A quick vacation really helps a person reconnect with his surroundings; be it solo or with friends, vacations always leave you with great memories.
It can be difficult to schedule a long trip, especially considering the difficulties of taking leaves from the workplace. Fear not however! Among some of the perks of living in Delhi is that the city is located in proximity to some of the best tourist spots in the nation, which can be visited over the course of a weekend.
Here, we take a look at some of the best places near Delhi to visit during the weekends.
Agra needs no introduction, as it houses one of the most beautiful structures that mankind has ever built- the Taj Mahal.
Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal took 20 years to construct and is universally known as the monument of love. It was built as a mausoleum for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The structure is built entirely out of white marble, and the emperor was buried next to his beloved wife following his death.
Other places of interest in Agra include the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Both of these were built by Shah Jahan’s grandfather Akbar, the former as an assertion of his power and the latter with the intention of turning it into his capital city.
Getting to Agra is not too difficult, with several Delhi to Agra cabs available throughout the day.
The best place for the mountain lovers. Shimla is located around 350 km from the capital city. You can get there easily by hailing one of the many Delhi to Shimla cabs available. It is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and a very popular holiday retreat during the summer months. Also touted as a honeymoon destination, Shimla is among the most beautiful places near Delhi.
The town is quaint yet modern in its own way, and served as the summer capital during the British Raj because of its cool climate. The views around the town are too spectacular for words, and the air is pristine and calm; it is the ideal place to rejuvenate oneself from the effects of living in a metro.
Slightly closer to Delhi than Shimla, Jaipur is located only around 300 km from the capital city. The ‘Pink City’ is the capital of Rajathan, and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India’s first planned city. Together with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur is a part of the tourist ‘Golden triangle’.
The city is home to many attractions, like the Jaipur Palace, Govind Devji temple, Vidhan Sabha, Birla Temple and several massive Rajput forts. The Jantar Mantar is another major monument in the city, and has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Getting to Jaipur is easy, with many Delhi to Jaipur cabs plying the route.
Each of these three places offers something distinctly different in terms of the sightseeing and travel experience. Among the best places to visit in India, they are sure to satisfy your wanderlust and add to your Delhi experience too.
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