It is springtime and soon it will be Summer, and one has to suffer the dry heat of Delhi. Delhi may have all the heritage offer, but not much of peace and serenity. Before the heat gets into head, one should surely try to discover something more outside the city. Here are the 7 offbeat destinations from Delhi where you can escape.
- Landour: This little cantonment town outside Mussoorie comes first into my mind. It is one of the most picturesque hill stations in Mussoorie. Landour has its share of fame from colonial rule. One may still find old British Heritage cottages. The cafes are quaint and beautiful. And another brownie point is that this town where the famous author Ruskin Bond stays and if lucky you might meet him.
- Kasol: This is a town in the Himachal is called the mini-Amsterdam of India. If you want some summer adventure this is the right place. It is the ideal place for trekkers and river rafters. The journey from Delhi to Kasol is about 14 hours. You can stay at the backpacker’s hostel if you are on a tight budget.
- Pangot: If you want a solitary retreat of peace and an escapade in its nature, this Himalayan hamlet is your destination. The drive through this scenic hamlet is accompanied by its beautiful forest cover and streams. It is also a perfect paradise for birdwatchers as there are nearly 300 species of birds inhabiting this place. The place is well suited for camping too.
- Fagu: This small town in Himachal is unknown to many but its breath-taking landscape cannot be shunned. With its large forest area, one can usually go camping at Katir. Fagu has many trekking tracks and if you want some local culture and heritage you can visit the Bantha Devi temple of the local god.
- Binsar: Binsar is another ideal spot to observe the Himalayan flora and fauna. The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is a famous tourist spot. If you want spirituality you can visit the Vivekanand Meditation Caves and the Bineswar Mahadev Temple. The historical spot that you cannot miss is the Archaeological Spots at Dinapani. If you want to have a glimpse of the scenic landscape you can visit the Koshi River and Sunset Point.
6 Mcleodganj: For all the beautiful hamlets in Himachal Pradesh, Mcleodganj has been my favorite escapade. It is situated near Dharamshala and has the scenic beauty of lush green landscapes. This small hamlet has a cultural influence on Tibetans. But what one loves most about this place is that it is the ideal trekking destination in the Himachal. For reflecting on cultural history, one must surely visit the Tibetan Museum and the Namgyal Monastery.
7 Triund: Triund is a popular destination for trekkers. The Triund trek is pocket friendly and would just cost about Rs 2000-2500. The trek is not that strenuous and can be completed by all age groups, however, one would recommend taking a guide along if you are unfamiliar with the terrains and the routes. The trek is a gradual walk towards an inclined slope. If you are doing it for the first time it might be a little tiring but the scenic walk along the Rhododendron forest will surely take your breath away. What one cherishes the most in this trek was camping for the first time under the stars and the breath-taking view of the cool waters of the Bhagsu waterfalls while returning.