5 Offbeat Escapes Near Delhi For The Independence Day Long Weekend

Looking for a last-minute getaway near Delhi for the Independence Day long weekend? Pack your bags and head to one of these offbeat destinations
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With the Independence Day long weekend on the horizon, the longing to escape the ordinary catches hold of everybody. While touristy spots have charm, there's real magic in exploring lesser-known destinations that get overlooked. And if you thought it was too late to plan a quick getaway, these destinations, only a couple of hours away from Delhi, are your best bet at turning the Independence Day long weekend into a memorable one.

Dausa, Rajasthan 

Did you know that the captivating stepwell featured as the iconic "Pit" in "The Dark Knight Rises" is nestled within a quaint village in Rajasthan? Welcome to Dausa, a charming traditional enclave located near Jaipur and a perfect getaway near Delhi for the Independence Day long weekend. Alongside its claim to fame, this village boasts other historical marvels like the Bhadrawati Palace and Khawaraoji. Dausa provides a good break from city life, as it provides architectural wonders and an authentic cultural immersion. While there, be sure to visit the revered Mehandipur Balaji Temple, experience the serene ambience of the Gopinath Temple, and unravel the mysteries surrounding the ancient Bhangarh Fort.

Distance from Delhi by road: 4 hours away

Harshat Mata Temple
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Pangot, Uttarakhand  

Nestled within the charming Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, this picturesque village is a haven for birdwatchers and ornithologists, boasting an impressive array of 580 avian species. Often overlooked among North India's hill stations, this scenic gem is an ideal getaway near Delhi for nature enthusiasts.

Kilbury Bird Sanctuary is a popular destination for nature lovers. For the best experience, visit early in the morning and explore the pine, oak, and rhododendron woods to spot Forktails, Collared Grosbeaks, and other bird species. It is considered one of the top attractions in Pangot.

Trek to Naina Peak, perched at t 2,615m, for breathtaking views. The 6 km trail runs through the lush forests of cypress, pine, and oak. Eco Caves, a mystical park with interconnected caves and hanging gardens, is ideal for families.

Distance from Delhi by road: 6 hours away

Ultramarine flycatcher seen at Pangot
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Morni Hills, Haryana

Situated within Haryana's Panchkula district, Morni stands as the lone hill station in the state, captivating visitors with its unexplored charm and a rich diversity of 580 avian species.

Morni's story dates back to the 14th century, a significant Sirmore state sub-division ruled by various dynasties, including Gurkhas, Rajputs, Mughals, and Britishers. Its name, derived from Queen Morni of the Kotaha region, echoes this historical legacy.

Notable attractions include the revered Gurudwara Nada Sahib, which holds profound significance for the Sikh community, and the picturesque Karoh Peak, which offers panoramic vistas through a rewarding trek. Tikkar Taal, with its twin lakes and lush surroundings, captivates nature lovers, while the Thakur Dwar Temple showcases centuries-old architecture and intricate stone carvings. With so many nature and historical attractions, Morni Hills is an unexplored getaway near Delhi.

Distance from Delhi by road: Approximately 4 hours away

Morni Hills in Panchkula district
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Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

While there are numerous captivating short getaways from Delhi, if you're open to going a bit farther, Narkanda stands out as an excellent choice. This enchanting town in Himachal Pradesh provides a truly rejuvenating escape amidst nature's embrace. Narkanda presents a multitude of scenic marvels, including the renowned Narkanda Peak, the lofty Hatu Peak, and the tranquil Tani Jubbar Lake.

Hatu Temple features ornate wood-carved interiors and scenic views from an elevated peak
Hatu Temple features ornate wood-carved interiors and scenic views from an elevated peakShutterstock

The town also boasts its share of temples, such as the Hatu Peak Temple, Narkanda Temple, and Derthu Mata Temple. Embraced by a serene atmosphere and entrancing landscapes, Narkanda has rightfully earned its place as one of the most underrated hill stations near Delhi.

Distance from Delhi by road: 9 hours away

Jeolikote, Uttarakhand

Jeolikote called the "Gateway to Nainital," is a captivating hill station offering panoramic Himalayan vistas. This charming enclave's serene ambience and picturesque natural splendour create an idyllic haven for a peaceful retreat, a sanctuary from bustling crowds. Jeolikote's alluring orchards, blooming gardens, and vintage colonial cottages (many of which have been transformed into present-day hotels) hark back to the colonial era. Particularly prominent is the bungalow once owned by Warwick Sahib, a retired British army official. Adding to its charm, a beekeeping centre graces Jeolikot, showcasing its diverse attractions.

Stroll through neighbouring villages and verdant forests, and you'll encounter a diverse avian population. This tranquil ambience has attracted luminaries like Swami Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo, who sought solace and meditation amidst Jeolikot's serene embrace.

Distance from Delhi by road: 6 hours away

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