Are you mulling over taking a short refreshing break from work and exploring some wonderful places near Delhi? The capital city boasts of various beautiful parks, gardens, lakes and other picnic spots where you can spend some memorable time with your family and friends. Here are some cool picnic spots near Delhi that you can visit for that unforgettable holiday:
Fort Unchagaon is a heritage hotel located in the village of Unchagaon, about 130 km from Delhi and near Garhmukteshwar on Moradabad–New Delhi National Highway. A drive from Delhi to Unchagaon takes only about an hour which makes it a perfect place for short weekend trips. This fort was inherited by Raja Surendra Pal Singh in the early 19th century who decided to renovate it and preserve this ancestral palace in the form of a modern hotel. Get mesmerized by the perfect blend of Indian and colonial architecture on the walls of the fort or spend a quiet time taking a stroll on the lush green lawn surrounding the hotel. Being located close to river Ganges, Fort Unchagaon is also known for river dolphin sightings. You can also spend some pleasurable time indulging in all the fun activities being offered at Fort Unchagaon like horse riding bullock cart rides, orchard and farm visit, boat rides and pony-cart rides for children.
If you want to spend some relaxing time in a serene and peaceful environment, then a trip to Delhi’s popular lakes would be a great idea. The Dum-Dama lake, Badhkal lake and Sohna lake are all just 2-3 hours drive from Delhi. There are hired taxi services and cab services which you can use for a comfortable drive to these places.
Set up amidst the majestic Aravalli Hills and surrounded by beautiful gardens, the Badhkal Lake is perfect for boating, horse riding and water sports. You can also spot some migratory birds during winters. You can have an overnight stay at the Haryana Tourism Resort located beside the lake.
A wonderfully built resort at Manesar, the Heritage Village Resort & Spa is just an hour’s drive from Delhi. The resort caters to the needs of both personal and business travelers. Built in the Rajasthani style of architecture, this resort provides various entertainment avenues like indoor and outdoor games, health club, swimming pool apart from providing excellent conference rooms and meeting halls for corporate events. Get an exotic and soothing spa done here and you will return home feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
Delhi is replete with beautiful parks and gardens. A must-visit park is the Ajmal Khan Park, situated in Karol Bagh. This park with its lush green lawns provides a refreshing getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is famous for its musical fountains where you can have the unique experience of scintillating fountains dancing to the tunes of mellifluous music. The musical fountains are in operation for two hours every day after sunset.
Kesroli is a beautiful village in Alwar district, located at a distance of only 155 km from Delhi. One of the most popular tourist spots in Kesroli is the 600-year-old Kesroli Fort. This 14th century fort is one of the oldest heritage hotels in India. Located atop the rare, dark, Hornstone Breccia rocks, this fort provides a splendid view. You can enjoy the spectacular sunset, go for long walks amidst the mustard fields surrounding the Kesroli Fort, or spend your time peacefully reading books in the library inside the fort. If you have ample time to spend in Kesroli, then you can also visit the neighbouring palaces, museums and sanctuaries of Alwar & Sariska.
Built in 1464 AD, Neemrana Fort-Palace is among India’s oldest heritage resorts. It is located at a distance of 100 km from the Delhi international airport. Located atop majestic hills, this palace offers a picturesque view of the surrounding landscape. You would be transported to the ancient era as you step inside this palace, decked up with antique furniture and beautiful paintings. Neemrana Fort-Palace has also become a popular spot for weddings and conferences these days. The palace offers all modern amenities like a library, swimming pool, yoga and meditation centre, and play centre where you can spend some relaxing time. You can also go for camel cart rides for that complete royal experience. For those looking for some adventure, Neemrana has an aerial zip-line installed and provides highly trained guides and safety equipment for those interested in going for aerial trekking over Aravalli mountains.
To know more about Delhi and some interesting places to visit in Delhi, check out Delhi Visitor’s Guide.