Ideal Destinations for Weekend Getaways near Delhi - Mussoorie, Jim Corbett National Park, Simla
Like its fellow metropolitan cities, Delhi is a major hub for commerce in India and is always abuzz with life, be it the start of new businesses, the opening of new factories or the establishment of new multinational companies. Unsurprisingly, Delhiites are laden with work stress and a weekend getaway is always on the horizon for them. Although the city is located in the heart of the country, most popular weekend destinations are over a 100 KM away. The list of these destinations is quite extensive, but we have managed to shortlist a few select places that are relatively closer and a must visit for any person planning a relaxing weekend getaway near Delhi.
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Perched at the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, Mussoorie is loving known by locals as the ?Queen of the Hills? and is considered by many as one of North India?s most serene and peaceful hill stations. With a population of little over 25,000, Mussoorie is a popular destination for Delhiites looking for a nice relaxing weekend stay. One of the tourist spots, Happy Valley, is home to the first Tibetan temple in India. Another popular spot is Nahata Estate, a private property of over 300 acres which is located at the highest peak of the hill station. Other attractive spots include GunHill, Kempty Falls, Lake Mist, and Mussoorie Lake, as well as waterfall such as Bhatta Falls and Jharipani Falls.
Jim Corbett National Park
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Jim Corbett is India?s oldest national park and has been a haunt for tourists and wildlife lovers for a long time. The park is a very-well protected wildlife reserve and tourism activity is only allowed in selected areas for people get an opportunity to appreciate the breath-taking landscape and diverse wildlife. Tourism has seen a recent surge, with each season seeing an increase of around 70,000 visitors from different parts of the country and overseas. The park is a truly one of North India?s prides, and is home to over 110 species of trees, 50 species of mammals, 25 species of reptiles and 580 species of birds.
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A trip to Simla is akin to a trip back in time, with the sprawling hill station still littered with old British-era buildings and signboards and cars banned from entering the main part of town. The town is especially beautiful during the winter, and the picturesque view of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks is sure to take a visitor?s breath away. Adventure seekers can explore the thickset forests that are littered with long and winding paths, perfect for an early morning trek. Shoppers will absolutely love the ?Mall,? Simla?s main shopping street which is packed with restaurants, bars, clubs, and tourist centres.