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Autumn give respite from the scorching heat, but also brings in the festive fervor. Sadly, the autumn mornings and nights have started becoming smoggier for Delhites. This calls for a weekend sojourn to a picturesque location. Here are 7-weekend getaways around Delhi that you will enjoy. Take a look.

Queen of the Hills – Mussoorie.

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Mussoorie is an ideal weekend getaway destination, for its smog-free air, majestic Shivalik ranges, lush green flora, and lovely people. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, 35 kilometers from Dehradun, the Queen of the Hills is a convenient escapade. Shopping at the Mall Road, trek to Lal Tibba, walking on Camel Back Road, ropeway to Gun Hill, bathing at Kempty Falls or Bhatta Falls and a boat ride in the lake sums up the visit of a weekender.

Traveler Tip: During peak season beware of traffic jams; walking will make you reach your destination faster than driving.

Dhanaluti – Tranquil Scenery

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As the name suggests, Dhanaluti is tranquility untouched. Its serene and green pastures, snow-capped mountains, cool air and close proximity to Mussoorie makes it one of the best offbeat hill station for the Delhi weekender. Be it a hike in nature amidst alpine forests, camping under the sky, getting adventurous at Eco Park or religious at Surkanda Devi Temple, Dhanaulti has something for everyone.

Traveler Tip: Do carry your best trekking shoes and a camera to capture splendid trees!

Rudraprayag – Where Rivers Confluence

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The rivers Alakananda and Mandakini merge at this holy place blessed with panoramic views. Mountains, rivers, lush green landscapes, ancient temples, door pass to Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines, this Panch Dhaam offers its visitors both spiritual solace and natural bliss. The confluence point visit, activities for adventure enthusiasts and nature walks to the adjoining villages can be a Delhiites ideal escapade from the routine humdrum life.

Traveler Tip: Monsoons here are prone to landslides and hence should be avoided

Lansdowne –Silence of the Mountains

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A quiet hill station known for its heavenly beauty, oak and pine cover, aesthetic air and Garhwal Rifles Cantonment. The soft golden rays of the sun touch down upon Lansdowne with a hint of wintery cold air from the snow filled mountains in autumn. The colonial charm of the place and eco-friendly tourism is capable of rejuvenating the mind and soul. Lansdowne is clean, peaceful and picturesque. A visit to St. John’s Church, boating at manmade BhullaTaal and trekking to Tip n Top becomes a part of the itinerary for the visitors.

Traveler Tip: The grandeur of Durgotsav is not only at CR Park in Delhi but also here in Lansdowne and should never be missed. Foreigners are not allowed for an overnight stay in the Cantonment Area.

Kanvashram – The Legend of Bharat

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Fourteen kilometers ahead of Kotdwarlies the little-known valley Kanvashram with the River Malini running through it. The place is a beautiful canvas painted with colors of nature while its history sings a legend of the damsels, sages and kings. It is said that Shakuntala gave birth to her son Bharat here in whose virtue our country is called “Bharatvarsh”. Walking down tree-covered paths, glimpses of a machan deep inside the jungle, splashing in the river Malini and visiting the Bharat temple or Gurukul can be memories for this idyllic hill hugging zone.

Traveler Tip: The Tourist Rest House is a decent place to stay but bookings have to be done in advance.

Pauri – Where Time Halts

© Rahul Bhattacharyya fb Pauri – Where Time Halts

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This Garwhali Town is a riot of colors with the mighty Chaukhamba standing tall with its snowed peaks, dense green cover and traditional natives. You can either put on their trekking shoes and go for a hike here or awaken the divine by visiting Kyunkaleshwar or Kandoliya temples. Viewing sun kissed peaks especially the “Mountain of Four Pillars” or watching the colorful sunset is a must for nature lovers. Pauri is where time comes to a standstill.

Traveler Tip: People who have motion sickness need to take it very slow while reaching the destination.

Khirsu – Hidden Treasure

© Rahul Bhattacharyya Khirsu – Hidden Treasure

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A portrait of Mother Nature herself, Khirsu is breathtakingly beautiful. Thick vegetation of Pines, Spruce, Ferns, Mosses and Apple Orchards cover this part of the mountainous terrain. Exotic and undiscovered, it is a treasure hunt for travelers hidden from the irksome city life!! There is nothing much to do here except soaking up the scenic views around you! A relaxing and calm weekend with a handful of tourists is a relief from the overcrowded streets and traffic jams of Delhi!

Traveler Tip: Khirsu is just 15 Kms from Pauri, make sure to cover both the locations together.

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