2019 is blessed with long weekends one after the other and we are all set make the most of this week! We have a list of the less-talked-about places that you can visit over the weekend from Delhi. Plan your outfits, don your sunglasses, and put on your travelling shoes for this won’t be any ordinary weekend. By Shubhanjana Das
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Rajasthan is so much more than just Jaipur and Udaipur. The state is yet to be explored to its full potential and you will realise that once you visit Alwar. A stunning example of Rajputana architecture, Alwar is extremely close to Delhi and makes for one of the most apt weekend getaways. Along with a rich flora and fauna, the Siliserh Lake, and the Sariska Tiger Reserve, Alwar also flaunts the Alwar Fort and Moosi Maharani ka Mahal, which is an exemplary display of the architectural style of the days gone by.
Distance: 165 KM
How to Reach: You can take a train straight to Alwar or a bus from Delhi.
If you have watched ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and know about the ‘Pit’ where Christian Bale was imprisoned, you’ll find Dausa extremely mesmerising for this small village in Rajasthan has the step-well that looks exactly like the pit! The ‘Chand Baori’ featured in the movie, but it isn’t the only historical and architectural marvel that Dausa boasts of.
Distance: 258 Km
How to Reach: The nearest rail head is at Dausa. You can also avail buses from Delhi to Dausa.
Sandwiched between Bhimtal and Nainital, Naukuchiatal is one of the least heard about tourist destinations near Delhi. The USP of this picturesque hill station? The lake that is the deepest region and that which has nine corners! The best way to explore the lake is to rent a boat and go around all the nine corners while being surrounded by the lush green hills all around you.
Distance: 230 KM
How to Reach: You can drive to Naukuchiatal from Delhi or take a train to Kathgodam, the nearest rail head.
If you want to explore a really offbeat destination where you aren’t likely to bump into huge crowds of tourists, we suggest you go for Orchha in Madhya Pradesh. The old school vibe of the place will take you back in time. Located in the erstwhile Bundelkhand region, Orchha is steeped in history. The tranquil Betwa flowing by Orchha, the old temples and forts, river rafting, and jungle safari comes with the unadulterated serenity that enthralls the visitors.
Distance: 498 KM
How to Reach: The nearest railway station is Jhansi, which is just 18 km from Orchha. You can also take the bus straight to Orchha from Delhi or drive all the way.
Are you an amateur birdwatcher or someone who can spot a rare species from even a mile away? No matter which kind of a birdwatcher you are, Pangot in Nainital district of Uttaranchal is going to leave your jaws on the floor. The place prides itself in being the habitat of over 580 species of birds. Even if you aren’t into bird watching at all, you can look at the reason why they choose Pangot as their residence.
Distance: 310 KM
How to Reach: There are buses that ply regularly from Delhi to Nainital. Kathgodam is the nearest rail head.