Republic Day is a gazetted holiday in India and falls on January 26. This year, it is on a Thursday which means, if you take Friday off, you get a four-day long weekend. Four days are certainly enough for a short trip away from the city to rejuvenate your senses in the first month of the New Year. If you haven’t applied for leave already, we suggest you do it at the earliest and make travel plans to explore a place not too far off from your city. There are several getaways from Delhi that aren’t too far away and can be easily reached by train or road. Here are our top five picks. Also Read - No Less Complicated: Elon Musk And Grimes Change Their Baby's Name And it no Longer is X Æ A-12

Shimla

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While it is chilly in Delhi, if you want a snowy end to the month, visit Shimla which has already received its first snowfall of the year. The town is covered in a white blanket, making it look prettier than ever. Shimla is about a seven-hour drive away from Delhi and is well-connected by train too. There are accommodation options suiting every budget that make Shimla a popular tourist getaway. If you love the winter, this is a great place to visit during the Republic Day weekend. When in Shimla, go to the Mall Road that is lined with shops and restaurants and also take a tour of the Viceregal Lodge. There are also many temples in the city that you can visit include the Hadimba and Jakhoo Temples. ALSO SEE Must-see places in Shimla Also Read - Local Residents Capture Trained 'Spy' Pigeon From Pakistan Along International Border in Kathua

Jaipur

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If you are not a big fan of the snow and are looking for some sunshine, Jaipur is an ideal choice for the Republic Day weekend. The Pink City is about five hours away from Delhi by road and you can find accommodation ranging from a few hundred per night to lavish heritage hotels. There is a lot to do in Jaipur from exploring its architectural marvels to shopping for clothes and jewelery. The city has a pleasant climate in January and the nights can be quite chilly so you will still need your warm clothes. Jaipur is one of the most visited cities in Rajasthan so you may several people here but even so, it is worth paying a visit as later, the heat makes it unbearable to visit this city. ALSO SEE 5 hotels in Jaipur that spell luxury

Nainital

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The quaint hill station in Uttarakhand is about seven hours away from Delhi by road and there are frequent buses that ply between the two. In the centre is Lake Naini and surrounded it are several temples as well as houses and hotels. Nainital is also cold during this time but not as much as some other parts of north India. In fact, it sees a good flow of tourists between October to March. You should book a hotel before you go to avoid disappointment and when in Nainital, don’t miss the boat ride in the lake. A famous temple called Kainchi Dham is also quite popular and has seen visitors like Mark Zuckerburg and Steve Jobs among others. ALSO SEE Top places to visit in Nainital

Kasol

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If you are a backpacker who loves to wander around, stay in budget accommodation and enjoy nature’s beauty, Kasol is a place you should explore. Being pocket-friendly, you will find many backpackers and youngsters here and its popularity is surely growing among the masses too. It will take you a little over 10 hours from Delhi to get here but it is worth the distance as you can expect some peaceful time in the midst of nature. The Parvati River that runs through the village of Kasol is one of the key attractions here while the Kheer Ganga trek is perfect for those looking for an adventure. Even beginners can go for this trek and enjoy a panoramic view from the hilltop. Accommodation is cheap and limited in Kasol as most of them are homestays or hostels. ALSO SEE 5 beautiful places to visit in Kasol

Dehradun

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A mere five-and-a-half hour drive away from Delhi lies the hill station of Dehradun which is quite a favorite among the city dwellers as a weekend getaway. Four days are enough to unwind in Dehradun with ample time to go sightseeing as well. The Mindrolling Monastery that has a big Budhha stupa is popular among tourists and a must-visit when here. If you want some adventure, check out Robber’s Cave that has a river and a waterfall a short distance away. There are small hamlets around Dehradun that are worth a visit for unspoilt beauty and peace. Pauri is one such hamlet that you can visit when in Dehradun. The climate is pleasant all year round but it is a good idea to carry some winter essentials for the night. ALSO SEE 5 facts about Dehradun

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