The capital city of Delhi is still reeling under the effect of smog, and the cold winter fog isn’t making things better. Fortunately, however, Delhi lies very close to some of the best winter holiday in the country. From hill stations to wild jungles and spiritual getaways and historical hotspots, there is a destination for every kind of traveler. Here is a look at the best winter holiday destinations near Delhi for 2017. ALSO READ: Best Winter Holiday Destinations in Uttarakhand in 2017
Christ Church Shimla on snowy day
If it is the mountains that are calling you, head to Shimla, around eight hours from the capital city and well-connected by buses. Shimla and nearby Kufri and Chail are great mountain getaways for the winter, with the fresh snow falling on the slopes and narrow town roads adding to the magical atmosphere. The more popular destination is Shimla though, with its Mall Road, colonial era churches and the Jakhu Temple.
A half-day drive from New Delhi city, the famous Khajuraho group of monuments in Madhya Pradesh needs no introduction. The place is full of beautifully carved temples dating back to the Chandel Dynasty, with plenty of things to see and do for a 2-3 day trip. You also have nearby Raneh falls and the Orccha, which falls on the road to Khajuraho. Orccha has its own historical sites, like the Chaturbhuj Temple and Jehangir Mahal.
Quiet and mesmerizing, the hill station of Lansdowne in Uttarakhand is just around seven hours from New Delhi, which makes it pretty accessible. An important area for the military, the hill station is immaculately maintained and its colonial-era buildings and bungalows are as stunning as they were when they were first built more than a century ago. From the viewpoints around this town, you can catch incredible views of the sunrise and sunset, the Himalayas and the Ganga. CHECK OUT: Assam Tourism: Best Winter Holiday Destinations in Assam for 2017
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Purple Sunbird at Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary
Just around three hours away from the capital, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is the winter destination of choice for bird lovers. It is one India’s best bird sanctuaries and a proper UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its importance. Thousands of migratory bird species come to this sanctuary every year, and there are hundreds of birds that are endemic to the region as well. Winter is an especially good time, because a lot of migratory birds come here from higher latitudes.
View of Amber Fort from Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur
Located just a few hours away from New Delhi, the royal city of Jaipur is a nice winter holiday getaway for those interested in immersing themselves in history and experience the royal life for a few days. Beautiful, elaborate and well-maintained forts and palaces, ancient temples and narrow alleyways bustling with life, Jaipur is the ideal break from Delhi’s city life for a weekend or so.
Golden Temple – Amritsar
For a spiritual winter holiday, you can head to the center of Sikhism itself, Amritsar. The city lies less than 500 km from New Delhi and is quiet a famous getaway for those in the capital. You’ll find thousands flocking every day to the Golden Temple to find their peace with god or relishing the culinary delights of the city. NOW READ: Best Winter Holiday Destinations in North India for 2017
A river flows along a deep gorge flanked by florested mountains of the Khasi range with Bangladesh visible on the horizon near Shillong, Meghalaya, India
Shillong is the farthest winter holiday destination from Delhi in this list, but it is just a temptingly short flight away from the airport, which is why we added it to this list. And at the end of that flight, you are treated to majestic valleys, lush green hills and meadows and a nice, chilly winter with fresh mountain air. Experience the natural beauty of the region like the Living Roots bridges, Shillong Peak or Elephanta Falls, and its cultural heritage.