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Experience Heaven on Earth – 10 Stunning Places to Visit near Srinagar

Dachigam National Park

It was Mughal Emperor Jahanagir who once said, ‘if there is a paradise anywhere on the earth, it is here, it is here, it is here’. True enough, Jammu and Kashmir is the northern most Indian state, which is also known to be a paradise on the face of the earth. The snow clad mountains, phenomenal meadows, and marvellous valleys are a sheer treat to eyes. In addition to that, you can enjoy activities like rock climbing, skiing, trekking, snowboarding etc. One of the most fascinating things in the state is the availability of houseboats. This is uncommon in the rest of the country. On top of that, you can always find budget hotels and premium resorts at your fingertips in this paradise. You need to take at least a week off to wander around this city and to cover the whole of this state. The picture-perfect sceneries of this place will make you spellbound. It is something that you can take back along with you as memories.

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One of the first things that you need to do when you land in this state, is breathe in a lungful of fresh mountain air. And second is to witness the magnificence of sunrise through the mountain top. It is a sight that you will remember for a very long time. Now that you are planning to pay a visit to this natural beauty, say no more. Here is a list of such places near Srinagar that you should not miss for the world. Dive in to know more about these places, things to do and the best time to visit this paradise.

Top 10 Weekend Getaways From Srinagar

  1. Dachigam National Park
  2. Baramulla
  3. Gulmarg
  4. Yousmarg
  5. Sinthan Top
  6. Amarnath Cave
  7. Pahalgam
  8. Sonamarg
  9. Doodhpathri
  10. Betaab Valley

1. Dachigam National Park

It is most famous for being a popular tourist place near Srinagar for sightseeing. The word ‘Dachigam’ translates to ten villages in the local tongue. According to legends, it took ten villages to pave a way for this park. It is 23 kilometres from Srinagar and takes nearly 1 hour to reach. This park is home to a different variety of pastures, waterfalls, meadows etc. Along with that, it acts as a home to endangered species of Himalayan black and brown bears. It has been under government protection ruling over a century by now. Do not forget to visit Marsar Lake in the park.

2. Baramulla

Baramulla

Baramulla has the perfect setting for the weekend getaway that you are searching for. It is enveloped by the Himalayas on all sides and is situated near the banks of River Jhelum. It draws the attention of many tourists mainly due to the presence of religious establishments like monasteries, Buddhist stupas, mosques, and temples. It is also a famous quick stopover for someone who is on their way to Gulmarg. Over and above, you can also see Walur Lake and Khilanmarg, which are recognised as major tourist attractions in the state. It is yet another city in Jammu and Kashmir that is an example of pure natural beauty. If you wish to take a break from the daily routine of your life, Baramulla is the key spot for you. It is also the destination for history buffs or curious or adventurous travellers.

One more thing you could try here is the Eco Park. It lies in the middle of an island, connecting Baramulla and Jhelum River. Maintained by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department here you will see designed wooden huts and well-groomed gardens. A cable car is also been planned at the site. It is suitable to drop by in the evenings due to its calm and serene environment.

3. Gulmarg

gulmarg

Gulmarg is considered to be one of the coolest places near Srinagar. It is well-known for its tourist attractions and ski sports. In fact, it hosts a good number of winter sports for Asia. Of the many wonders that you can see here, most prominent ones are the remnants of the British era. From St Marys Church to Gulmarg Golf Course, all of it is was built during the British Period. These places are a must-visit for tourists when they swing by. Gulmarg Golf Course holds a record for being the highest green course in the world. It takes about 2 hours from Srinagar and you can reach Gulmarg conveniently via buses or trains.

If you are not up for skiing, you can try riding in the cable car. Apparently, it is known to be the world’s highest cable car. On top of that, pony rides are available almost everywhere in this place. Through the cable car, you get to see the aerial view of Gulmarg. Tourists say that the sightseeing is at its best when you see the city through the clouds. In addition to that, you can treat yourself to a spa treatment at the Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa, which is a celebrated Spa Treatment Service in the Himalayan region.

4. Yousmarg

Yousmarg

Next on your check-list should be this hill station. If you have an adventure bug in you, this is your go-to place. At the moment it is well connected by motor roads and you can enjoy trekking even in the beautiful landscape. It has a huge coverage of maple trees and is best known for its green orchids. Due to its snow-clad surface, it is often referred to as Switzerland by the visitors. The first thing you will notice in this location is the silence and the next thing will be the natural beauty of the place. Herein, you get to see Sang-e-Safed, which is a frozen lake even in the summers. You can try the JKTDC huts to stay overnight in Yousmarg. This is the nearest tourist destination and the nearest airport is in Srinagar. It is deemed convenient for a weekend gateway too.

5. Sinthan Top

If you are looking for places near Srinagar where you can let loose yourselves for a while, Sinthan Top is that destination. It is most suitable when you need some peace and time alone for yourself or your family. The best part about Sinthan Top is that it is still very rustic and not yet well developed, which makes it a welcome break for those who come from concrete spaces. Daksum and Kokernag are a few nearby places that you can drop by for an outing and trekking. This mountain top is located in the south Kashmir’s Breng Valley, which is close to 12000-feet above sea level. It is about 2.5 to 3 hours from Srinagar and can be reached with help of local buses, trains etc.

6. Amarnath Cave

Amarnath Cave

Amarnath Cave is one of the most pious Hindu pilgrimages of all time. It is one of the oldest religious sites belonging to Hindu mythology. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has been sculpted out of ice. The structure of the cave resembles that of a Shiva Lingam. It is located at about 4000 meters from the sea level and is 60 feet high.

It is worshipped for many reasons. Worshipers believe that this is the place where Lord Shiva had revealed the secrets of immortality to Goddess Parvati, his wife. The Shiva Lingam experiences to fade a bit from the months of May to August. It is said that this occurs due to the moon’s cycle. The cave also has ice lingams of his son, Lord Ganesha and his wife, Goddess Parvati. Every year it receives a huge number of devotees from various parts of the country. It is believed that whatever you wish for gets fulfilled, once you visit Amarnath and seek Lord Shiva’s blessings. Due to its closeness to higher altitudes, it is regularly supervised by CRPF and Indian Parliamentary Forces. You need to take prior permissions from the authorities to visit the holy premise of Amarnath Cave.

7. Pahalgam

Pahalgam is yet another tick to discover adventure tourism in the Valley. Pahalgam means ‘Valley of Shepherds ’and is a popular destination for trekking. On your way, you can head to the fresh flowing Lidder River and surrounding snow-capped hills. Once you reach here, you can easily commute by hiring prepaid vehicles provided by the local transport association. Or else you may prefer to walk. Some of the various possible activities that you could try around Pahalgam includes golfing and trout fishing. Nowadays it has come up with a new concept of river rafting. Its location is roughly 3 hours from Srinagar. Throughout your way, you can witness the stunning beauty of several valleys and hilltops. It will surely give you a feeling of ‘dream-come-true’.

8. Sonamarg

People call it the ‘meadow of gold’. It is situated about 95 kilometres away from Srinagar towards the north east. It is one of the major attractions in the state. Sonamarg is best known for being that bridge that connects Srinagar and Kargil. For those you are on their way to Leh, you can stop by this natural beauty. Also, it is frequently visited by tourists during the Amarnath Yatra. The handsome valleys and views that this place offers, is a pretty gift in itself. If you are heading to Srinagar, do come by this place.

9. Doodhpathri

Next on the list is a place called Doodhpathri. It is just about 2 hours from Srinagar. If you are running short of time, this is where you can visit as it would not consume a lot of hours. The name Doodhpathri means ‘Valley of Milk’ in Hindi. Funnily enough, you would not see milk in the valleys but it sure is a fascinating treat to your eyes. The waters in the valley has a sheen, resembling that of milk. Hence, the name has been suggested so. Apart from that the lush greenery around with fresh lakes in this place makes it a top-notch tourist spot.

10. Betaab Valley

This valley is best known for being a shooting space for Bollywood blockbuster movie – Betaab. It is located 15 kilometers away from Srinagar in Anantnag District. You will definitely find this place if you are on your way to Pahalgam and Chandanwadi. Here you get to see the amazing mountain ranges of Zanskar and Pir Panjal as well. If you are a nature lover, this is just the right place to go to. Because of the mountain terrains, clear waters, and greenery, it is a perfect tourist hub.

Jammu and Kashmir is definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit in India. Apart from visiting the popular places in Srinagar, there are many other scenic locations in the state that are just waiting to be explored. There are many luxurious and budget hotels in Srinagar where you can relax after your day of touring. Without much ado, plan your trip and get ready to see the other side of life. It is an experience like never before! So what are you waiting for? Book your tickets right now before you miss out. The paradise on earth awaits!

Happy Journey!

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Unusual Getaways from Delhi for Long Weekends in 2019

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The best part about living is Delhi is that you are spoilt with choices. We are all aware that the city wins you over with its food offerings. Having said that, have you ever noticed that the getaway options that Delhi has to offer? In the forever Mumbai vs Delhi debate, this is one benefit that all Mumbaikars grudgingly approve. It could be one-day picnic spot, short trip to nearby places or a relaxing long weekend that we all crave for, Delhi has all of it!

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Top 13 Weekends Getaway Goals Near Delhi

  1. Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary
  2. Camp Wild Dhauj
  3. Botanix Nature Resort
  4. Damdama Lake
  5. Manesar
  6. Sohna
  7. Alwar
  8. Mathura
  9. Agra
  10. Rishikesh
  11. Jim Corbett National Park
  12. Jaipur
  13. Shimla

1. Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary

Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Timings: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Entry Fee: Rs. 100 for adult & children
Distance: 27 km from Delhi
How to reach: The quickest way is to hire a cab or taxi.

Note:

  • Check out this place on weekend for events. For regular trekking and updates, join the CEC’s Facebook group.
  • Spread over 26 square kilometers Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide array of birds, reptiles, and mammals and is also known for five hidden lakes with sparkling blue waters making it a perfect picnic spot in summers. Soak in the atmosphere when you come closer to nature.
  • Conservation Education Center (CEC) along with Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) conducts a number of guided tours and events in the sanctuary.

Attractions:

  • 250 species of trees, 200 species of birds, 90 species of butterflies,10 species of reptiles, 10 species of mammals and 8 species of amphibians.
  • Winter Events includes jackal safari, rapture survey, and bird watching

2. Camp Wild Dhauj

Timings: Check-in 9:00 AM and Check-out: 6:00 PM.
Camp Charges: 2000 per person depending upon the type of cottages, activities, and stays.
Distance: 33 kilometers from Delhi.
How to reach: It is easily reachable from any part of the city.

Note:

  • Have an unforgettable lifetime experience visiting this camp. Spread over 12 acres of land this adventure camp near Mangar village on the border of Gurgaon and Faridabad is a perfect option for people looking for weekend getaways.  It also hosts corporate offsides activities.

Attractions:

  • 15 Deluxe Eco-Lodges and 12 Safari tents.
  • Climbing, River crossing, Rappelling, Flying fox, Cliff jump, Zorbing, Cycling, Raft Building.
  • Stunning scenic landscapes encompassed by the Aravali Hills makes the area look breathtaking.
  • 67 distinct types of birds
  • The unique combination of insight of rural farm life and wild ambiance for adventure.

3. Botanix Nature Resort

Timings: Check-in 12 noon and Check-out: 11 AM.
Charges: Around 2000 per person depending upon the type of packages, activities, and stays.
Distance: 61 kilometers from Delhi.
How to reach: It is easily reachable from any part of the city.

Note:

  • Fun spot for adventurers, nature-lovers and photography enthusiasts. This 30-acre global green park offers a series of theme gardens and the marvels of nature. The perfect destination to enjoy a day trip with family and kids or overnight hangout with friends.
  • This resort is also a great team outing site for corporates who are looking for a break from the daily office routine.

Attractions:

  • Adventurous rides for children and adults.
  • Mud houses, Tents for Campers.
  • Lush greenery all around.
  • Indoor and outdoor activities.

4. Damdama Lake

Duration: 1-2 Hours
Visiting Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free
Distance: 51 km from Delhi.
Best Time to Visit: October to March
How to Reach: Take Metro to HUDA City Centre then take the taxi to Damdama Lake or drive to this place and reach within 1.30 hour.

Note:

  • Book a package in advance.
  • If you are planning for a night stay carry mosquito repellents.
  • Constructed by the British in 1947; Damdama Lake is a popular picnic spot near Sohna in Gurgaon district of Haryana. Located near the Aravalli Hills, over 3000 acres it is Haryana’s one of the biggest lakes.

Attractions:

  • 190 species of birds
  • Boating
  • Hot Air Balloon
  • Parasailing
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Trekking
  • Camping

5. Manesar

Duration: 3 Hours
Visiting Hours: 6 AM – 6 PM
Entry Fee: No
Resort charges: Around INR 1500 per Person for 1 day Farm (may vary depending upon the activities and stay)
Distance: 59 km from Delhi
Best Time to Visit: October to March
How to reach: Rent a private cab or opt for state-run buses from Delhi to Manesar

Note:

  • Formerly the sleepy village; Manesar is now a popular industrial town known for lush greenery and laid back surroundings. Lying on Delhi-Jaipur Highway, it is a popular getaway from Delhi city for a quick one day trip giving you an experience of interesting rural offbeat from the usual city life.

Attractions:

  • Visit the local market for handicraft items.
  • Experience rural Haryanvi culture in some resorts
  • Different activities for an entire day and campfires at the night

6. Sohna

Duration: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM – 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry
Distance: 60km from Delhi
How to reach: Rent a taxi or bus which is well connected to this place.

Note:

  • Sohna looks mesmerizing during the night.
  • Sohna is famous for its hot water springs and Shiva Temple. Sohna means Gold, derive its name due to gold dust found in the sand. Also known as Shiv Kund dug by Arjun has medicinal properties and curative effects.
  • There are many other options for one-day picnic spot like Kingdom of Dreams, India gate lawns, National Rose garden, Lodhi Gardens, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Hauz Khas, Akshardham and many more.

2-3 Days Trip under 250km

The best way to enjoy a perfect weekend is to travel to beautiful places close, but still a little far away from the city.If you are searching for places within 250 km from Delhi for weekend getaways this is the right place for you.

7. Alwar

Best time to visit: October to March
Distance: 160 km from Delhi
How to reach: You can easily reach by train or bus which runs daily to Alwar

Note:

  • Located in Rajasthan, Alwar has always been a go-to weekend destination for many. The city offers magnificent tourist Attractions.  Alwar, also known as the Gateway to Rajasthan is a place of rare serenity. This city was once the seat of the Rajputs and one can still witness the remnants of their splendor here. The city is not only famous for the Indian sweet dish – “Kalakand” but is also a traveler’s paradise.

Attractions:

  • Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri
  • Sariska, City  and Neemrana Fort Palace
  • Siliserh Lake
  • Neelkanth Mahadeo Temple, Vijay Mandir Palace
  • Bala Quila and Bhangarh  Fort
  • Sariska National Sanctuary

8. Mathura

Best time to visit: August/September and February/March
Distance: 182 km from Delhi.
How to reach: Visitors can avail direct buses or train from Delhi.

Note:

  • Visit Mathura (Dwarkadheesh Temple) for grand celebration during the festivals of Janmashtami or Holi.
  • Mathura; birthplace of Lord Krishna is one among Hinduism’s seven sacred cities. According to Purana, Mathura along with Kasi, Puri, Ayodhya, Avantika, Kanchi, and Dwarka are the seven sites, which grant moksha. With an array of temples, shrines, Ghats, and Kunds Mathura visit is incomplete without going to Vrindavan, a small holy town.

Attractions:

  • Take a dip in Yamuna River,
  • Enjoy watersports
  • Visit the local markets
  • Dwarkadheesh Temple and the Gita Mandir (walls of the temple are filled with inscriptions from the entire Bhagavad Gita).
  • Keshav Dev Temple, Banke Bihari Temple, and Vishram Ghat are major Attractions
  • Try local snacks like kachodis, aloo-puri chaat, Jalebis and gulab-jamuns which are popular street food items here.

9. Agra

Best time to visit: October to March
Distance: 231 km from Delhi.
How to reach: Agra can be conveniently accessed by bus and train from Delhi.

Note:

  • The annual Taj Mahotsav is a major event in the city is from 18th to 27th Feb.
  • Yes, you have heard this numerous times but there is no way we can skip Agra when we list down places to visit near Delhi under 250 kms. That’s the beauty of Taj Mahal! You can never get enough it. The epitome of love, one of the seven wonders of the world and one among Agra’s three UNESCO World Heritage sites (others being Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort). Truly, Agra forms the Golden Triangle of tourism in India along with Delhi and Jaipur.
  • Mughal art and culture on display; history fanatics and architecture buffs are a major group among tourist. Apart from its monuments, Agra ka Petha and amazing chaat and Lassi are equally famous.

Attractions

  • TajMahal
  • Fatehpur Sikri
  • Agra Fort
  • Akbar’s Tomb
  • Mehtab Bagh

10. Rishikesh

Best time to visit: March to June, September-October.
Distance: 239 km from Delhi.
How to reach: Rishikesh can be accessed via state transport bus, taxi hire or self-drive car.

Note:

  • Rishikesh, ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ is the most tranquil place in northern Uttarakhand. Surrounded by hills and Ganges this city attracts tourists from both India and abroad. Thousand years ago a saint came to this place to study and practice peace and spirituality soon it become the birthplace of the Yoga, Ayurveda, Meditation, and Spirituality. The town is equally popular for pilgrimage, Yoga and Adventure Sports. It is a center for hiking, backpacking, camping, rock climbing, rappelling, kayaking, and bungee jumping.

Attraction:

  • White water rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Trekking
  • Bungee jumping
  • Rock climbing
  • Flying

Long Weekend:

  • With the onset of 2019, travelers get to start fresh on their travel resolutions for the New Year. So, why not make the most of the long weekend.

11. Jim Corbett National Park

Best time to visit: November to April
Distance: 269 km from Delhi.
How to reach: A direct train runs from Delhi to Ramnagar which is the nearest railway station. Buses and other transport are easily available for this place.

Note:

  • Nestled in Nainital (Uttarakhand) this wildlife is abode to 400 different species of flora and fauna, and the pioneer projects to protect the majestic Bengal Tigers. Spread across 520 square kilometers, this park is considered as the oldest and largest in the country.
  • It was renamed to Jim Corbett National Park in 1957 in the honor of the legendary hunter Jim Corbett.
  • Built by Britishers; Dhikala forest lodge in Jim Corbett National Park offers night stay inside the Jungle, which is one of its kind and a great experience.

Attractions:

  • Corbett Museum
  • Corbett Waterfall
  • Jeep Safari
  • Elephant Ride in Corbett National Park
  • River Rafting
  • Camping
  • Bird watching
  • Garjia Temple
  • Trekking
  • Mountain Biking
  • River Crossing

12. Jaipur

Best time to visit: October to March
Distance: 282 km from Delhi.
How to reach: Jaipur can be conveniently accessed by bus and train from Delhi.

Note:

  • Prince of Wales visited India in 1876, in his honor Maharaja Ram Singh of Jaipur painted the entire city pink.  ‘Pink City’ offer up a plethora of memorable holiday experience. Jaipur is filled with popular bazaars in the city include Bapu Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar and Johri Bazaar where you can shop for local handicrafts. Don’t forget to try the local traditional cuisine of Jaipur; Ghewar and Dal Baati Churma.

Attractions

  • Amber Palace
  • City Palace
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Nahargarh Fort
  • Albert Hall Museum
  • Birla Temple
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Jal Mahal
  • Gaitore
  • Sisodia Rani Palace And Garden
  • Vidyadhar Garden
  • Moti Doongri Ganesh Temple
  • Jaipur Wax Museum

13. Shimla

Best time to visit: October to February
Distance: 342 km from Delhi.
How to reach: 23 kilometers from the city, there are daily flights and Buses run for Shimla from Delhi.

Note:

Shimla derives its name from Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the goddess Kali (Jakhu Hill). Set amidst beautiful hills and mystical woods Shimla offers the most beautiful and scenic views of the mountain range. Queen of the Himalayas, Shimla is one of the most popular hill stations for couples and families, adventure seekers. There are plenty of outdoor activities available in Shimla from hiking to skiing to river rafting and more.

Attractions:

  • Mall road
  • The Ridge
  • Jakhu Temple
  • Colonial architecture
  • World Heritage Site by UNESCO; This Toy train from Kalka to Shimla passes through 806 bridges and 103 tunnels.
  • Legendary mountain biking race- MTB Himalaya, biggest event in South-East Asia

Now when a week draws close to the weekend and your mind pops up a question; How to enjoy a fun-filled weekend in Delhi? You got many options with you ranging from one-day picnic spots to long weekend trips from Delhi. Won’t it be an exciting affair to give a miss to regular choices and opt for some different place to unwind yourself?

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While in Amritsar, Make Sure you Check out these Weekend Getaways

Dalhousie

The mythologically rich land of Amritsar is almost synonyms with The Golden Temple and the history of Sikhism. The culturally rich destination is a prominent city that is situated in the heartwarmingly beautiful northwestern Indian State of Punjab barely 28 Km away from the India Pakistan Wagah Border. Nicknamed as ‘The Golden city’ or ‘The holy city’, the prominent Sikh pilgrimage destination was founded as late as 16th Century and derives its name from Amrit Sarovar, the holy water tank at the centre of which the exquisite and sacred Harmandir Sahib or the famous Golden Temple is located. The well designed city is also home to Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal, the Ashram where Sita, the Hindu goddess from the epic Ramayana gave birth to her twins – Lava and Kusha. Recognizing its spiritual and historical significance, the government of India has sworn to protect and improve the city under HRIDAY scheme – Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana.

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Exploring Amritsar, is a unique experience like no other. Along with prominent religious sites, the city is also well known for it’s ancient Bazaars, heritage streets, delectable cuisine and many other such popular places in Amritsar. The heritage land is also home to the public garden Jallianwala Bagh, the land that witnessed the gruesome massacre of hundreds of Indians by the Colonial British during India’s freedom struggle on 13 April 1919. Apart from the great tourist attractions that can be found within the city, the geographically rich region is also surrounded by some picturesque and top weekend getaway destinations.

Top 10 Weekend Getaways From Amritsar Within 250 Km

  1. Lahore
  2. Ludhiana
  3. Dalhousie
  4. Dharamsala
  5. McLeod Ganj
  6. Jammu
  7. Khajjiar
  8. Chandigarh
  9. Palampur
  10. Chamba

1. Lahore

For all of us who want to boast about having travelled abroad but can’t afford long flights, our neighbouring countries offer certain exciting options. One of Pakistan’s wealthiest cities – Lahore, acts as the cultural hub of the country and has several picnic spots and tourist attractions one can retreat to, in order to enjoy a comfortable or even a luxurious vacation. The charming city is home to ancient forts such as Lahore Fort, intricate mosques such as Masjid Wazir Khan, heritage monuments like Minar e Pakistan and other places that one can visit. As the prominent city, Lahore is a paradise for food and shopping lovers. Plenty of shopping and food streets in the city unveil the unique culture of Pakistan and provide a gastronomical experience without burning a hole in the travellers’ pocket.

The weekend trip from Amritsar to Lahore is best paired with a visit to the Wagah Border. You can either to choose to find accommodation in Lahore or find many budget hotels in Amritsar during your visit to these popular places near Amritsar.

Distance from Amritsar: 50 Km

2. Ludhiana

A prominent city in the Indian state of Punjab, Ludhiana is extremely significant not just in terms of economics and politics but also with respect to with culture and tourism. One of the places to visit near Amritsar is Ludhiana, situated on the banks of Sutlej River and has been praised as India’s Manchester. The important industrial centre is lined up with beautiful old buildings and ancient monuments that give a rustic charm to the city’s ambiance. The popular tourist destination has plenty of attractions one can visit, some of the best ones include Nehru Rose Garden where one can relish the sight and aroma of 1,600 varieties of rose, Lodhi Fort where one can appreciate the excellence in a 500 year old Mughal architectural monument, Rural Museum where one can learn about the rural life and practices of Punjabis, Rara Sahib Gurudwara where one can relight their spirituality, and Tiger Safari Zoo where one can enjoy activities such as jungle trekking and Wildlife safaris. Ludhiana is also a great destination to pick out some excellent clothes, handicrafts, accessories, and other knick knacks.

Distance from Amritsar: 140 Km

3. Dalhousie

The picturesque hill town of Himachal Pradesh is just as pretty as you can imagine a hill station to be. Carpeted with lush greenery during summers and thick snow during winters, the scenic town looks like a piece of heaven on earth. Located at a high altitude of 1,970 meters, it encompasses of five hills situated close to the Dhauladhar mountain range. The stunning hill station which was once a famed summer retreat destination of the British Raj is a perfect blend of colonial architecture and Indian misty mountain experiences. The esteemed high-altitude trek destination has prominent trek paths in places such as Dainkund Peak, Ganji Pahari, Sach Pass, and Kalatop Wildlife Reserve which are an adventure lover’s paradise. Apart from undertaking challenging treks, one can indulge in water sports, boating and other activities at Chamera and Panchpula Lakes. If you wish to indulge in snow-based activities and crave to enjoy the pristine beauty in the freezing weather of Dalhousie, visit the place during winters. The picture perfect destination is a great place to spend tranquil weekends on top of panoramic hills with hot tea and old books.

Distance from Amritsar: 198 Km

4. DharamsalaDharamsala

Always present in the list of popular places near Amritsar; Dharamsala is one of the most scenic tourist attractions in the country and is a perfect weekend getaway destination. Known widely for its panaromic landscapes, rich spiritual heritage, wonderful people, and plethora of adventurous activities, this bewitching hill town is a convenient vacation spot for families, friends and acquaintance groups, couples and even corporate retreats. The spectacular location consists of plenty of astonishing trekking destinations such as Triund, Indrahar pass, Bhagsu Waterfall, and Dal Lake. The residing destination of his holiness Dalai Lama, Dharamsala is a sacred spiritual centre for Tibetan Buddhism. The aura of this pristine destination is unlike any other! With a perfect fusion of the colourful Tibetan culture and the serenity of the mighty Himalayas over spread with cedar trees, Dharamsala is a great place to lay back and let nature take away all your worries.

Distance from Amritsar: 204 Km

5. McLeod Ganj

McLeod Ganj

Another prominent destination among the popular places near Amritsar, McLeod’s Ganj is a nature lover’s paradise. The popular getaway destination which is known as “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” for housing a large population of Tibetans is positioned in the suburbs of Dharamsala. Beaming with the vibrancy of rich Tibetan heritage, the place carries extreme spiritual significance for Buddhists. Popular as a laid-back destination, McLeod Ganj has plenty of cafes where long-distance travellers and budget tourists spend time conversing with individuals from different cultures and get to experience wanderlust on a whole new level. The hill station is also well known for trekking and other adventurous activities one can indulge in on the picture-perfect regions of Dhauladhar Mountains. Take part in the rejuvenating Yoga programs and Ayurvedic spa treatments best known for the most relaxing experience. The natural beauty of this panoramic destination is inexplicable and the hospitality of the lovely locals at McLeoad Ganj will restore anyone’s faith in humanity.

Distance from Amritsar: 209 Km

6. Jammu

Who hasn’t heard about the untouched beauty of Jammu? This breathtakingly beautiful destination is one of the most frequented tourist spots of the country and has adapted to the needs of travellers from all parts of life. Situated in the southernmost part of Jammu & Kashmir, Jammu is well known as an ancient town with many old temples articulating the architectural brilliance of the ancient humans and nourishing the spiritual significance of the country. Surrounded by the snowcapped mountains of Pir Panjal and dotted with thick mountain ranges, pristine river valleys, scrub-cover hills, Jammu is a captivating getaway for those looking to spend time amidst unspoiled nature and indulge in challenging adventurous sports activities.

Distance from Amritsar: 212 Km

7. Khajjiar

Khajjiar

Honoured as the ‘Mini Switzerland of India’, Khajjar has only a handful of places to sightsee but the serenity in each of them is beyond this world. The popular tourist destination is every adventure seeker and nature lover’s paradise and consists of vibrant meadows, snowcapped mountains, abundant wild life and a thick vegetation of deodar tree forests. The soothing mountain air that blows across the scenic landscapes of Khajjiar has the ability to energize the travellers who come here seeking solitude amidst greenery. One of the most picturesque hill stations near Amritsar, Khajjiar consists of top tourist attractions that play well for everyone’s needs. For wildlife enthusiasts, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary unveils a splendid variety of flora and fauna. For a spiritual votary and architecture admirer, the 12th century old Khajji Nag Temple showcases the intricacies in the Hindu-Mughal style of architecture. Trek through the numerous scenic paths in Khajjiar and rest on the laps of Mother Nature at the Khajjiar Lake, a weekend getaway cannot get better than this.

Distance from Amritsar: 212 Km

8. Chandigarh

The fine architectural city that was designed by the modernist architect, Le Corbusier of Swiss-French origin, is the capital of the constantly developing states of Punjab and Haryana. As one of the best weekend getaways near Amritsar, Chandigarh city stands as an example of how urbanization can coexist with nature. A beautiful city that proudly presents a culture that respects and practices traditional Punjabi lifestyle and yet, perfectly adapts to the necessities of the modern world is an ideal example of how a city must function. One of the main attractions of Chandigarh is the popular man-made Sukhna Lake that’s surrounded by the foothills of Shivalik range. It is the perfect destination to escape the complexities of city life and get lost amidst lush greenery. Other prominent attractions in the region include Rose Garden, Leisure Valley and Rock Garden. Rock Garden is well known for being completely constructed with the use of recycled urban and industrial waste.

Distance from Amritsar: 225 Km

9. Palampur

Covered with lush greenery and majestic mountains as far as naked eye can see, Palampur is the dreamland that provides the combined scenic beauty of Dhauladhar range and Kangra valley. One among the popular adventure sports destination in the Himachal region, Palampur is the hub for activities such as trekking, paragliding, camping and fishing. Studded with scenic tea estates and paddy fields, this alluring destination is also home to several colonial buildings and old temples. Palampur consists of a plethora of options when it comes to food and accommodation. One can easily pick budget hotels in Amritsar and hang out cafes that will provide the view of Palampur’s scenic landscapes and help in thoroughly exploring this picture-perfect destination.

Distance from Amritsar: 228 Km

10. Chamba

Gracefully situated at the banks of the convergence of River Ravi and River Sal, the historical town was under the rule of Chambial clan of Mushana Dynasty. Many historical temples and monuments built during the time still stand boasting the architectural brilliance of the time. Surrounded by extremely serene regions of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Lahaul, Kangra and others, Chamba is a small hamlet covered with untouched greenery and colourful flora. The picturesque landscapes that highlight the serenity of the Shivalik ranges provides the perfect picnic spot for a refreshing getaway. Sui Mata Temple, Old Rangmahal, ancient Harirai Temple and the popular Laxmi Narayan Temple are among the top destinations of this scenic location.

Distance from Amritsar: 234 Km

The best time to visit places in and around Amritsar are during the months of November and March when the weather remains pleasant albeit a little chilly. Winters are the beat season to explore all the wonderful activities that the regions in and around this stunning city has to offer. Whether it is for a short weekend getaway or a long escape from the mechanical lives, there are many budget hotels in Amritsar and other affordable accommodations around the region that one can retire to and enjoy a great vacation.

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Places you need to visit once you are near Ujjain!

Kumbhmela

Welcome you aboard to the most religious, holy and sacred land in the nation – Ujjain. It is an ancient city in the heart of Madhya Pradesh. It is best known for hosting Kumbh Mela, the largest human gathering event on earth. It occurs once in twelve years, runs for twelve days and is one of the most happening celebrations in the country. Situated on the banks of River Shipra, it is home to a plenty of temples and pilgrims. River Narmada also flows along, which has influentially increased the density of tourists over the years.

The brilliance of architecture, art, religion and education makes this place a top tourist attraction. There are several popular places in Ujjain that you can explore with your loved ones. Here is a list below that entails the best of places that you can pay a visit to once you are near Ujjain. The article also contains details about the best time to plan your outing, a brief about budget hotels, things to do etc. So get ready to rejoice in the heart of the state and read on to know more.

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Top 7 Weekend Getaways From Ujjain

  1. Ratlam
  2. Dewas
  3. Kumbh Mela
  4. Mandu
  5. Hanuwantiya
  6. Omkareshwar Temple
  7. Janapav Kuti

1. Ratlam

Residing in the heart of the country, Ratlam is a historic city in Madhya Pradesh. It lies in the north-western corner of the state, about 100 kilometres away from Ujjain. On your way, you will witness many tourist attractions, one of which is Dholawad Dam. It is known for its peaceful and serene environment throughout the year. Kedareshwar and Mahalaksmi Temples are some of the famous places near Ujjain to drop by.

Bandhavgarh National Park offers you a closer look into the wildlife. To get the best views of landscapes and scenery, swing by Pachmarhi. It is a prominent hill station near Ujjain known for its ever pleasant weather and greenery around. This is a must-visit place to go with your family or friends. You can easily shed a day out of your schedule to cover this area.

2. Dewas

Famous monuments and revered temples are something that best describes Dewas. If you have a thing for history, art and most importantly Hinduism-then this is your go to. It is named after Devi Vashini Hill and Devi Tuzla Bhavani (a goddess in the late 11th century). This ancient city in Madhya Pradesh houses many tourist attractions of the state. One of the most visited ones is the Kheoni Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in the west-central region of Malwa plateau, it is a call for nature lovers. You will find a wide collection of flora and fauna. From white striped tigers, one-horned rhinoceros, aquatic animals to nocturnal beings, it has it all. It is a perfect outing to try if you have kids along with you.

It is situated roughly 40 kilometres away from Ujjain. However, due to the presence of public buses, local trains, taxis, travelling is not really a mess in the city. You can easily get a ride in no time.

3. Kumbh Mela

It is said to be one of the most incredible festivals on the face of the earth. It caters to a massive human gathering, making it the largest populous celebration in the country. The Mela takes place once in every twelve years and goes on for twelve days. These twelve days are dedicated to the momentous event of Samundra Manthan, an epic event in the chapters of Hindu Mythology. Ujjain homes to Lord Mahakaleshwar, who is one of the 12 ‘jyotirlingas’ worshipped in the country. Kumbh Mela is held in four cities which are Nashik, Allahabad, Haridwar and Ujjain. The next Kumbh Mela is scheduled to fall in 2028 in Ujjain.

The venue for this huge carnival is on the banks of River Ganga, where the confluence of Rivers Yamuna, Saraswati, Kshipra takes place. Generally, Kumbh Mela caters to some recognised fairs some of which are; the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the Allahabad Kumbh Mela, the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha and the Ujjain Simhastha. Ganga, the holy river is where devotees from all over India come to take a dip. It is believed that a bath in this sacred river tends to wash away all your sins. The significance and essence of this ritual is deemed ceremonial.

The Ujjain Kumbh Mela will create an exciting experience for you. It’s not only a colourful event but also a treat to traveller’s sore eyes. The charm of the Mela and spirit of festivity bonds together. Since it occurs in once every twelve years, the magnitude of celebration and show is immense. One is never too old or young to attend this festival. And that’s why it is referred to as ‘Event of the year’ at times. So if you are planning a trip to Ujjain any time soon, do not forget to stop by here. If you get to book during this time of this event, consider yourself fortunate. This can be a perfect destination for the weekend getaway that you are looking for.

4. Mandu

Mandu

Of the many places near Ujjain, Mandu is yet another important tourist attraction. It is mostly famous for housing India’s largest fort, Mandu Fort. It is an ancient city, situated 150 kilometers from Ujjain. It drives you into the pages of Indian history. All you get to see is the rumbles and ruins from the tales of history, which will take you back to time-travel. The exceptional architecture of the forts will leave you spellbound. It is inspired by Afghan architecture that shows the brilliance of craftsmanship and technical details.

The name ‘Mandu’ has been given mainly due to the love affair of Rani Roopmati and Baz Bahadur. This place has beautiful views of sunsets in between the old forts, making it quite romantic and special. It is a definite place to swing by if you are with your special someone.

5. Hanuwantiya

If you have a knack for adventure, then this is your go-to. It is located a 100 kilometers afar from Ujjain. It is a trending water sports adventurous park in the city. From boating, parasailing, kayaking, jet skiing to snorkeling, it has it all. You name it and you get it. You can also see the Indira Sagar Dam from here. Thousands of migratory birds flock around in the morning hours, giving you a view like never before.

Home to various adventure activities, this is the place where fun stays unlimited. If you are  lucky, you can also be a part of Jal Mahotsav. It happens every year from the months of October to January. It is island turned tent cities where people can relax while at the same time go adventurous. You can see various activities being divided into land, air and water activities.

6. Omkareshwar Temple

Omkareshwar Temple

It is a popular Hindu pilgrim destination near Ujjain. It resides on the banks of River Narmada. Located in the district of Khandwa, it stands approximately 140 kilometers away from Ujjain. It is best known for being one of the 12 jyotirlingas of the country. This is what makes it one of the most crowded tourist attractions in the state. It has an Om-shaped pilgrim island dedicated to Lord Shiva. You will see mesmerizing hills surrounding the Narmada River forming a picture-perfect landscape to relish.

Of the many things you can do, boating is quite definitely one of them. There is a 270-feet bridge that connects the two ghats in the town. A few of other attractions near this temple are Mamleshwar Temple, Peshawar Ghat, Jyotirlinga Temple. It is reckoned to be a perfect weekend getaway from Ujjain to experience a true form of divinity. You can easily take a weekend off from the hustle and bustle of the city life and relax yourselves over here.

7. Janapav Kuti

JanapavKuti

Janapav Kuti is called the birthplace of Parshuram. Parshuram is believed to be the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. It is well-known for harvesting medicinal herbs and shrubs in the city. They are an ayurvedic form of cure for human illness. The best time to visit this place is during the monsoons. The region surrounding this city has a lot of secret spots filled with unmatched natural beauty. If you have a soft corner for nature and love to wonder around, this is your getaway. One of these amazing spots is the highest point of the Malwa Plateau, the Janapav Kuti Peak.

The view of the hilltop surrounded by spreads of greenery portrays a spectacular thing to behold. There is an opportunity of a 4 kilometer uphill ride, which will show you the breathtaking view of the city from the top. It is about 100 kilometers from Ujjain and is said to be the origin of River Chambal.

Apart from the aforementioned, there are a lot of popular places in Ujjain. Some of them are Kal Bhairav Temple, Vedha Shala, Ram Ghat, Kaliadeh Palace, Pir Matsyendranath, Gopal Mandir, Rumi ka Makbara, Bhartrihari Caves, Chintaman Ganesh Temple etc. These are just a few to mention, nevertheless, the list goes endless.

The best time to pay a visit to Ujjain is most likely in the winter months. From the months of October to February, the temperature remains soothing and serene making it comfortable for sightseeing. The weather remains windy and pleasant. The average temperature is 17 to 25 degree Celsius. Winter mornings face mist and fog at times whereas evenings are chill with frigid temperatures. Nonetheless, you can drop by in summers too but the temperature might be an issue. Sometimes it gets quite sunny and humid. Same goes for monsoons, with the difference of rainfall. It is best advised to avoid touring during these months due to the uncertainty of weather. You may go ahead, but stay alert with all the necessary precautions beforehand. The month of March hosts Kumbh Mela that kicks off once in every twelve years. If you plan a trip during this time, it’s the best way out.

Conclusion

Are you wondering where to stay when you arrive at Ujjain? Thanks to the technology and science at hand, finding a place of residence today is a cakewalk. From premium resorts to budget hotels, you get it all. OYO Room accommodation is present in most of the city. You might consider staying at Indore Road, Sanwer Road, Mahakal Vanijya, Suraj Nagar, Freegunj etc. In the Filter Tab, you can also choose the type of accommodation, AC/Non-AC, budget, ratings and loads more. You can absolutely customize it as per your requirement. You can even book your rooms before you book your tickets to Ujjain.

Now that you have a fair picture about Ujjain, places to visit, the best time to travel and where to stay and some additional knick-knacks, so why do you even wait? Ujjain awaits you with open arms and love. Book you tickets right away before it’s too late.

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Looking for Weekend Getaway Near Nashik?

Igatpuri

Nashik, the “Wine Capital of India” is a very beautiful city. Situated 600 m above the sea level, it is the third largest city of Maharashtra and the fourth fastest growing city of India. Popular among tourists for peace, tranquility, scenic beauty, pleasant climate, impeccable cleanliness, and picturesque surroundings. Some of the popular places in Nashik is Ramkund, Muktidham Temple, Coin Museum, Dudhsagar Falls, Trimbakeshwar, Panchavati, Kalaram Temple, Pandavleni Caves. Nashik is also a very well-known place for Kumbh Mela conducted once in 12 years.  Nashik has everything from temples to vineyards, hills to waterfalls, this place offers a lot to see.  The best time to visit Nashik is from October to February but one must try to visit Nashik during Sulafest which is conducted during the month of February. The World Music festival takes place in the lush green estate of finest grape vineyards.  Some of the highlights of the festival includes grape stomping, wine tasting, music, drinks, food, fashion, and camping. If you are in Nashik and want to galivant around the city; then check out these Popular Places to visit Near Nashik.

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Top 7 Weekend Getaways From Nashik

  1. Igatpuri
  2. Bhandardara
  3. Shirdi
  4. Ozar
  5. Malshej Ghat
  6. Silvassa
  7. Lonavala

1. Igatpuri

Distance:- 46 km from Nashik

Located at an altitude of 1,900 feet, Igatpuri possesses a wonderful terrain, with cascading waterfalls and green deep forests. It is a heaven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. Igatpuri is a perfect destination for a weekend getaway during the monsoons and winters. Untouched by urbanization this charming hill station retains its mystic air. Trekkers can cherish a panoramic view of the entire city from Tringalwadi Fort placed at an altitude of 3000ft. The Ghatandevi Temple dedicated to Goddess who is the protector of Ghats is splendid. Walavalkar Museum is a unique museum that depicts Shivaji Maharaj’s life and proves to be yet another treat to gorge your eyes on. Also, try and drop into the Vipassana Centre if you want to learn meditation and how it has been practiced over the ages. During Monsoon Vaitarna Dam is a major tourist attraction.  Igatpuri transforms into a green paradise during monsoon with milky white waterfalls enriching the entire experience of sight-seeing.

2. Bhandardara

Bhandardara

Distance:- 71 km from Nashik

Situated in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra; Bhandardara is a beautiful hill station which has all the nature’s blessings a place can get. Lush green hills against a background of the dazzling lake, clear blue sky and waterfalls make this place a perfect holiday spot for city dwellers. This place makes for an adventurous weekend getaway to run away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Known as the Queen of Sahyadri Ranges, Bhandardara is an emerging summer retreat for the backpackers. Wilson Dam and Radha waterfalls which are the best sight you wouldn’t want to miss. Best Time To Visit Bhandardara is during monsoon as it unveils spellbinding charm and if you love trekking; Mount Kalsubai is waiting for you.

3. Shirdi

Distance:- 122 km from Nashik

Shirdi is meant for all those who  want to visit the religious place, soothe their senses and calm their souls. Shirdi means ‘the foot of prosperity’. Sai Baba is popularly known as ‘Messenger of God’ as he always spread the message of universal brotherhood. According to popular belief, Sai Baba arrived at Shirdi in 1858 and spent 60 years of his life here until he attained salvation in 1918. The temple opens in the morning at 4 AM and has darshans during the slots from morning to evening. For those who wish to avoid standing in the long queues, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan – Shirdi Trust has introduced an online booking facility where devotees can register and book their darshan to finish it under an hour.  Other facilities like accommodation and transport can also be booked on their official site. The world’s largest solar cooker is operated at the Shirdi Bhojanalaya where they provide food for thousands of devotees every day at Rs. 10 only. There are many tourist attraction sights in Shirdi such as Chavadi, Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai Masjid, Shani Shingnapur. The best time to visit Shirdi is during the winter season (October to February).

4. Ozar

Distance:- 145 km from Nashik

Famous for Vigneshwara Temple, spectacular views  of vineyard and forest covered hills;  Ozar is a beautiful offbeat destination for weekend getaway lovers that they can visitwith friends and families. Swami Bhramanand Temple, Hal Museum or Pragati Aerospace Museum is among other tourist attractions. The place provides a wide array of a cultural showcase in food and traditions. Visit this place during monsoon (August-September) to witness Bael Pola festival, where farmers worship Bulls and pay their respect to them.  Winter is also a great time when the weather remains pleasantly cool and you can explore the city nicely.

5. Malshej Ghat

MalshejGhat

Distance:- 166 km from Nashik

Situated in the Western Ghats, at an elevation of 750 m above sea level, Malshej is a stunning hill station. With its numerous lakes, waterfalls, beautifully structured dams, steep lofty forts, and mountains, it is popular among hikers, trekkers and nature lovers. Malshej Ghat is a HEAVEN – An ideal retreat,full of natural beauty. Popular among hikers and trekkers, the actual magic of the site is experienced during monsoon while exploring the region on foot. Harishchandragad fort is also very popular among trekkers. Malshej falls, Pimpalgaon dam and Ajoba Hill fort are some of the other tourist attractions. It is advisable to carry your own food as options for food are very limited

6. Silvassa

Distance:- 127 km from Nashik

The capital city of the Indian Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Silvassa was known as Vila de Paço d’Arcos . It is a popular destination for those who wish to spend some time with nature and also experience the rich cultural heritage of strong Portuguese roots. Understand the culture, history, and traditions of several tribes through Tribal Cultural Museum. The Vasona Lion Safari can excite wildlife enthusiasts. Here you can spot lions which were transported from the Gir Sanctuary. Madhuban Dam is a haven for lovers of water sports. For themovie buffs;  Vanganga Lake is a must-visit since many Bollywood songs have been filmed here. Silvassa and is a great place to soak in the tranquillity of nature from November to June.

7. Lonavala

Lonavala

Distance:- 222 km from Nashik

Located at 625 m above the sea level, it is one of the exquisite places near Nashik, that is breathtaking. Away from the loud hustle and bustle of the city, this hill station is best for your health; fresh, unpolluted and pleasant.  Popularly called the ‘Jewel of Sahyadri’, Lonavala is a popular destination for hiking and trekking. Best season to experience serenity is monsoons with waterfalls cascading and lush greenery surrounding you. If you want to enjoy a tranquil evening, visit the famous lakes and dams in Lonavala. If you enjoy trekking Lohagarh is best. However, if you love to go on nature trails Rajamachi Point commands a fantastic view of Shivaji’s famous fort that goes by the same. Don’t forget to try Lonavala Chikki. Best Time to de-stress is during Winter and Monsoon as cool environs will soothe your senses.

Try to book hotels online in order to avoid last minute inconvenience. You can get budget hotels in Nashik easily and also around other Popular Places Near Nashik.

Nashik is a perfect weekend getaway for short retreats or to de-stress from the crowded city life. Such is the charm of this little marvelous place that will rejuvenate your senses and leave you wanting for more.

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You simply can’t miss out on these 11 places to visit near Bhopal

Sanchi

Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh might not be as popular as Varanasi or Sanchi but has its own finesse of Nawabi grandeur.  However, if you are done exploring all the popular places in Bhopal there are many more interesting places near Bhopal that deserve your attention. Tourist attractions abound near Bhopal and they are perfect for the weekend getaway as none of the places are more than 3 hours away from Bhopal city. A visit to any one of these places will expose you to experience the rich historical, cultural, natural, and religious character of the region.

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Top 11 Weekend Getaways From Bhopal

  1. Sanchi
  2. Khandwa
  3. Indore
  4. Pachmarhi
  5. Hoshangabad
  6. Raisen
  7. Ujjain
  8. Chanderi
  9. Vidisha
  10. Islamnagar
  11. Mandu

1. Sanchi

Today Sanchi is a small village in the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh but once upon a time from the third century B.C. to the 12-century A.D., Sanchi was home to stupas, monasteries, and the gong of monastery bells used to resonate for miles around. The sounds of the prayer bells have faded away long ago but monuments at Sanchi speak volumes about the Buddhist abode that it was. Some of the most important tourist attractions today are – the four gateways of the Sanchi Stupa, Sanchi Museum, the Great Bowl, Ashoka’s Pillar which is famous across the world, and the Gupta Temple.

The lost glory of Sanchi was forgotten till 1818 when archaeologists rediscovered the place. The Bhopal Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Sanchi and the best time to visit Sanchi is during the months of November and February when several religious festivals are celebrated in this town. Sanchi is at a distance of 48.3 kilometres from Bhopal and can be reached in 1 hour and 10 mins.

2. Khandwa

Khandwa

Khandwa is another place, which gives the aura of coming alive from the pages of a history book. It is home to ancient temples, shrines, and ancient kunds (pond). 12-century Khandwa was home to Jainism and Hinduism. During the British times, Khandwa became a commercial hub of the Nimaad region. Post-independence, Khandwa is known for being home to one of the most brilliant singers in Indian film history – Kishore Kumar.

History is scattered all around Khandwa and some of the most important ones are Asirgarh Fort, which is known as the Eye of Deccan, the Nav Chandi Devi Dham where thousands of devotees come every year and the Bhavani Mata Temple, which is an important place of worship for Hindus. Tourists also visit the Gauri Kunj, which is a memorial dedicated to Kishore Kumar. Besides these places, Khandwa is home to many dams such as the Indira Sagar Dam and the Nagchun Dam.

Khandwa is at a distance from 271 kilometres from Bhopal and takes 4.5 hours to reach by car.

3. Indore

Indore

Indore is called the heart of Madhya Pradesh and there is a reason for that. Apart from blessed by nature, the city also has many man-made attractions. The natural landscape with strong silent rivers, placid lakes, and beautiful plateaus. The city gets its name from the 18-century Indreshwar Temple where the reigning deity is Lord Indreshwar. Among the other places where you will find remnants of history are the Rajwada; a spectacular palace; the Kaanch Mandir or the glass temple, Lalbagh Palace, which is a testimony to the grandeur of the Holkar kings. Also don’t forget to visit natural beauties such as  Meghdoot  Upavan;  a beautiful garden, Patalpani Waterfall, a natural wonder, and Bijasen Tekri from where you can get the best views of the city.

Apart from the sights here, Indore is also home to traditional handicrafts such as hand block printing, batik, zari, and jute industry. Like most other places in Madhya Pradesh, the best time to visit Indore is during the winters when the weather is at its most pleasant.

Indore is at a distance of 188 kilometres from Bhopal and can be reached in 3 hours.

4. Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi holds the unique designation of being the only hill station of Madhya Pradesh. Perhaps that is why Pachmarhi is called the Queen of Satpura. Located at a height of   1110 metres Pachmarhi has a rich tribal history. Pachmarhi was the capital of the Gond tribe. The British discovered Pachmarhi in the 19-century. If you’re looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the cities, head to Pachmarhi. Blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, Pachmarhi has tons of places such as Pandava Caves, Apsara Vihar, Handi Khoh, Jata Shankar Cave, and Duchess Falls, which are just some of its major attractions. Pachmarhi is pleasant throughout the year and thus it can be considered for a weekend getaway anytime throughout the year. You can take a flight or train from Bhopal and cover the remaining distance via road. Pachmarhi is 200 kilometres from Bhopal and takes about 3.5 hours to reach.

5. Hoshangabad

Hoshangabad

Another place, which is steeped in history and culture, Hoshangabad derives its name from Hoshang Shah who was the ruler of this place. In olden times, Hoshangabad was called Narmadapuram, deriving its name from the river Narmada. The city is famous for its spiritual and scenic destinations. The Satpura National Park, Adamgarh Hills, Hushang Shah Fort, Khedapati Hanuman Mandir, and Ramji Baba Mandir are some of the most frequented tourist destinations here.  Interestingly, Pachmarhi is also part of the Hoshangabad District. Narmada Jayanti is a popular festival celebrated here that attracts huge crowds.  Hoshangabad is at a distance of 74 kilometres from Bhopal and can be reached in one and a half hours.

6. Raisen

Raisen is a small town in terms of geography but not small in terms of tourism as it has been of historical importance. The Raisen Fort that dates back to 1200 AD is a testimony to this. Raisen was ruled by various rulers till the 15-century and afterwards saw rule by Sher Shah and Faiz Mohammad Khan, the third Nawab of Bhopal in 1760. Raisen became a part of Madhya Pradesh in 1956. The world famous Bhimbetka Caves where pre-historic paintings drawn by early man can be seen are located in the Raisen District. The best time to visit Raisen is during the winter months. Raisen is at a distance of 44 kilometres or 1 hour from Bhopal.

7. Ujjain

Another pre-historic city of great importance and a weekend getaway near Bhopal is Ujjain. Ujjain is also known as Ujjaini or the glorious conqueror. Mythical stories abound in Indian history about Ujjain and its rulers. Legend has it that rulers like Vikramaditya and Asoka ruled Ujjain in different periods of history.  In the Mahabharata, Ujjain finds mention as the capital of the Avanti Kingdom. It is called the land of Shiva and is mentioned as one of the holy cities of the Hindus. The famous Mahakaleshwar Temple is in Ujjain and is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Apart from this, there are also other tourist spots in Ujjain such as Siddhavat, Bhartrihari Caves, Sandipani Ashram, Kal Bhairav, Pir Matsyendranath, and Gadkalika. Don’t forget to buy some of the ethnic tribal jewelry, textiles, and bamboo products that Ujjain is famous for along with other souvenirs from the local marketplace. Shared autos are the preferred means of transport within the city and also one of the cheapest modes of transport. Ujjain is a 3-hour drive away from Bhopal and is 190 kilometres away from Bhopal.

8. Chanderi

Chanderi is an important historical town that used to be an attractive place for rulers in different periods of history because of its location along the trade routes that led to Gujarat, Central India, and the Deccan. The rock-carved monuments that are found here are a testimony to the richness of Islamic architecture. At the same time, Chanderi also shows signs of being an important centre of Jainism at an earlier date. Chanderi Fort, Singhpur Palace, Badal Mahal Darwaza, and Raja Mahal are some of the tourist attractions here. Religious devotees are drawn to the town in huge numbers every year to the Jaageshwari Devi Festival. Chanderi is famous for its hand woven sarees, which have their distinctive golden borders and quality. Although not a very big place, there are ample places for tourists to stay. Chanderi is 214 kilometres from Bhopal and takes 4.5 hours to reach.

9. Vidisha

If you ever imagined what it would be like to be transported back in time, you can experience that for real in Vidisha or Bhilsa as it was named in the ancient times. Just a little more than an hour away from  Bhopal lies the magnificent ruins of  Vidisha, which was once a major trade centre of the Gupta Empire some 2000 years ago. It is awe-inspiring to think that you might be walking on the same streets where the emperor Ashoka once walked more than 2000 years ago. Strewn with remains everywhere you go, at every nook and corner in Vidisha, you will find a piece of history waiting for you.

Temples such as Udayeshwara Temple, Maladevi Temple, Gadarmal Temple, Dashavtar Temple, Bajramath Temple, and Sola-Kambi Temple are important sights here.  Sironj, a place revered by the Jain community is also here. The Heliodorus Pillar or the Khamba Baba attracts lots of tourists. The same can be said for the Udayagiri Caves as well. Lohangi Pir and Hindola Torana are some other important sights here. Jain sculptures dating back to 155 AD are found in Dharampur. Vidisha is at a distance of 57 kilometres from Bhopal and can be reached by car in about 1.5 hours.

10. Islamnagar

Places near Bhopal don’t get nearer than this. Islamnagar, another historical destination is famous for being the capital of the princely state of Bhopal albeit for a short period. Islamnagar had a long passage in the pages of history and was called Jagadishpur once when the Rajputs ruled over this land. In the 18-century, the Afghan commander Dost Mohammad Khan came and captured the city. This meant a change in name to Islamnagar or the land of Islam. Since then this name has stuck till date. Stately gardens and ruins of palaces dot the landscape of Islamnagar today. Some of the star attractions here are Chaman Mahal, Rani Mahal, and Gond Mahal. Islamnagar is just a stone’s throw away from Bhopal at a distance of 12 kilometres and can be reached even by local bus and auto-rickshaw. Hotels and ATMs are to be found here if anyone wants to stay overnight here although a better option would be to move ahead to other tourist attractions.

11. Mandu

Some places survive the ravages of time because even time cannot seem to erase the stories that these places tell. One such place is Mandu or Mandavgarh or Shadiabad. Whichever name you call it by, Mandu is and always will be famous for the legendary love story between Roopmati and Baz Bahadur. Mandu was a kingdom that became a part of the Mughal Empire till it became a part of the Maratha Empire in 1732. Today, Mandu offers to the tourist historical remains and architectural excellence such as Rani Roopmati’s Pavilion, Hoshang Khan’s Tomb, Baz Bahadur’s Palace, Jami Masjid, Jahaz Mahal, and the remains of the Mandu Fort. Mandu is situated 284 kilometres from Bhopal and can be reached in about five and a half hours.

Whether you are a local resident in Bhopal or simply a tourist looking to maximise your holiday in Bhopal the vast lands of Madhya Pradesh offer several options for a weekend getaway. Whether you are looking to escape the Bhopal’s hot climate by visiting Pachmarhi or looking for authentic handicrafts from Chanderi or wanting a lesson in history by visiting Vidisha or seeking any other experience you will find everything that you are looking for. For accommodation, you will find a wide range of premium to budget hotels in Bhopal and at other locations so you can relax in comfort after your day’s adventures.

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Places to visit near Ahmedabad that shouldn’t be missed

Udaipur, Rajasthan

Ahmedabad is a city that was established by a renowned Muslim sultan named Ahmed Shah. It is India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City and Gujarat’s commercial Hub. It is not a highly renowned tourist destination but features some of the ideal most weekend getaways for one to visit and explore. The various places near Ahmedabad ranges from historical destinations to hill stations giving you a wide variety to pick from. The city is well connected by roads to all the various weekend getaway places and you can anytime head out with you near and dear ones on a four-wheeler. To know more about the popular places in Ahmedabad and the various weekend getaways keep glued to the article below.

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Top 9 Weekend Getaways From Ahmedabad

  1. Udaipur, Rajasthan
  2. Mount Abu, Rajasthan
  3. Gandhinagar, Gujarat
  4. Kutch, Gujarat
  5. Vadodara, Gujarat
  6. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan
  7. Jodhpur, Rajasthan
  8. Diu, Daman and Diu
  9. Nashik, Maharashtra

1. Udaipur, Rajasthan

Udaipur city, also popular by the name of ‘City of Lakes’ is the marvel of the state of Rajasthan. Nestled between the mighty Aravalli Hills it is known to be the ‘Venice of the East’. It is popular for its various lakes, mesmerizing temples, and ancient architecture. It also features some of the most luxurious resorts where you can enjoy a comfortable stay. You can enjoy activities like boat riding at various lakes, one of the best being Lake Pichola. The lush green valley that the city is located in and the four lakes that it is surrounded by adds to the beauty of the place. It is one of those places where people head for destination weddings and events with friends and family.

Distance from Ahmedabad – 256 km

Best Known for – Lake Pichola, City Palace, Sajjangarh Palace, Fateh Sagar Lake, Vintage Car Museum, Eklingji Temple, Doodh Talai Musical garden, Jaisamand Lake, Gulab Bagh and Zoo, Saheliyon-ki-Bari, Jag Mandir Palace, Bada Mahal, Shilpgram, Crystal gallery etc.

Best Time to Visit – October, November, December, January, February, and March.

Ideal Duration to Explore Udaipur – 2 to 3 days

Nearest Airport – Udaipur Airport

2. Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Mount Abu, Rajasthan

Mount Abu is Rajasthan’s only hill station that is popular for its lush greenery and cool atmosphere. One of the most pleasing attractions of the destination is the renowned Dilwara Temple. It is one of the outstanding art pieces that features outstanding architecture. This place is a must visit for all the architectural and history buffs. These temples were developed around a thousand years back. Some of the other tourist attractions of Mount Abu include the Sunset point and the Honeymoon Point. The hill station also features a lake where you can indulge in boating with your companions. There are also a number of luxurious resorts where you can plan your stay and unwind amongst the various offered amenities and comforts.

Distance from Ahmedabad – 226 km

Best known for – Dilwara temples, Nakki lake, Arbuda Devi Temple, Trevors Tank, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Toad Rock, Lord Raghunath temple, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, Honeymoon point, Achalgarh village, Sunset Point, Mount Abu Bazaars, Guru Shikhar etc.

Best Time to Visit – October, November, December, January, February, and March.

Ideal Duration to Explore Mount Abu – 1 to 2 days

Nearest Airport – Udaipur

3. Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Gandhinagar, Gujarat

The birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhinagar boasts of a rich heritage,  serene ambiance and a number of beautiful temples for the visitors to explore. The tourist places of Gandhinagar, especially the holy ones, are worth visiting as they hold the capability of imparting an enriching experience to the visitors. The place also features the very popular Akshardham Temple. It is also one of the few planned cities in the country.

Distance from Ahmedabad – 26 km

Best Known for – Akshardham Temple, Sarita Udyan, Children’s Park, Adalaj Stepwell, Trimandir, Indroda Nature Park, Aalloa Hills Resorts Golf Course, Puneet Van, Fun World, the Vithalbhai Patel Bhawan, Rani Roopmati mosque, Sant Sarovar Dam, Swarnim Park etc.

Best Time to Visit – October, November, December, January, February, and March.

Ideal Duration to Explore Gandhinagar – 1 Day

Nearest Airport – Ahmedabad

4. Kutch, Gujarat

Gandhinagar, Gujarat

Kutch is a virtual island the shape of which resembles that of a tortoise. It is an Indian erstwhile princely state that is an outstanding tourist destination for travellers from all across the country. The white salt desert of Rann of Kutch is a vast expanse of land that stretches as far as one can look. The place becomes lively during the cool winter months when the place hosts the renowned Rann Festival. During the festival, the region features huge camp settlements, fun activities, cultural event and so much more. One of the most fun activities here during the festival is hot-air ballooning. Parts of Pakistan can also be seen from Kutch as it lies on the boundaries of the two countries. Other attractions of Kutch include embroidery works, crafted items, Wild Ass Sanctuary, and Flamingo Sanctuary. The ideal starting spot for Rann of Kutch is Bhuj. Additionally, while exploring Kutch you can also make plans to visit Mandvi Beaches and the beautiful town of Dholavira

Distance from Ahmedabad – 402 km

Best Known for – The Great Rann of Kutch, Kutch Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Dholavira, Kutch Museum, Kutch Bustard Sanctuary, Mandvi beach, Aina Mahal palace, Kandla Port, Mudra Port, Narayan Sarovar, Prag Mahal, Wild Ass Sanctuary, Mata No Madh, Narayan Sarovar Chinkara Sanctuary etc.

Best Time to Visit – July, August, September, October, November, December, January, February, and March.

Ideal Duration to Explore Kutch – 2 to 3 days

Nearest Airport – Bhuj

5. Vadodara, Gujarat

Vadodara, Gujarat

Vadodara is home to some outstanding architectural structures. The most prominent portion of the place is occupied by the Gujarati crowd owing to which the festival of Navratri is of utmost importance in the city and is celebrated in an extravagant manner. To experience the true flavour of the nine days of Navratri you must visit Vadodara during the festival. The Sayajirao University, one of quite a prominence in India is also located in Vadodara. The place is also home to a number of legendary monuments including the lavish Lakshmi Vilas Palace.

Distance from Ahmedabad – 112 km

Best Known for – Sayaji Gardens, Lakshmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara Museum and Picture Gallery, Champaner – Pavagadh Archaeological Park, EME Temple, Surya Mandir, Khanderao Market, Makarpura Palace, Aurobindo Ashram, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Maharaja Fatehsingh Museum, Sursagar lake, Kabirvad, Mandvi Gate, Vaishnav Hindu Temple, Sardar Patel Planetarium, Zarwani waterfalls etc.

Best Time to Visit – October, November, December, January, February, and March.

Ideal Duration to Explore Vadodara – 1 to 2 days

Nearest Airport – Vadodara

6. Chittorgarh, Rajasthan

Chittorgarh of Rajasthan features a rich collection of ancient monuments and rich heritage. Each development of this Rajasthani glory states the glorious history of its ancient dwellers. Back in time, it was the capital city of Mewar. It boasts of forts, ancient ruins, citadels, as well as evergreen stories. Chittorgarh is nestled in the south-eastern region of the state of Rajasthan. In the time of Allauddin Khilji, Chittorgarh fort nestled on the top of a massive hill faced a tremendous war. The fort of Chittorgarh is the same place where Rani Padmini performed Jauhar after the fort was conquered by Allauddin Khilji. Each year thousands of tourists visit Chittorgarh Fort to admire the vast fort and its beauty. Other popular attractions of Chittorgarh include Rani Padmini Palace, Meera Temple, Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary, Kali Mata temple, and many others.

Distance from Ahmedabad – 368 km

Best Known for – Chittorgarh Fort, Vijay Stambh, Gomukh Kund, Maha Sati, Rana Kumbha’s Palace, Kirti Stambh, Kalika Mata Temple, Fateh Prakash Palace, Shyama Temple, Sanwariaji Temple, Sathis Deori Temple, Meera Temple, Bhainsrorgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Ratan Singh Temple, Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary, Sitamata Wildlife Sanctuary, Menal, Archaeological Museum, Padmini Palace etc.

Best Time to Visit – October, November, December, January, February, and March.

Ideal Duration to Explore Chittorgarh – 1 day

Nearest Airport – Udaipur

7. Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Jodhpur is also popularly known as Gateway to Thar. It is renowned for its blue coloured houses, ancient temples, Mehrangarh Fort, peaceful lakes, shopping streets, and local delicacies. The Magnificent Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest in the state of Rajasthan. The blue houses and the blue walls of the houses and other structures of Jodhpur lends a blue coloured look to the city. It attracts tourists from all across the globe. Many portions of Jodhpur have grown into a developed city with cleaner and wider roads. However, the real jodhpur feel lies in visiting the old city of Jodhpur where there are a number of eateries, sweet joints, vendors etc.

Distance from Jodhpur – 452 km

Best Known for – Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Tada, Umaid Bhawan Palace Mandore Garden, Khejarla Fort, Toorji Ka Jhalra, Sardar Market, Ghanta Ghar, Jodhpur Flamenco and Gypsy Festival, Balsamand Lake, Mahamandir Temple, Marwar Festival, Nagaur Fair, World Sacred Spirit Festival, The Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Rajasthan International Folk Festival, Jodhpur Government Museum, Phalodi, Masuriya Hill Garden, Kaylana Lake, Sheesh Mahal, Sardar Samand Lake Palace, Hanwant Mahal, Phool Mahal, Guda Bishnoi Village, Moti Mahal, Ranisar and Padamsar lakes, Camel Safari, Machia Biological Park, Bishnoi Village, Fort Chanwa, Rai ka Baag Palace, etc.

Best Time to Visit – November, December, January, and February.

Ideal Duration to Explore Jodhpur – 1 to 2 days

Nearest Airport – Jodhpur

8. Diu, Daman and Diu

Diu is a small-sized island which was once a Portuguese colony. It is situated close to the Veraval port and is well guarded all around by beaches. Diu is a popular tourist attraction owing to the ample number of beaches that it boasts the best one being the renowned and beautiful Nagoa Beach. In order to get a taste of the architecture of the ancient Portuguese kind, you must visit the Diu Fort. It is rich in architecture and heritage. Another attraction of Diu is Vanakbara. It is a small fishing village that features a number of colourful fishes. The place also features various temples and churches that can be added on to your sightseeing tour while in the city.

Distance from Ahmedabad – 355 km

Best Known for – Naida caves, Ghogla Beach, Nagoa Beach, Diu Fort, Sunset Point, St. Paul Church, Gangeshwar Mahadev Temple, Panikota Fort, Zampa Gateway, INS Khukri Memorial, Diu Museum, Shell Museums, Jallandar Beach, Simbor and Chakratirath Beach, Gomtimata beach, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Hoka trees, Dinosaur Park, Chakratirth beach etc.

Best Time to Visit – July, August, September, October, November, December, January, February, and March.

Ideal Duration to Explore Diu – 2 to 3 days

Nearest Airport – Diu

9. Nashik, Maharashtra

Nashik is a holy city in Maharashtra that hosts the pious Kumbh Mela once in every twelve years. It is also a destination where the popular Sula Vineyards finds its existence. Nestled on the river banks of Godavari River, Nashik is home to a number of temples which in turn are visited by thousands of pilgrims each year. It is the home town for pilgrims who come to visit the holy places of Shirdi and Trimbakeshwar. Apart from the holy temples, Nashik also features various forts, waterfalls, and other interesting tourist attractions. While visiting Nashik make sure to carry some fine bottles of wine back home.

Distance from Ahmedabad – 474 km

Best Known for – Sula Vineyards, Saptashrungi, Sita Gufa, Panchvati, Trimbakeshwar, Pandavleni Caves, Dhudsagar falls, Anjaneri Hills, Kapileshwara Temple, Jain Temple, Kalaram Temple, Deolali Camp, Mulher Trek, Salher, Ahivantgad fort, Dhodap Trek, Muktidham Temple, Kumbh Mela, Someshwar Temple,Gangapur Dam, Navashya Ganapati Temple, Artillery Museum, Ram Kund, Balaji Devsthan, Swami Samarth Temple, Sundarnarayan temple, Vihigaon Waterfall, Coin Museum, Dugarwadi waterfall, Dugarwadi Waterfalls, Dabhosa Waterfall, Sula Fest etc.

Best Time to Visit – July, August, September, October, November, December, January, February, and March.

Ideal Duration to Explore Nashik – 2 to 3 days

Nearest Airport – Pune

Ahmedabad, the hub of the lovely Gujaratis is one of the ideal destinations to be explored. Having the most amazing places nestled in close vicinity it gives you an opportunity to explore the best places to visit during the weekends. You can study the best time to visit these nearby marvels and get your itinerary planned at the soonest. There are a number of budget hotels in Ahmedabad that can be booked at unbelievable prices. So, wait no more, get your itinerary planned, your bookings done and you’re all set to go. Happy Vacationing!!

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Places to visit near Haridwar that you can visit over a Weekend

Kalsi, Uttarakhand

Haridwar is an ancient city located in the Uttarakhand district. As per ancient Hindu Legends, it was in Haridwar that Lord Shiva released the sacred River Ganga from his hair. River Ganga, after flowing for around 157 miles from the main source Gaumukh, finally entered the Gangetic plains at Haridwar for the first time.

Haridwar is one of the seven holy places of the Hindus. Many devotees travel to the pious destination of Haridwar in order to perform the ritual holy bathing on the banks of the Ganga River. This bathing is considered a way of washing away your sins so that Moksha is achieved. Brahma Kund, the exact spot where the Amrit, rumoured to be the elixir of the Gods, is said to have fallen, is situated at Har ki Pauri. It is one of the most sacred ghats of Haridwar and a must-visit attraction for all. There is an ample number of popular places in Haridwar as well as a number of beautiful marvels situated in close vicinity which can be visited and explored. The following article will help you know about various places near Haridwar or weekend getaway jewels that are considered to be top listed tourist attractions.

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Top 12 Weekend Getaways From Haridwar

  1. Kalsi, Uttarakhand
  2. Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh
  3. Jageshwar, Uttarakhand
  4. Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand
  5. Lansdowne, Uttarakhand
  6. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
  7. Pauri, Uttarakhand
  8. Kausani, Uttarakhand
  9. Patiala, Punjab
  10. Chandigarh, Chandigarh
  11. Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand
  12. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

1. Kalsi, Uttarakhand

Nestled in Dehradun district, Kalsi is a beautiful tourist attraction nestled at an elevation of 780 meters above the sea level in Uttarakhand. It serves as the gateway to a tribal region named Jaunsar-Bawar. Located at the confluence point of River Yamuna and River Tons, Kalsi is popular for its ancient monuments, picnic spots, and adventure activities. Kalsi boasts the historical Ashokan Rock Edict as an important attraction. This is an ancient rock tablet which is the Mauryan king, Ashoka’s, fourteenth edict. It was engraved back in 253 BC. This edict is a wonderful compilation of Ashoka’s advice and reforms, in the renowned Brahmi Script and Prakrit language. The height of the edict is 10 feet while the width is 8 feet.

Distance from Haridwar – 97.3 km

Travel Time – 1 Hour and 35 minutes

Best Time to Visit Kalsi – April, May, June, July, August

2. Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

Kasauli is a marvelous hill station nestled in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan District. It lies at an elevation of almost 1800 meters above the  sea level, and offers amazing landscapes to unwind amidst. It has also found a place in the pious Hindu epic, Ramayana. As per mythology, Hanumana, the monkey god of the Hindus, stepped over Kasauli while getting back with the massive Sanjeevani Hill. Back in the nineteenth century, it became an essential portion of the Gurkha territory. After this, it was turned into a major battalion town in the time of the British rule. Kasauli also witnessed insurgency amongst the Indian soldiers of the British army back in the year 1857, when the battle for Indian Independence was at its peak.

Distance from Haridwar – 830 km

Travel Time – 14 Hrs 21 mins

Best Time to Visit Kasauli – It can be visited all around the year. All the 12 months feature pleasant climatic conditions for visitors.

3. Jageshwar, Uttarakhand

Jageshwar, Uttarakhand

Nestled in Uttarakhand’s Almora district, Jageshwar is a renowned religious destination located at an elevation of 1870 meters above the sea level. As per history, this marvel of Uttarakhand was once the centre of Lakulish Shaivism. This peaceful town lies close to the lush green Jataganga River Valley. The entire region is highly beautified by lush green deodar trees, further making the place more pleasing.

Distance from Haridwar – 323 km

Travel Time – 5 Hours

Best Time to Visit Jageshwar – April, May, and June

4. Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand

Rudraprayag, Uttarakhand

Rudraprayag is a beautiful, peaceful and small-sized town nestled in Uttarakhand. It has derived its name from the term Rudra, Lord Shiva’s incarnation. As per Hindu Mythology, this was the place where the renowned saint Narad Muni was given the Rudra. The Rudraprayag district was a part of Tehri, Chamoli, as well as Pauri district. Later in the year 1997, it was declared as a separate solo district. It is beautifully nestled on the convergence of the Rivers Alaknanda and River Mandakini.

Distance from Haridwar – 161 km

Travel Time – 2 Hours and 25 minutes

Best Time to Visit Rudraprayag – March, April, May, and June.

5. Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Lansdown is  Cantonment town nestled in the Pauri district. It is another pleasing hill station that is nestled at a height of 1706 meters above the  sea level. It is also known as a local language term , ‘Kaludanda’ which means ‘the black hill’. Back in the year 1887, it was founded by Lord Lansdown, the then viceroy of India. The British had built this place as a training centre for the Garhwal Rifle recruits. It was also a constant hub for the freedom fighters in the ancient colonial period. It is also a perfect ecotourism spot for visitors. This place  is surrounded by lush green pine forests and green oak vegetation.

Distance from Haridwar – 97.7 km

Travel Time – 1 Hour and 35 minutes

Best Time to Visit Lansdowne – March, April, May, June July, August, September, and October.

6. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Nestled in Uttarakhand’s Dehradun district, Mussoorie is a beautiful hill station which is also popularly referred to as the ‘Queen of Hills’. It is situated at the Great Himalayan foothills and  lies at a height of 1880 meters above the sea level. It is a popular tourist destination especially for the honeymooners as it provides mesmerizing views of the Doon Valley and the Shivalik Ranges. It is also a gateway to the Hindu pilgrimage centres of Gangotri and Yamunotri.

Distance from Haridwar – 81.8 km

Travel Time – 1 Hour and 15 minutes

Best Time to Visit Mussoorie – April, May, June. September, October, and September.

7. Pauri, Uttarakhand

Pauri is another attractive tourist destination added to the list. It is nestled at an elevation of 1650 meters above the sea level. It serves as the headquarters for the district of Pauri Garhwal in Uttarakhand. Covered with a sheet of lush green deodar forests, Pauri is a beautiful tourism spot found on the Kandolian Hills’ northern slopes. The two prominent water bodies of the district are River Nayar and River Alaknanda. While visiting Pauri, one can witness the snow-capped mountains including Bandarpunch, Gangotri group, Chaukhamba, Hathi Parvat, Jogin Group, Kedarnath, Neelkanth, Jonli, Nandadevi, Chaukhamba, Hathi Parvat, Thalaiya-Sagar, and Sumeru.

Distance from Haridwar – 136 km

Travel Time – 2 Hours and 10 minutes

Best Time to Visit Pauri – March, April, May, June, September, October, November, and December.

8. Kausani, Uttarakhand

Kasauni is a magnificent hill town nestled in Uttarakhand. It lies at an altitude of almost 6075 feet above the level of the sea. A number of massive mountains are visible from this Uttarakhand beauty including the mighty Himalayas, Nanda Devi, and Nandakot. It is a beauty situated on a ridge amongst lush green and dense pine trees. It overlooks a number of amazing valleys including Garur, Someshwar, and Baijnath Katyuri. In ancient times, the town was popular by the name of Valna. This was the time when the district was managed by the Katyuri King named Baichaldeo. Spellbound by the splendor of Kausani, Mahatma Gandhi called it the ‘Switzerland of India’. In present times, it is a hotspot for the nature buffs and is visited by tourists from all across the globe.

Distance from Haridwar – 299 km

Travel Time – 4 Hours and 35 minutes

Best Time to Visit Kausani – April, May, June, September, October, and November.

9. Patiala, Punjab

Patiala is one of the most popular cities of south-eastern Punjab. It was built by Baba Ala Singh and Sardar Lakhna and was fortified by Maharaja Narendra Singh. It is dotted with 10 gates and ramparts. The city celebrates a number of festivals like Holi, Diwali, Baisakhi, and Gurpurab in the most colourful manner. One renowned festival that the city celebrates is the ‘Patiala Heritage Festival’, with it becoming one of the major attractions for tourists while exploring Patiala. It is organized each year in February and attracts art and music buffs from all over. Another attraction worth witnessing is the Craft Mela that lasts for a stretch of ten long days.

Distance from Haridwar – 207 km

Travel Time – 4 hours and 1 min

Best Time to Visit Patiala – October, November, December, January, February, and March.

10. Chandigarh, Chandigarh

Nestled in close vicinity to north-western India’s Shivalik foothills, Chandigarh is the capital city of both Haryana and Punjab. The name of this Union Territory has been derived from an old age temple dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Chandi. Featuring outstanding architecture and designing, it is acclaimed as the first planned Indian city to be built in the country after Independance. During the times when India were fighting for it’s independence, when Punjab needed a fresh capital, Jawaharlal Nehru came to a conclusion of constructing a new planned city. In the 1950s, a renowned urban planner and French architect named Le Corbusier was invited to plan the City of Chandigarh. In 1966, Chandigarh was declared as the capital of Haryana and Punjab.

Distance from Haridwar – 198 km

Travel Time – 3 Hours and 54 minutes

Best Time to Visit Chandigarh – September, October, November, December, January, February, and March.

11. Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand

Dhanaulti is another weekend getaway choice nestled at an elevation of 2286 meters above the sea level in Uttarakhand’s Garhwal district. It is one of those places near Haridwar that is well-known for its quiet ambience and serenity. It is situated midway while heading to Mussoorie from Chamba, and is often visited while planning to visit the renowned tourist destination of Mussoorie that lies merely 24 kilometres away. The amazing views of the Doon Valley can be enjoyed from the beautiful spot of Dhanaulti.

Distance from Haridwar – 114 km

Travel Time – 2 Hours

Best Time to Visit Dhanaulti – April, May, June, July, August, and September.

12. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Rishikesh is also popular by the name Devbhoomi. It is a renowned pilgrimage centre in Dehradun district. Nestled on the banks of River Ganga, this destination is of utmost importance for the Hindus. Year after year, this holy place is visited by millions of tourists from all across the country to admire the mighty Himalayas, explore the various religious sites, and take a dip in the pious Ganga River. The place also features a number of ashrams where a number of religious activities take place all around the year. A number of meditation centres, as well as yoga centres, also operate here. One can enjoy peaceful yoga and meditation sessions conducted by learned and experienced gurus while exploring Rishikesh.

Distance from Haridwar – 19.8 km

Travel Time – 20 minutes

Best Time to Visit Rishikesh – You can plan to visit Rishikesh all throughout the year as the climate is pleasant every single day.

Concludingly, Haridwar is one of such marvels that apart from being a peaceful tourist destination, also features a number of  the most beautiful weekend getaways where you can head to have some fun vacation time with family and friends. You can read through write-ups and conclude the best time to visit the respective destinations and get your itinerary planned accordingly. There are a number of budget hotels in Haridwar and other mentioned places that you can book for a comfortable stay. Also, pre-booking the hotels and pre-planning your itinerary would help you travel hassle free.

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Places near Prayagraj That You Must Check Out

Varanasi and Sarnath

A celebrated city of Uttar Pradesh, Prayagraj, or Allahabad has a rich history and culture. It holds special spiritual significance in Hinduism for being the site of Triveni Sangam – the point of confluence of rivers Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati. Prayagraj hosts the world-renowned religious festival of Kumbh Mela – a mass pilgrimage in which devotees bathe in the sacred waters. Before the formation of New Delhi, the biggest town-planning project was carried out in Prayagraj in 1857. Once you have explored all the popular places in Prayagraj, head to its neighboring areas to delve deep into the soul of India.

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Top 14 Places to Visit Near Prayagraj (Allahabad)

  1. Varanasi and Sarnath
  2. Khajuraho
  3. Ayodhya
  4. Chitrakoot
  5. Rewa
  6. Jaunpur
  7. Singrauli
  8. Banda
  9. Chandauli
  10. Fatehpur
  11. Raebareli
  12. Kanpur
  13. Lucknow
  14. Gorakhpur

1. Varanasi and Sarnath

The most sacrosanct of the seven holy cities (Saptapuri) in Hinduism, Varanasi lies on the banks of river Ganga. A religious hub for Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism, it is amongst the most spiritual places to visit near Prayagraj. The ghats of Varanasi are renowned embankments along river banks, some famous ones being the Dashashwamedh, Panchganga, Manikarnika, and Harishchandra ghat. The temples of Kashi Vishwanath, Hanuman, Durga, Kashi Naresh, Dhanvantari, Kashi Vidyapith, Vishwanath, Tulsi Manas, and Aghor Peeth are well-known. Popular mosques include the Alamgir, Aurangzeb, and Gyanvapi mosque. Ravidass Janam Asthan is the religious headquarters of Ravidasi religion. The unique Bharat Mata temple has a giant marble-carved map of undivided India. Other prominent attractions include the Jantar Mantar observatory, Bharat Kala Bhavan museum, and the Mughal style Ramnagar fort. Situated nearby, the Sarnath village is known for its Deer Park and museum, which contains the renowned ‘Lion Capital of Ashoka’ sculpture.

Distance from Prayagraj: 121 kilometres

2. Khajuraho

Khajuraho

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Khajuraho Group of Monuments is amongst the best places near Prayagraj. Situated in the Vindhya mountain range, Khajuraho Temples are unusual for their association with two religions, Jainism and Hinduism. Known for their erotic sculptures and nagara-style architecture, construction of these monuments started during the Chandela dynasty. All except one temple (Chaturbhuja) face sunrise, and are huddled near water – exhibiting typical features of Hindu temples. The oldest surviving temple is of Chausath Yogini, and the largest surviving temple is of Kandariya Mahadeva. Only the Matangeshvara temple continues to be an active site of worship. Other prominent temples include that of Lakshmana, Vishvanatha, Chaturbhuj, Duladeo, Devi Jagadambi, Javari, Vamana, Chitragupta, Nandi, Matangeshvara, and Ghantai.

Distance from Prayagraj: 269 kilometres

3. Ayodhya

Ayodhya

Situated on the banks of river Sarayu, the city of Ayodhya is regarded as one of the most revered religious places near Prayagraj. It is the birthplace of Lord Ram, and one of the seven main pilgrimage sites in Hinduism. The central place of worship is Ramkot, which has an ancient citadel standing on an elevated platform. The giant fort of Hanuman Garhi has a cave which is believed to be the residence of Hanuman from where he guarded Ramkot. The enchanting Sita ki Rasoi is believed to be Sita’s royal kitchen. Chakravarti Mahraj Dashrath Mahal was the palace of Ram’s father, King Dashrath. The Tulsi Bhavan museum is dedicated to famous poet Tulsidas. Some popular temples include the Kanak Bhavan, Vijayraghav, and Nageshwarnath Temple. Ayodhya also houses the memorial of legendary Korean queen Heo Hwang-ok.

Distance from Prayagraj: 166 kilometres

4. Chitrakoot

Chitrakoot is one of the places near Prayagraj that hold a great religious significance as it is where Lord Ram spent most of his exile period. Ramghat along Mandakini River, and Janaki Kund are known as sites where Rama, Lakshmana and Sita would bathe. Impressions of Ram, Sita and his brothers are found on some rocks at the Bharat Milap temple, Ram Shaiya and Sphatik Shila. The Gupt Godavari caves are where Rama held court. Situated on a rock-face, Hanuman Dhara is a panoramic site dotted with many temples and a spring. The water in the small well at Bharath Koop is considered holy. Ganesh Bagh bears witness to the Peshwas association with Bundelkhand area. Sati Anasuya ashrama, Pampapur, and the forested hill of Kamadgiri are some other attractions.

Distance from Prayagraj: 130 kilometres

5. Rewa

World’s first white tiger was caught at Rewa in Madhya Pradesh. Today, the White Tiger Safari and Zoo in Mukundpur is a prominent tourist attraction. The Rewa Fort houses a museum with royal artifacts, a temple and also a stuffed white tiger. Govindgarh Palace on the banks of Raghurajsagar Lake, and the Indo-Sarsanic Venkat Bhawan Palace, which is now a museum, are some famous palaces that reflect the royal heritage of Rewa. Some of India’s highest waterfalls – the Chachai Falls, Keoti Falls, and Purwa Falls – are also found in Rewa. The ancient waterwell of Rani Talab still provides water for irrigation. The town of Gurh is known for Bhairon Baba – a gigantic statue of Lord Shiva. The multipurpose river valley project on Bansagar Dam is also a feast for the eyes.

Distance from Prayagraj: 128 kilometres

6. Jaunpur

Jaunpur

Jaunpur is dotted with architectural monuments that speak of its history as a Mughal Sultanate. The isolated Maqbara Firoz Shah (tombstone) is dedicated to the founder of Jaunpur. Rudyard Kipling’s poem Akbar’s Bridge refers to Shahi Bridge, a 16-century bridge over river Gomti. Close to the bridge, is the Shahi Qila (Royal Fort), which houses the typical Turkish bath, Hammam. Lal Darwaza Masjid (Red Portal Mosque) was built under Queen Rajye Bibi in 1447. The queen had also established a religious school (Madrasa) nearby which continues to function till date. The 15-century Jama Masjid is one of India’s largest mosques. The 15-century Atala mosque features a sharqi architectural style.

Distance from Prayagraj: 102 kilometres

7. Singrauli

Singrauli

An industrial hub, Singrauli is also land of many cultural and historical wonders. Exquisitely carved out of mountains, the enchanting Mada Caves dated 5-7 AD are believed to be the wedding site of Lord Ram and Sita. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient Bhimbetka Rock Shelters flaunts mysterious engravings depicting the life of prehistoric humans. Sanjay National Park is a perfect destination for wildlife enthusiast and birdwatchers. Venturing on a forest safari, or unwinding next to the serene Chilka Lake, or enjoying a panoramic view of the massive Rihand Dam makes for an ideal weekend getaway for nature lovers. The Jwalamukhi Temple, Oudi Hanuman Temple, and Rose Garden are also popular.

Distance from Prayagraj: 220 kilometres

8. Banda

Situated in the Bundelkhand region, Banda imbibes a strong folk-culture. The fortress-city of Kalinjar spread across the Vindhya mountain range is known for the ancient Kalinjar Fort which was the site for many historical events. Situated on the banks of river Ken, the ruins of Bhuragrah Fort offer a splendid view during sunset. The abandoned temple of Banda is of great archaeological significance. Nawab Tank was built by the Nawab of Banda to fulfill the water requirements in Banda. The Bamdeveshwar Temple situated on a hilltop was once an abode of a renowned sage. Yellow Church stands testimony to the presence of Christianity in Banda before the 18-century.

Distance from Prayagraj: 171.5 kilometres

9. Chandauli

Chandauli is known for its fertile Gangetic Plain. The dense forests of Chandraprabha Wildlife Sanctuary are home to a rich and endangered wildlife – of Asiatic lions, Nilgai, Sambar deer, Chinkara and blackbucks. Picturesque waterfalls of Devdari and Rajdari are also nestled within the sanctuary. Latif-Shah dam, one of India’s oldest dams, is built across river Karmnasha, which overlooks the beautiful Latif-Shah mosque dedicated to saint Hazrat Latif Shah. A pleasant and green environment near the Musakhand Dam makes it an ideal picnic spot. Other tourist attractions in Chandauli include the Hetampur fort, Kali Ji Ka Pokhara temple, and Dhanapur Martyr Memorial.

Distance from Prayagraj: 150 kilometres

10. Fatehpur

Situated on the banks of rivers Ganga and Yamuna, Fatehpur finds mention in ancient Indian history. It has many significant monuments from an archaeological perspective. The bricks of Asani fort belong to the Gupta period. Renowned sage Bhrigu worshipped for long at Om Ghat in Bhitaura, where river Ganga flows towards the north. A popular site is the tree at Bawan Imli village where 52 freedom fighters were hung in 1858. The two brick temples at Korari are uniquely tilted and flaunt exquisite carvings. Ghazipur has many historical monuments such as the Paina Fort, Ghazipur Fort (now a police station), the battlefield of Murchaura, and the Tuglaki Maszid mosque.

Distance from Prayagraj: 131.4 kilometres

11. Raebareli

Located on the banks of Sai River, Raebareli is home to many architectural sites. The historical town of Dalmau has many tourist attractions, most notable being King Dal’s fort and his statue situated on the banks of Ganga. Apart from containing many varieties of local birds, the Samaspur Bird Sanctuary is also flocked by exotic migratory birds. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Botanical Garden is situated on the banks of Sai River. It has a greenhouse, an aquatic garden and dedicated plant trails – medicinal, cultural, and economic – which display the diverse flora of the region and also encourage research. Behta Bridge is an aqueduct at the intersection of Sharda Canal and Sai River.

Distance from Prayagraj: 125 kilometres

12. Kanpur

Situated on the west bank of river Ganga, Kanpur is amongst the most thriving metropolitan places to visit near Prayagraj. The tranquil Moti Jheel Lake along with Moti Park and Kamala Retreat are famous recreational spots. During the Siege of Cawnpore in 1857, the historical Massacre Ghat and Nana Rao Park were sites of British massacre, and the Kanpur Memorial Church was later erected to commemorate them. The J.K. Temple features a distinct blend of ancient and modern architectural styles. The beautiful marble temple of ISKCON is world’s second largest ISKON temple. Kanpur Zoo, or Allen Zoo, is a rare Indian zoo created within a natural forest. Other attractions include the magnificent Jain Glass Temple, peaceful Valmiki Ashram, grand Green Park stadium, exhilarating Blue World Theme Park, and the beautiful Phool Bagh.

Distance from Prayagraj: 212 kilometres

13. Lucknow

Lucknow

The capital Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow lies along the shore of river Gomti. A seat of the Nawabs (governor) during the 18-century and 19-century, the hybrid culture of Lucknow is referred to as Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb. The Bara Imambara mosque complex, Chota Imambara monument, and imposing gateway of Rumi Darwaza are most famous tourist attractions. Situated within the colonial building of Constantia House, La Martiniere College is world’s only school to be awarded a ‘battle honor’. The Residency is a historical site that served as a refuge for Britishers during the 1857 revolt. The Victorian style Husainabad Clock Tower is regarded as India’s tallest clock tower. The Hazratganj and Aminabad markets are amongst the best places near Prayagraj for shopping, specially known for their chikan embroidered apparels. The Chattar Manzil palace, Dilkusha Kothi colony, Indira Gandhi Planetarium, Ambedkar Memorial Park, and Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden are also famous tourist spots.

Distance from Prayagraj: 201 kilometres

14. Gorakhpur

Situated along the banks of Rapti River, the city of Gorakhpur is named after famous ascetic Gorakshanath who followed the Nath Sampradaya, a sub-tradition within Hinduism. The most revered site for the Nath Sampradaya, the Gorakshanath temple houses the shrine, footsteps, and seat of Gorakshanath where he practiced yoga. The archaeological discoveries of Gorakhpur, its culture, and history, are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum. The historical Gita Press is known as world’s foremost press for publishing Hindu scriptures. An ideal weekend getaway can entail enjoying at the amusement park inside the Railway Museum which also houses a toy train.

Distance from Prayagraj: 238 kilometres

There are plenty of budget hotels in Prayagraj and its vicinity, which you can choose from. One of the best ways to explore the areas surrounding Prayagraj is by traveling along the Uttar Pradesh Heritage Arc, which stretches from Agra to Lucknow and Varanasi. October to March is typically the best time to visit this city and it surrounds. Prayagraj and its vicinity offer an intimate experience with the culture and history of India.

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10 beautiful weekend getaways within 200 km of Mount Abu

Nakki Lake

Rajasthan’s only hill station – Mount Abu, stands high on the rocky plateaus of the Aravalli Range. This fairytale hill station is as mystical as its name. With thick forests surrounding the region and ancient marble temples enhancing its beauty, Mount Abu offers the perfect climate and scenery to spend a relaxing vacation and also, nourish one’s spirituality. Contrasting to most of Rajasthan, which is covered by around 66% of dessert land, Mount Abu is home to picturesque plains, magnificent hills, pristine rivers, misty lakes, roaring waterfalls and scenic forests. The popular hill station that’s situated close to the Gujarat Border is a perfect getaway destination for a short picnic or a weekend getaway for those living in either of the states and hoping to find a haven to hide away from the stressful everyday routines. With plenty of popular places to visit in Mount Abu and around it, you can easily plan an exciting trip.

Having been under the reign of Gurjaras, Mughals and the British, and glorified with many stories from mythology, the legendary hill station — Mount Abu, encompasses several popular tourist destinations that can be visited in a day or two to explore the many wonders of the historical state — Rajasthan.

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Top 10 weekend trips from Mount Abu within the vicinity of just 200 Km!

  1. Nakki Lake
  2. Dilwara Jain Temples
  3. Achalgarh Fort
  4. Guru Shikhar
  5. Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary
  6. Jawai Dam
  7. Patan
  8. Ranakpur
  9. Udaipur
  10. Kumbhalgarh

1. Nakki Lake

As one of the most popular places to visit in Mount Abu, Nakki Lake is spot to sit back by the pristine water body and breathe in the fresh air that’s provided by the lush green surroundings. Located at the centre of the hill station, Nakki is the first man-made lake in the country and has a depth of about 11,000 metres. This lake of many wonders whispers of many legends and is also considered sacred by the Garacia Tribe. Famously referred to as the love lake, this is a perfect destination for honeymooners and couples who wish to relish each other’s company amidst greenery and admire the beauty of nature. Rock gently as the soothing wind slightly brushes you while you soak in the scenery on a gentle boat ride. On a hill by the lake, a famous rock stands, looking like a giant toad prepared to jump into the lake and is very obviously named as the Toad Rock. The lake is a great picnic spot near Mount Abu.

Distance from Mount Abu: 1.2 Km

2. Dilwara Jain Temples

Dilwara Jain Temples

Built between 11th and 13th century, the old temple complex comprises of five prominent Jain temples that are intricately carved in white marble and have small statuettes adorning the walls, pillars, getaways, and various other parts of this architecturally rich structure. Constructed with the elegance of Nagara style of architecture, the ancient temple is well known for its absolute spiritual and soothing ambience. Located very close to the scenic hill station, the temples are definitely among the popular places to visit in Mount Abu. If you’re in the neighbourhood, don’t skip out on visiting what’s probably one of the most stunning Jain Pilgrimage destinations in the world. Just book an affordable accommodation in Mount Abu and plan a trip.

Distance from Mount Abu: 2.6 Km

3. Achalgarh Fort

Distance from Mount Abu

Romancing the green hills of the Aravalli Range, the Achalgarh Fort which once witnessed the brave battles of wise rulers, now stands reminiscing the bygone era as it slowly decays and falls into ruins. Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple in front of the fort and a few Jain temples inside the fort allow the visitors a sneak peek into the ancient religious practices of the royal families during the time of kings and horses. The historical fort was first built by Paramara dynasty and was later renovated in 1452 CE by Maharana Kumbha. The architectural styles of both the kingdoms have merged to bring out the uniqueness of the fort. Located at hardly 10 Km from Mount Abu, Achalgarh is one of the best weekend trips from Mount Abu.

Distance from Mount Abu: 10 Km

4. Guru Shikhar

Guru Shikha

Located at an elevation of 1,722 meters, Guru Shikhar marks the highest point in the Aravalli range. This is one of the most popular places to visit in Mount Abu, and offers stunning scenery and pleasant weather for a memorable ride or drive. Bikers can ride from Mount Abu and take the mountain road that almost leads to the top. As a prominent picnic spot near Mount Abu, Guru Shikhar receives many visitors throughout the year. Amidst the lush greenery surrounding the region, a Dattatreya Temple stands at the peak. Lord Dattatreya is believed to be the reincarnation of the Dive Trinity of Hindu Religion – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. A few other temples that are situated very close to the peak add on to the spiritual experience.

Distance from Mount Abu: 15 Km

5. Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary

Situated at the Gujarat-Rajasthan border, Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary is in the Banaskantha district of Gujarat. In an attempt to conserve the depleting ecosystem of Aravalli region, the forest terrain on and around the Jessore hill was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1978. Flamboyant with rare wildlife species of flora and fauna, the land is also home to many endangered species such as the Sloth Bear. Along with the bear, the Sanctuary also provides a chance to witness the rare Indian Python live in action along with many other varieties of reptiles such as snakes, lizards and tortoises. The habitat also provides the perfect ecosystem for the sustenance of an array of water and land birds and wild animals such as leopards, hyenas, fox, wild boars, and the famous coffee-bean pooping Indian Civet Cats.

Distance from Mount Abu: 70 Km

6. Jawai Dam

The majestic dam built across the Jawai River is located in the small village with the same name. The picturesque dam is surrounded by green, rocky hills overlooking the pristine water and is famed as the biggest dam in Western Rajasthan. Providing water to the Jalore district and Pali district of Rajasthan, the dam plays a prominent role in providing the necessary sustenance to the people in the surrounding regions. The dam is also a winter paradise for migratory birds, the lush greenery around the region makes it a perfect place to relax and enjoy watching exotic birds. As the jungle cats and jackals sometimes visit the dam to drink water, it is a great place to enjoy rejuvenating hours by the water and closely observing wild life and other wonders of nature. The opulent flora and fauna surrounding the region have been protected and conserved as Jawai Dam Crocodile Sanctuary and Kambeshwar Ji leopard sanctuary. This popular tourist destination is a perfect picnic spot near Mount Abu to enjoy with your family and friends.

Distance from Mount Abu: 129 Km

7. Patan

The ancient city of Rajasthan – Patan, was a minor state ruled by a Tomar family in the 12th century. The historical city that once witnessed the terrifying bloody battles between Mughals and Rajputs, stands as a peaceful getaway destination today. The old Patan Mahal that served the royal families now stands as a vibrant heritage hotel that provides its guests a luxurious experience. Pluck and eat fresh fruits from the surrounding orchards and lose yourself admiring the splendid architecture of the palace, relish the delicious delicacies of Rajasthan, and forget about the life and stress back at home. Neighbouring the Mahal, there are several other attractions featuring the ruins of a long-gone era such as Badal Mahal and a 13th century old fort.

Distance from Mount Abu: 143 Km

8. Ranakpur

The quaint village located in a valley between Jodhpur and Udaipur in Pali district of Rajasthan, Ranakpur is one of the most popular places to visit near Mount Abu. Popularly known among the tourists for its white marble Jain Temple, Ranakpur is the perfect destination for a day’s picnic. The Ranakpur Temple, dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankar, is carved with similar white marbles as Dilwara Temples but the sculptures here vary in style. The architectural beauty of the richly carved exteriors charms anyone who visits this place. The temple is open to tourists only from noon to 5 PM, as the temple is reserved for prayers exclusively in the mornings. Other nearby temples such as the sun temple makes this tranquil village a great place for those looking for a sanctum to lift their spirits.

Distance from Mount Abu: 162 Km

9. Udaipur

Udaipur

Renowned as the ‘Venice of the East’ and the ‘City of Lakes’, Udaipur is among the prominent tourist destinations in Rajasthan and is popularly visited along with a trip to Mount Abu. The planned city that’s built around artificial lakes was founded by Maharana Udai Singh II. The postcard picture worthy destination has many exuberant royal residences and a number of heritage hotels that welcome tourists into experiencing the royal life for as long as they wish to stay. The lavish City Palace that stands overlooking Lake Pichola is decorated with intricate peacock mosaics and has a majestic complex comprising of 11 monumental palaces, gardens and several courtyards. The former capital of Mewar Kingdom has plenty of attractions one can visit such as Jagmandir, Bagore-ki-Haveli, Udaipur Solar Observatory, Jagdish Temple, Ahar Museum, and many other places.

Distance from Mount Abu: 164 Km

10. Kumbhalgarh

Among the popular weekend trips from Mount Abu, Kumbhalgarh Fort is a destination that cannot be excluded from the list. The architectural brilliance of the 15th century has given this majestic fort a place in the UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the most popular forts of Rajasthan – Kumbhalgarh fort stands as the epitome of the lifestyle and battle strategies that was employed by the indomitable clan of Rajputs. The Kumbhalgarh Fort wall which is wide enough to accommodation 8 running horses at once is not only the largest wall in India but also the second largest wall in the world (the Great Wall of China is first). The fort is open to visitors between 9 AM to 6 PM and has an entry fee of Rs 15 per ticket for Indian citizens and Rs 200 per ticket for foreigners.

Distance from Mount Abu: 171 Km

In addition to these attractions, Mount Abu is dotted with several view points, ancient temples, and a wildlife sanctuary that are definitely worth spending time at. Even beyond and within 200 km around the region, there are hundreds of tourist destinations such as Nathdwara, Jodhpur, Chitrakoot and many others that resonates the cultural heritage of the legendary land – Rajasthan. The best time to visit Mount Abu is actually round the year as the weather is always pleasant. However, winters are when a lot of travellers flock here for the thrilling cold and ample scope of exploring the surroundings.

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