5 Refreshing getaways from Delhi you need to visit this weekend

The best part about living in the national capital is its proximity to some of the most enchanting destinations, especially in the northern part of the country. The northern states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have some of the best tourist destinations you should visit for a refreshing holiday. Let's check out some of the best ones.

Here are some refreshing getaways from Delhi, that you can check out this weekend.

Mussoorie – Mussoorie is a captivating town located in the Garhwal range of Uttarakhand state. A popular hill station, Mussoorie attracts thousands of tourists every year. The majority of tourists coming from Delhi can pick Dehradun as their layover place. Mussoorie is located about 1800 meters above sea level and once served as the summer retreat for the officers in the British Raj. The hill station is covered with misty, green valleys and contains some fantastic flora and fauna. There are some fantastic places to enjoy in the town and you after a rejuvenating experience you can easily take a Dehradun to Delhi taxi to return.

Shimla – Shimla, the main tourist attraction in the state of Himachal Pradesh, is a serene place to unclog your mind. Many might say that the place has become quite mainstream with its markets and cafes, still you'd find some really fascinating places tucked away from the general crowd. Stroll through the narrow lanes of the older part of the hill station and you'd come across some little cafes with patios to enjoy a panoramic view of the town and misty mountains in the backdrop. It is where you'd also find some of the cozy resorts to relax, read a book and retrospect your life. There are few eating joints in these parts, serving the best of Himachal and Tibetan cuisines.

Manali – Manali promises refreshing outing in the hills of Himachal Pradesh. Located a little higher than the above two (more than 2000 meters above sea level), Manali is a breather from the congested city life. The hill station is located about 12 hours from Delhi and you can either hire a taxi or book a seat in one of the private and state run deluxe buses. The latter seems like a better idea, as it is more comfortable and you can interact with fellow passengers, some of who might be regulars to the region. There are few places of tourist interest in the town like the Hidimba Devi Temple, Mall Road, Beas River and Solang Valley.

Auli – The hill station which is popularly called as 'Auli Bugyal' meaning meadows in traditional language is famous for adventure activities like skiing. Lying at at of approx. 400 kms from the national capital, the hill station is famous for the highest man-made lake. You can enjoy and extravagant view of the snow capped peaks of Mana, Kamet and Nanda Devi mountains. Auli promises to add bliss and spirituality in your lives, with its pleasant weather which remains the same throughout the year. Summer is an ideal time to visit the hill station.

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