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Weekend retreat for city dwellers

Looking to run away from the Delhi heat this summer? Try one of these quaint and quiet spots...

travel Updated: Jun 02, 2011 11:36 IST

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
refreshing weekend.

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 very easily.

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.

Damdama Lake
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.

Kanatal Camps
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 Himachal Pradesh.

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.

First Published: Jun 02, 2011 11:36 IST