For Delhites, there are umpteen getaways that are located well within 200 kilometres but offer much scope to satisfy their love for thrill, spirituality and exploration. Check out the top five weekend gateways from Delhi within 200 kilometres that help Dilliwalas rejuvenate and find their footing bang on for Monday morning.
1) Alwar –
Located in Rajasthan, Alwar was founded by Pratap Singh of the Kachwaha dynasty in 1770. Its landscapes and lovely spots attract tourists in hordes.
• Distance From Delhi- 156 kilometres.
• Best Time To Visit- Plan a weekend trip to Alwar between October and March.
• Cost Of Visit- Shell out only about INR 2500 for a night’s stay.
• Best Places To See- Make sure you check out the City Palace, Clock Tower, Alwar Fort, the Tank in Aravali Hills, Hope Circus, Purjan Vihar, Government Museum and the Vijay Mandir Palace. You can even stay over a day and move over to Neemrana, about 30 minutes away from Alwar.
2) Neemrana –
Neemrana is a lovely, medieval town steeped on history from the time of Prithviraj Chauhan.
• Distance From Delhi- 115 kilometres.
• Best Time To Visit- It is best to visit the place at Alwar in Rajasthan between September and March.
• Cost Of Visits- The average prices to stay here over the weekend vary from INR 600 to INR 2500.
• Best Places To See- The best must-see places to check out here is the Neemrana Fort Palace located on the Delhi-Jaipur highway. Siliserh Lake is an artificial waterbody but attracts throngs of tourists. Take a tour of the Sariska National Park—that is a stone’s throw away from Neemrana.
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3) Bharatpur –
Known as a popular bird sanctuary hub, this small place is the Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan.
• Distance From Delhi- 198 kilometres.
• Best Time To Visit- Plan a visit between October and March to Bharatpur. The place is associated with Bharat, courtesy, Ramayana.
• Cost Of Visit- The average costs for staying at the local hotels here range between INR 500 to INR 3000.
• Best Places To See – The best places that are a must-visit at Bharatpur are Lohagarh Fort, Ganga Temple, Government Museum, Bharatpur Palace and the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary. The last one is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the reign of Maharaja Bharatpur.
4) Mathura –
The birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura is well known for its vibrancy and colours.
• Distance from Delhi- 145 kilometers.
• Best Time To Visit- The best months to visit Mathura are between October and March.
• Cost Of Visit- The average costs here over the weekend vary from INR 500 to INR 3000 depending on the type of accommodation you choose.
• Best Places To See- One of the holiest places for Hindus, Mathura houses places such as the Krishna Janambhoomi Temple, the Dwarakadheesh Temple, Rangbhoomi, Kans Qila, Gita Mandir, Potara Kund, Rangeshwar Mahadev Temple, Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple, Sri Keshavji Gaudiya Math and the Mathura Chaurasi.
5) Kurukshetra –
A site known to every Indian thanks to the adaptations of Mahabharata we have seen over the years, Kurukshetra is a pilgrim’s paradise as much as is a history lover’s delight. Geographically part of Haryana, Kurukshetra is named after King Kuru and the venue where Krishna preached the Karma sermon to Arjuna.
• Distance From Delhi- 154 kilometres.
• Best Time To Visit- The best months to visit Kurukshetra are between September and March.
• Cost Of Visit- The average costs vary from INR 700-INR 3000 for a weekend trip to Kurukshetra.
• Best Places To See- From archaeological excavations to quaint temples and large lakes, Kurukshetra is one of the best hubs to escape from the dust of Delhi over the weekend.
Further Read – Why Rajasthan is the best place to visit during Navratri