The location of Delhi is such that it always has its good citizens at the bring of a weekend getaway to an exciting destination. Considering the fact they all dwell in one of the busiest metropolitans in the country, each one of those hard working professionals deserves a weekend getaway, and that too in a place that can let them rejuvenate. And what better place can serve the purpose than a wildlife destination. Thanks to Delhi’s close proximity to the lush green hills and valleys, there’s no dearth of forests and the so-called wildlife destinations. That said, being a Delhiite if you are wondering where to head this weekend, here’s a compiled list of the best weekend getaways from Delhi for every wildlife lover.
National Chambal Sanctuary
Otherwise known for once being home to dacoits like Paan Singh Tomar and Phoolan Devi, National Chambal Sanctuary is one weekend getaway from Delhi that can help you experience wildlife like never before—you can actually catch sightings of alligators, gangetic dolphins and species of numerous migratory birds in one place. Located less than a two-hour drive away from Agra, this is one of those few places in India where you can enjoy a wildlife safari on a boat that will take you through beautiful islets and close enough to the wildlife sightings you want to experience. And just to ensure that you have a comfortable stay amidst the wilderness and ravines of Chambal Valley, we recommend you to book your stay with V Resorts Chambal Paradise. More so, because the staff at this property will take care of some exclusive experience for you while you are too busy soaking in the charms of the destinations.
Best way to reach: Situated in Bah tehsil, which is just 215 km away from Delhi, the best way to reach this place is by a drive down the Yamuna Expressway.
Rajaji National Park
If you are Delhiite and that too a wildlife enthusiast, I am sure you have been to Jim Corbett National Park way too many times. While I am not here to demean your search for tigers, I am taking the liberty here to suggest a wildlife destination in the same state, but lesser-known, less crowded, and of course, no less beautiful. The Rajaji National Park is tucked away at the foothills of the Himalayas, right between the popular pilgrimages of Haridwar and Rishikesh. A forest known for its stunning grasslands, it’s not exactly the tigers that you would want to look for in Rajaji National Park. Wandering the enchanting landscape of this forest are magnificent elephants who make their presence felt at all times.
Rajaji National Park is a weekend getaway for every wildlife enthusiast who not just enjoys the sightings of animals and birds and all other creatures that walk within the realms of a forest, but also those who like to pause and reflect upon their thoughts while spending time soaking in the charms that Mother Nature has to offer. If you are a nature lover, photographer, artists or even a voracious reader, you are the avid traveller that Rajaji National Park is there for. And go ahead and do your research if you like, but there’s no other place better than V Resorts Rajaji National Park if you want to stay right in the middle of the wilderness of this forest.
Best way to reach: Take a train to Haridwar from Delhi and book a cab to V Resorts Rajaji National Park. Every other experience will come along for you before you even ask for them.
You might be surprised to find Dehradun in my compilation of the best weekend getaways from Delhi for every wildlife enthusiast, but I am glad that you raised those eyebrows of yours. Well, that’s because I am about to reveal a place so secret in Dehradun that you will be happy to brag about. Just 11 km away from the chaos and urban settlements of Uttarakhand’s capital sits a forest so secret that it doesn’t have a name of its own. The only whispers I can send out to you is that it has V Resorts Midwood Breeze Dehradun as the place where you can book your stay in and the rest will be history. I say this because that’s the only way you will have access to the most lesser-know experiences in Dehradun—there’s a forest trek, a riverside barbecue, a high tea among the woods and a bonfire under the stars to say the least. And if you don’t believe a word of what I just said, feel free to find out yourself. In case you are interested to know more, I can help you with some more information here.
Best way to reach: Drive down to Dehradun from Delhi and head towards Mussoorie thereafter. Take the turn towards Village Guniyal on Turkul Road to reach your desired destination.