All you need to spare is about a couple of hours in a car to get out of the heat and into cooler climes for a week. To reach very near those majestic peaks, and inhale that giving force called breath of fresh air and revive your city scarred lungs and heart. To free you from those tense and tiresome moments of driving, you could always rent a car with a chauffeur attached. It’s not that costly as you think, considering that you have all the time to watch and admire Mother Nature’s crowning glory all the way from the comforts of the back seat, instead of just the road ahead. Have a look at the 7 best places you can go to from Delhi – they’re not too far away:
Just 365 kms away, Shimla is an 8 hours drive from Delhi. Built on a ridge and surrounded by seven peaks, Shimla lies 2,205 metres high above sea level. Previously, this city was called Simla, a rephrase from goddess Shyamla Devi -an incarnation of goddess Kali. It is full of colonial wonders from British raj who gave it the epithet “Queen of Hill Stations.” Shimla has also found its way in the Guinness Book of World Records for having a single 108 feet statue of Lord Hanuman at an elevation of 8500 feet on Jakhoo Hill, over taking the statue of Christ the Redeemer’s elevation in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Just 7 hours by car, and surrounded by 7 hills, Nainital is 276 kilometres away from Delhi. The main lake in this city of lakes is Lake Naini. This lake is supposedly where Lord Shiva’s consort, Goddess Parvati’s eye fell during Lord’s Shiva’s Dance of destruction. Besides boating and sailing, one can enjoy Victorian Gothic architecture from far back in time.
Just six hours in a car is all you need to cover the 289 kilometres distance away Delhi’s heat and dust. Located at an average height of 6360 feet, Kasauli, has made tremendous efforts to stop new constructions and keep the environment safer. As a tranquil town, it is the birthplace of acclaimed author Ruskin Bond and a home to writer Khushwant Singh
350 km from Delhi, and a nine hour car drive from Delhi takes you to this picturesque place called Ranikhet. It was named after Raja Sudhardev’s wife Queen Rukmini because she loved the undulating meadows, interspersed pine, oak and deodar forests. The town is dotted with temples and unmatched scenery, fascinating picnic spots, and paradise for rafting.
Dharamshala, the winter capital of Himachal Pradesh is 496 km from Delhi and just 11 hours by car. Before British raj, it was ruled by oldest surviving royal dynasty in the world (dating 4300 BC!); the Katoch dynasty. Today, it is full of Buddhists and Monasteries and known as Little Lhasa because holiness the Dalai Lama made it Tibetan government in exile.
12 hours by car, and 521 km away from Delhi is picturesque hill station called Manali , often referred to as the “Switzerland of the east.” It is surrounded by stunning snow clad peaks, hot springs and lakes with their own stunning pagan Gods and awe inspiring sceneries. The people are warm and friendly, giving the first time visitor an unforgettable experience of wanting to return to this beautiful, serene and enchanted place.
269 kilometres away from Delhi and 7 hours by car, Mussorie gets its name from a locally growing shrub called Mansoor’ which grows abundantly . From top of Gun Hill can get a fabulous view of the town, the Doon School and the fantastic Shivalik range. Mussoorie is also known as the pilgrim’s gateway to Yamunotri and Gangotri. Dehra Dun is the closest town, at just some 34 kilometres distance.