The Hill Fort Kesroli is one of the rare heritage hotels in Alwar that has been in existence since the 14th century. A wonderful destination to enjoy the barrier sunsets, showing daily since 700 years and discovering the Neemrana heritage hotels in Alwar is this resort. Hill Fort-Kesroli is a great holiday choice for those looking for a relaxing weekend getaway from Delhi.
With eco-lodges and safari tents, Camp Dhauj is a one of its kind recreational facility at a small distance from Gurgaon.
Known For : Neemrana Fort Palace Zip Lining Baori
Neemrana is famous for its magnificent Neemrana Fort Palace. It was built in 1464 AD, place from where Rajput Maharaja Prithvi Raj Chauhan III reigned.
Best Time: July to March
Damdama Lake is an amoeba-shaped natural lake few kilometers south of Gurugram, off the Gurugram-Alwar road. An hour drive away from New Delhi, it has a calm, rural and peaceful vibe about it. Home to over a hundred and ninety species of native and migratory birds, water levels reach as high as fifty feet during monsoons and winters and most of the migratory birds are spotted during these seasons. Damdama lake is the biggest lake in Haryana in advance of three thousand acres and is a perfect place for picnics and on-site training for team-building exercises in addition to being a favorite hangout spot for family outings.
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Known For : Wildlife Sanctuary Ashtapad Jambudweep Jain Tirth
Hastinapur is an ancient town which was the centre to the gloruous tales of the epic Mahabharata and is now an important Jain pilgrimage.
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Banke Bihari Mandir Prem Mandir Radha Raman Temple
Believed to be the place where Lord Krishna grew up, the city of Vrindavan hosts hundreds of Lord Krishna and Radha temples scattered throughout, the most famous ones being Banke Bihari temple, ISKCON temple.
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Lathmar Holi Govardhan Hill Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple
Supposed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura is a city located on the banks of river Yamuna and draws flocks of Hindu tourists every year looking to visit the numerous temples in the city.
Best Time: October to March
Nestled in the Aravali Hills over an area of about 800 Sq. Km covering the grasslands, dry deciduous forests, cliffs and rocky landscape, lays the Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, now known as The Sariska Tiger Reserve. This area was once a hunting preservation of The Maharaja of Alwar. The Reserve is known for its majestic Royal Bengal Tigers. It is the first tiger reserve to relocate the Tigers (from Ranthambore) successfully. As it lies in the lap of Aravali Hills, it holds an abundant amount of mineral resources like copper.
Now known as the Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur National Park is a famous bird watching paradise and is listed among UNESCO's World Heritage sites as well. The 29 km reserve is locally known as Ghana and is a mosaic of dry grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps, and wetlands. These diverse habitats are home to 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species,7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates. Every year thousands of migratory waterfowl visit the park for winter breeding.
Known For : Ganga Aarti in Haridwar Har Ki Pauri Chandi Devi Temple
No spiritual journey can ever be considered complete without a visit to Haridwar, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Literally meaning 'the abode of Lord Vishnu', Haridwar, located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, is a land of legends and myths. Considered as one of the seven holiest cities in India, Haridwar sees millions of people flock to it every year to pay their respects to the Lord, or to wash away their sins. However, with the passage of time, Haridwar has evolved from being a mere religious city to a multifaceted cultural and spiritual centre, and only after exploring Haridwar will you realize that there is a lot more to the city than just visiting temples and taking a dip in the holy Har ki Pauri. Haridwar has a perennial mystical air around i, and is the perfect holiday option for anyone seeking spiritual connection as well as a chance to indulge in and get closer to nature.
Best Time: Throughout the year
With the blue hills of Aravalli in the background, Surajkund is an old reservoir located around 8 kilometers south of Delhi. The embankment is constructed in a semi-circular fashion and doubles up as a quaint picnic spot owing to its surroundings. This destination is surrounded by the ruins of an ancient sun temple, coupled with a beautiful garden and pool called the Siddha Kund. It was built by Suraj Pal of the Tomar dynasty around the 10th century.
Being one of the many weekend getaways from Delhi, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary witness a lot of footfall especially from the people of neighbouring areas of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida and Delhi. It is home to a myriad of migratory birds and is a great spot for bird watching, especially during winters. It is situated at a distance of 40 kilometres from Dhaula-Kuan in Delhi on the Gurgaon-Farukh Nagar Road. There are approximately 250 species of birds here during the peak season, like in September. During winters, one can experience an excellent picturesque panorama of various species of birds. This sanctuary is undoubtedly a paradise for the bird watchers.
Encompassing the Shivalik mountain ranges, Rajaji National Park is abundantly rich in flora and fauna and proves to be a great holiday destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
Best Time: Mid November to Mid June
One of the fastest growing urban centers in the country, Manesar is a unique combination of modernity and traditional lifestyle with a backdrop of the Aravalis, making it an increasingly upcoming destination that needs to be marked on your next road trip from Delhi to Jaipur. It is highly advised to you spent at least a day in this industrial town to experience its farm life, its spas and relax, before you head out again.
Located between Govardhan and Radha Kund in Vrindavan, Mathura, Kusum Sarovar is a beautiful reservoir fringed by palatial sandstone building from the bygone era. The reservoir has a flight of stairs which can be used to descend in the pond. The water is ideal for swimming and dips. The sarovar also has several temples and ashrams in the vicinity.
Known For : Baba Farid's tomb Camp Dhauj lake Sri Shirdi Sai baba temple, Faridabad
Faridabad is Haryana's largest city and its major industrial hub as well. Faridabad town is the main part of district Faridabad which has two divisions which are Faridabad and Ballabgarh.
Best Time: September to December, February to March
Known For : Brahma Sarovar Krishna Museum Sannihit Sarovar
Famous for being one of the centre-points of the Epic Mahabharata, Kurukshetra- the field of righteousness traces its past to King Kuru, who laid the foundation of a domain that has its roots on uprightness and benevolence.
Best Time: July to March
Known For : Havelis Deeg Fort Bharatpur
Falling in the Bharatpur district, Deeg is said to be a part of lord Krishna's Parikrama path. Deeg is known for its beautiful gardens, forts, fountains and palaces.
Best Time: September to March
A city, predominantly made of red sandstone, Fatehpur Sikri was founded in 16th century by Mughal Emperor Akbar. Back then it was the capital of his Empire for fifteen years. Now a UNESCO world heritage site and a famous tourist attraction, it is a fine example of Akbar's architectural finesse. Fatehpur Sikri is a home to Jodha Bai's palace , Jama Mosque, Buland Darwaza , and a Tomb of Salim Chisti.
Famous for the historical ruins and the ghost stories, Bhangarh has been regarded as the most haunted place in the country. It is located on the way between Jaipur and Delhi.
Pilani is a small town situated in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, famous as a hub of several educational institutes. However, other aspects of the town prove it to be worth every visit. Mainly renowned for being home to one of the most prestigious educational institute of the country namely BITS Pilani (Birla Institute of Technology and Science), it is also an unlikely hub for tourists. Grand Havelis and revered shrines are situated in the heart of this quaint town which still reflect the rich saga of the past.
A place that is known for its Parathas, lives for the Parathas and offers nothing but Parathas, Murthal, situated on National Highway 1 connecting Delhi to Amritsar, is a step away from being the Paratha capital of India. A large village in the Sonepat district of Haryana, Murthal has become synonymous to the go to destination to have some of the most mouthwatering Parathas in the world. Established by a few people in order to serve as an eating junction for the truck drivers, its dhabas soon gained popularity and found themselves on a list of favorites of the capital's youth.
The resting place of the Sufi saint Alauddin Ali Ahmed Sabir, Piran Kaliyar Sharif is a famous dargah located in Kaliyari village near Haridwar. It is a place of great spiritual energy as well religious unity with both Hindu and Muslims being ardent visitors to the dargah. It is one of the most important Muslim shrines in the India and is equally cherished by the Hindu populace of the region.
Kuchesar is a tiny village situated in Bhawan Bahadur Nagar Mandal in Bulandshahr District of Uttar Pradesh, and is at a distance of 80 km from Delhi. Kuchesar is well known for the Mud Fort, built by the Jat rulers in the mid-18th century. Kuchesar with its village and mud fort outlined by vast green fields is one of the most famous weekend getaways. Rao Raj Vilas, also known as The Kuchesar Fort, is an 8th-century fort and a heritage resort formed by renovating a part of Ajit Singh's family's property belonging former princely state, Kuchesar.
From spiritual abodes to nature reserves and to historical attractions, there is something for every kind of traveller among these places to visit near Delhi.