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Report Reveals The Best Day For Booking Flight Tickets & No It’s Not A Tuesday!

For all you people who think booking air tickets on a Tuesday is a good idea because most people would be too busy to book theirs, well, we have news for you! As per a survey conducted by Expedia, Inc and Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC), booking flight tickets on a Tuesday or any weekday for that matter is not the best time.
The best day instead, is a Sunday and to that, we’d say it is better to follow a data backed option than some random Tuesday myth (if you really want to save money!).

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The reason behind this as per the report is that since more and more business travelers are opting to book their flight tickets on a weekday, the so called advantage is gone now. Instead, Sunday has emerged as the day where one should make their flight bookings and that too a minimum 21 days in advance if you want to score even better prices.

General speaking, the increase in number of planes, higher capacity flights, and extensive competition has not only contributed to falling ticket prices but also have made exciting destinations more accessible. In other words, your dream holiday isn’t that far behind now.

And yes, the report also noted that the average price for flights in the world is also dropping (yay to that!).

So the question that remains now is that when are you planning your next holiday? Because quite frankly, the odds can’t be better than this!

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Taking Selfies On Train Tracks Could Land You In Jail As Per New Rules Of Indian Railways!

The Indian Railways have been bringing about various updates in its measures over the last few months, including passenger ratings for cleanliness of trains and stations and the use of processed seawater for passengers to drink.

While many of the old rules for bookings are still there, there are some new rules that have been rolled out in the last six months, not adhering to which could possibly land you in prison!

The timings for Tatkal ticket booking remain the same. The booking window will open at its usual time of 10 AM for AC classes and 11 AM for non-AC a day prior to the date of travel, but:

  • Only a maximum of four people per PNR will be allowed

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  • Mumbaikars can no longer book their local train pass, Mumbai Suburban Season Ticket (MSST) on IRCTC website
  • They’ll need to book it the Indian Railways’ new app, UTS, that can only be downloaded on Android devices
  • There will be no refund on the cancellation of a confirmed Tatkal ticket
  • Passengers can get a refund of they cancel a waitlisted or RAC ticket at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time
  • If an an RAC or a waitlisted ticket holder is handed a confirmed reservation up to the final preparation of charts, that Tatkal ticket will be treated as confirmed

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The passenger will get a full refund if:

  • They have booked in Tatkal and the train is delayed by more than three hours from their point of origin
  • If the train is diverted and the passenger doesn’t want to travel by that diverted route and if their boarding station or destination or both are not on that diverted route
  • They are accommodated in a different class than the ticket they had booked and are unwilling to travel in that class. If they are willing, however, they’ll be paid the difference

How to get a refund:

  • Passengers will need to file a Ticket Deposit Receipt (TDR) clearly stating their reluctance to travel via a diverted route or in a different class than the mentioned in the ticket, in order to get the refund
  • TDRs will need to be filed online as per the existing rules

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Additionally, if a Tatkal ticket is issued for more than one passenger in the case of people traveling in a group, where some passengers are confirmed and others in the waiting list, the confirmed passengers will get a refund as long as the entire ticket is cancelled at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

India has an incredibly high recorded number of senseless selfie deaths on train tracks. Though the Indian Railways have been continuously making public service announcements urging people to refrain from such acts, to the extent of setting up designated selfie booths at train stations across the country, nothing has changed.

Which is why, the Railway Police have established a rule that these offenders who disrupt train services will be booked under Section 147 of the Railway Act (unlawful entry to restricted areas of the station, including tracks) and will either be imprisoned for up to six months or fined a sum of up to INR 1,000/-, or both.

The Indian Railways have surely put down some strict new rules and regulations to monitor and improve the railway transportation sector in India, and boy do they mean business! Do you disagree with any of these? Let us know in the comments below and share this with your train-trotting friends in India.

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Dubai Will Soon Be Home To The World’s Largest Sky Pool, But We Have Packed Our Bags Already!

Dubai seems to want to stop at nothing for making and breaking world records over and over again. From the tallest building, tallest hotel, to now the largest sky pool, Dubai will soon be adding another feather to its hat!

The city is soon going to build a second Raffles on the artificial Palm Jumeirah island by 2021. When complete, the two towers of Palm360 will be the tallest building on The Palm Island.

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The two-tower site will have 359 branded residences that will include 16 penthouses with a private infinity pool, gym, and cinema in each of them. The hotel will also have two rooftop restaurants overlooking the beautiful city of Dubai at the top of one of the towers, along with some downright opulent facilities that will make you feel like royalty.

The hotel will have a waterside restaurant, a luxe all-day diner, a lavish lobby lounge, Raffles Spa, a health club, tennis court, a beach club, as well as a fully-supervised children’s club.

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But that’s not what’s getting everyone talking. What we’re excited about is the pool! Word is that it’s going to be the world’s largest sky pool, resigning at 170 meters of height and spanning a whopping 155 meters in length, connecting the two towers. The waterside restaurant we mentioned is going to be right on the side of this super sky pool. How cool is that!

The property will give you a direct access to the beach, and its beach club will be located directly on the brand new 11 km crescent Boardwalk of The Palm. Need more reasons to go check it out?

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Coming as a joint venture between Dubai-based developer Nakheel and the AccorHotels that run Raffles, this sky pool is probably going to be the sexiest addition to Dubai’s landscape.

Imagine taking a lavish swim in a pool no less than an ocean with sweeping views of the grandest Middle Eastern city right below! We don’t know about you but we’ve started dreaming already.

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Flying To The US This Summer? Apply Early For Visa

The US embassy has asked Indian travelers to apply early for US visa to avoid potential delays because of high demand for it during the summer season. The embassy also said that Indian applicants may have to wait 30 days or more for their visa interview appointment.

“The US embassy and our four consulates are constantly working to improve service and meet demand, but applicants should be aware that the summer is a peak travel season and there will be delays in getting visa appointments. Travelers should apply early to avoid potential delays,” the embassy said.

They have also advised applicants to beware of scams and fraud and reminded them that the only way one can get a US visa is through channels.

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“The only way to get a US visa is through official channels. Someone can either apply and have an interview at a US Embassy or Consulate, or if they have had a visa before and meet certain criteria, they may qualify to have their visa renewed.”

“Anyone claiming they can guarantee a visa in exchange for a fee is attempting to defraud you. Applicants should be smart and apply the right way,” the US embassy official said.

The embassy said consular sections in the US mission are currently only able to expedite visa appointments for cases involving genuine emergencies.

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Peru Is Proving To Be An Emerging Travel Destination For Indian Travelers

If you’re one of those who is always looking for new places and exotic locations to travel to then you’d be glad to know that Peru is one of the best emerging travel destination for Indian Travelers out there.

Peru, the third largest country in South America, has seen a significant growth in number of Indian tourist arrivals in the first two months of 2018, which is 36.9% more than the last year in the same period of time. Also, tourist arrivals of Indians in Peru were a good 22% in the year 2017 itself according to the statistics received from MINCETUR – the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru.

The government of Peru is now looking to extensively pursue the Indian outbound market. Luis M. Cabello, the Economic and Commercial Counselor of Embassy of Peru in India, while discussing about SATTE 2018 said, “I am more than excited to announce that this is the very first time that nine of the top Peruvian Tour Operators will come together on one platform in India to promote Peru as a tourist destination to the avid-travelling Indians, who are always in search of a novel international destination. Each of these operators participating at the Pavilion will offer a different aspect of Peru- be it adventure, gastronomy, history or culture. The Peru Pavilion will have experts who look after only specialized tours for the discerning Indian traveler and even those who look after MICE segments.”

Peru, Rainbow Mountain

From beaches to rain forests to oasis, this fascinating destination has got it all. No wonder, Peru has also been named as the Best Emerging International Destination for 2018 by the Lonely Planet Magazine India for the second time in the last three years. This travel destination, which has been garnering constant traction amongst the Indian travelers offers them a myriad of experiences ranging from spirituality to history to nature.

So, what are you waiting for? Plan a trip and tick this one off from your bucket list!!

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We’ll Soon Have Personal Virtual Assistants Onboard Mediterranean Cruises

The upcoming Mediterranean cruise liner, MSC Bellissima, will make your voyage more luxurious with the introduction of digital personal cruise assistant. This assistant will be directly dealing with the passengers and the concept pretty similar to Amazon’s Alexa. You will be able to receive tailor-made suggestions according to your preferences; all thanks to its voice-enabled Artificial Intelligence.

Whether you want to play music of your favorite genre or wish to know about the schedules onboard, this virtual assistance will be there to help. The cruise-liner’s authorities partnered with Harman International of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, in order to provide ship-based solutions meant especially for the guests. This makes MSC’s system stand out, as the general virtual assistants work on cloud-based programs. Being that said, you can obviously set the language of your choice, such as Mandarin, German, English, French, Brazilian and Spanish.

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This feature is expected to be launched from March 2, 2019 and will later be added to MSC’s other cruises. In fact, this is not all! The virtual assistance is just a part of the MSC for Me digital innovation program, which will also feature mobile interactive information screens as well as in-cabin connected televisions. Beside the digital factor, there will be a Grand Canyon themed aqua park, 2 new dining concepts and 2 Cirque du Soleil shows.

The 1034-foot long MSC Bellissima is currently under construction. The cruise will have 10 restaurants. 20 bars and a bowling alley for all the fun aboard.

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You Could Never Guess Which City Will Have A 100 Million Residents By 2100

While everyone is blabbering about world population on the rise, Lagos in Nigeria is going to be world’s most populated city by end of this century. The population here is predicted to come close to 100 million, which would indeed take over the population rate of Tokyo; as per the research conducted by University of Ontario Institute of Technology. In fact, many African cities will see a rise in population in the coming years.

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Daniel Hoornweg, Associate Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology said “Lagos, Dar Es Salaam, Kinshasa: These are the cities that are looking at four- to five-fold increases in population; by the end of the century, the lion’s share of large cities, the top 20 if you will, most of those will be in Africa,” in an interview with Voice of America.

The research was projected using the data provided by United Nations’ World Urbanization Prospects; predicting growth of population as well as urbanization through 2050. There were again many factors which led to the analysis – current urban to rural ratio in cities, birth rates and mortality rates. Currently, the most populated city is Tokyo in Japan, with 38.1 million people (2016) calling it home. The research also predicted that by 2100, the world’s population would range between 6.9 billion and 13.1 billion.

Daniel Hoornweg also mentioned that China is heading toward the latter leg of urbanization phase, and currently the wave of urbanization is headed to India and will later be going towards sub-Saharan Africa’s big cities.

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12 Domes Around The World That Depict Ancient Architecture At Their Best

While traveling places dating back to ancient times it’s their fine architecture that has left travelers enchanted the most. Buildings encompass ages, cultures, and craftsmanship that speak volume of its times. Among all the architectural wonders, those with massive arches stand out. These majestic domes around the world, first created and propagated by Romans, took years to complete and display impeccable architecture. Today, domes make an important part of the religious sites like temples, churches, mosques, and even the government buildings.

The domes of these monuments carry religious symbols, scriptures, and other engravings that say a lot about their past. Byzantines, in the 4th century, made sure that they explored the best of the detailing and intricacies of the domes. With time, these megastructures have only evolved.

Here are some of the best domes from across the world that have been known for their massive size, epic architecture, and cultural significance that they carry! Enjoy their surreal views and try to make it there soon.

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Dating back to 7th century, Some of the rock is an Islamic Shrine with a massive dome mounted on Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. The architecture exhibits the architectural style of Umayyad, Abbasid, and Ottoman. It is the oldest remaining Islamic monument today!

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Located in the capital city of UAE, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque boasts of one of the grandest domes around the world. The largest mosque in the country stands 115 m tall.

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Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, located on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square in Iran is another masterpiece for the art lovers. Standing at the face of Iranian architecture, the mosque, built during the Safavid Empire, is the beauty worth your visit.

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Sanchi Stupa located in the Sanchi district in Madhya Pradesh is a fine display of Buddhist architecture. The Buddhist complex is certainly one of the biggest creations in central India.

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The primary mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia stands 50 meters tall and a prominent cityscape in Malaysia. The mosque features best of Moorish, Islamic pattern perfectly blended into modern architecture.

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Saint Basil’s Cathedral located at Red Square in Moscow is one of the world’s most remarkable structures. Thanks to the colorful appearance and unique domes of the cathedral. This one is also known as the Cathedral of the Intercession.

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Whispering and Golden Gallery make for the prime attraction at St. Paul’s. At 111.3 meters, St. Paul’s in London is the largest cathedral in the United Kingdom and highest point in the city.

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Once a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica, then an imperial mosque, and currently a museum in Istanbul! The Hagia Sophia is truly an enchantress known for being the most remarkable tourist attraction in the country.

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Dating back to 16th century, The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican is an architectural wonder that every traveler must visit. It’s an Italian Renaissance church located in the heart of the Vatican City and the seat of the pope. Renaissance architecture can be seen in every bit of The Papal Basilica.

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Italy’s main church is a treat to the eyes! Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as Florence Cathedral, is the 13th-century building that continues to amaze people from across the world.

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The 96-meter tall parliament building is Budapest’s most popular tourist destinations. It features one of the largest domes in the world and is also a notable landmark.

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The most prominent building in the heart of Washington D.C is also referred as the Capitol Building. The building is home to the United States Congress and a prominent working place for the Federal Government. Planning a trip to the Capitol Building could be a wonderful experience for you.

Spellbound! Aren’t you? They look even bigger & better in real life. Why don’t you start with a checklist of your favorites?

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Things To Do On A 6N/7D Dubai Honeymoon Trip For Adventure Loving Couples

A honeymoon trip is perhaps the most special journey of a couple’s life, which is why it has to be perfect! Seeking this perfection, Ashish booked himself and his wife a 6 nights 7 days Dubai honeymoon package and set off to make memories on the golden deserts of Arabia. Here’s an account of what made his trip his life’s most memorable holiday experience!

Trip Type: Honeymoon
Trip Duration: 6 Nights 7 Days
Trip Cost: INR 171,000/-
Agent Name: Timeless Trips Private Limited
Inclusions: Airfare, VISA Fee, Airport Transfers, Accommodation, Meals, Sightseeing, Burj Khalifa 124th Floor Observation Deck Ticket
Exclusions: Dubai Dirham Fee, Personal Expenses, All Taxes

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: during desert safari

Traveling is synonymous with spending quality time with loved ones in novel destinations. It’s all about having new experiences and taking a break from routine life to de-stress.

Being doctors with extremely busy schedules, me and my wife knew we would hardly have any time to make all arrangements for the trip. Though we had finalised our destination – Dubai – long back, we were stuck with hotel bookings and the itinerary. That’s when TravelTriangle came to our rescue!

A friend of mine had suggested TravelTriangle to me. Being a travel blogger himself, he had apparently traveled via TT some time back and had full faith in their services. After we had sent in our query, the company’s Dubai team immediately got to work and furnished us a fantastic itinerary according to our preferences with top choices for hotels.

We had to put in minimal effort in planning our trip. Everything was well taken care of by TravelTriangle, all within our budget!

Here’s a detailed account of my trip to Dubai:

DAY 1: Quad Biking & BBQ Delicacies on Golden Sands

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: quad biking

We arrived in Dubai at around 11 AM and were escorted to our hotel – Hilton Garden Almina. After resting for a while, we proceeded for the first activity in our Dubai itinerary – the Desert Safari. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed quad biking on those golden dunes (at our own expense), followed by a back-breaking but fun round of dune bashing.

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: camel riding

An afternoon of exciting activities on the sand was followed by an entertaining evening where we enjoyed freshly prepared barbecue dinner on the sands while watching performances of Belly Dance, Tanoura Dance, and Fire Show. The food was average, but the experience of watching those shiny performances under the starry sky made up for it!

DAY 2: Dubai City Tour With Miracle Garden And Global Village

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: miracle garden

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: global village

We spent the morning exploring the popular attractions of Dubai as part of our Dubai city tour. This was followed by a visit to the Miracle Garden, where, millions of flowers all around you proved to be an out of world experience!

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: burj al arab

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: global village at night

Later, we explored the Global Village, an enormous place that offered a stupendous shopping extravaganza unlike anywhere else. The best part about Global Village was the Bollywood Dance and Monster Truck Show!

DAY 3: Playing With Snow In Ski Dubai Snow Park

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: burj khalifa at night

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: dubai cityy view from burj khalifa

In the morning we went to Ski Dubai and totally loved it! It was freezing in contrast to the scorching temperature of Dubai outside. We engaged in a lot of fun snowy rides before proceeding to the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa in the evening.

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ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: dubai mall underwater zoo

It was a lifetime experience to watch the Musical Fountain from the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa.

DAY 4: Shopping In Gold Souk And Sailing On The Dhow Cruise

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ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: meena bazaar

The fourth day of our Dubai honeymoon trip was a leisure day, so we went to the Dubai Frame, the largest picture frame in the world! This was followed by a visit to the Meena Bazaar and Gold Souk where we treated ourselves with some light shopping.

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In the evening we sailed the Dubai Creek aboard the Dhow Cruise where we enjoyed a hearty meal, some traditional dance performances, and a glittering view of Dubai’s skyline.

DAY 5: Riding Ferraris And Exploring The Dazzling Realms Of Grand Mosque

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ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: ferrari at ferrari world

In the morning we boarded our SIC coach to travel to Abu Dhabi for a tour of this amazing place. After around 2 hours of traveling, we reached this new-age metropolitan and immediately escaped to Ferrari World – the much-awaited part of our trip. Saying that it was an awesome experience would be an understatement!

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ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: sheikh zayed mosque

We tried as many of those thrilling rides as we could but still couldn’t get enough of this paradise. Later, we proceeded for an eventful city tour of Abu Dhabi. Though we enjoyed visiting all of Abu Dhabi’s attractions more or less, it was the Sheikh Zayed Mosque that took our breath away with its incredible architecture and stunning outlook!

DAY 6: Hotel Atlantis And Aquaventure Waterpark

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ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: in atlantis

This day, we moved to Hotel Atlantis in the morning, as we wanted to experience a stay at this luxurious abode before heading home. Since their check-in time was 3 PM, they provided us free passes to the Aquaventure Waterpark where we enjoyed 3-4 water rides till it was time to check-in. The most excellent of these rides was the Lazy River where we found ourselves laughing and splashing water like silly little kids!

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: outside atlantis

After we had pleased our hearts with the ultra luxurious interiors of this grand hotel and our room, we proceeded to Lost Chambers in the evening. This bizarre aquarium is undoubtedly one of the best attractions in Dubai, and so is the dining experience at its Kaleidoscope restaurant! One must not miss these two experiences on their Dubai honeymoon trip.

DAY 7: Bidding Farewell To Dubai

We had a lavish breakfast at Saffron, the amazing restaurant at Atlantis, before being dropped at the airport for our return flight. We boarded our flight well in time with fond memories of our trip and the hope to return to this paradise someday!

ashish singhal dubai honeymoon trip: in ski dubai snow park

We cannot thank TravelTriangle enough for brewing us a superb trip and providing all sorts of comforts and amenities during it. Needless to say, we had the most amazing time of our lives!

Our WOW Moments Of The Trip: Though the whole trip was one big WOW for us, we would like to single out the following experiences.

  • The visit to Burj Khalifa & Dubai Mall – it was an awesome feeling to see the magnificent water fountain show from the staggering heights of The Burj.
  • The visit to Miracle Garden & Global Village was simply fantastic!
  • My wife enjoyed a lot at Ferrari World.
  • The Desert Safari was one hell of an adventure!
  • Ski Dubai – playing with snow in a desert, where else do you get that privilege?

What We Missed Out On: We wish we had more time to explore the exciting spots of Dubai like the Glow Garden.

Tips For Future Travelers:

  • Book Dhow Marina Cruise instead of Dhow Cruise.
  • Dress respectfully. Emiratis are very strict about their laws against obscenity and exposing clothes in public.
  • Book your trip only with TravelTriangle for an awesome experience at the best prices when compared to other leading travel agents.

We hope we’ve been able to help you plan your Dubai honeymoon trip better with this insightful account of Ashish’s vacation. Now book your trip to Dubai without further ado and embark on your lives’ most special journey!

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Make One Of These Long Weekend Getaways From Delhi Your First Vacation This Republic Day!

With the onset of 2018, travelers get to start fresh on their travel resolutions for the new year. As the country celebrates its 69th Republic Day, we believe that the overwhelming national feeling of patriotism, pride, and unity should be intertwined with the joy of travel.  So, why not make the most of it by going on one of the long weekend getaways from Delhi this Republic Day?

A new year always comes with new travel goals and this Republic Day (26th Jan) weekend is the first extended weekend of 2018 long enough to explore some wonderful jewels of the country. So, we decided to give you a handpicked list of short, medium, and long weekend getaways near Delhi to choose from. Have a look!

Manali   Mcleodganj  Jim Corbett  Kasol  Tirthan

Yes, this Republic Day weekend is a long one and you can easily go on long trips. But if you still don’t want to travel for long, there are some amazing quick weekend getaways near Delhi. These include Bir-Billing, Mukteshwar, Chakrata, Rishikesh, Kanatal, Kausani, Lansdowne, Chail-Shimla, Ranikhet, and Binsar. To cover these trips, you can leave on 26th Jan (Friday) and still be back by 28th Jan (Sunday).

radhika paragliding in Bir Billing

Bir Billing is one of the top-ranked places for paragliding in India. And why not? It was here that the first Paragliding World Cup was held. But that’s not the only reason for it being one of the most delightful weekend getaways from Delhi.

a. After all, no one would mind the salubrious environment, far away from the polluted city life.

A spellbinding view of the towns of Bir and Billing

That’s right! You get to not only beat the still hot-and-humid weather of Delhi but also spend some time in a healthy environment. Time to breathe in some fresh oxygen people!

A group of travelers resting at the take off site of paragliding in Bir Billing

b. Billing is said to be the best paragliding take-off point in the world.

finally indulging in paragliding over Bir

Located at an altitude of 2,400 m above the sea level, Billing is the perfect take off-site for paragliding. And Bir, the landing site, is located at an altitude of 1,340 m. This landing site is only a few meters from the camp area. Travelers will have to take a trek from the campsite to reach Billing, before experiencing the thrill of paragliding in Bir Billing.

A group of travelers taking a trek upto the take off site for paragliding in Bir Billing

c. Camping in Bir Billing is a wonderful experience in itself.

Girls relaxing in their tents at the campsite of Bir Billing

The campsite, like most other Himachal destinations, offers scenic views. Another thing that one can expect from camping in Bir Billing is the serenity that the twin towns boast of. Moreover, camping allows the travelers to have an amazing experience with friends and other fellow travelers. Bonfires, stargazing, live music, and snacks; yes, that’s about everything that one wants from camping. Right?

The campsite at Bir Billing

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A snap of the stepped hills at Mukteshwar with tents

Mukteshwar, a small town amidst dense & evergreen pine forests in the Nainital district, makes for a wonderful weekend getaway from Delhi. Its unspoiled beauty, splendid 180° views of the Himalayas, camping facilities, and various adventurous activities have made this off-beat destination into a favorite for nature lovers.

a. The valley offers unspoiled beauty and utmost serenity.

Beautiful Bhalu Ghat waterfall near Mukteshwar

When in Mukteshwar, make sure to check out the verdant hills, green valleys, and glittering waters of the Bhalu Gaad waterfall. These elements of nature allow for wonderful experiences of nature walks, trekking, hiking, and even bird watching.

Travelers hiking on the well-defined trails in Mukteshwar

b. Camping in these valleys is definitely fun.

Tents at the campsite in Mukteshwar

A group posing from the tent at the campsite of Mukteshwar

 

c. Adventure seekers have a lot to try in the offbeat destination of Uttarakhand.

A bunch of travelers trying rock climbing on one of the weekend trips from Delhi to Mukteshwar

Trekking, paragliding, rappelling, and rock climbing are some of the most adventurous things to do in Mukteshwar. These thrilling activities ensure that one has a lot of experiences to take back from the destination.

d. And there’s shopping and sightseeing for the less adventurous ones.

Travelers taking a heritage tour of Mukteshwar on their weekend trip from Delhi

Chauli Ki Jali, Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow, Bhalu Gaad waterfalls are some of the major tourist places in Mukteshwar. In addition to these, there are some charming temples dedicated to the Pahari Gods. These include Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple, Brahmeshvara temple, Mukteshwar Dham, and Rajarani Temple. Also in this town are Chocohouse Chocolatiers and Kilmora Shop from where you can pick some souvenirs.

A traveler points out towards the top point of Tiger Fall in Chakrata

The scenic hill station of Chakrata in the Himalayas is often praised for its serenity and charming views. Far away from the touristy chaos & noises, Chakrata offers a few points of interest. And then, there are some other reasons that make this destination one of the best weekend getaways from Delhi for a peaceful break this Republic Day.

a. To begin with, the destination offers serenity and beauty.

Travelers relaxing in the serene valley of Chakrata

A group of travelers enjoying at the Tiger Falls in Chakrata on their weekend trip from Delhi

b. The resorts with camp facilities are idyllically located amidst the hills.

Camps at a resort in the scenic landscape of Chakrata

A bunch of travelers pose for a photgraph outside their tents in Chakrata

c. Exciting activities are available for the daring ones.

A person tries waterfall rappelling that is one of the best things to do in Chakrata

Travelers pose for a photgraph before continuing on their hike on a narrow trail on their weekend trip from Delhi to Chakrata

There are myriad things to do in Chakrata, each different from the others in the level of thrill and adventure. These include waterfall rappelling, rock climbing, river rafting, cycling, trekking, horse riding, and camping.

A view of the bus ride on the road near Tehri Dam from Delhi to Kanatal

Located very close to Dhanaulti are Kanatal and Tehri that serve as wonderful weekend getaways from Delhi for those who wish to try both water and land adventure sports. And the plethora of the things to do in Kanatal is even accompanied by beautiful landscapes & sightseeing attractions.

a. The beautiful landscape itself will leave you awestruck.

A view of the snowcapped hills from Kanatal

Sunset shot from a temple in Kanatal

You will be mesmerized by the views of the snow-capped mountains and the azure waters. And as the sun gets ready to set, the reddish-orange hues of the hill-covered skyline further add to the beauty of this place.

b. Just like the neighboring site of Dhanaulti, Kanatal too is famous for camping.

Prayer flags at the campsite of Kanatal

A night shot of the campsite in Kanatal

Most travel & adventure enthusiasts recognize this destination as a camping delight. Spend an evening enjoying bonfire & stargazing, wake to the early morning chirping of the birds, and spend a day in nature’s lap; camping in Kanatal allows all this and more.

c. And when it comes to adventure activities, Kanatal has a bundle full of it.

A group of travelers rappelling in the woods of Kanatal

A group of travelers on a speedboat in Tehri dam on a weekend trip from Delhi to Kanatal

d. Regardless of whether you’re religious or not, the Surkanda Devi Temple is a must-visit.

The Surkanda Devi Temple in the quiant town of Kanatal

A short road journey of 5 km, followed by a comfortable trek of about 2 km, will take you to the Surkanda Devi Temple. The temple dedicated to Goddess Sati lies at an altitude of 2,757 meters in the Tehri district.

The famous Bhulla Tal Lake in Lansdowne

Named after a former viceroy of British India of the same name, Lansdowne sits idyllically amidst thick oak & pine forests in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand. And, for some good reasons, the destination has made its way onto the list of the best weekend getaways from Delhi. And there are some good reasons that led to the inclusion of Lansdowne in this list.

a. The destination will enchant you with its imposing peaks and lush meadows.

A shot of the green valley and hills at Lansdowne

Travelers clicking pictures of the hills at sunset in Lansdowne

b. The campsite by the river Kho is perfect for a weekend retreat.

Tourists at the campsite in Lansdowne

Girls at the campsite on a weekend trip from Delhi to Lansdowne

c. And the unique tourist place is lined with many tourist attractions.

A group of travelers pose outside a tourist attraction in Lansdowne

A popular tourist attraction in Lansdowne

There are viewpoints, memorials, water bodies, and even religious places. And each of these places to visit in Lansdowne offer a host of fascinating experiences.

Camping in Rishikesh

For a long long while, Rishikesh was believed to be only a religious destination. Its Ram Jhula, Laxman Jhula, and Triveni Ghat by the river Ganges charmed the travelers all this while. But it wasn’t long before some adventurous & other spiritual places to visit in Rishikesh emerged on the tourism scene. And much recently, the destination has become one of the most sought-after weekend getaways from Delhi for numerous reasons.

a. The Ganga ghats offer some splendid views.

A sunset view of the Laxman Jhula and the city of Rishikesh

Priests performing aarti at the Triveni Ghat.

There is an omnipresent aura of spirituality and peace in every nook and corner of the holy city. And a lot can be credited to the serene views that the destination offers. And, as the sun sets, the ghats pull one and all for the Ganga Aarti.

b. The riverside campsites are every bit of beautiful.

Girls pose for a photograph outside the tents in Rishikesh

Travelers on their weekend trip to Rishikesh enjoying in a swimming pool in the camp resort

A girl enjoying rishikesh at full blossom

c. And the destination offers arguably the best rafting experience in India.

Rafters on one of the rapids during river rafting in Rishikesh

It is hard to resist the temptation to ride the rapids of the Ganges. And depending upon the level of difficulty that you want, there are different stretches for river rafting in Rishikesh.

A group of travelers ready for river rafting on their weekend trip from Delhi to Rishikesh

d. And that’s not the only adventure activity to engage in.

ropewalk in rishikesh

Other adventurous things to do in Rishikesh include rappelling, rock climbing, valley crossing, flying fox, body surfing, and kayaking.

German coach helps a person while bungee jumpin in Rishikesh

However, the activities the daring ones have their eyes on are cliff jumping and bungee jumping. In fact, Jumpin Heights in Rishikesh offers one of the best experiences of bungee jumping in India.

A distant view of the himalayan peaks from Nanda Devi to Nanda Kot as seen at Khali Estate in Binsar

On the top of the Jhandi Dhar hills lies the little Himalayan hamlet of Binsar. Perched at an elevation of 2420 meters, the scenic Kumaon town offers a vivid splash of colors at different times of the day; owing much to the snow-capped Himalayas.

a. You will be able to catch spell-binding views of the majestic Himalayan peaks.

sunrise in binsar valley

The little hamlet in Uttarakhand offers splendid views of hills such as Nanda Devi, Chaukhamba, Nanda Kot, Panchachuli, and Kedarnath. And for uninterrupted panoramic views, one can head to Zero Point.

b. The thick foliage allows several forest hikes.

making friends with fellow travelers

The tiny hill town is wrapped up in thick foliage, thereby making it a wonderful place for hiking, camping, and walking through nature. Night treks through the woods are also available. And for those who have enough time, there’s also the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary that serves as a home to the rare species of birds, animals, and flowers. Furthermore, there’s a river stream that flows at the bottom of the woods.

coming across a small stream

c. And there are myriad stay options here that are comfortable and beautiful.

A snap of the Club Mahindra Resort in the hill town of Binsar

Yes, camping in the woods is still the most preferred stay option. But the resorts in Binsar offer a range of amenities that ensure a comfortable stay in some of the most beautiful settings.

A snap of the patio at the Binsar Forest Retreat in the hill town

A night shot of the valley and hills as seen from a resort in Kausani

It doesn’t take longer than a single glimpse of the views the of the surrounding hills to convince yourself to visit the quaint hill station in Uttarakhand. After all, it is under the sheath of the crimson sun & floating clouds that the green town of Kausani lies. But for those who always want more convincing, these reasons should suffice.

a. Kausani offers a panoramic view of the massive Himalayan peaks.

A sunset view of the reddish-orange color over the snow capped Himalayas as seen from Kausani

The magical glimpses of Bandarpoonch, Trishul, and Panchachuli peaks can best be enjoyed from here. Views of Nanda Devi, Badrinath, and Kedarnath also enchant the travelers to the core. But the glory of the snow-capped Himalayas reaches its pinnacle only when the sun rays of the setting sun turn them into red-orange during sunset and an even more beautiful gold at the time of sunrise.

A sunrise view captured on a weekend trip from Delhi to Kausani

b. You can trek up to the Rudradhari falls & caves.

Rudradhari caves in Kausani

An easy trek from the main town of Kausani will take you to the scenic cave temple & waterfalls of Rudradhari in Adi Kailash Region. Another trek that you can take here is from Bageshwar to Sunderdhunga.

Hiking in Kausani

c. There are many other temples & other tourist attractions in the tiny town.

Baijnath-Temple

Someshwar temple, Baijnath temple, and Kot Bhramari Temple are the other temples in the region. Other than these religious sites, there are some museums and ashrams as well. These include Anasakti Ashram (Gandhi Ashram), Lakshmi Ashram, and Sumitranandan Pant Gallery.

Anasakti-Ashram-Kausani

Houses of locals in the valley of Ranikhet

Legends talk about Queen Padmavati of Kumaon who was so fascinated by the beauty of the tiny hill station that King Sudhradev built a palace for the queen and gave this place its current name – Ranikhet. Though when the British rediscovered it years after it was lost in oblivion, no palace could be found. And the place went on to become a cantonment area. However, with the passage of time, its healthy climate and serenity of its vast green meadows started alluring the city-dwellers.

a. Camping is always fun when the destination is beautiful and less crowded.

Tents lined up at Bay Berry Camp and Resort in Ranikhet

The destination is downright captivating; thanks to its green meadows and peaceful surroundings. Camping in such a destination is only something that every traveler would want from a weekend getaway. And, with tourism slowly starting to develop here, the destination started offering some fun activities. These include Mowgli walk, volley ball, badminton, cricket, rappelling, and valley crossing.

A river flowing through the valley of Ranikhet

b. The tourist attractions include both religious centers as well as fun places.

An afternoon shot of the perfectly green patch at Golf Course in Ranikhet

The destination also boasts of one of the best 9-hole golf greens in the country. Chaubatiya gardens, Haidakhan Temple, and Jhula Devi Temple are some other attractions of the beautiful hill station.

The popular Haidakhan Temple in Ranikhet

An evening near Christ Church in Shimla

Not much needs to be said about Shimla & Chail. Not because there isn’t much to talk about, but because you’d already know what we are going to tell. While the various places to visit in Shimla and the pleasant climate of the Himachal capital make it an obvious choice for a weekend getaway from Delhi, Chail – Shimla’s underrated neighbor – finds its way into this list for just as many reasons.

a. Needless to say, the two hill stations offer splendid views.

A beautiful shot of Shimla taken from a hill nearby

Lush greenery, breathtaking water bodies, and snow-clad hills are almost synonymous to most places in Himachal. And these two hill stations are no different. Chadwick falls, Sadhupul Lake, Jakhoo hill, Shailey Peak, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, and Himalayan National Park in Kufri are some of the attractions that the nature lovers find alluring.

Sun rays reaching the river water near Shimla

b. The tourist places here are known worldwide for many reasons and not just their beauty

Kali Ka Tibba front view

Both the destinations have their share of natural and manmade attractions. Kali Ka Tibba, Siddh Baba Ka Mandir, Sadhupul Lake Restaurant, Chail Palace Hotel are some of the best places to visit in Chail. However, the most popular attraction here is the cricket stadium that is said to be the highest cricket stadium in the world.

Likewise, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Annandale, Scandal Point, and The Shimla State Museum are the prime attractions of Shimla.

Annandale was a favorite amongst Britishers

c. You will be surprised to find that there’s still a lot to do here other than just sightseeing.

Travelers trekking upto the Jakhoo hills in Shimla

Hiking through the forests, trekking upto Jakhoo hill or to Chadwick falls, and rafting at Tattapani are some of the best things to do in Shimla. And then there’s always the Mall Road to walk on and shop from.

Locals and tourists walking on the Mall Road in Shimla in the rain

Still wishing if only you could visit that amazing hill station in 2017? Well, make the most of the long weekend this Republic Day and strike off that destination from your bucket list. You don’t even have to apply for unnecessary work from home or call in sick to cover these weekend trips from Delhi. Leave from Delhi on the evening of 25th January (Thursday) and you can easily be back by 28th August (Sunday). Mcleodganj, Kasol, Tirthan, Dalhousie, Jim Corbett, and Manali are some of the weekend getaways that fall on this list.

Sunrise landscape view in Manali

The destination hardly needs an introduction. Located on the banks of the river Beas in Himachal, Manali is a gateway for adventure in Solang & Rohtang and trekking in Parvati Valley. And there are plenty of religious attractions in and around Manali as well. All in all, the destination gives enough reasons for travelers to go for a long weekend trip from Delhi to Manali.

a. To begin with, Manali has a lot of tourist attractions to offer.

The entrance of the Hadimba Temple that is one of the best places to visit in Manali

There’s something or the other for travelers of varied interests. Temples like Hadimba Temple, Manu temple, Vashisht Temple & hot springs, and Manikaran Sahib gurudwara & hot springs in this region attract the religious travelers. There are also many Buddhist monasteries around.

Jogini & Rahala waterfalls and Nehru Kund, along with the lofty mountains & beautiful valleys around, allure the nature lovers. And then there are museums and numerous other places to visit in Manali that keep things interesting for the travelers.

Manu Maharishi Temple in Manali

b. And it serves as a gateway to many more destinations nearby.

The road from Manali to Rohtang Pass

Solang Valley, Rohtang Valley, Gulaba, Kothi, Manikaran, Vashisht, & Kullu are all located very close by and can be covered along with Manali in the same trip. Depending upon the time in hand, you can choose to visit one or more of these destinations.

c. The thrill factor is never less; with the myriad adventure activities offered here.

Adventure Activities in Solang Valley

Adventure junkies can try a whole lot of adventure sports in Manali and around. These include river rafting, paragliding, hiking, skiing, etc.

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Nature in Triund

They say that all good things come in small packages. And the same is true for Mcleodganj often called the ‘Little Lhasa’. Its scenic location in the Himalayas, pretty monasteries, and happening markets are unknown to nobody; least of all the socially active North Indians. But those who really want to enjoy the popular weekend getaway from Delhi will have to get out of the market area and head to Dharamkot & Bhagsu or take the Triund trek.

a. The landscape is stunning and the very atmosphere; refreshing.

A shot of the sunrise at Triund near Mcleodganj

From the main Mcleodganj town to the Triund hilltop and from the Bhagsu village to the cute little village of Dharamkot; scenic views are guaranteed on a trip to this destination. Don’t forget to catch the beautiful sunrises and sunsets from Triund hill.

b. The time is perfect for stargazing.

Camping in Mcleod Ganj

The weather in August is pleasant. It is neither hot nor too cold. And the clear skies mean you can enjoy starry nights in the hills.

c. Camping in Mcleodganj, on the way to Triund, is definitely a fun experience.

The campsite on the Triund trek route

Bonfires with live music, stargazing, and gorgeous views of sunrises & sunsets are some of the attractions that make a camping experience in Mcleodganj truly worth it!

A group of travelers on one of the weekend trips from Delhi to Mcleodganj and Triund pose next a camp at the campsite

d. And let us not miss out on the Triund trek itself.

An alluring trekking destination, Triund is beautifully nestled in the lap of the Dhauladhar Range. The moderately challenging Triund trek offers jaw-dropping views of the lofty ranges on one side and the splendid Kangra valley on the other.

A group of travelers on one of the weekend trips from Delhi to Mcleodganj taking a trek to Triund

e. For the less adventurous ones, there are other tourist attractions here.

Mesmerizing Bhagsu Falls flowing in Dharamshala

Bhagsunath temple & waterfall, Namgyal Monastery, Dal Lake, and Shiva Cafe are some of the other attractions of Mcleodganj. Its monasteries, Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, and even local cafes are highly influenced by the Tibetan culture.

An inside shot of the Namgyal Monstery in Mcleodganj

f. Even the eateries here are just as famous as the trek and the monasteries.

Shiva Cafe in Mcleodganj

We are talking about the famous Shiva Cafe, of course. Jam sessions and art exhibitions alone attract tourists here. And the food is delicious too.

A traveler standing outside the beautiful Shiva Cafe in Mcleodganj

Trip coordinators with a group of girls before the jeep safari in Jim Corbett

One of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi, Jim Corbett welcomes tourists of all ages around the year. What makes it a popular name in the long list of national parks in India is the fact that there the park is home to the Royal Bengal tigers. However, several species of deer, leopards, jackals, red foxes, black bear, sloth bear, and monkeys are more easily spotted here.

a. Jeep safaris in the forest is an experience that one must try at least once.

Travelers on a jeep safari expedition in Jim Corbett National Park

Ride through the forested area in the national park in jeeps to witness a wide variety of animal species in their natural habitat. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll also be able to spot some tigers here.

Travelers after completing a jeep safari in Jim Corbett

b. And there’s also the river Kosi for those who want to chill by the riverside.

A group of girls posing in the meditation pose by the banks of the Kosi river in Jim Corbett

The tigers of the Jim Corbett National Park are the highlight of the park. But there’s also the beautiful river Kosi that flows in that area. It is perfect to relax, have a picnic, or indulge in some group activities. Located by the riverside is the Garjiya Devi Temple. Travelers can also take short treks from the river to the Corbett Waterfalls.

c. The resorts in Jim Corbett provide comfortable stay options with all modern amenities.

A beautiful resort in Jim Corbett

There are some top-notch resorts in Jim Corbett that provide all world-class facilities. Corbett Jungle Club Resort, Corbett Aamod Resort, Corbett River Creek Resort & Spa, and Corbett Leela Vilas are some of the best resorts here that ensure a comfortable stay at affordable prices.

Two girls enjoying in a swimming pool at a resort in Jim Corbett

d. The bigger the group, the more fun can be expected from this trip.

A group of travelers pose for a selfie in the bus taking them on their weekend trip from Delhi to Jim Corbett

Group outings are always fun where there are such adventures involved. If you don’t have a group of your own, you can always take a group weekend package of Jim Corbett and make new friends on your journey. And your safari selfies with new friends will give some serious selfie goals to even Dhinchak Pooja.

Girls taking selfie during a jeep safari in Jim Corbett

The last decade or so has seen a rise in the number of travelers and backpackers visiting the Parvati Valley, particularly Kasol. And, even more recently, destinations in Parvati Valley like Kheerganga, Tosh, and Chalal have slowly been attracting more & more travelers. And the reasons that inspire these travelers to visit these hamlets in the valley are way too many in number.

a. The landscape of Kasol is stunning with green valleys surrounded by snow-clad mountains.

Young travelers pose in Kasol with the beautiful hills in the background

The post-monsoon scenery in Kasol is truly beautiful. The fresh dew on the grass and the snow-fed river waters passing through the Parvati Valley never fail to allure the travelers. Similar scenes are visible in Kheerganga, Tosh, and other nearby areas. There’s also a waterfall in Tosh that is downright stunning.

Travelers walking past the waterfall in Tosh

Here’s what Isha had to say when asked about her all girls’ trip to Kasol.

b. And the rustic charm of the houses built in these villages adds to the beauty of the valley.

A bunch of travelers relaxing outside a rustic hut in Kasol

These rustic houses amidst the greens of the Parvati Valley have an aura of serenity attached to them. And the wooden-roof structures beautifully complements the otherwise green valley landscape.

An old building in one of the villages of Parvati Valley

c. Moreover, the travelers can go trekking up to to Kheerganga and Tosh.

From Kasol, travelers can go for some easy treks to Chalal, Tosh, and Kheerganga. The hiking trails pass through the forested areas and past the river & waterfall; thereby providing scenic views en route. And the hilltop views from either of these sites are just as beautiful.

Tributaries of a river merging together in the Parvati Valley

d. Though solo travelers can enjoy such trips on their own, it is always better to have a bunch of others hiking along.

A group of travelers on one of the weekend getaways from Delhi to Kasol and Kheerganga

And it is not just about safety. When you have company, the journey definitely seems all the more wonderful. After all, nobody minds some extra bit of fun, right?

A group of girls on a girls only weekend trip from Delhi to Kasol

A traveler takes a trek to a waterfall near the Tirthan Valley

It is really hard to trace the point in history that led to the rise of Tirthan as a weekend holiday destination for travelers and backpackers from Delhi. But there are reasons galore for the same. Eco-tourism, fun-filled activities, and tourist sites such as Jalori Viewpoint, Serolsar Lake, Tirthan waterfalls, Goddess Budhi Nagin temple, & Great Himalayan National Park have all contributed in making this quaint village an upcoming holiday destination in the North.

a. Care for some easy hikes through the woods? You can get them here.

A group of travelers trekking through the woods in Tirthan Valley

The moderately steep hills surrounding the Tirthan Valley are covered with tall trees through which well-defined trails pass. These trails allow the travelers to go for some short hikes and treks.

A group of travelers hiking in the Tirthan Valley

b. The valley is dotted with water bodies like Serolsar Lake and Tirthan waterfalls.

Two travelers standing next to a famous lake in Tirthan Valley

These water bodies perfectly complement the greens of the valley and the verdant hills around. Don’t you think so?

A group of travelers pose for a group photo on one of the weekend trips from Delhi to Tirthan Valley

c. There’s a lot that one can do in the lesser-known Himachal valley.

Yes! All that and a lot more! And when it comes to group trips, the fun quotient of these activities increases manifold. Don’t believe us? Read what Akanksha Jain has to say about her trip to Tirthan Valley.

Do these weekend getaways interest you? If so, start booking your seat for a group tour to one of these destinations near Delhi for a perfect long vacation around Republic Day. Bon voyage, fellas!

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