With its majestic demeanor and enamoring fashion, Delhi never leaves you bored. We have no doubts about insides of Delhi buzzing with charm and opulence. But the periphery is no short of surprises either, and is a roller coaster ride, fully packed with adventure and surprises. From towering snowclad peaks to the golden mounds of unending desert, these spellbinding attractions around Delhi are bound to make you realize the true essence of North India.
So fasten your seat belts and let me take you on a joy ride to some of the most visually stunning and diverse places located at a short drive away from Delhi!!
How did I travel?
I rented a self-drive car in Delhi from ZopRent, You can even rent a bike or any other self-driven car available in the market from them. Even the rail and bus means of transportation is available to each of these places.
The capital city of the states of Punjab and Haryana is a perfect blend of rich Punjabi heritage sprinkled with 21stcentury hotspots. Planned with perfection and keen insight, Chandigarh carries the oomph of a metro city but subtly brushes it off with symmetrical landscape. From the magnificent Rock gardens to the serene Sukhna lake, and not to forget the posh sector 17 market, Chandigarh has something in store for every palate.
Commonly known as the Pink City, the capital city of Rajasthan does not need any introduction. Flocked by tourist all year round, Jaipur has the power of immersing you completely in its splendor, architecture and the effervescent Rajputana culture. Sprinkled with beautiful palaces, rampart forts, glittering markets and food joints serving lip smacking traditional Marwari cuisines. Jaipur is the perfect point to experience the world renowned Rajasthani royalty, and serves as the entry point to this visually stunning state.
The erstwhile Mughal capital is home to Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Built by the Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved Mumtaz between 1637 and 1648, Taj Mahal is an ode to eternal love. A splendid musoleum built in white marble , Taj Mahal makes every eye surrender to its beauty . The intricate architecture and pious built makes it one of the most beautiful things human eyes can ever have the pleasure of watching.
The glorious Red fort, seat of the erstwhile Mughal Empire, is another attraction you cannot afford to miss while in Agra.
Haridwar ( Gateway to God) is one of the most pious places in the Hindu religion. Lined by ashrams and ancient temples Haridwar is the place to be to connect to God and to oneself.
The ancient city of Haridwar is where Ganga leaves the mighty Himalayas and enters the plains. It is the gateway to the ‘Char Dham’ of Uttarakhand. The main highlight definitely remains the evening aarti at Har Ki Pauri, the largest ghat in the town. The sight of flickering lamps floating down the gushing Ganga is a sight to behold.
Take a dip in the holy waters of the divine Ganges, and wash off all the negativity from yourself.
We have all watched ‘Eat Pray Love’ and watched a glimpse of the meditative Rishikesh, and how Julia Roberts learnt to truly pray. Lined with numerous Ashrams, ancient temples and riverside cafés, Rishikesh is the perfect place to find the answers you had always been searching for. Also known as the Yoga capital of the world, the numerous ashrams provide various Yoga courses all year round.
With the river Ganges walking beside you everywhere, and the Vedic Chants awakening the real you, Rishikesh harmonizes your inner senses and fills you with everlasting positivity .
Summers in Delhi are never an easy affair. With temperature soaring up the scale, all you need is a little chill to climb up your sleeves for a moment of respite.
Thank god there is Shimla around. The capital city of Himachal Pradesh is all about solace, cedars and chilly mountain air. A hill station pampered with modern etiquettes, Shimla offers a variety of treks, heritage buildings, adventures and an innocent hill culture to marvel at.
Also known as rave capital of North India, Kasol is that ‘hippy dream life’ every youngster always dreams of experiencing. Surrounded by snowcapped mountains and located right on the edge of the gushing Parvati river, Kasol is a place flocked by hippies from all around the world. Grab a beer in one of the numerous cafés playing EDM & trance, or lie by the river and smell the scent of the towering cedars, Kasol has something in store for every taste.
There are hundreds of attractions near Delhi to make your trip worth remembering, and fill your bags with memories & nostalgia. The above mentioned just being some of the ones I visited through Zoprent.
So pack your bags and make Delhi your next destination. Grab a veichle, explore its stunning vicinities, and who knows, your trip of a lifetime might just be around the corner !!