With the winter just around the corner, it’s time for the soothing breezes, clear skies and bright sunshines. And no wonder, it’s perfect time to go for those amazing road trips wherein you roll down the windows and amp up the music, while let the sights and wind rejuvenate your sense. Being situated close enough to some of the best places to visit in November in India, a traveller living in Delhi has enough places to plan a road trip to. Understanding that a Delhiite must have already been on a road trip to places like Jaipur, Manali and Mussoorie among other popular tourist attractions around Delhi, here are a few places that are offbeat and perfect for a road trip from Delhi.
If you are a Delhiite, you must have driven down to the hills of Nainital quite a few times and even soaked in the beauty of the lake. When you wanted to do something different and explore a little more, you would have probably gone out of the way to soak in the charms of Bhimtal. However, it’s likely that you have never been to Sattal let alone heard about it, even after being in the vicinity of the place. In case you are looking to go offbeat and experience the true essence of this region, head to Sattal, which is located at a distance of just 27 km from Nainital and 9 km from Bhimtal. If you pay heed to my suggestion, then I would ask you to go beyond those resorts in Nainital or even those small hotels in Nainital that you have been spending time in, and go for V Resorts Sattal. The reasons are simple — it is the only resort which is perched right at the top of the Sattal hill in a beautiful spot, from where there are unending views of the Sattal Lake, a pine forest, and stunning sunsets across the surrounding hills. When it comes to things to do for travellers, there are options galore for a true blue nature lover — there’s a trek down a trail which leads down to the lesser-known Sattal lake, there are numerous species of birds to watch in the region, there are stunning views of the lake, forests and the surrounding hills to wake up, and there’s a guided night trekking experience offered by V Resorts Sattal among the numerous other things to explore in and around the destination.
One of the first places that comes to the mind of any Delhiite when a road trip is being planned, is Jaipur. Well, the reasons are simple — there’s a fine road leading up to the place, there are the glorious forts and palaces to explore, and then there’s the awesome food served by the numerous cafes and street stalls spread across the city. Come winter, this Rajasthani town is also going to get overcrowded by the influx of tourists not only from different parts of the country but also by curious travellers who come fly down from the other parts of the world to explore the centre of India’s princely past. But very few people know that located just 232 km from Delhi is a Rajasthani town called Mandawa which has held up its tradition in an exemplary manner for the world to get amazed about. Often referred to as an “open gallery” town, Mandawa is popular among travel photographers and intellectuals alike for the stunning display of Shekhawati artwork that covers the walls of the houses in this town. While on one hand are the ancient havelis that display the fine art of construction and paintings dating back to the princely age of India, on the other are the craftsmen at every nook and cranny of this town who can be seen creating a fine piece of Shekhawati artwork. Besides, even the smallest houses of the town adorn some fine Shekhawati art that act as a means of decorating them. In case you are looking for a comfortable place to stay with some freshly cooked delicious meals available at all times, try V Resorts Paawana Haveli Mandawa.
Talk about Himachal Pradesh, Shimla and Manali would probably pop as the most common suggestions for any Delhiite when he is planning a road trip to the hill state. Now, what if we told you that there’s a place even in the northern part of the country which is home to stunning tea gardens? If you are surprised, then allow me to inform you that it’s none other than Palampur. The name of this place might sound familiar, but it’s likely that you haven’t been there yet. The only home of tea estates in the state, Palampur is a quaint town which sits in the lap of the snow-capped Dhauladhar mountain range and thrives with the beauty of lush green landscapes. One of the most beautiful places in the Kangra Valley, Palampur derives its name from the local word, palum which means water. It’s the presence of water in the form of numerous local streams flowing down from the mountains which makes the place so green and allows the tea gardens to thrive and grow the way they do. In the middle of all this beauty, V Resorts Palampur offers an oasis of calm in the form of place where travellers can spend time staying in cottages and enjoying the serenity of the place along with unparalleled views of the mountains that border the town in every direction you look.