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. It is well known for hosting the Surajkund Mela which is an arts and crafts fair, every year.
Located in sector 16 A, this temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Sri Sai baba who is believed to be very kind and powerful. The temple is spread over 3 acres and the deity of lord Sai Ram is 5.2. 5 feet tall made of pure white marble. The temple also houses the idols of Dwaraka Mayee and Dhuni
Known For : Humayun's Tomb Hauz Khas Village Qutub Minar
The capital of India, Delhi is a cosmopolitan city with a historic old Delhi and the modern New Delhi. From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from an extensive network of the modern metro system to Delhi University campus, Dilli has multiple personalities and is considered to be the city with a heart.
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Taj Mahal Fatehpur Sikri Agra Fort
Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other UNESCO World Heritage Sites as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. History, architecture, romance all together create the magic of Agra and hence makes for a must-visit for anyone living in or visiting India.
Best Time: October to March
A perfect weekend getaway from Delhi, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is an amazing escape, especially for nature lovers and birding enthusiasts. It is home to a number of migratory birds and is a great spot for spotting the various species, especially during winters. Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is located at a distance of 40 kilometres from Dhaula-Kuan in Delhi on the Gurgaon-Farukh Nagar Road. There are astonishing 250 species of birds here during the peak season, i.e. September and during winters.
Damdama Lake is a beautiful lake 24 km south of Gurugram, off the Gurugram-Alwar road. It is around 64 km i.e. an hour's drive away from New Delhi and has a calm and peaceful vibe about it. The lake was commissioned by the British in 1947 for rainwater harvesting. In its current form, however, what makes Damdama Lake enticing is that it is home to over 190 species of native and migratory birds. In monsoons, water levels reach as high as fifty feet and this is when most of the migratory birds are spotted.
A favourite among the people of Delhi, Murthal is a place that lives, breathes, eats, and loves Paranthas. Situated on National Highway 1 connecting Delhi to Amritsar, Murthal is a step away from being the Paratha capital of India. A large village in the Sonepat district of Haryana, it has become a go-to destination for the city folk 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 among the list of favourites of the capital's youth.
Manesar is a unique combination of modern and traditional lifestyles and is an upcoming destination that needs to be visited on your next road trip from Delhi to Jaipur. It is highly advised to you spent at least a day in this town to experience its farm tourism, its spas and relax, before you head out on a long journey ahead. Manesar is a developing industrial suburb and is fast turning into a preferred destination to experience the rugged rural life. The place is famous for its rustic life and the majestic views of the wonderful Aravali Hills offered by it.
Known For : Neemrana Fort Palace Zip Lining Baori
Neemrana town is located in Alwar in Rajasthan on Delhi-Jaipur highway. It is famous for its magnificent Neemrana Fort Palace. It was built in 1464 AD, a palace from where Rajput Maharaja Prithvi Raj Chauhan III reigned. Neemrana fort is now converted into one of the Rajasthan's oldest heritage luxury hotels.
Best Time: July to March
Known For : Kotla and Shiva Temple Temple of Hathor Chui Mai Pond and Water Tank
70 kms off Delhi and at 190 m altitude, the historical city of Nuh traces its roots to the Aryan civilization, and later the Tughlaq Dynasty. Nuh, located in the Mewat district of Haryana is a modest home to several historical structures and ruins and is a day trip into a bit of history. With carvings on the red sandstone and grey quartzite, the architectural marvel of the place can be seen in its Shaking Monument, the Chui Mai Pond or Tank, the town of Sheikh Musa, Kotla and in the religious sites.
Best Time: October to March
Known For : Noor Mahal Karna Lake Babur's Masjid
Karnal, a city in the Indian state of Haryana, boasts of a history reaching into the period of the Mahabharata. Nestled in the banks of the sacred Yamuna River, Karnal today is popularly called the ‘Rice Bowl of India’ for its vast rice fields. Located in the National Capital Region, Karnal has limited tourist attractions to see, the most popular of which is Karna Lake. It is believed that it was here that the mythological hero Karna, after whom the city is named, gave alms to the poor.
Known For : St John's Church Digambar Jain Temple Draupadi-ki-Rasoi
Rich culture, stunning monuments, significant history and lip-smacking cuisine awaits you at Meerut. This historical city located in the state of Uttar Pradesh sits at a distance of about seventy kilometres from New Delhi, the capital of the country. With an exciting past, that dates back to ancient days, contemporary art flourishes as much as a healthy dose of history and culture at Meerut. The Sports Capital of India has a lot to offer sports enthusiasts as well – choose from a myriad of sports gear including cricket bats and tennis balls to add to your collection.
Known For : ISKCON Temple, Ghaziabad Swarna Jayanti Park Drizzling Land Water & Amusement Park
Ghaziabad can be best described as the "Gateway to Uttar Pradesh". Given its proximity to the national capital, the social life of the rapidly developing town is intertwined with that of Delhi. The city has evolved as one of the dynamic industrial centres in the country, and it booms with the urbane culture of the neighbouring metro town. Other than the queuing traffic, bustling markets and the millennial crowd, Ghaziabad also wakes up to increasing number of multiplexes, better-planned roads and surpassing flyovers.
Best Time: October to December, February to March
Known For : Jama Masjid, Aligarh
Nestled in the populous state of Uttar Pradesh, Aligarh has grown as a prominent educational centre as well as a commercial centre in North India. Known as Kol or Koli in the ancient times, the city is said to have been founded by the Dor Rajputs in 372 AD and has housed the famous Aligarh Muslim University since 1875. Aligarh is also famous for its lock industry.
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