If blessing could have a synonym, it would be ‘weekend getaways’ or ‘2 days trip’. Holiday plans fail, travel bucket lists expand, job schedules get atrocious. But as they say life is short; why wait for that long holiday? In fact, your own could neighbourhood could be holding the treasures you would amazed to discover. We say stop waiting for a long holiday, start discovering the little towns, the dusty bylanes, the ‘obscure’ corners. This weekend, pack your little bag and step out.
As V Resorts marks its presence in 100+ cities, as part of our #100km series, we give you below 8 places around Delhi that you can reach in less than three hours.
1. Rohtak, Haryana
Distance: 66.0 km
Time: 1 h 42 min via Delhi – Rohtak Road Just about 2 hours away from the national capital New Delhi is Haryana’s one of the fastest-growing and most populous cities. Looking at its buzzing streets, fast-moving vehicles, and modern architecture, you may not believe if the city could have long ancient and medieval roots, but look around and you will find beautiful ways to get lost in the ordinariness of Rohtak.
Stay in a haveli, do a tractor ride, picnic at Tilyar Lake, gorge on local Haryanvi food, explore the rural life by a bicycle. Meet local artisans, try your hands at pottery. Take pictures with the locals, go on a long roadside food-eating spree. Drink water from handpumps, go to sleep gazing at the stars.
If you are looking for a quick break from the city, chances are you would be pleasantly surprised at this concoction of royalty and rural experience that Rohtak provides. Rohtak is connected via road and rail to all major cities of north India. Several state-run and private buses operate every day carrying passengers from Delhi.
2. Chhatarpur, Delhi
Distance: 0 km
Location: Mehrauli Job schedules can be atrocious. But why wait for the next big holiday? A blessing in disguise, Chhatarpur farms give you the luxury of escaping the city noise while not having to travel out of the city. Located in Mehrauli in Delhi, the farms are usually at a safe distance from Chharatrpur Metro Station, offering you the best of the both worlds.
Choose a farm house, pack some clothes, take a book, and let the quiet green environs do the job. When at the farmhouse, go on a picnic lunch, take a spa, enjoy a movie night, or just look for a quiet corner to spend your day doing nothing. Nature-lover? Go on a long nature walk inside or around the farm, marvel at a plant collection (an award-winning eclectic bonsai collection isn’t bad either), have your morning tea or coffee listening to the chirping of the birds.
The best part though- you don’t even need to apply for a leave for this staycation!
3. Murthal, Haryana
Distance: 59.5 km
Driving Time: 1 h 44 min via NH 44 Dollops of butter, hot melt-in-your-mouth paratha, and a steaming cup of tea or may be two… because why not! A long drive, a pack of friends or family members, music and laughter… again, because why not! Of course you deserve a treat like that at least once in a month.
Located on NH1, Murthal has long been Delhi-dweller’s favourite alternative to a long holiday or the failed Goa plans. A great birthday and anniversary celebrations venue, Murthal offers you a range of desi dhabas and some plush restaurants located on both sides of the road. A water park is also close to the area, in case you need to add to your refreshing break or keep the little ones occupied.
Some of the dhabas work 24X7, meaning you won’t have to worry in case you need to extend your break. Pro-tip: Ask your servers for inimitable Punjabi food and end it with a tea.
4. Panipat, Haryana
Distance: 102.0 km
Driving Time: 2 h 22 min via NH 44 Drive for some 40 km more from Murthal down NH1 and you will land in the historical city of Panipat. Known for its three battles mostly involving the Mughals, the city is known for its many weavers and rich handlooms market. Exporting its handloom products every year, Panipat houses the tombs of Imbrahim Lodhi and Bu Ali Shah Qalandar, Kal Hemus Samadhi Sthal, and Kala Amb Park (a former battleground) as some of the major tourist destinations.
Apart from that, you can take a tour of the local markets and get lost in its narrow bylanes. And it goes without saying that a tour through the handloom market in the City of Weavers is a must. Look for bedsheets, carpets, quilts, and much more for unparalleled textures and artwork. Panipat is connected on all major rail routes with the Panipat Junction Railway Station in the heart of the city. Numerous state-run buses and private buses run every day from Delhi.
5. Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh
Distance: 84.1 km
Driving Time: 1 h 54 min via NH 34 and Noida-Greater Noida Expressway
Long quiet lanes and dusty bylanes lie ahead of you as you begin exploring the city of Bulandshahr. The legend says that it became an important place for Pandavas after the decline of Hastinapur empire. Today, housing many heritage stays for a stressed city-dweller, Bulandshahr villages, with Unchagaon and Kuchesar two of them, are becoming popular among those looking for a quick getaways from Delhi.
Among places to see are Karnavas, located on the bank of river Ganga and deriving its name from Mahabharata King Karna; Belon village, known for the temple of Goddess Belon; Bhuteshwar Mandir, mentioned in the Mahabharata.
6. Noida, Uttar Pradesh
Distance: 48.5 km
Driving Time: 1 h 26 min via Outer Ring Road Another home away from home for the tired cubicle-dwelling souls, Noida can be amazingly peaceful and refreshing, despite being just next door to the noisy National Capital. Of course, it has become a residential and corporate hub, thanks to the vast acres of once unoccupied lands, but its silent spaces in the hidden corners still hold treasures not known to many.
Several resorts have mushroomed recently in the green patches of the NCR city (sector 135 is one of them) offering beautiful staycation options away from the noise, yet not too far from the city buzz. Dial up at a resort, create a playlist, pack a book, and drive off. When at the resort, sit by a pool or take a dive, go on morning walks, or may be evening too, go to sleep feeling content.
7. Nuh, Haryana
Distance: 83.6 km
Driving Time: 2 h 28 min via NH248A
An unexplored gem ideal for offbeat travel-lovers, Nuh lies on NH 248, on Gurgaon-Sohna-Alwar route, some 45 km from Gurgaon. It’s not the hookah you should visit this small Haryana city for, though a tour through the villages won’t be a bad idea. Travellers, especially the history-loving ones, visit Nuh to see the Tomb of Sheikh Musa, or the shaking minarets, to explore its dusty bylanes, to create memories at a place lesser-known.
Talking about the places to visit, see the shaking minarets at Sheikh Musa’s tomb, located on the eastern hill, explore the remains of the Temple of Hathor close to the tomb, marvel at the Muslim and Rajput architecture of the tomb, take a dive into the history of Tuthmosis. When done with the tomb, head for the Aravalli ranges and visit the natural reservoir at Nallad; picnicing here isn’t a bad idea either. In mood for more exploring, visit the ancient, rectangular Chai Mui Pond and see the carvings and cenotaphs (chhatri) made of red sandstone.
8. Beri, Haryana
Distance: 58.8 km
Driving time: 1 h 51 min via Bahadurgarh – Chhara – Beri Rd and NH9
Another escape for offbeat travellers, Beri is a small village in the Jhajjar district of Haryana. What’s special about Beri? Perhaps nothing. Except the large acres of green farms, some tractors passing by, some sugarcanes waiting to be sucked, some villagers happy to talk to travellers (and get clicked for their Instagram pictures), some kaccha houses attracting the archaeology and history-lovers.
Beri could pass off as just another village of north India. And that is why we recommend it to you- to shut the city noise for a while, to take long walks along the fields, to hop on a tractor, to have a meal or two with the villagers, to suck on the succulent sugarcanes, to spend some quiet time with yourself.