5 Of The Best Weekend Trips To Take From Delhi During Covid
As the government recently has started easing up on lockdown restrictions with Unlock 6.0, you might think that now would be a great time to set out on that long-delayed trip. We get it, living in a bustling city like Delhi for over 7 months, cooped up in your homes may have left you frustrated. You’re probably desperate for a change in scenery, if only for the weekend. Trust us, we can understand your plight.
Although, we’d like to remind you that the Covid pandemic is far from over. So if you’re really determined to go, you have to not only be responsible about traveling, you have to be smart about it too. After all, it’s not just a matter of your own safety, but also those around you. we’re sure you have your reasons. Fortunately, there are some amazing destinations around Delhi which will be relatively safer to visit than the more mainstream travel hotspots.
So here are some of the weekend trips from Delhi during covid that you can consider for a safe travel experience.
Rajasthan hasn’t earned the title of ‘The Land of Kings’ for nothing. The architectural grandeur, the valor of kings and the vibrant culture reflect the rich history of the state. If you’re one for palaces and forts, then Neemrana is your perfect weekend getaway from Delhi. It’s just about a two-hour drive from the city.
You can even experience the life of a royal by staying in the Neemrana Fort-Palace, which is a 15th century fort redeveloped into a resort. Of course, there’s no dearth of medieval architecture in this town – the Baori stepwell, the Vinay Vilas Mahal, the ancient Vrindavan Palace are just some attractions.
The weekenders in pursuit of adventure can even zipline down the ancient Aravalli Ranges, offering stunning views of the valley and the historical town. As this town isn’t a major tourist destination, it won’t be teeming with people – perfect for your social distancing.
(Please note that the Neemrana Fort-Palace is only open for resident guests owing to Covid.)
Distance: 124 km from Delhi
Nearest Railway Station: Alwar Junction
A mere two-hour drive from Delhi, Sohna is a location that is relatively unknown. This quaint destination is nestled in the foothills of the Aravalli Range. For the Delhiite who wishes to spend a relaxing weekend, Sohna would be most ideal for them.
Sohna is a good spot for history enthusiasts as the place has ruins of buildings from the era of the Lodi dynasty to the British Empire. The major attractions are the Bharatpur Hill Fort, whose hilltop location offers panoramic views of Sohna, and the Kamboj Ruins.
Damdama Lake in Sohna also is the hub of watersports for those seeking thrills or you could just laze by the shore. For bird enthusiasts, this place is perfect as over 190 species of birds gather here. Considering how close Sohna is from Delhi, you could even make it a day trip and enjoy all the attractions of the place before returning for the night.
Distance: 61 km from Delhi
Nearest Railway Station: Garhi Harsaru
Nahan, Himachal Pradesh
Much like in Uttarakhand, after the lockdown restrictions have been eased, Delhiites have resumed holidaying in Himachal Pradesh. Nahan is yet another overlooked destination in favor of places like Manali, Shimla and Dalhousie. With its gushing waterfalls, placid lakes, lush greenery and mesmerizing views of the Shivalik Hills, Nahan could be your weekend getaway destination.
If you’re a hardcore trekker and rock climbing enthusiast, set out on a 50 kilometer trek from Nahan to Churdhar Peak. Looking for solitude and solace? You can have just that at Renuka Ji, a lake of cultural and religious significance. Another must-visit location is the Badholia Temple Waterfall, which as the name suggests, is a temple that is surrounded by a waterfall!
While you’re in and around Nahan, carry a set of warm clothes with you to keep the cold at bay. Best part? Nahan being away from some of the more populous hotspots in Himachal makes it a good place to visit, considering how easy it becomes to impose social distancing.
Distance: 248 km from Delhi
Nearest Railway Station: Solan
The lockdown relaxations have led people from Delhi-NCR regions flocking towards Nainital. But what you want to do is veer a little off the beaten path. That’s why Pangot will be the ideal location for a quieter and cooler weekend getaway for a Delhiite.
Pangot is a village located just about 15 kilometers away from Nainital, nestled in the picturesque Kumaon Himalayas. The verdant hills and gently flowing streams of Pangot would compel you to stop and drink in the view and be at one with nature. If you’re enthusiastic about bird-watching, this is the place for you as over 500 species of birds have been spotted here.
This village is not just for bird enthusiasts. Adventure travelers can set out on treks starting from Pangot to Cheena Peak, Land’s End and Guano Hill. You’re assured to be rewarded with stunning views of the Kumaon. Just make sure you have a set of warm clothes and don’t forget your mask and sanitizer.
Distance: 316 km from Delhi
Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam
Surrounded by oak and blue pine forests, Lansdowne is an obscure hill station that is dotted with majestic heritage structures from the British era. While isolated from the hustle and bustle of city life, the town still remains well connected.
Lansdowne has attractions for pretty much every weekender from Delhi – whether a short walk up to Tiffin Top for a stunning view of the Shivalik Hills or choose to laze by the pristine waters of Bhulla Tal. If you want to go trekking, set out towards Pauri and Kandoliya Temple. For honeymooners wishing to camp in the great outdoors, they can have that too.
Also, Lansdowne is a cantonment town, home to the Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army. So be sure to check out the War Memorial and the parade ground (You may require prior permission to visit the parade ground, so make sure you do that).
A special attraction of Lansdowne is Bhim Pakora, a unique rock formation. You can move the topmost rock with your hands but you can’t push it off, no matter how hard you try. However, avoid touching the rock just to be safe, keeping the pandemic in mind.
Distance: 258 km from Delhi
Nearest Railway Station: Kotdwar
Things To Remember
Even though the government is lifting lockdown restrictions, we aren’t completely safe from Covid just yet. So, it’s in your best interest to postpone your travels until we’re rid of the coronavirus. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you set out:
Different states have different rules with regards to inter-state travel. Wherever required, register yourselves on the Smart City Web Portals prior to your travels.
Follow social distancing norms at all times with your mask on and carry sanitizer.
Avoid traveling in public vehicles as much as possible to reduce risk of infection.
Look for hotels and accommodations that take anti-Covid precautions seriously.
Opt for cashless transactions to reduce risk of infection.
Make sure that you call up the places you wish to go to confirm if they’re open with Covid safety guidelines.
Have the latest version of the Aarogya Setu app installed on your phone.
Even if the coronavirus self-declaration isn’t needed, keep it with you, just in case.
Remember that rules and restrictions with respect to traveling during Covid could change.
Lastly, wherever you go, take care to keep yourself and those around you safe.