The dystopian novel that all of us were suddenly thrust into seems to be nearing its end, with just a few pages left to be read. Slowly, humans have started coming out of the woodworks and the familiar sounds of everyday life seem to have crept back in. It might soon be time to brush the dust off your suitcases and bags, pack your things and step out and breathe the outside air, albeit with a mask on. With airfares higher than usual, it might be wise to hop into a car and take a transient yet memorable respite from staying at home and set out on a road trip.
This picturesque lake just off the Gurugram-Alwar road is the perfect spot for a day trip.
With the rocky Aravalis forming a striking backdrop to the tranquil lake, the lake is home to around 190 species of birds. Take a much-needed break from sitting at home to indulge in adventure sports such as rock climbing, boating, parasailing and kayaking. For the non-thrill seekers, you can explore the rich culture of Manesar with activities like pottery. Amidst the hustle bustle of everyday life, Damdama Lake is a sanctum of serenity, just 50km from Delhi.
Sultanpur National Park
Stuck at home and tired of hearing the gutar-goo of pigeons all day? Head to the Sultanpur National Park and Bird Sanctuary, just 15km from Gurugram. Birders will appreciate the fact that more than 100 species of migratory and birds call this sanctuary their home, especially in the winter months. You’ll need a sturdy pair of binoculars to observe the wildlife as the forests are lush with thick trees.
An archaic town with a devil-may-care attitude, Neemrana echoes the spirit of the bygone era with a hint of modernity. This perfect weekend getaway lets you explore grand forts, beautifully constructed palaces, old baoris and the Sariska National Park. The magnificent Neemrana Fort, now a heritage hotel, lets you experience royalty and indulge in activities like zip-lining, vintage car rides, spa therapy and more.
A visit to Morni hills isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill trip. The only hill station in Haryana, this place is a coalescence of peaceful reverie and action-packed activities. Spend time at the serene lakes in Tikkar Taal, get your adrenaline pumping at the amusement park, trek up Ghaggar river and visit the Morni Fort. For the more spiritually inclined, soak in the peaceful aura of Gurudwara Nada Sahib or marvel at the ancient stone sculptures of Thakurdwara Temple which are believed to date back to the time of the Pandavas.
If you want some peace and quiet from the cacophony of living in the national capital, Lansdowne in Uttarakhand is the place to be. Lansdowne is surrounded by dense oak and pine forests, hence the summer heat won’t seem as scorching. The British architecture of the buildings lend it an old-world charm which is amplified by the clean and well-maintained surroundings. Activities like camping, trekking, bird watching, boating and paddling can be enjoyed here. Do wake up early for a mesmerizing view of the sunrise.
Touted as one of the oldest districts of Haryana, taking a trip to this walled city is like going back in time. Teeming with forts, churches, tombs, temples and a natural beauty, Karnal is also complemented by a burgeoning manufacturing industry. Places of interest include: Karnal Lake, Cantonment Church Tower, Karnal Fort, Qalandar Shah’s Tomb, Pukka Pul and more.