The COVID-19 pandemic means most people prefer to stay home till it is safe to travel. Experts predict that right now, people will prefer destinations that are a short drive away from their cities.
So here’s our prescription of 5 quick-fix day trips from Delhi to soothe your travel itch.
Drive it down or bike it over, Manesar is one of the closest getaways from the capital, just 60 km away. Check into the luxurious Rajput-style Heritage Village Resort & Spa to loosen those Zoom-call induced stiff shoulders. Or head over to the Sultanpur National Park to feed your wild spirit and catch a glimpse of the amazing cormorants, kingfishers, spoonbills and other migratory birds. If you feel like a picnic, with some beautiful scenery on the side, then hit up Damadama Lake, which overlooks the Aravallis. You will have a host of migratory birds for company.
It may have three bloody wars to its name, but look closer and you’ll find Panipat has more to it. Just an hour and forty minutes away, it's also known as the city of weavers because of the textiles and carpets it produces. A visit to the Tomb of Bu-Ali Shah Kalandar and Kabuli Bagh Mosque is a must. Those willing to brush up on history can visit the grave of Ibrahim Lodhi, Salarjung Gate and the Panipat Museum. For a more peaceful scene, catch a few quiet moments with a picnic at the Kala Amb Park.
A day trip to Nuh is as close as you can get to a historical tour on a single day. Just 70 km off Delhi and a little more than two hours away, Nuh is where you can hear history whisper, from the shaking minarets of Sheikh Musas’s Tomb to the ruins of the Temple of Hathor. Enjoy a serene afternoon and watch the sun go down at the Chui Mai Pond with beautifully carved floral cenotaphs casting shadows on the reservoir.
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While you daydream about Rishikesh, set out on a drive to the holy city of Garhmukteshwar for a dip in the holy river and catch a few glimpses of river dolphins. Just 60 km away from Delhi, Garmukteshwar (and its twin city Brij Ghat) is lined with more than a hundred temples, some 80 Sati pillars and a historic mosque dating back to 1283. Sitting by the Ganges ghat to watch river dolphins as the sun goes down is the best scene here.
This is another city that’s steeped in mythology and folklore. If the heat of the road on the way to Kurukshetra drains you out, then there’s nothing more pleasant than a cool dip in Bramha Sarovar. One of the largest man-made tanks in Asia, it was rightly described by Abul Fazl as a ‘mini sea made by man’. Those with a fascination for archaeology and architecture, don't miss Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb. It will floor you with its Persian architecture. So will the several Kos Minars and Raja Harsh Ka Tila.