Who doesn’t love the idea of a quick getaway to spend quality time with family and friends! The festival of Rakshabandhan which coincides this year with the Independence Day is a perfect excuse to head out of the city and that too by road to make the most of the rains.
TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, has put together destination options, not too far from Delhi that are apt for travellers looking for a long weekend break to enjoy a drive in the rain, explore the local culture, curl up with some hot chocolate and a book or just laze around doing nothing!
If you take one look at the glorious stucco buildings that line Jaipur’s wide streets, you’ll understand why this is nicknamed “The Pink City.” Renowned for its stunning forts, spend your time exploring City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber fort etc and if you’re looking for a souvenir, head to one of the bazaars where you will have a difficult time choosing among tons of beautifully crafted handicrafts. Also, be sure to savor famous Rajasthani delicacies including daal baati, lal maas, ghewar etc.
Must see attractions: Jantar_Mantar Hawa_Mahal Amber_Fort
A four hour drive from Delhi, this is a short and sweet getaway. A visit to the monument of love, the Taj Mahal is an absolute must. Built by the grieving Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his late wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal’s unrivaled beauty explains why it’s regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world. Other must-experience attractions in Agra are two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the sandstone Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. For the ones with a sweet tooth, not indulging in the famous sweet – ‘petha’, would be a sin!
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Known as ‘The Queen of the Hills’, Mussoorie is located in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan range. Feast on the majestic views of the Shivalik ranges while trekking on the mountains or dig into ‘hot maggi noodles’ at one of the many cafes, there is something for all kinds of travellers.
Situated in Nainital district of Uttarakhand, Corbett has long been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers. The oldest national park in India, Corbett, has over 400 different species of flora and over 550 different species of fauna. The park is best known as a protected area for the critically endangered Bengal tiger of India. Tourism is allowed in selected areas of Corbett Tiger Reserve so that people get an opportunity to see its splendid landscape and the diverse wildlife living here. The ‘Safari’ is an absolute must do!
Accommodation option: The Solluna Resort
Must see attractions: Garjiya_Devi_Temple Kosi River
Pushkar has a magnetism of its own, from the religious sights to the quirky cafes; there is an abundance of places to visit in Pushkar with surprises in every corner. The mountain range Nag Pahar, which means Snake Mountain, separates Pushkar from Ajmer. This mystical town retains its authentic flavor and charm despite the commercialization luring its tourists with the fusion of offerings.