We all love the winters in Delhi. The winter season lets us be at peace with everything and brings around a sort of a calmness about the day.
Basking in the sun during the cold washes over a sensation that is unmatched by many others. However, the winters can often be very harsh and sometimes, we just need a break from it. If you're looking to plan your next winter trip then you're at the right place because we're telling you some of the best places that offer a mildly summery feel about them.
To break free from the bleakness of the everyday winter cold, head over to Alwar, which is a small little town in the desert state of Rajasthan. The state itself doesn't see very harsh winters, and often, the days are rather sultry. The sun is just pleasant enough to make your days comfortable so that you're in that sweet temperature spot where it's all perfect.
Bharatpur Bird sanctuary
Though a trip here won't exactly provide you with a relief from Delhi's intense winter, you still get to be in a cleaner, greener and a better environment. What's more is that the inner wildlife lover in you can also catch a break here. Birds from all sorts of species migrate here during the winters and this could be a great way to spend your days. Seeing nature bloom in all it's glory during the winters really hits the soft spot within you.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Some of you may look at this option as a rather far fetched one, but it is surely worth a shot. During the winters, tourists usually flock to seaside places, namely Goa, and in turn, the entire coastal state is overrun by tourists. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a bit isolated in that respect and offer open beaches with views of the sparkling blue sea. The mostly sunny days at the sandy beaches is just perfect for relaxing and lazing around in the island. In fact, this is one of those places that just washes your troubles away.
Another city from the Desert State of India makes its way into our list, simply because it doesn't get insanely cold here. The town itself doesn't have much to offer apart from an essence of cultural vibrance and deep rooted heritage. In fact, if you're planning to take a road trip along Rajasthan this winter, then Pushkar is a place that must be on your list.
If you want to experience pure, unadulterated winter, in one of the most fantastic settings, then head over to Shillong, also known as the Scotland of India. The sunny and clear days in the mountains have an unmatched charm of their own. The sunny winter days often give you spectacular and unparalleled views, which are hard to get out of your mind. Apart from that, you also get to stay away from thick city smog and live with your head above the clouds, quite literally.
Winters in Delhi are never as you expect them to be. They're often harsh and unforgiving, while at times, they can be beautiful in their own way. For staunch Delhiites however, getting out during the winters is just as important as it is in the summers. So what are you waiting for, head over to any one of these places this winter season and return with tales of adventure!
Delhiites are those segments of people who have something of an adventurous streak. They're always looking for the next best thing, something that captivates them and leaves them with stories to last a lifetime. If you're of that crop, then boy, have we got something for you.
Take your inner self on a journey through the sandy dunes of Pushkar and pay a visit to the mega festival- Pushkar fest, which is nothing short of a once in a lifetime experience. Embrace enthralling views and never seen before sights at this one of a kind melting pot for everything Rajasthani.
What is Pushkar festival?
Pushkar festival is a one of a kind fete that culminates the spirit and gaiety of the entire state of Rajasthan. The festival is one that tends to bring together people from all walks of life to have shared experiences and to see exactly how people in rural Rajasthan live.
What can you expect?
At the two week long festival, the most unique thing to see is the camel sale. Cattle owners bring some of the rarest and most pristine camels here for sale. Though this is not for us mere mortals, those that live life extravagantly can buy a camel here. The rest of us will have to settle for camel rides, which are rather fun too.
Apart from that, there are the usual carnival things that you would expect. Massive merry go rounds, loads of rides and fun stuff to partake in, this mela is one that has something for everyone. In fact, if you go on time, you can also head over and take a spin in the hot air balloon and catch some mesmerising views of the city and the adjoining sand dunes.
What's more is that the fair brings to live the culture and the ethos of Rajasthani fine and performing arts. Offering you extravagant performances to dance and music to marvel at, you get to witness something that very few people have.
How to get there?
Delhiites often take trips to Jaipur and the town of Pushkar isn't too far from there. At a distance of over 400 kilometers from Delhi, a drive would be possible, but we advise against it. Taking a train or a flight would be the wiser option, considering the amount of time it will save.
We would suggest that you take a train or a flight to Jaipur and then head over to the small, festival town. In fact, you can also take a train to Pushkar directly, but that will take you on a longer train journey. A direct flight from Delhi to Pushkar should cost you about 2,500 bucks and within 2 hours, you'll be at the fair.
Pushkar festival 2019 is one that celebrates the rich and ever vibrant culture of Rajasthan. For a weekend getaway, this is the most perfect spot where you get to see a whole lot of fancy stuff.
The Pushkar Fair is on till 12th November 2019 and you should plan something in the coming weekend, if you want to experience a one of a kind event.
Life in a big city may be happening, exciting and jam packed with something or the other but that does not take away from the fact that, at times, the concrete jungle can get on your nerves. Looking to get away from the hullabaloo of everyday city life? Well, we’ve got the perfect list for you.
We’ve compiled a list of the best places near Delhi where you can visit to explore the enthralling beauty of nature.
Jim Corbett National Park
The National park is one of India’s best known abode for a variety of flora and fauna. Nestled in the dense forests of Nainital, Uttarakhand, this place is one of the best ways to have a peaceful time and get in touch with nature in all its glory.
Feeling rather adventurous? Take a ride across the National Park perched atop an elephant or a jeep safari for a quick adventure. On these safaris, keep your eyes peeled and you might just come across the mighty Bengal tiger, several species of leopards and even home to Himalayan Black Bears and a variety of deer.
Jim Corbett National Park is situated 261 km from Delhi and it should take you 6 hours to get there.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
To relax and indulge in some cathartic bird watching, pay a visit to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to over 350 diverse species of avifauna and each of them is more beautiful than the last. Apart from that, it is also home to several species of snakes, fish, lizards and amphibian species.
There are also 7 species of turtles, which are not to be missed. The bird sanctuary is a great place for enthusiast photographers as well. Since spring is almost here, the climate right now makes it the perfect time to visit.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is located 224 kilometers from Delhi and it should take you about 5 hours to get there.
Gangotri National Park
One of the most pristine national parks of the country is located near Uttarkashi. Gangotri National park is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, making for a great trek as you take in the fauna of the place. It is home to some really rare species such as snow leopards, massive mountain bears and the musk deer that are only found in places that are at high altitudes.
The best part about the national park is that it has loosely defined fixed boundaries, meaning that you can come across a wild animal at any time. The treks are also beginner friendly, giving everyone a chance to witness something enthralling.
Gangotri National Park is located 318 kilometers from Delhi.
Sariska Tiger Reserve
To witness some different types of tigers other than the Bengal tiger, head down to Sariska Tiger Reserve. The place will certainly make you forget your troubles as you become one with the wilderness. The deciduous forest not only has many species of tigers, but is also home to a slew of colourful flora.
The jungle emanates otherworldly vibes and you won’t be left wanting for anything more. You can take one of the many safaris that are offered here or just take a leisurely stroll with your family and friends.
Sariska Tiger Reserve is located 222 kilometers from Delhi and it should take you 5 hours to get there.
Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary
Chambal wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 5,400 square kilometers and it’ll take you more than just one safari to take in all that it has to offer. The wildlife sanctuary is lush with lakes, a variety of endangered species and many species of rare, migratory birds. If you do visit, you could get a chance to see Gharials- an endangered species, a red-crowned roof turtle or even a Ganges river dolphin. At Chambal Wildlife sanctuary, be sure to take your camera because once a wild animal is out of your sight, you may not see it again.
Chambar Wildlife Sanctuary is located 373 kilometers from Delhi and it should take you 6 hours to get there.
World Wildlife Day is celebrated on March 03 and this is the perfect time to celebrate the day with nature. We hope that this list gives you an idea of the best biomes that you can pay a visit to from Delhi over a weekend.