Delhi is getting decked up for its biggest spectacle each year: the Republic Day parade. Every year on January 26, the birthday of the Indian republic, a massive parade marches through Rajpath, showcasing India’s military might, cultural heritage and achievements. It is a massive ceremony, but those of you living in Delhi might be looking to head out this year for a quiet getaway, especially since Republic Day falls on a Friday. With three days in hand, here’s a look at some quick destinations that you can still head to this long weekend. ALSO READ: Republic Day 2018: Best Places to Visit in India this Republic Day Long Weekend
Amber Fort, Jaipur
One end of the famed Golden Triangle, Jaipur is just around 5 hours from the capital city and can easily be covered in three days. There are forts, palaces and temples to explore and stare in wonder, heritage properties to pamper yourself and live the royal life for some time, and architectural marvels to ogle at like the Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar and Amber Fort.
Christ Church Shimla on snowy day
Another famous getaway from Delhi, Shimla is well-connected to New Delhi by public and private buses. If Shimla is too crowded for you, there is also Kufri and Chail nearby that offer a similar Himalayan hill station experience. The winter weather will be a challenge, but it is just as good an excuse to huddle up and enjoy the view of the Himalayan mountains and pine forests around, coated in fresh snow.
For those inclined towards religion or roaring rivers, there is Rishikesh. The town is famed as a pilgrimage spot, specifically the starting point of the Char Dham Yatra. It is also an adventure buff’s paradise, with rapelling, river rafting and kayaking activities available. Some activities may not be available during the winter months, though. Combine it with a visit to Devprayag, where the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers combine, and you have a memorable trip for the long weekend.
Chitrakoot falls, Photograph courtesy: Kalyan Neelamraju/Creative Commons
Chitrakoot may not get as much attention in a list that also includes the likes of Shimla and Jaipur, but this town with mythological connections is still a worthwhile place to visit this long weekend. In the mythology of the Mahabharata, Chitrakoot lies near the capital of the Pandavas. As such, both towns have plenty of sights associated with the epic. There are temples, of course, along with the caves of Ram Ghat and Gupt Godavari and Chitrakoot waterfalls. NOW READ: Republic Day 2018 Long Weekend: Best Offbeat Holiday Destinations Near Mumbai
We end this list with another favorite for the folks of Delhi: the hill station of Mussoorie in the foothills of Uttarakhand’s Himalayan mountains. Like Shimla, this is just around 5 hours from the capital city and has plenty of sights to see. There are view points from which you can catch incredible panoramic views of the mountains and clouds grazing through them and the local points of interest like Gun Hill, Cloud End, Bhatta Falls, Company Gardens and Mussoorie Lake.