TBI Weekends: 5 Weekend Getaways From Delhi You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Quite often we make plans to travel but don’t execute them. Sometimes the place seems too far away and sometimes the place doesn’t have good weather. Some of us spend a majority of our time in planning and end up not going anywhere!

So, let us make things easier for you. If you are in Delhi and looking for a weekend getaway which is quiet and away from the regular tourist circuit, here is our list of five places you can try-

1. Shoghi

tara devi temple

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A small town near Shimla, this place welcomes you with amazing views of forests, hills and valleys. The Tara Devi temple is one of the major attractions at Shoghi. Not being one of the regular tourist destinations, Shoghi has emerged as a peaceful and calm place loved by all who are looking for a different and serene experience.

How to go?

Shoghi is around 344 kms from Delhi and comes around 13 kms before Simla. There are buses that will take you directly to Shoghi from Delhi. The place lies on the Kalka Shimla train route and the main railway station at Shoghi is located near the market.

Where to stay?

Shoghi has plenty of options for accommodation and you can choose from any of the guest houses and hotels in the town. These options are easily connected with the railway station and bus stand.

2. Pilibhit

Forest Watch Tower at Pilibhit.

Forest Watch Tower at Pilibhit.

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This densely forest region lies on the Nepal border and is famous for being the origin of river Gomti. It is one of the most forest-rich areas of North India. The place has a tiger reserve which is one of India’s 41 Project Tiger reserves. The best time to visit the place is from September to mid June.

How to reach?

Pilibhit is located around 310 kms from Delhi. It is very nicely connected by train and buses from all major stations across the country. The nearest airport is Chaudhary Charan Singh airport in Lucknow, which is around 260 kms form Pilibhit.

Where to stay?

There are many accomodtaion options available within the forest reserve. The log huts and lodges in the reserve are worth a try.

3. Renuka Lake

Renuka_Lake,_Himachal

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The lake is 672 m above sea level and is the largest lake in Himachal Pradesh. Boating on the lake, the lion safari and the zoo are the major attractions of this place. The best time to visit is November when an annual fair is organized here. It has a religious significance as it has temples of the mother-son duo, Renuka (believed to be a reincarnation of Goddess Durga) and Parshuram.

How to go?

The lake is around 300 kms from Delhi and is well connected by road. The nearest rail head is Ambala which is 95 kms away. If you are starting from Delhi, take a bus or train to Chandigarh or Kalka, then take a bus to Nahan and from there another bus will take you to Renuka.

Where to stay?

The place has a religious significance and hence you can easily find many lodges and hotels once you reach there.

4. Surajkund

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An ancient reservoir of the 10th century, Surajkund is an artificial cistern located at the backdrop of the Aravali Hills. The reservoir is in the shape of the rising sun with an eastward arc. The place is also famous for the Surajkund handicraft fair which is held every year from 1st to 15th February.

How to go?

Surajkund is just 25 Kms from Delhi. You can go by taxi, bus, bike or even auto rickshaw.

Where to stay?

There are many hotels available in Surajkund. From 5 star to regular lodges, you can choose according to your budget. Since Delhi is so close you can just make a day-trip to this place and return back in the evening.

5. Hansi

Main gate of Hansi fort.

Main gate of Hansi fort.

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This is a place to visit for those who are interested in ancient history. Hansi has many forts, mosques, shrines and tombs. One place you must visit here is the fort of King Prithvi Raj Chauhan. It is said that many swords were manufactured in the city and were exported to the middle east. “Peda” is one sweet which you must try if you are here. The best season to visit Hansi is from October to May.

How to go?

Hansi is around 150 kms from Delhi. There are many trains and buses that will directly take you to Hansi from Delhi. The fastest way to reach Hansi is by Kisan Express from New Delhi which will take around three hours.

Where to stay?

There are a few hotel and resorts in Hansi which you can check for accommodation.

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