Cannot bear the nine to
seven job routines or the
constant buzzing of your
telephone anymore? Tired of
the crowded metropolis and
looking for a rejuvenating
break that will rid you off your
woes? Fret not if your boss
refused you that two week
holiday wou wanted this
summer. HT shopper gives you
a list of places around the
national capital that are
perfect weekend escapades for
the exhausted mind. So pick
up your car, pack your
essentials and head to one of
these places for a quiet and
Untouched with pristine
beauty, a short trip to these
places will help you unwind and
get rid of your fatigue and
obviously, the Delhi heat. Soak
up the freshness, away from
the concrete jungle and enjoy
a hassle-free weekend. Unlike
other holiday destinations,
one can plan an impromptu
weekend trip at short notice
to any to any of these places
Enjoy a weekend of calm
and peace with your loved
ones. Not to mention, cell
phone and net book free peace!
Solitude, breathtaking views
and no cell phone coverage!
Lansdowne is the perfect week
end getaway for the hard working,
fatigued city dweller.
295 kms from Delhi, this hill
station is well connected by road
and rail. Located in the Garhwal
Region, Lansdowne is devoid of
any hustle- bustle.
Trek to Tip-in-Top or Hawaghar,
spend time boating and paddling in
the Bhulla Tal and visit the museum
at the cantonment during your visit
to this quaint town. Sit in your
balcony and watch the sun rise
and set as the sky changes hues in
this serene place called Lansdowne.
Hilly topography nestled with
fruit orchards and a dense
coniferous forest, Mukteshwar is
ideal for people looking for a quiet
mountain holiday with breathtaking
views. Give yourself a refreshing
break with some fresh mountain air
away from the hassles of city life.
The dense virgin forests of
Mukteshwar are home to langurs,
rhesus monkeys, deers, a host of
birds etc. This hill station is a
photographer and wildlife enthusiast's
haven! Make sure you venture
out for short treks to enjoy nature at
its tranquil best. With very few commercial
spots, all you need to do here
is sit back and unwind with the family.
With the Aravalis as a backdrop,
the picturesque Damdama
Lake makes for a brilliant weekend
destination. Just 50 kms from
Delhi, you can even choose to enjoy
a day picnic by the lakeside. For
those who wish to plan an overnight
stay, what can be more exciting
than the thought of the Water Bank
Island Resort across The lake
resort offers a number of activities
including hot air balloon rides,
paintball games, boat rides, rock
climbing, obstacle race, treasure
hunt, trekking and lake side barbeques.
Enjoy the cool breeze and the
crisp air while you sit in the lap of
nature and sip your hot coffee.
Dense oak forests, chirping birds,
sound of a distant waterfall! The
dream to camp in such an environment
is no longer wishful thinking.
Camps Carnival in Kanatal,
situated on the Mussoorie-Chamba
highway, (7 hrs drive from Delhi) is
the perfect way to fulfil that desire.
The camp site provides picturesque
degree views of the snow clad hills.
These deluxe camps, provide a
wonderful camping out opportunity
along with the added attraction of
adventure activities including rock
climbing, rappelling, nature walks,
mountain biking etc. The camp area is
surrounded by lush green forests with
occasional friendly four legged visitors!
Aperennial den of tourists
McLeodganj is a colourful little
town, close to Dharamshala in
As you walk through the town,
the presence of monks and monasteries
gives you a sneak peek into
the rich Tibetan culture. Among
other attractions is Tsuglag Khang,
the temple complex of the exiled
14th Dalai Lama.
When in Mcleodganj, do not
forget to try the scrumptious local
flavours. While you stop to wonder at
a Tibetan trinket or a shawl, you'll
realise that your stomach is responding
to the lovely smell of wantons
wafting from a nearby food joint.