Weekend plans often incite excitement in all of us; weekends are the time to completely de-stress and recoup as you channel your energy to take on the week coming up, completely heads on. Weekend getaways are the flavour of the season as more and more people are choosing to drive out of the city for a time full of joy and rejuvenation far away from the urban madness. Forty-eight hours also opens up opportunities for you to indulge in your favourite hobbies while allowing you to unplug productively.
Uttarakhand has always been marked as the perfect retreat option, especially among those living in Delhi NCR. Rich in flora and fauna, and decorated by the hills and mountains of the mighty Himalayas, the state is peppered with ideal destinations for a two day holiday. Options are plenty for. However, these are the places that really have our fancy! Check them out:
Think of India’s best skiing destination and Auli is the first name that would pop up in a trekker’s mind. Situated at an altitude between 2519m and 3050m, Auli is a beautiful meadow that blossoms during summers and turns blinding white with snow during winters. About 500kms from Delhi, Auli makes for a lovely weekend destination. The scenic cable car ride from Joshimath to Auli is definitely worth a try!
The gorgeous town has forever been a hit among travelling groups. Also known as the Lake Capital of India, Nainital is a hilltop beauty which has lakes surrounded by mountains. The town is exceptionally popular for its boat rides, horse rides, and scenic hill roads that make for a lovely evening walk. The regional temples are also beautiful and a must-visit for the devout souls.
Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary
Binsar is a paradise for fauna lovers! The wildlife sanctuary is home to hundreds of bird species as well as mammals such as leopard, musk deer, jungle cat and more. The wildlife sanctuary also gives a wonderful view of some of the tallest peaks in world – Kedarnath, Nanda Devi, and Shivling. What makes the weekend at Binsar more luxurious is the presence of the luxury resort The Tree of Life Grand Oak Manor. This deep-set retreat is perfect for a weekend full of solitude in the lap of nature.
A haven for adventure sports as well as tranquility, Rishikesh has been a favourite for weekend trips. Adventurous activities see a lot of takers over the weekend, with many people opting to take up bungee jumping, river rafting and more. Rishikesh hosts one of the most well-known. Strategically located at the confluence of two holy rivers, Rishikesh also draws many looking for a spiritual reconnect with their inner selves.
The Queen of Hills, as Mussoorie is fondly called, is another popular weekend destination for Indian families. An extremely tourist friendly spot, the town is known for cable car rides, nature walks, picnics by the waterfalls, and a spectacular view of the Himalayas.
Corbett National Park
Corbett National Park is counted among India’s most popular sanctuaries and national parks. The dense forest makes for a perfect ambiance for a jeep or elephant safari in early mornings and afternoons. The National Park’s Dhikala zone offers the most panoramic view of the valley it is a part of. Animal sightings are fairly common, however, one may need to be around the national park for longer to improve their chances of spotting the tiger.