The long weekend of the perfect calendar to satisfy all your travel cravings is around the corner. And I am sure you can’t wait to tick off your list of top places to visit in North India. Don’t worry, we have got you covered.
Read on as we give you a hand-picked list of the best places to visit for weekend trips from Delhi:
Forget the sounds of Delhi – the irritating boss, the chalk flinging professor, the daily chores, the madness of honking and the incessant jam. Let it be filled by the sound of a gurgling river, the blowing wind and the pleasant cacophony of birds. Situated in Parvati Valley with the river Parvati flowing right beside the entire village, Kasol is a backpacking haven. You might think you are the only tourists until you start spotting Australian, Israeli, French nationals popping out from everywhere. Just lean back and sink in nature’s lap or sweat it out on one of the many treks and hikes.
The Chandrashila trek is one of the most famous ones for adventure junkies. Get lost in the beauty of Chopta, a gorgeous hill stations in Uttarakhand with stunning views of Himalayas and evergreen forests of pine and oak. It is a base for various trekking destinations of Tungnath and Chandrashila and attracts domestic as well as international travellers.
3. Tirthan Valley
There will be no dearth of pictures for your Instagram Feed with this one. The magical valley is located beside the Tirthan River in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Unspoiled by tourist flocks, it is a perfect escape to indulge in myriad activities like fishing, hiking, trekking, and camping.
This is considered to be the most bang for the buck for a short trip from Delhi. Mcleodganj in Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh is the residence of his holiness Dalai Lama and houses a large part of Tibetan community. A trek in the Dauladhar ranges will revitalize your senses while the beautiful monasteries provide the much-needed solace. The place boasts of some great cafes to hang out with your friends and spend some cherished time.
Soar like a bird in the endless vast Himalayan blue skies of Bir Billing In Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh. The place offers a stunning Para-gliding experience with some of the best pilots. The bewitching views of the valley, the jump off the cliff and the landing are sure to get your adrenaline kicking. Indulge in some pahadi Maggi and look up at the stars as you spend a night in some beautiful camping sites the place has to offer.
Barot has all the quirkiness and charm of a quaint little hill town. Located in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, Barot Valley was initially developed for a hydel project over the Uhl river. The beautiful valley with oak and deodar tree-lined forests is a trekkers’ paradise with numerous trails. Or if trekking is not on mind, indulge in some camping or fishing or just plain good old relaxation. Exchange some stories over home-cooked meals and glasses of whisky as the angeethi keeps you warm.
Encased by coniferous and oak forests and Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat peaks, Auli is a great destination in Uttaranchal for winter sports. The first South Asian winter games were held in Auli. Also, it boasts of the world’s highest man-made lake. A long cable car links Auli to the town of Joshimath while Badrinath Dham, one of the Char Dham is about 35 km away.
8. Parashar Lake
A hidden paradise with lots of secrets, Parashar lake is situated about 50 km from Mandi, Himachal Pradesh with a temple dedicated to the Sage Prashar. Legend has it that the small island in the middle of the lake is a magical spot created by the Prashar Sage to meditate on. And, even with all the high-tech diving equipment’s, scientists have been unable to ascertain the lake’s depth.
9. Manali Solang
An old favorite, the picture-perfect landscapes and crisp air of Manali have you swooning over this paradise soon enough. Set on the banks of Beas river in Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh, it is a popular honeymoon and backpacking destination. The beautiful Solang valley is a must visit for any adventure lover with Zorbing, paragliding, snowboarding, skiing, parachuting, horse riding and more.
Head out to the royal city of Jodhpur for a dose of history, architecture, and photography. Easily accessible by air or an overnight train, the quaint blue city boasts of one of the best forts in India, Mehrangarh Fort. Jaswant Thada and Umaid Bhavan Palace are some of the most magnificent palaces to see. Take a bite of the delicious onion kachoris and shop the colors of Rajasthan here.
The land of sandcastles in Rajasthan is any photographer’s dream. Capture the setting desert sun or the starry sky in the night. Enjoy the old age camel safari on the golden sand dunes or the thrill of dune bashing on the quad bike. Camping in the desert is a surreal experience that everyone should experience once in a lifetime. Visit the Jaisalmer Golden Fort, Patwon ki haveli and just imagine past royal times as you walk on the cobbled streets of the Fort city.
12. Corbett National Park
Hop on an adventurous jungle safari to witness the majesty of an elusive Bengal Tiger and some of the most diverse flora and fauna in a beautiful national park in Uttarakhand. Between lazy afternoons spent sipping beer and relaxing by your hotel pool, scrumptious food, bonfire evenings, DJ and Jamming sessions; you will surely be charmed by Corbett.