It is said that the simple pleasures of life are free. When you are working and managing hectic schedules, nothing could be far more removed from this. That is why indulging in a weekend getaway sounds like the best idea and one that would actually allow you to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. There are many places to visit near Delhi that are like unexpected gifts and that consciously allow you to celebrate life in ways that are unique to the place you visit. Set aside the ‘usual’ Nainital, Shimla, Bhimtal and the likes and head to places that allow you to be at complete peace with yourself and the environment.
Sattal, near Nainital
Sattal, in Uttarakhand is one such offbeat location – the gurgle of the water in the lakes, the majestic mountains and the merry chirping of the birds amongst the emerald expanses. Hearing these sounds instantly lifts your spirits. You can stay at the picturesque and well-manicured V Resorts that is perched on the top-most hill. The setting is serene, the people are friendly and as you view the outdoors from the comfort of your room, you feel like nestling your head deeper into your pillow with a happy smile – your bed is your sanctuary at that moment. Sattal is blessed by nature’s bounty and as the sun feels softly warm on your skin, a crisp cool breeze lightly caresses you. You have opportunities to do nothing at all or indulge in a host of activities that will energize you. The choice is yours – as it should be.
Ramgarh, near Nainital
Are you poetic or creative minded – head to Ramgarh. The absence of rush or chaos is palpable and the sounds of nature touch your ears lightly, giving an entire new meaning to life and your thoughts. The setting is inspirational – goading you to pen down some unfinished thoughts or create new ones to match the setting. To complement and enjoy this setting to the fullest, V Resorts is the place to stay. The thoughtful premises and the unobtrusive staff contribute towards making your visit memorable. Ramgarh is soothing – there is a strange familiarity in the air. The scent of the forest consumes your senses without being overpowering. The blobs of colour break the monotone of green – these are the abundant luscious fruit found in this region that will take you back to your childhood as you gently pluck them off the trees. Suddenly all the complexities of life take a back seat.
Rajaji National Park, near Haridwar/Rishikesh
If being in the midst of wildlife, thrills you then head straight to Rajaji National Park, a rare tourist place near Delhi. Stay at V Resorts for the complete experience, since they are located in the heart of the forest and you can hear the trumpeting of the mighty elephants and the call of other wildlife. The river Ganges passes through the middle of the park making it an ideal place for nature’s singers to visit and make it their home. The forest is dense and the landscapes expansive with a backdrop of the mighty hills. Staying here for a weekend getaway seems to put everything in place.
As you get closer to the hill station of Pauri, you gaze out the window to be greeted by 7 mighty stalwarts – 7 Himalayan Ranges. In clear weather the view of these mountains is breathtaking. A clear sunny day also introduces you to the entire town that is bright green and interspersed with cheery wild flowers. Pauri is innocence and pristine beauty typified and you will find that the locals employed at V Resorts, have an innate pride of their location. Stay here to feel the essence of Pauri. The air of Pauri rings with temple bells – the 1000 year old Lakshman temple and other small temples – and is always in festive mood since around 17 festivals are celebrated through the year.
Narkanda, near Shimla
Brilliantly shimmering in white is how one can describe Narkanda after a heavy snowfall. Everything is covered in sheets of white and Narkanda is transformed to a skiing destination. You can stay here too at V Resorts who will arrange your skiing gear and thoughtfully plan routes for you so that even a first time skier can enjoy this activity. As winter gives way to summer, the white gives way, albeit not completely as it still rests on the mountain peaks in a distance, to delicate hues of pink cherry and apple blossoms and jaded landscapes.
Fort Auwa, near Jodhpur
If you can afford some more time, then check out Auwa, near Jodhpur. Steeped in history and culture, this place stands firm in being untouched and unchanged. You can stay at V Resorts Fort Auwa that still bears relics of yesteryears glory and martyrdom.
Take your pick – wherever you choose as your weekend getaway, you will return energized and raring to go till you find another excuse to escape to the next location.