Weekend Getaway – Delhi
A city that holds much historical significance, Alwar is one of the most important places in the history of the glorious Rajput dynasty. Its forts, museums, and unexplored palaces will transport the traveler to a different time and era. The Bala Quila, Vinay Vilas Mahal, and Rudha Hanuman Mandir are some must-visits for those waiting to take a peek into its magnificent past. The Siliserh Lake in Alwar is also a tourist-favorite spot for its picturesque backdrop and placid aura.
Distance from Delhi: 166km
Weather: Windy, humid
Best time to visit: Oct-Dec; Feb-Mar
For those looking for a spiritual retreat, Rishikesh, the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ awaits you with its mystical air and old-world charm. Be a part of the holy Ganga Aarti and soak up the old town’s flow, seated by the banks of the Ganga. Apart from numerous ashrams, yoga retreats and temples, Rishikesh, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, has also picked up a name in recent years for being the backpacker’s favorite destination. Explore river rafting and trekking here for that rush of adrenaline.
Distance from Delhi: 242km
Best time to visit: Late Sep-mid Nov; Mar-April
The town gets its name from the much renowned artificial lake, Surajkund, which traces its origin back to the time of the reign of the Tomar Dynasty. This ancient water reservoir, shaped like the sun, resembles an amphitheater and will definitely leave its visitors in awe of its intricate, symmetrical architecture. Watch out for the acclaimed Surajkund fair that happens during the first fortnight of every February. For the shopaholic, this meal has everything handmade and colorful in-store, from unique artifacts to clothing and furniture.
Distance from Delhi: 49km
Weather: Mostly sunny
Best time to visit: July-Feb
For those obsessed with the old-world Havelis, Mandawa, a tiny settlement in Rajasthan, calls out to you with its alluring charm. Being a small town, most of its must-go places can be explored on foot, and the journey will open to you ancient mythologies and traditional practices of the locals. Some of the must-visits here are the Mandawa Fort, Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, and the Murmuria haveli.
Distance from Delhi: 258km
Best time to visit: Nov-Feb