The Best Day Trips To Take From Delhi
Delhi, our national capital, is a destination that is steeped in history, culture and heritage. Located in the north of India, close to the mountains, this city is surrounded by lovely locations and interesting tourist places that are easy to get away to when one wants to have an outing and relax for the day with family and friends. Whether it is a need for some time with nature and wildlife, an urge for a bird lover to indulge in some avid bird watching, a desire to indulge in some adventure sports activities or just take in some theatrical and cultural shows, one can find any of these within just a couple of hours of driving distance from Delhi.
So here are a few locations, close to Delhi, that you can make a memorable day trip to:
Neemrana Fort Palace
The Neemrana Fort Palace is a 15th century structure, situated at a distance of about 122 km from Delhi, on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway. A very scenic and romantic locale, one can actually get a peek into history on visiting this palace, which is now renovated into a wonderful heritage hotel. The palace overlooks the Neemrana village located in Rajasthan’s Aravalli Hills and has seven wings built over 12 layers, leveled into a hill. The palace is beautified with hanging gardens, two swimming pools, ayurvedic spa and a zip line which takes you over the whole property as well as the village.
Sultanpur National Park
One of the best bird sanctuaries in India, the Sultanpur National Park is located at a distance of about 50 km from Delhi, in Gurgaon district. While the sanctuary has quite a few resident bird species, the best time to visit is during winters, due to the large presence of migratory birds, which come all the way from Siberia, Europe and Afghanistan in search of feeding grounds and to pass the winter. One can get a splendid view of Siberian cranes, Greater flamingo, black-winged stilt, common teal, yellow-wagtail, rosy pelican etc. The park has four watch towers located at different points, a walking trail along the perimeter of the park and an education and interpretation centre.
Timings: 7 am to 4.30 pm (Tuesdays Closed)
When in Delhi, a trip to Agra is a must. At a distance of about 202 km, one can marvel at the ever-famous symbol of love, the Taj Mahal. The stunning architecture, beauty of the artwork and amazing history of this wondrous monument is worth making a day trip to this destination. Whilst here, one can also get a further taste of our rich heritage by visiting the Agra Fort, built completely in red sandstone and admire the magnificent palaces and beautiful gardens there.
At a distance of just about 60 kms from Delhi, is one of the biggest lakes, with an area of 3000 km in Haryana, the Damdama Lake. Due to a hilly terrain, the lake is spread out in the shape of an amoeba, into different directions and has many branches. It is home to several species of resident as well as migrant birds and one can spot beautiful peacocks and blue bulls along the drive to this lake. The best time to visit the lake is from October to March, when the weather is pleasant. With a picturesque backdrop of the Aravalli mountains, the lake presents a very tranquil and scenic atmosphere for family picnics and a relaxed day out. Visitors can enjoy boating facilities, nature walks, bird watching and also some exciting adventure sport activities like parasailing, kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, valley crossing etc.
Kingdom Of Dreams
Kingdom of Dreams is one of the most famous theme parks in India, located at an hours drive south of Delhi, in Gurgaon. Famous as one of India’s first live entertainment, theatre and leisure destination, visitors to this park can have a very enjoyable and interesting day at Culture Gully which is the arts, crafts and food boulevard at the Kingdom of Dreams. Extending over 100,000 square feet, this boulevard is fully air-conditioned with live kitchens and theme restaurants from 14 states of India, also portraying their architecture and decor. These state pavilions also host street performances, artisans and handicraft stores. One can also catch a live Bollywood musical playing currently. A great place for a family outing, looking to experience some cultural delights!
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday – 1 pm to 1 am.
Murthal is a big village in the Sonipat district of Haryana, approximately 50 km from Delhi. Surrounded by a dense forest years ago, this land was cleared for agricultural space and has been developed into a residential area after the construction of the National Highway. Murthal has several temples of Lord Shiva, Hanuman and Kali all over the village and on the Hindu festivals of Diwali and Holi, these are thronged by hundreds of devotees. This area has been most famous for several years, for its highway dhabas (small restaurants) which serve sumptuous vegetarian fare only. Most popular are their butter-laden stuffed tandoori parathas and thick Haryanvi Kheer pudding.
Picture Credits : Neemrana Fort Palace – Youtube, Sultanpur National Park – indiatoday.in, Agra – Cleartrip, Damdama Lake – Tripadvisor, Kingdom Of Dreams – New-Delhi-Hotels.com