We get that it’s Valentine’s Day today but look, it’s a Wednesday. Taking a day off in the middle of the week just doesn’t make that much sense. Think of the weekend that is coming up in a few days. You’d be forgiven for not making a grand Valentine’s Day plan right on this day if you have something special coming up in the weekend. And just look at the weather in Delhi. It’s the tail end of the winter, the weather is still cool but not too much. It is just right for a quick and impromptu weekend getaway, and we have just the right destinations near Delhi for you to consider. ALSO READ: Valentine’s Day 2018: Offbeat Romantic Getaways for February 14
Neemrana Fort Palace at night
Let’s start with something easy. Located just around 130 km from Delhi city, Neemrana lies right along NH8 that connects the capital city with Rajasthan’s own stunning capital of Jaipur. Here, you will find a sliver of the royal heritage and atmosphere that Rajasthan is famous for, but without the usual crowds. The crowning jewel is the 15th-century Neemrana Fort, now a heritage resort with plenty of sights to see, like the Siliserh Lake, Bala Quila and Baori. Treat yourself and your Valentine to two days of royalty.
If royalty isn’t your idea of a romantic Valentine’s weekend, how about a cozy little hamlet hidden away in the Himalayan mountains between Kullu and Shimla? Head out to Shoja, located around 500 km from Delhi and surrounded by conifer and deodar trees and snow-capped mountains in the distance. There really isn’t much to do or specific sights to see; just a quiet and remote setting that is perfect for brewing some romance. Getting to Shoja can be a bit tricky, especially the section from Banjar to Shoja that is full of bad roads.
If the option of Shoja interested you but not the rough drive to and from the village, perhaps consider the better-connected and much more popular hill station of Dalhousie. As its name might suggest, this was once a favorite of the British and even today you can find incredible bungalows and cottages and churches from the era. Endlessly romantic, you and your Valentine can spend your weekend here walking along the cobbled roads and wooded lanes like Bakrota and Potreyn Road. Dalhousie lies around 550 km from Delhi, with roads around Chamba and Pathankot the best options.
Epic view of Fagu Valley, Himachal Pradesh
For those of you looking for more options of hidden hamlets with fewer visitors and more privacy, head to Fagu. Located around 360 km from Delhi and just around 5 km from the more popular Kufri, Fagu offers visitors the sight of beautiful flower fields and apple orchards and old-school stonewalled homes. Like Shoja, this little hamlet also offers a laid-back and cozy atmosphere, just right to warm the embers of love this Valentine’s weekend. And once again, we recommend making it a road trip, taking NH1 to Chandigarh and onwards to Shimla. NOW READ: Valentine’s Day 2018: Here’s why Srinagar is The Most Romantic Destination in India
Mesmerizing view of Panchchuli peaks at Munsiyari, Kumaon region
Next up and the final entry in this list is a more popular hamlet for some romance: Munsiyari. From here, the view of the Panchachuli peaks in the distance mesmerize you. Isolated in a region between Nepal and Tibet, this little hill station lies in Uttarakhand’s Pithoragarh district and offers steep trails where you can walk with your Valentine for a nice mix of adventure and romance. Maheshwari Kund, Darkot and Madkot villages and Betulidhar are other attractions here. For this journey, we recommend catching a bus to Almora and another one to Munsiyari, since the drive itself can be rather long.