While there is no denying that Delhi is one of the finest cities to visit in India, the Indian capital has been in the news for the wrong reason recently. Delhi’s pollution and smog, which made waves last year, is back and this time, it is even worse. From locals to visitors, everyone in Delhi has been complaining about the smog and expressing concern over health issues and the environment. Just yesterday, the Supreme Court has termed the Delhi smog life-threatening. While the government tries to find a way to save India’s capital city and its surrounding regions from choking due to the pollution, locals are better off getting away for a while to take a break from the pollution. We give you some of the best places you can visit to escape the Delhi smog and pollution.
Known for its serene ambiance, Buddhist monastery which is home to the Dalai Lama, and breathtaking mountain landscapes all around, Dharamsala is the ideal getaway from Delhi for those who want a breath of fresh air. Its food and people are just as beautiful as its views and weather.
Distance from Delhi: 476 km (approx 9 hours 15 minutes by road)
Timber Trails, Parwanoo, Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
Located in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, Parwanoo is a hill station that is not known to many tourists. With picturesque views of lush green hills all around, Parwanoo makes for a fantastic holiday amidst nature. It also gives access to adventurous trekking trails and a cable car ride that provides spellbinding views.
Distance from Delhi: 264 km (approx 4 hours 40 minutes by road)
Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, Nainital is a natural wonder in itself. Its beautiful lakes and hilly landscapes are the envy of other hill stations. The cable car here that runs to Snow View observation point (at 2,270 m) offers stunning views of Nanda Devi, Uttarakhand’s highest peak.
Distance from Delhi: 304 km (approx 7 hours 16 minutes by road)
Safari jeeps on game drive watching huge tusker moving in the forest of Dhikala in Jim Corbett, Uttrakhand
What better way to get away from the urban pollution than to spend some time amidst nature and wildlife in a forest? Jim Corbett National Park is one of the country’s finest wildlife places to visit. Apart from the thrilling safari where you can spot animals in their natural habitat, the forest in itself will make you forget all about the Delhi smog.
Distance from Delhi: 245 km (approx 6 hours 22 minutes by road)
View of Amber Fort from Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur
November is a wonderful time to visit Jaipur in Rajasthan. The Pink City is full of marvelous attractions like the City palace and Jal Mahal which are known for their architecture. And then there are the majestic forts of Amer, Jaigarh and Nahargarh which provide breathtaking panoramic views of the city. From sight-seeing to food to shopping, Jaipur will spoil you for choice.
Distance from Delhi: 293 km (approx 5 hours 15 minutes by road)
November is also a great time to pay a visit to the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra. Known as the epitome of love, Taj mahal is India’s most popular monument and for many people in the west, the sole reason to visit India. November provides an extremely pleasant weather to walk around in the lovely Taj Mahal premises and also visit the historic Fatehpur Sikri nearby.
Distance from Delhi: 233 km (approx 4 hours by road)
So, do your lungs a favour and take a break from the Delhi smog by visiting one of the awesome getaways near the city, even if it is just for a weekend.