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7 Offbeat Destinations Near Delhi For a Quick Weekend Getaway

Mountain treks, strolls amidst nature or a date with history, these unexplored places are ideal for quick breaks 

Pangot, Uttarakhand


A tiny hamlet located in the Nainital district, Pangot is a bird watcher’s paradise. Around 580 bird species have been recorded around this area. It’s still unexplored and isn’t an usual tourist destination. However, there are several boutique resorts here that you can book into over the weekend.

Dausa, Rajasthan


This small village in Rajasthan has been featured in a Hollywood movie. The step well that was shown as the ‘Pit’ in the movie The Dark Knight Rises, is located in Dausa. A quaint village with many historical monuments, the place gives you a sneak peek into India’s rich cultural history.

Lansdowne, Uttarakhand


This beautiful hill station is a cantonment town replete with colonial charm that can be seen in its churches and old buildings. This place also has some interesting haunted tales to its credit. While ghost hunters will love the legends around Landsdowne, the town is also a delight for nature lovers.

Pithoragrah, Uttarakhand


Pithoragarh district is located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. Surrounded by towering snow clad peaks, alpine forests, green valleys and perennial rivers, this region makes for some stunning sights. Still unspoilt by commercialism, this place has some nice homestays that you can book for your stay.

Rampur, Uttar Pradesh


Rampur retains traces of the Nawabi culture of yore. It’s littered with domes that are reminders of its past glory. At the heart of Rampur Fort lies Hamid Manzil, which was once the winter palace of the Nawabs but houses the central Raza Library now. The library boasts of a world-renowned archive of rare manuscripts that were collected over time by the royals.

Fagu, Himachal Pradesh


This little known hill town is in the Kufri region of Shimla. And offers some majestic views of the Himalayan range. The beauty of the town lies in the stone-walled houses dotting the hillside. This place hosts a ski fest in February each year and is flocked by ski enthusiast around that time

Shoghi Himachal Pradesh


In about half an hour, you will reach Shoghi from Shimla. Home to dense deodar forests, blue magpie, black drongo, and khaleej pheasant, you can soak in beautiful sights and some fresh mountain air by walking through the valleys and trekking up the hills. Most hotels here, serve freshly cooked local food. A ride on the toy train from Shoghi to Kalka will take you through 102 tunnels, offering scenic views of clear streams, and snow-covered peaks in winter.