Last Updated: January 10, 2020 Latika Sabharwal
Have You Explored These 13 Offbeat Monsoon Weekend Getaways Near Delhi…………?
Once upon a time, Delhi monsoon was rejuvenating and sometimes romantic also-there used to be greenery all around and people used to dance on the streets enacting their personal Bollywood number. But then the flow of the winds started changing and the beautiful city turned into a concerete jungle, where there are eco-lodges but no fruit orchards. Gone are the days when a large mass visited the Okhla bird sanctuary or enjoyed their extended vacation at farms around Kapashera, Bawana or Ghitorni. And only to enjoy rain, people bunked their offices. But since Delhi has mushroomed a commercial hub there are hardly any places to enjoy the monsoon rains. That is why people have started planning weekend escapes, be it any season. Fortunately, there are many places near Delhi that have survived the rampant wave of commercialisation and some have even managed to stay in one way or the other. If you are also someone who would like to explore offbeat destinations during monsoon then here we have composed a list of places that will cast a spell `of magic and fill your holidays with endless memories. Have a look.
Matiana, Himachal Pradesh
Matiana, Photo: https://bit.ly/37QFlps
A 45 km hour straight drive from Shimla through the thick foliages and snow-clad peaks will take you to the first destination of our blog, Matiana. A small village in the lap of Himalaya, Matiana is famous for its apple orchards, flower fields, and Shiva temple. From the highest point of the village, you can see the beautiful zigzag winding Hindustan-Tibet road and unparalleled views of the valley. During the monsoon season, the area receives rain, which eventually doubles its beauty. On a trip to Matiana, you can also visit Narkanda, which is renowned for its cloud-covered valleys and apple orchards. Make a point to carry your rain gear as the place receives heavy rainfall.
Distance from Delhi: 447 km
Attractions: Shiv temples, apple orchads, flower fields
Bundi, Photo: https://goo.gl/exFXHm
If you think that greenery in Rajasthan is hard to find even in the monsoon season, then you should visit Bundi village to clear your misconception. Firstly, here you will find the Bhimlat Falls, which is a sight to behold during the monsoon season. Secondly to see the beauty of the city when looked down from the Taragarh Fort. And lastly to see the antique miniature painting and step wells. If you’re planning to travel by car to Bundi, you can enjoy a short stopover at Samode, which is quite known for its forts. During the monsoon season, humidity is at its peak in Bundi, so you should wear a different type of clothing and be prepared to face any weather change.
Distance from Delhi: 473 kms
Attractions: Ishwari Niwas, Bundi Palace, Phool Sagar, Bundi Palace, Taragarh Fort, steppwell
Wondering where to go on get near Delhi to get drenched this monsoon? Then make a point to visit Mandawa. For those who have a little bent towards the history, Mandawa can be a fabulous option. Off all the places in Shekhawati region, Mandawa is one of the best monsoon getaways near Delhi with plenty of locations to visit, stay and eat. In Mandawa, you can find many mansions adorned with artistic paintings and that’s why it is now referred to as an ‘Open Air Art Gallery.’ Ram Pratab Nemani Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli, are amongst the famed must visit places in Mandawa. Apart from Mandawa, you can also visit Jhunjhunu, Sikar, and Churu. Don’t forget to shop for some great souvenirs from the government emporium or private stores.
Distance from Delhi: 257 km
Attractions: Sewaram Saraf Haveli, Ram Pratab Nemani Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli
Karauli, Photo: https://goo.gl/tNJWjh
329 km from Delhi, Karauli brings to one mind an idea about rich and vivid India. With its vibrant culture, history, culture and beauty, the place promises to blow one’s mind away. Countless antiquated shrines, stunningly decorated havelis and designer chatrris adorn the landscapes of Karauli. Bhanwar Vilas Palace, City Palace, Kalyanji Temple, Chhatri of Raja Gopal Singh and Kaila Devi Sanctuary are amongst the important tourists spots you must visit in Karauli. With the presence of more than 300 temples, Karauli is also one of the famous religious tourist places in Rajasthan.
Distance from Delhi: 329 km
Attractions: Karauli City Palace, Kaila Devi Temple, Shri Mahavirji Jain Temple, Shri Mahaveerji Jain Temple, Madan Mohanji Temple
Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh
Bilaspur, Photo: https://goo.gl/E8PNen
There are no second thoughts that Bilaspur is one of the best adventure monsoon destination near to Delhi. During the monsoon season, the eye-catching Gobind Sagar lake in Bilaspur is a sight to behold as there is green surroundings, which provides a perfect backdrop for adventure activities. Apart from Gobind Sagar lake, tourists can also visit Shri Naina Devi Ji Temple, Bhakra Dam, Koldam Dam, Bhakra Dam, Markandeya, and Vyas Cave. The little town has an advantage of being close to Parwanoo, Mandi and Chandigarh.
Distance from Delhi: 380.9 km
Attractions: Sri Naina Devi Ji, Gobind Sagar Reservoir, Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Bhakra Dam
Rupnagar, Photo: https://goo.gl/2aCsnX
Many places in Punjab are misty and beautiful when it rains. Rupnagar is one such beautiful place, which is located on the bank of the Sutlej river in the Shivalik region of lower Himalaya. Formerly known as Ropar, the city was established in the 11th century and was one of the major sites of Indus Valley Civilization. This undisturbed region features Anandpur Sahib Gurudwara, Virasat-e-Khalsa (a heritage museum), Bhakra Nangal Dam, Gurudwara Parivar Vichhora Sahib, to name a few. Want more? If you wish to immerse yourself in rich culture, traditions and simple lifestyle of rural India, then you can go for rural tourism to Katli, Bahadarpur, Tibba Tapparian and Ranjitpura Bas.
Distance: 291.7 km
Attractions: Takhat Sri Keshgarh Sahib, Gurudwara Parivar Vichhora Sahib, Jateshwar Mahadev Temple, Jatwahar
Kangojodi, Himachal Pradesh
Kangojodi, Photo: https://goo.gl/sZx0p0
For those who loves to explore the untamed natural vicinities, Kangojodi is a superb place for a short weekend break around Delhi. It’s a perfect offbeat place, and one can’t even see the traces of the city on the Google map. The experience of camping in Kangojodi’s luscious pine forest with flowing, gurgling streams of crystal clear, and natural water on the side is an experience to remember. If you are adventure freak and love getting wet in a downpour then, don’t forget to try activities like nature treking, flying fox, rope balancing, to name a few.
Distance: Aproximately 275 km
Attractions: Adventure activities-camping, trekking
Orchha, Madhya Pradesh
Orchha, Photo: https://goo.gl/RrpNjq
If you love Orchha then the right time to visit there is monsoon as this is when the ferocious wind blows up; sky turns blue and gray; clouds roll rapidly across the sky, and monuments start looking even more beautiful. Located on the bank of River Betwa, this undulating land is famous for its temples, cenotaphs and fort. Each temple and fort in Orchha are adorned with beautiful paintings of Tirthankaras and Hindu deities, which is currently in a bad condition, but the Madhya Pradesh government is working hard with UNESCO to brings its royal look back. During the monsoon, the climate is little unpredictable, so don’t forget to do a proper check on the weather condition and carry loads of sunscreen. To reach Orchha, you can either go by car and travel for six hours or can book a train till Jhansi, which is hardly 12 km away from the main city.
Distance from Delhi: 451 km
Attractions: Orchha Fort, Jehangir Mahal, Chhatris Cenotaphs, Ram Raja Temple, Chaturbhuj Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple
Pragpur, Himachal Pradesh
Pragpur, Photo: https://goo.gl/pRgx3U
For a quick escape from the bustling city life, make your way to Pragpur, a quaint village in Himachal Pradesh. Reckoned as the heritage village of India, Pragpur is not on every traveler’s radar, which makes it completely unique place to visit. In the cobbled lanes of Paragpur, one can find many architecturally fascinating buildings made in Rajput, Portuguese, Kangra and even colonial style. Don’t forget to visit the Judge’s Court, a 300-year-old ancestral home of Vijai and Rani Lal and a prime attraction of Pragpur, which has been converted into a posh resort. Since the location is quite offbeat, here one can expect unpredictable weather and surprises at every turn, which ultimately doubles the fun of traveling to an unknown destination.
Distance from Delhi: 295 km
Attractions: Heritage village
Rewa, Madhya Pradesh
Rewa, Photo: https://goo.gl/k7dZ3n
Whenever we talk about the monsoon getaways than the first thing that comes to our mind calm and quite. If you have been looking for such a holiday, then there’s nothing better than Rewa, a tiny tinsel town located in the north-eastern part Madhya Pradesh. During the monsoon season, Rewa remains engulfed in innumerable waterfalls and green hills. Waterfalls, lakes, palaces, forts and temples make this place quite popular amongst the tourists. To reach Rewa, you should travel by train as it a comfortable, budget friendly and time-saving option.
Distance from Delhi: 773.2 km
Attractions: Rewa Fort, Govindgarh Lake, Chachai Water Falls, Keonti Water Falls, Venkat Bhawan and Shiva temple, Govindgarh Lake and Fort
Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh
Shoghi, Photo: https://goo.gl/8Njy7H
Shoghi is one of the best monsoon getaways from the crazy city life of Delhi. Lush forest, mighty mountains, silvery brooks and a good number of temples characterize the landscapes of Soghi. Tek or drive through the lush green Shivalik mountains from Delhi offers the most majestic view of mountains. Kali Temple, Hanuman Temple, and Tara Devi Temple are the main attractions of Soghi.
Distance From Delhi: 343 km
Attractions: Tara Devi Temple, Kali Temple, Hanuman Temple
Dhanachuli, Photo: https://goo.gl/bxnDzt
A village filled with solitude and loads of sunshine, Dhanachuli is an unfrequented village in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. On a holiday in Dhanachuli, during monsoon season you can enjoy the tranquility and serenity by watching the picturesque sunset, and sitting at the apple orchards. Make a point to visit the old Dhanachuli village that has beautiful houses adorned with beautiful designs and carvings.
Distance from Delhi: 325.6 km
Attractions: Villages, Mountains
Thanedar, Himachal Pradesh
Thanedar, Photo: https://goo.gl/ZFVq5n
A short drive away from Shimla and stone throws away from Naldehra nestles the last destination of our blog, Thanedar, which is claimed to be the birthplace of the Himachali apple. On a drive to Thanedar from Delhi, you can see the riots of colors with apple farms overlooking the lush green trees and the background is adorned snowcapped peaks kissing the sky and cotton candy clouds and feet touching the Sutlej river. On a trip to Thanedar, don’t forget to visit Sutlej Valley, Tani Jubbar Lake, Harmony Hall and of course the apple orchards. Thanedar is particularly scenic during the monsoon season as this when you can see apple trees in full bloom, ladened with clusters of pink-tinged white flowers.
Distance from Delhi: 435 km
Attractions: Arya Samaj Mandir, Tani Jubber Lake, St. Mary’s Church
Published: 25 May, 2016