The monsoon to most people means tiresome travel and dark gloomy days. It’s very few that realise this is a golden opportunity to explore and visit hidden treasures in nearby towns. The monsoon season is in fact one of the best times to travel locally and discover or rather rediscover the beauty around you. Delhi is a thriving metropolitan city, but it’s one of the lucky few metros to be in relatively close proximity to some beautiful weekend getaways. Here are our top picks to enjoy the monsoon season around Delhi.
This gorgeous wildlife sanctuary in the Alwar district of Rajasthan is a popular weekend getaway due to its proximity to Delhi. It's about a 3 hour drive from Gurgaon and home to tigers, hyenas, leopard, wild digs and many more. A weekend at the Sariska Palace, a heritage property is an ideal way to enjoy a downpour, lush greenery and the jungle in all its glory.
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460 kms from Delhi, this small town of Pithoragarh is located in Uttaranchal. Pithoragarh is a mixture of high snow clad Himalayan Mountains, alpine forests, green valleys, lush rivers and some beautiful springs. There is so much natural beauty in this little town but it is still relatively unknown as it hasn't been frequented by many tourists. The main attraction in this town is Soar Valley which looks like a mini Kashmir. Though it's a bit of a journey from Delhi it's highly recommended and definitely worth the travel making it ideal for a long weekend break.
Photo courtesy - Sagarika Chandra, nationalgeographic.com
This small hill station in Uttarakhand is about 270 kms from Delhi and is one of the highest hill stations in the area. The main attraction in this town is the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary where one of the best seasons to enjoy the park is the monsoon. The rains heighten the lush greenery and make this quiet Himalayan destination a perfect weekend getaway from Delhi.
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The sleepy town of Kanatal is a beautiful hill station that tourists seem to have forgotten. The best way to enjoy this scenic and tranquil town is through walks where one can discover orchards, fruit trees, wild flowers and a lot more natural beauty. Kanatal can be enjoyed in the summer and winter seasons but it is during the monsoon season where the rains give this picturesque town a different glow. Kanatal about 300kms from Delhi makes for an ideal monsoon holiday spot.
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