The whole world has been irresistibly attracted to North India from time immemorial, reasons are many, like, naturalism, spiritualism, rich and insightful history, beautiful beaches, sky touching mountains, culture and many more. With such natural and cultural diversities up for grabs, your weekend getaways and breaks spent in North India will excite you because you will not only enjoy the North Indian hospitality, spicy cuisines, marveling handicrafts and celestial hamlets but also you have ample opportunity of travelling along the belt of Kumaon and Garhwal Hills of Uttarakhand or the Royal Heritage of Rajasthan and the lofty niche of the Himachal. Here is TripOffBeat hand-picked list of destinations which will surely make your weekend break or a long vacation completely relaxing and memorable.
Jaipur the capital city of royal Rajasthan also known as pink city is a blend of tradition and modernity. Being of historical importance, the city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in North India. It is a city where you can participate in a lot of activities like heritage tour, shopping traditional items and hand-made jewelleries. The City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Lake Palace and Amber Fort are the major heritage sites in Jaipur. In the outskirts… the Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort are the two notable heritage sites. Jaipur also hosts several Hindu and Jain temples; of them the Birla Mandir, Narayan Temple, Choolgiri Temple, and Govind Devji Temple are the famous ones. Ram Niwas Bagh, Dolls Museum, B.M. Birla Planetarium and Ghat Ki Guni are some other tourist spots in Jaipur which you would like to take a look while you are in the city. Don’t forget to watch the light and sound show at Kesar Kyari in Amber Fort which is held every evening.
Udaipur like other cities of Rajasthan has also its own legends and much of its history is clearly visible from the palaces, gates, temples and quaint alleys. Each and every brick is preserved with heroism, valour and chivalry or the Rajput Kings. Udaipur is also one of the top honeymoon destinations in India. The major attractions are the Lake Palace, Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar, City Palace, and Monsoon Palace, Gulab Bagh, Ahar, Saheliyon Ki Bari, Pratap Memorial, Jagdish Temple and Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir. When you are in the city you should not miss Mount Abu — the only hill station in Rajasthan which is quite close to Udaipur. And if you have time you should also spend a day in Kumbhalgarh, which is approximately 84 kilometers away, and Ranakpur, which is approximately 90 kilometers from Udaipur.
Dalhousie is a spectacular hill station offering various easily accessible locations which provide ideal getaways for weekend travelers and passionate travelers. The majestic Dhauladhar range, the snow-clad Pir Panjal range and Lush Green Bathri Valley are amongst the many beautiful sights you can feast upon. The five hills which Dalhousie compromises are at heights ranging between 5000ft and 7800ft. All this makes Dalhousie a dream of a place for peace and thrill seekers. Visitors can enjoy level walks in the lush and colorful valleys or enjoy treks amidst the dense forests offering enchanting views of the snow covered mountains and the lush green valleys and rivers below. Picnics are also a favorite amongst the visitors in the summer months. Dalhousie also houses some of the most beautiful churches of North India. The St. Patrick’s Church, St. Francis Church, and St. Andrew’s Church are the most notable ones having rich architectural work of their own with stone carvings, glass and wooden structures.
Dharamshala is no doubt a great place to spend few days in peace and enjoy the pollution free environment, picturesque beauty of the place. Dharamshala is also called as “The Little Lhasa in India”, by the tourists, reason being the seat of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. You can buy the pieces of Tibetan handicrafts from the Kotwali Bazar, and McLeod Ganj. The Namgyal Monastery, Kangra Art Museum, War Memorial, Kunal Pathri Temple, St. John’s Church, Aganjar Mahadev Temple and Kangra Chamunda Devi Temple are the main tourist attractions in the Dharamshala.
At an altitude of 1,880 m, Mussoorie takes one back to the colonial past through its appetizing cuisine and magnificent architectures of the buildings. With abounding trekker-friendly area and glistering lakes, Mussoorie is also dotted with splashing waterfalls and shrubby forest. Kempty falls, Sir George Everest House are few of the notable places you should certainly visit when you are on a weekend break of vacation.
Lansdowne is a very popular weekend getaway from nearby cities. The colonial buildings, architecture, city plan, and atmosphere surrounded by the pristine environment, oak and pine forest represent a great fusion of history and nature. It is the perfect place where you can indulge in several recreational activities like birding, boating and hiking. The grand view of the Himalayan ranges from Tip-In-Top simply makes your trip to Lansdowne a memorable one. It is worth capturing the panorama of India’s highest peak, Nanda Devi, and its surrounding peaks from this point in your camera and memory. The St. Mary’s Church, Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial, St. John’s Church, Bhulla Tal and Hawaghar are few of the best tourist attractions in Lansdowne. Those looking for some adventure activities have various options to enjoy their weekend break and enjoy the activities they love.
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