May 142013
 

Are you looking for a much deserved break from your chaotic Delhi lifestyle? Living in a metro is not easy; but, thankfully there are many places to visit around Delhi, where you can relax, unwind and forget your troubles for a weekend.

I have found Top 5 Weekend Picnic Spots Around Delhi. Actually There are quite a few attractive tourist destinations around Delhi that are suitable for a picnic break. So, drive away from Delhi this weekend to one of these spots to spend some quality time with your near and dear ones.

Panipat

Panipat is a town of monuments, filled with forts, temples and a number of historical places to visit. The Panipat museum is well renowned for its collection of antique arts and crafts. The museum also explains the rich cultural heritage of the land.

The Kabuli Shah Mosque, built by the emperor Babar, tomb of Bu Ali Shah Kalandhar, ruins of the Old Fort and the grave of Ibrahim Lodhi are the famous tourist destinations you must visit.

The Devi temple in Panipat serves as an ideal place for the pilgrims. Panipat attracts the history buffs from all over the country.

It is located 90 km from Delhi and is easily accessible by road and railways. Hiring a private taxi will cost around Rs. 4,000, inclusive of return journey.

Surajkund

This place is famous for its Sun temple and the sun pool built in 1000 AD. Amidst these remains are many peaceful and comfortable picnic spots. It has a perennial lake surrounded by rock cut steps, making this place ideal for leisure time with your family.

Boating, camel rides and horse rides are some of the most famous tourist activities here. The green lush lands make it an ideal picnic spot for families.

Every February, a handicraft exhibition is hosted here. This exhibition is very popular and draws large crowds from Delhi and neighboring areas.

It is situated just 15 km away from South Delhi on the Mehrauli – Badarpur road.

Alwar

Alwar is situated amidst the steep and serrated rocks in the state of Rajasthan. It is a land with rich cultural heritage which dates back to the 15th century.

Bala Quila fort, which was constructed on a 300 m steep peak, Vinay Vilas Palace, built in Rajasthani and Mughal style, the royal cenotaph – Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri, and the glittering Vijai Mandir Palace, all built by the  Rajputs,  are the most famous architectural tourist destinations of the land.The abundant wildlife, alluring cascades, the fresh water bodies and the lush green land makes this place more attractive.

The 1.5 km wide Jai Samand Lake has shaded domes and beautiful towers making it an attractive picnic spot.

It is situated 165 km from Delhi and takes around 3 hours to reach by road.

Damdama Lake

Decorated by the Aravalli hills, the Damdama Lake is situated 60 km from Delhi. It is one of the biggest natural lakes in Haryana.

Row boating paddle boating and motor boating are some of the types of boating indulged in over here. Furthermore, this destination also offers rough terrains for trekking. Hot air ballooning, para sailing, bungee jumping, kayaking, rock climbing, camping and cycling will quench the thirst of adventure seekers. For those who want to add a little activity to their picnic, Damdama lake is the perfect option.

There are quite a few resorts for families and corporates, with exceptional hospitality services and fun games like tambola, chess, cricket, badminton, volleyball, etc.

Bharatpur

Bharatpur is flocked by birds of many species and is now a wildlife reserve.

Duck shoots which are organized in honor of Viceroy Lord Curzon, draws a lot of tourists to Bharathpur.

The forts, palaces and the various monuments explain the rich heritage of the Mughal fighters against the British prior to independence.

This bird haven is about 182 km from Delhi. It takes 3 hour to travel to this desert region.

There are quite a few attractive tourist destinations around Delhi that are suitable for a picnic break. So, drive away from Delhi this weekend to one of these spots to spend some quality time with your near and dear ones.

Contributed By Sonia Narula

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