalayas which will take you above 3,000 meters is the Nag Tibba trek (Nag means Serpent, Tibba is peak in local dialects) which takes you through dense mountainous forests rich in flora and fauna. The trek to Nag Tibba starts from Devalsari which is around 13 km and one can trek a further 3 km to Nag Tibba top which offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. To reach Devalsari jeeps are available from Mussoorie, making it a weekend trek. One can camp overnight at Nag Tibba under the starry skies. A day trek is another option, but is very arduous.
Isolated and dense forests of Oak and Deodar welcome you to the Nag Tibba trek.
3. Tirthan Valley
Location: Near Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Trip type: Mountain Biking/ Hiking/ Trekking
Getting There: Overnight Volvo to Manali, then you can take a cab to Tirthan valley and if feeling adventurous, hit the road on a bike.
Attractions: Cycling/ trekking along the river.
Natural beauty and tranquility.
The name of the valley is derived from the Tirthan river beside which the valley is situated. This is a place where one can completely forget the rest of the world and dive into the nature. Take your pick from cycling or trekking along the stretch of the river, hearing it’s gurgling and splashing alongside.
One can experience the cool mountain breeze against the face, the fresh fragrance of the forests and eye soothing greens of the trees & the blues of the skies.
With even peak summer temperatures not exceeding 24 degrees, this is one trip that will leave one rejuvenated with its tranquility, away from maddening rush of the cities.
Trip Type: Trekking/ Bird watching
Getting There: Bus to Kotdwar from Delhi, from Kotdwar a bus or a cab to Lansdowne
Attractions: Untouched natural beauty
Picturesque trekking trails
Lansdowne is a cantonment town in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttrakhand. It’s about 260 km from Delhi, making it a perfect weekend getaway.
The town is the regimental center for Garhwal Rifles and has few so-called ‘tourist spots’ and hence is calm and tranquil with very less tourists coming here. It’s a place where you can experience the undamaged serenity of nature and keep exploring as far as you can go.
Lansdowne has quite a few trekking routes and are quite easy and effortless, well suited for the beginners. Since it is suited close to the Corbett National Park, it is a good destination for bird watching with over 600 species of birds migrating here every year. So don’t forget to pack your camera and binoculars when you visit.
5. Khanpari – Lama Dug Trek
Location: Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Trip Type: Trekking/ Camping
Getting There: Overnight Volvo to Manali, then trek to Lamadug
Attractions: Spectacular views of Dhaulagiri Range.
High altitude meadows.
This is an easy trek to Lamadug meadows above Manali and is the perfect trek for beginners and first timers. Lamadug meadow is around 6 km walk from Manali and Khanpari is another 4 kms from Lamadug. During the trek, one can witness the snow covered Himalayan peaks -Dhauladar and Pir Panjal Mountain range and also the Kullu valley in their full splendor and pass through the mixed forest of Cedar, Walnut, Chestnut and Maple.
The lush green meadow area speckled with beautiful flowers at Lamadug could be a match for the meadows of the Switzerland and is a paradise for photographers. One can camp here for the night and then attempt to scale the 4,000 meters high Khanpari Tibba peak. At around 3700 meters is the Rani Sui Lake and one can have one full day excursion there.
Location: Himachal Pradesh
Trip type: Trekking/Adventure Sports/ Camping
Getting There: Take a train or a cab to Kalka, then a cab to Kasauli.
Attraction: Picturesque location, trekking trails and adventure sports
Kasauli is a small cantonment town in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, India. Legend has it that Kasauli came into being when Lord Hanuman, on his way to getting the Sanjeevani herb, stepped here for jumping on to the Sanjeevani hill.
Kasauli has many trekking routes one can take that have some the most exotic hideouts and offer panoramic views of the surroundings. Some of the popular trekking routes in the area are Kalka-Kasauli, Jabli- Kasauli and Garkhal-Kasauli.
At around 12 km from Kasauli is Dagshai which is famous for it’s adventure activities including paragliding and rock climbing.
Location: Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh
Trip type: Trekking/Camping
Getting there: Overnight bus from Delhi to Dharamshala, then local buses or cabs to McLeodganj.
Attractions: A short trek, perfect for weekend. Overnight camping
Located 18 km from Dharamshala, Triund is a short and easy grade trek with well defined trails and provides breathtaking view of snow covered peaks of Dhauladhar on one side and of Kangra Valley on the other.
The trek starts from McLeodganj which is around 5 km from Dharamshala. The ascent is about 1100 meters and goes through scenic Rhododendron and Oak forest. One can hang around at Triund and then trek back the same day or pitch up a tent and camp for the night.
If coming back on the same day don’t forget to explore Dharamshala and McLeodganj, latter of which gives you chance to experience the Tibetan culture.
Location: Near Dehradun, Uttarakhand
Trip type: Trekking
Getting there: Take a train or a bus to Dehradun, then a cab to Chakrata.
Attractions: Tiger Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in India.
Located in the Garhwal region of Uttarkhand between the banks of river Yamuna and Tons, Chakrata is a quiet and picturesque hill station. It is an ideal place for nature lovers and adventure seekers and has a rich and varied flora and fauna.
From Chakrata, one can take an easy trek of about 5 km to the Tiger Falls which at 95 meters is one of the highest waterfalls in India. Trekkers can even have a bath under the falls which collects into a small pond below it. The area is not common with tourists and provides calm and peaceful getaway.
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