Holi is round the corner and with it comes a long weekend worthy of a well-deserved break. Delhi is blessed with some amazing getaways at short distances which are ideal for the month of March. So, if you are one who likes to save water, stay away form the Holi parties thrown in the city, and just escape from all the noise to some place quiet, there are many options close to Delhi for your perfect weekend vacation. (For more such stories, check out our Trip Planning section) Here are 5 such beautiful getaways for the weekend: Also Read - Relief From Blistering Heat: Dust And Thunderstorm Likely Over Several Parts of North India on May 29-30, Says IMD

1. Dharamsala

Image: Himalayan trails/WIkimedia Commons

Image: Himalayan trails/WIkimedia Commons

A 10-hour bus ride from Delhi, Dharamsala is simply spectacular at this time of the year. The weather is pleasant and the sky is clear giving you mesmerizing views of the Kangra valley. Local cafes turn into hangout spots for people from various countries and discussions range form culture and religion to spirituality, movies and music. The road to Dharamsala from Delhi takes you through scenic turns amidst the clouds with views of snow-clad peaks and green hills. Also Read - Watch: Jhansi Police Distributes Toys To Children Of Migrant Workers, Health Minister Lauds The Heartwarming Gesture

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What to do: Pay a visit to the Dalai Lama’s famous monastery, sip coffee and eat great food at the lovely cafes, take the trek to Triund and camp under the stars, visit the Norbulingka institute.

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2. Agra

Taj Mahal

There is no bad time to visit the Taj Mahal (except Fridays of course when it is closed). There is absolutely no structure in the world that can sweep you off the floor like the Taj Mahal. Add to that the amazing food in Agra and the other historic treats like Agra fort, Fatehpur Sikri and Akbar’s tomb and you have a great holiday spot that takes you back in time. The highway is in great shape and makes for a fantastic drive.

Distance from Delhi: 233 km

What to do: Spend half a day admiring the intricacies of the Taj Mahal, check out the Agra fort, try out the delicious pethas, and take a trip to Agra fort and Fatehpur Sikri.

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3. Nainital


One of the most beautiful hill stations in the country, Nainital is great for a quiet holiday amidst nature and scenic views. The weather is fine during March-April making it ideal for summer vacations. The drive from Delhi to Uttarakhand is extremely scenic as it takes you through green hills and varying landscapes at every turn.

Distance from Delhi: 310 km

What to do: Hang out by the serene Naini lake, check out the view from Tiffin Top, explore the Sattal lake, pay your respects at the Naini Devi temple.

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4. Amritsar


The Golden temple in Amritsar is one of the most popular shrines in India. By the day, it provides the most divine atmosphere for pilgrims and devotees and by night, it becomes a stunning sight for spectators. Amritsar is also home to some of the most historic sites that remind you of the freedom struggle.

Distance from Delhi: 447 km

What to do: Visit the Golden temple, drive to the Wagah border to feel Indian, pay your respects at the Ram tirth, check out the Central Sikh museum.

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5. Corbett National Park


What better way to spend your vacation than to be amidst nature and wildlife? The Jim Corbett National Park is one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in India and is a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts. At a convenient driving distance from Delhi, it makes for a peaceful and rejuvenating getaway.

Distance from Delhi: 247 km

What to do: Stay in the forest, take the safari a couple of times if you can, visit the Corbett falls and the Corbett museum, hang out by the nearby Kosi river.

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