News reporters have been reporting that monsoon will be delayed a little. et tu MONSOON? With our Surya devta adamant on showing how strong he can go and all the political drama is just adding to the heat of our capital, Delhi. So my dear friends, what are you still doing here? Pack your bags and leave. Unless you love your zombie life and melting in the sun is your forte. Below you will find five little known, unexplored and astonishing places not very far from Delhi. They are not your usual Shimla, Manali and Kasuali but still a treat for your soul.
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Time to move beyond Shimla and discover the beauty of Fagu, which is 22 kms from Shimla / 3 hours drive away from Kalka; a hill resort that can make a painting turn envious. Such lush greenery and snow clad mountain tops. During this time the trees in the valleys are lined with the apples and beautiful flowers everywhere.
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With a soul-rejuvenating Himalayan backdrop, Fagu is a heaven for trekkers and people who just want to sit in the lap of nature. Enjoy cloud-watching along with the best finger-licking crazy Pahari dishes (yes, it is that good!). You will be mesmerised with the shapes of clouds, a sight rare in Delhi. Take a walk in the dense oak wood forest and burn off a few extra calories. But do not forget to appreciate the efforts of locals practising organic farming and rainwater harvesting.
How to get there : Take a train from Delhi to Kalka and then take a taxi for the next 115 kms to Fagu. (Total 380 Kms)
Where to stay: Snow King Retreat (INR 3000/night)
Phone: 098761 39666
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It is pleasant, it is a hill station, it is in UK! Okay, Uttrakhand. Situated in the Kumaon regions and a safe place in the Himalayas because of the moderate rainfall it receives. Only 270 kms away from the capital it is famous as a temple town.
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It is famous for its Binsar and Shiva temples. Rich natural surroundings are waiting for you nested in the thick forests. At an elevation of 2400 meters above the sea level, this is a must check out place.
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Go there for the pine trees. They produce a breath-taking view after the monsoon rains.
How To Get There: Take Kathgodam Shatabdi from Delhi and a taxi from the Kathgodam railway station. Almora is 90kms from there.
Where to Stay: Imperial Heights (INR 4000 approx/ night)
Phone : 05962 251 010
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Another gem in the Shivalic range of the Kumaon region, Peora is a small village with heart-touching hospitable locals. The place boasts of mighty pines and oak trees. (If you are a hardcore Bollywood fan you might want to dance around them, I actually did )You will live a real Pahari life here, away from the crowded spots like Mukteshwar.
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Take a stroll on the forest trails with a hot cup of chai. (They have famous Maggi points too, but you know LEAD! MSG! LEAD! Right.) The panoramic view of the valleys and gossiping with locals will make you come here often; monsoon or no monsoon. Only 2.5 hours away from Kathgodam, this place has still retained the flavour of colonial character. Look for the Dak Bangalow and just go WOWWW!
How to get there: Take Kathgodam Shatabdi from Delhi and a taxi from the Kathgodam railway station. The 2-2.5 hour drive will cost roughly INR 1200.
Stay at: Dak Bangalow (INR 3000 approx/ night)
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Planning a road trip? Go to Barog. Smooth 5 hours drive from Delhi and only 65 kms from Shimla. Situated in the Solan district, it is an amazing getaway for Delhites; for anyone and everyone rather. It’s a respite against the dry, anti-makeup and hot climate of Delhi. A must if you are the patient of Cupid’s arrow. 😉 <
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The Scottish architecture of the Barog railway station is a treat to the eyes. It is recommended for you to carry light woollen clothes. And yes, it is a strictly summer/monsoon getaway, in winters it is below freezing point. Take enough time in venturing Solan and Solan brewery; it is internationally acclaimed for its products.
How to get there : Take a train from Delhi to Kalka and then drive to Barog which is 35 kms away.
Where to stay at: The Pinewood (INR 3000 approx/ night)
Phone : 01792 238 825
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We now move from the hills to a desert. In the rains, in a desert! Life is such a beautiful irony. And this place my friends, is a well kept secret. Here you will find yourself amidst sand dunes, salt lakes and villages with typical tribal population.
Villages connected to Indira Gandhi Canal are lush green throughout the year. But if you want to see the real magic of rain, it can only be seen here. Rain, a life giving phenomenon, when the golden hued sand turns green, is a sight to behold! Take Mandoor Express and get down at Phalodi Junction. Then venture into villages on the safaris.
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How to get there: 135 kms from Jodhpur Airport. You can also take buses or trains from Bikaner, Jaisalmer or Old Delhi. You do get an overnight train from Delhi to Phalodi.
Where to stay: The Welcom Heritage Haveli Lalniwas (INR 4000 approx/ night)
Phone : 099287 22277
If you think we are just being too pushy to drive you out of Delhi, then you are right. I like my roads jam-free this summer. :p