Diwali is that time of the year when we all love to stay home and spend some quality time with our families. However, avid travellers look at this period as the perfect window to plan slightly longer holidays as compared to the regular weekend getaways. Fortunately, Diwali 2018 has five long days up for grabs for any traveller who has been wanting to plan his long-awaited trip. This year, Diwali is on November 7, which is a Wednesday. This day will be followed by two more holidays for Govardhan Puja and Bhai Duj respectively, leaving just the weekends to deal with — so there are five amazing days to plan for. And if someone can afford to take a day or two towards the beginning of the week, there’s an entire week to plan for.
That said, national capital Delhi has an advantageous position as it acts as the doorway to plenty of destinations in the northern part of the country. Travellers can actually plan their trips around various routes and circuits. While on one hand are the plains including Rajasthan and Punjab, on the other are the hill stations of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. We understand that for some travellers, suddenly getting so many holidays at once can become confusing for planning the appropriate trip — especially with so many options out there. Keeping that in mind, we have curated some of the best trips travellers can plan from Delhi in the Diwali weekend.
When you are in Delhi, one of the first places that comes to the mind is Shimla — a hill station that easily serves as a weekend getaway for the residents of the national capital. However, when the number of days you have in hand are a lot more you normally require for a trip to the former summer capital of the country, you can easily club it with Narkanda, a lesser-known hill town which is located around 70 km uphill from Shimla. After spending a day shopping at the Mall Road of Shimla, Narkanda would be perfect for a couple of nights’ stay amidst the silence of the mountains all around. Just eight kilometres of this quiet town is Hatu Peak, which is the highest point in Shimla at an altitude of 11,155 ft. The views from this place are breathtaking to see the least, and also makes for a great place for a day out at Narkanda. If you happen to visit the destination in winter, make sure you participate in skiing at the place. V Resorts offers the best Shimla-Narkanda holiday packages with everything included, right from stays, meals, sightseeing, transfers and all other things well taken care of.
Haridwar-Rishikesh-Rajaji National Park
Located at a distance of just 220 km from Delhi, Haridwar always proves to be an easy weekend getaway for Delhiites. After all, a convenient five-hour drive gets a travellers close enough to the charms of River Ganga and helps him experience one of the roots of Hindu religion. The evening aarti of this place is a visual treat for any traveller. Besides, it is believed that a dip in the holy river can actually help you get rid of your sins. When you visit Haridwar, it is almost impossible that you won’t visit the holy town of Rishikesh as well. Apart from the religious aspect attached to it, the destination is also popular for being the gateway to the hills of Uttarakhand. Surrounded by hills on all sides, the picturesque town of Rishikesh has been a major attraction among both pilgrims, and adventure lovers and travellers alike, who like to enjoy adventure activities like cliff jumping and white water rafting at the destination. After experiencing the charming chaos of Haridwar and Rishikesh, if you are in the mood to spend some time in leisure amidst the serenity of wildlife, head to Rajaji National Park, which is famous for its unparalleled natural beauty and a visibly high population of elephants. When you are here, all you want is a place to stay from where you can uninterrupted views of the forest. V Resorts Rajaji National Park is the perfect place to stay for such an experience.
A quick weekend getaway to Jaipur is something that most Delhiites must have done by now. However, when the number of days in hand is more and there’s a lot more waiting to be explored, a keen traveller can take advantage of the Diwali weekend and can start his journey with the first pit stop at Alwar. Located at a distance of around 170 km from the national capital, this Rajasthani town is known for its own set of forts, palaces and monuments belonging to the erstwhile reign of the Rajputs in the state. Nestled in the lap of the Aravalli mountain range, this region is also perfect for travellers who like to enjoy natural beauty. After a day of exploring India’s royal past, you can head to Sariska National Park to experience the wildlife and natural beauty of the region. While you stay at your choice of resort in Sariska, you can also do a day tour to the ‘haunted’ Bhangarh Fort, which is situated at a distance of just 27 km from the wildlife haven. After experiencing all of this, you can end your Rajasthani sojourn with a visit to the Pink City of Jaipur before heading back to Delhi.