Looking for a place not far away from the city to getaways from the rigours of the mundane ?
Go ahead and take that much needed break and unwind before the grind starts!
Discover places that are just a few hours away from the city……. there’s something for everyone….. for the religious there’s Mathura and Vrindavan, for those who want to delve into the past there’s Jaipur and Udaipur and for those who simply want to align with nature there’s Shimla and Nainaital . It’s yours to choose!
164 kms from Delhi and 11 kms away from the city of Mathura lies the town of Vrindavan where it is believed Lord Krishna spent his childhood days . The twin city of Mathura- Vrindavan hosts about 5,000 temples dedicated to Radha and Krishna and is considered sacred by Vaishnavism. Both Mathura and Vrindavan glorify the life of lord Krishna .
If temples are your solace come on a pilgrimage and visit the must see temples of Vrindavan : Bankey Bihari Temple, Govind Dev Temple, Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple, the Keshi Ghat, Shahji Temple, Ranganathaji Temple.
Religion and History do go together closely so while some of you undertake a pilgrimage to the ancient holy land of Mathura and Vrindavan, some of you could go way back in time through the rugged terrains, embattled walls and forts of the City built in the 18th Century – “The Pink City of India” – “Jaipur”. Aptly described due to the rose pink colour of the houses with latticed windows, Jaipur is an enchanting place with the opulent colonnaded Maharajas Palace in the heart of the city amidst gardens ,courtyards and museums. The city of Jaipur takes its name from Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh who founded the city in 1728
Visit the Amber Fort or Amer Palace on an Elephant in style over cobbled paths and experience the life of the then Rajput Maharajas at the Diwan-i- Aam ( Hall of Public audience), Diwan-i-Khas( Hall of private audience ) The scintillating Sheesh Mahal ( Mirror Palace ) keeps you enthralled along with the Jai Mandir Sukh Niwas and the Jaigarh Fort with its secret passage. Don’t miss the City Palace ,the Hawa Mahal and the Jantar Mantar too which reflect the fusion of Mughal, Hindu and Rajasthani styles of architecture. 268 km from Delhi by road and 288km by rails Jaipur is an engaging city.
Surrounded by the Aravalli Range in the south ,elevated plateaus in the North and vast fertile plains in the east lies the magical city of Lakes –‘Udaipur’- with its marble palaces, gardens, lakes, hills and dense forests. Founded in 1553 by Maharana Udai Singh II the capital city of the kingdom of Mewar is known for its bravery and courage against invaders has many legends to tell.
So covering the distance of 673 km by road or 659km by rail to Udaipur from Delhi would be indeed a magical and captivating getawayfor history lovers. The magnificient awe-inspiring City Palace and the Bagore Ki Haveli on the banks of the Lake Pichola , the invincible and formidable Kumbhalgarh fort, the Sajjangarh fort , Saheliyon Ki Bari and Jag mandir, Moti Magri are all remnicscent of an era of Royalty and bravery. Cruise in the captivating and picturesque Lake Pichola, Udaisagar lake to name a few or pay your respects at the Jagdish temple or Kesariyaji temple and Neemach Mata Temple.
Folk dance and music are the integral part of Rajasthan’s rich cultural heritage of the bygone era. So let your hair down and match your steps with the tribal ladies dancing the Ghoomar and participate in the dynamic and vibrant dances of Bhavai, Ghoomar, Kachchhi Ghodi, Kalbeliya and Terahtaaali.
The Queen of hill stations ‘Shimla’ lies in Himachal Pradesh and is also its capital. Located at an altitude of 2213 m the hill station derives its from the goddess Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the Hindu goddess Kali. Shimla was built on top of a total of seven different hills namely: Inverarm Hill, Observatory Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Bantony Hill, Elysium Hill and Jakhoo Hill. The highest point in Shimla is the Jakhoo hill, which is at a height of 2,454 metres (8,051 ft). The average temperature during summer is between 19 and 28 °C , and between −1 and 10 °C in winter. Snowfall in the region, which historically has taken place in the month of December, has lately over the past decade and a half been happening in January or early February every year
This favourite summer holiday capital city of Himachal Pradesh was also the summer capital of the British during the British Raj. During the “Hot Weather”, Shimla was also the Headquarters of the Commander-in-Chief, India, the head of the Indian Army, and many Departments of the Government. This explains the presence of the quaint heritage buildings, parks and the mini train that links Kalka to Shimla.