As Delhi wakes up to thick smog pre-Diwali, it’s time to escape the hazardous pollution level that is only going to spike during the festival. Here are some great places for a quick getaway during the Diwali holidays. By Team T+L

1. Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

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Dharamshala, with its pristine mountains, fluttering prayer flags and gorgeous monasteries can instantly cure you from the stresses of daily life. Divided into Upper Dharamshala, also known as Mcleod Ganj, and Lower Dharamshala, where most of the tourist buses halt in the market area – this place is pure bliss if you’re seeking peace and quiet.

Time taken to reach by road: 475.8 km in 9 hours

2. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

The ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ is perhaps the most visited by Delhi-ites, and still remains their favourite. Not without reason, though; when the mist clears, and you get the sweeping view of the green Doon Valley and the distant white-capped Himalayan peaks, there’s hardly anything else left to ask from life. The cool temperature coupled with fresh mountain air make it such a welcome break from the plains below.

Time taken to reach by road: 317.0 km in 7 hours

3. Pushkar, Rajasthan

It’s time for Pushkar to host the famous Camel Fair in mid-November, and chances are you will get to see a chunk of travellers thronging the streets of this Rajasthani town, but that has a magnetism all of its own. Although it’s a prominent Hindu pilgrimage town, it’s perfect to unwind and recuperate from the drudgery of city life.

Time taken to reach by road: 416.0 km in 7.5 hours

4. Amritsar, Punjab

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It’s never a bad idea to visit Amritsar, is it? Especially at this time of the year when the weather has begun to take a slight turn on the cooler side, and winter lurking round the corner. Amritsar is home to the spectacular Golden Temple, and the most delicious Punjabi food one could ever have (Kesar da Dhaba, anyone?)

Time taken to reach by road: 449.0 km in 7 hours

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5. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Think you could do with some exceptional British Raj–era buildings, Mughal architecture and tunday kebabs this Diwali? Then head to Lucknow. The capital of Uttar Pradesh has plenty worth seeing; but if you choose to eat, sleep and repeat – you’d experience the high of a different kind. And if anything, bring back the atmosphere of tired grandiosity of the city.

Time taken to reach by road: 554.7 km in 7.5 hours

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