Weekend Getaways from Gurgaon
There is a famous quote by St. Augustine “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”
Although Gurgaon is not itself blessed with quaint locations and nature’s bounty, it is geographically well located and connected to some of the most magnificent hill stations and verdant locales. Here’s a look at the Top 10 Weekend Getaways from Gurgaon.
Choosing the right destination for your weekend actually depends on the time of the year and season which you plan your trip in. If you plan to go in the summers, you would prefer the hilly scenic and peaceful areas in the northern and Eastern parts of India. Central and the historical parts are good for the monsoon while the winters are good for the western deserts where royalty lived.
The Northern Mountainous Safari
A small and quaint cantonment, its colonial ambience is reinforced by stretches of quaint shops, cobbled road, gabled houses with neat little gardens and orchards. A mixed forest of pine and oak encircles the town which offers a perfect place for long walks, trekking or simply absorbing the scenic beauty.
The summer capital of the British Empire and now the capital city of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is one of the most famous hill stations in India. The historical toy train which was built by the British now declared a world Heritage site still motors it way past a 100 tunnels and is a must ride. It still boasts a colonial heritage with grand old buildings and charming iron lamp posts still situated throughout the town. Some of the attractions apart from the historic luster of the town are The Mall Road, Jakhu Hill, The Ridge, Christ Church and the Shimla State Museum.
It is a paradise for adventure lovers who come here for trekking, mountaineering, skiing and tobogganing on the snow-clad mountains. There are a lot of adventure activities at hand to choose from.
Located in the state of Uttarakhand and the summer house during the British rule in India, this hill station has gained popularity for serenity and breathtaking beauty which has made it a perfect place to go in the summer. Situated just 250 Kms from Gurgaon – The Call Centre Capital of India makes it a perfect getaway for a solitude and lazy weekend. You can stroll in the surrounding oak & pine forests, trekking through the beautiful mountains, bird watching and boating. Some of the attractions in Lansdowne are St. Mary’s Church, Bhulla Lake, Tip In Top which offers a splendor of the Himalayas with a view of Himalayan peaks Chaukhamba & Trishul.
RISHIKESH AND MUSSOORIE
Located in Uttarakhand around 250 kms from Gurgaon, Rishikesh is known for its adventure sports and spiritual calmness and therefore known as a bi-polar hilly town. Nestled in the Himalayas with the holy Ganges flowing by its side, it is the best place if you are looking for a peaceful and quiet place. Rishikesh is known as the international nomad’s favorite destination and backpacker’s paradise due to its spirituality, yoga tourism and adventure sports like white water rafting, cliff hanging, trekking and beach camping. Some of the places of tourist interest include Swarg Ashram, Neelkantha Mahadev Temple, Neer Garh Waterfall, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram.
Home to one of the most cherished writers in India, Ruskin Bond and also known as ‘The Queen of Hills‘ Mussoorie is the best way to get a relief from the daily hustle and bustle of the hectic city. Located around 280 kms from Gurgaon on the foothills of the Himalayas, it looks down on several snow-capped peaks. The beautiful backdrop of Doon Valley and the Siwalik ranges will not fail to mesmerize you. Some of the places to visit in and around the town are the famous Kempty Falls, Mussoorie Lake, Cloud’s End, Lal Tibba, Gun Hill and Happy Valley.
Located in Rajasthan about 200 km from Gurgaon, this destination is haven for bird watchers and nature lovers. This city is mainly famous for the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary which is one of the man-made wetlands in India and also called as Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of India’s best national parks to observe exotic migratory birds.
Located in Uttarakhand, it is the oldest and finest national park and tiger reserve which has the highest diversity in terms of flora and fauna. It was established in 1936 to protect the regal Bengal Tigers and named after a wildlife story writer Jim Corbett. It encompasses large piece of landscape rich with geographical and ecological features of Himalayan Terai Region and home to a wide density of critically endangered Bengal tiger. A jungle safari on the elephant back or gypsy and a stay at the swiss cottages will be the best way to unwind in the beauty and wilderness of the park.
THE PINK CITY JAIPUR
The pink capital of Rajasthan located around 200 kms from Gurgaon and founded by Sawai Jai Singh in 1727 A.D. will take you to the romantic era of kings and queens. The city was ruled by the mighty Rajputana clan and is decked with various historic monuments which are great reminiscent of royal age of Maharajas. The city is the house of handicrafts, art, fabrics, jewelry and rich culture. The key attractions of the town are Amber, Jaigarh and Nahargarh Forts, Jantar Mantar, City Palace and Hawa Mahal. The Rajasthani cuisine, especially the thali and ‘dal, bati, churma,’ is renowned globally and would have you licking your figures throughout the trip
UDAIPUR AND MOUNT ABU
Located by the Pichola Lake with the Aravalli Hills for a backdrop, the lakes and palaces all around the city make it a very romantic and peaceful destination for a reprieve. Bagore ki Haveli, the Lake Palace, roof-top restaurants which overlook Lake Pichola and a variety of flea markets make it a perfect get away. For a complete packaged weekend, top it up with a road trip to the Hill station Mount Abu which is complete with lakes and gushing waterfalls.
AGRA, MATHURA AND VRINDAVAN
Located in Uttar Pradesh at the distance of about 250 km from Gurgaon, Agra is a must visit if you are looking to soak up some history. The architectural work that the Mughal rulers left behind as a legacy will amaze you at the ‘wonder of the world’ Taj Mahal. The red stone fort on the bank of the Yamuna Agra Fort is yet another monument which will leave your eyes wide open. Jama Masjid, Taj Nature Park, Mehtab Bagh, Chini-Ka-Rauza, Samadhi Swamiji Maharaj Bagh, Itimad-Ud-Daulah, Fatehpur Sikri and the Museum are few other attractions which are a must visit in the city.
Mathura and Vrindavan will draw you back into time like no other place. Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna while Vrindavan is regarded as the home of Lord Krishna and is a famous twin city of Mathura. Together they are known for their culture and heritage and are a home to various temples and museums like Madan-Mohan, Radha Vallabh, Banke-Bihari and Mathura School of Art, which is an archeological museum.