5 offbeat short trips to make from Delhi during the festival holidays

Come October and festival season starts in full swing. That also means for those of us who like short vacations and have kids who have long holidays from school start to plan what to do during the extra time that kids are at home. We’re pretty sure you’ve done the Mussourie-Nainital beat. So we decided to give you five destinations that you’ve probably not considered while planning your short holiday. They’re offbeat, gorgeous and totally budget friendly. What’s more is that your kids will get a taste of nature outside the park that you take them to in the evenings.

  1. Fagu:

Never heard of it? Not to worry. 380 kms from Delhi, Fagu will make you fall in love. In the Kufri region of Shimla, Fagu is at the foothills and gives you a beautiful glimpse of Himalayan peaks. Very Switzerland in its picturesqueness. (Not relevant for now but it even has a ski fest in Feb)

  1. Darang:

Just off McLeodGanj and 435 kms from Delhi, Darang is a tea lover’s paradise. Home to one of India’s oldest tea estates, Darang is a true hidden jewel in Himachal Pradesh’s crown. What can you do here? Many things. For those of you who love adventure, the tea estate has treks through the tea gardens, along mountain streams and the fragrant evergreen forests. If you want a quieter time, try fishing in the Beas river. History buffs will find history walks that take you along the Kangra valley, bringing the past alive.

  1. Pithoragarh:

A charming town in the lap of Kumaon, Uttarakhand, Pithoragarh is 460 kms away from Delhi. Still almost untouched by all that’s commerce, Pithoragarh is a beautiful place to retreat from the mad rush of everyday life. There’s much to do here: Head to the Ashoka Sanctuary to spot Himalayan black bears, musk deers, snow cocks, tahra, bharals, mona/s, chirs, koklas, pheasants and chukors. If you’re up for a mountain trek, book yourself on one of the three available. Or just gather your family around and learn what it is to slow time down.

  1. Naukuchiatal:

Give Bhimtal and Nainital a skip for this surreal vision. Flanked by the aforementioned lakes, Naukuchiatal (literally the lake with nine corners) is 320 kms from Delhi and is know to be the deepest lake in the region at 173 feet. Other things you can do here are paragliding, fishing, paddling or yatching. Some places also offer you parasailing, which is a truly exhilarating experience. But the best part about this place is how you can walk endlessly and still find beautiful places to just sit down and picnic.

  1. Dausa: Head west for some history. Dausa in Rajasthan is home to numerous stepwells and palaces. Still retaining quaint traditions, Dausa will take you back in time in more ways than one. Light fires of history in your kids, or find a romantic moonlit dinner with your spouse (as your kids watch TV back in a hotel).

Phew! Compiling this has lit some wanderlust in us. What other city would you like to see offbeat destinations from? Tell us!