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In a special series, we are listing out the quickest getaways from select Indian cities.
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Here are the top 10 getaways… from Delhi

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1. Agra

Agra is one of India’s most visited tourist destinations and it lives up to the hype. There’s Fatehpur Sikri, the Agra Fort and of course the Taj Mahal?

The architecture, history and food in Agra is worth every rupee you spend on the trip.

With Delhi and Jaipur, Agra forms the Golden Triangle of tourism.

The fact that you’ll be driving along the Yamuna Expressway one of the best expressways in India will probably be the icing on the cake.

Travel time: 3-4 hours

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2. Rishikesh

Located in Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is the white water rafting hub of India.

Nestled at the foot of the lower Himalayas, Rishikesh is also known for the religious and spiritual traditions.

It is a blend of age old cultural practices and adventure that makes it alluring to people from all around the world.

The Lakshman Jhula, an iron bridge suspended over river Ganga is one of the major attractions of the town.

Travel time: 6 hours

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3. Nainital

The Lake District of India, Nanital has enjoyed its status as a honeymoon destination through the ’80s and ’90s

Boating in the Naini Lake, a cable car ride, and trekking around the area are just some of the activities that could be on your checklist for the long weekend.

Travel time: 7 hours

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4. Jaipur

Photograph courtesy: Andy Morris

Photograph courtesy: Andy Morris

Jaipur is one of the best places to take a quick drive to from Delhi.

From Jal Mahal, Amber Fort, to Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar, the pink city has several architectural marvels to boast of.

When you are done being amazed with the several historical monuments that seemingly pop out at the corner or every other street, shop at Bapu Bazaar or gorge on some kochori chaat.

Travel time: 5 hours

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5. Dehradun

Dehradun is situated right in the middle of rivers Ganga and Yamuna.

The Forest Research institute located here is one of the most beautiful university campuses in the country (beautiful enough to be featured in the Karan Johar movie, Student of the Year).

Picnic at the Malsi Deer Park, grab a bite at Cafe Marigold or go shopping at Paltan Bazaar. Or if you must, swing by at the Robber’s cave or Clement town. Dehradun has something for everyone.

Travel time: 5-6 hours

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6. Kufri

Kufri is a popular destination and a favorite among trekkers.

Located a few kilometers from Shimla, this town finds a spot for itself in the Golden Triangle tour of Himachal Pradesh along with Chail and Shimla.

Skiing is one of the activities that keeps the town busy.

Nestled close to the Himalayas, visiting this hill station in December, January and February is not advisable, which is a good thing because it’s just October!

Drive away this weekend.

Travel time: 7-8 hours

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7. Shimla

The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is yet another great place to escape to this weekend.

Though winters are pretty severe, October just happens to be the last month of the year when travelers can enjoy themselves in this scenic town and not get frozen!

You can trekking, go river rafting or ice skating… and if none of these interest you, there’s always shopping at Mall Road, isn’t it?

While there, swing by at the majestic Viceregal Lodge and the state museum.

Travel time: 7 hours

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8. Kasauli

An army cantonment, Kasauli is a picturesque hill station in Himachal Pradesh and is the place to visit to enjoy some quiet

Take long walks or visit the several churches, there’s really no place to unwind like Kasauli.

The fact that several hill stations like Narkanda, Solan, Parwanoo and Shimla are located close by adds to the allure of Kasauli.

If you can sneak in a few more days off from work, adding a couple of pit stops to your road trip won’t hurt!

Travel time: 5-6 hours

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9. Mussoorie

Home to one of the most loved writers in India, Ruskin Bond, Mussoorie has been a popular tourist destination for decades now.

The Kempty falls, Cloud’s End, Gun Hill, Lal Tibba, Happy Valley and of course the Mussoorie Lake are just some of the places to visit in and around the town.

Set against a backdrop of the Doon valley and the Siwalik range, Mussoorrie will not fail to mesmerize you with its simplicity and colonial architecture.

Travel time: 7 hours

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10. Chail

Chail is spread across three hillocks — Rajgarh, Pandewa and Sadh Tiba — and overlooks the Sutlej Valley.

Besides enjoying a delightfully pleasant climate throughout the year, Chail also offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

It overlooks both Kasauli and Shimla, the latter of which its founder, the Maharaja of Patiala Bhupinder Singh, sought to outdo after being banished from entering it after eloping with the daughter of Lord Kitchner, the Commander-in-Chief of the British Indian Army.

Travel time: 8 hours

So, where will you go this weekend? 🙂