The national capital of India is amongst the most visited tourist destinations in the country and world. With tourists dropping in from different corners of the globe, Delhi is also a fantastic tourist base or centre to explore alluring destinations in the neighbouring regions. Let’s take a look at some of the fantastic places you can explore near Delhi.
Home to some fantastic historical wonders and modern amusements, Delhi’s speaks volume of India’s rich past. If you want to delve more into that, there are some equally fantastic places in the neighbouring region which are worth visiting. Here are some of the best ones.
1. Agra – A remarkable historic destination in the vicinity of the national capital, Agra boasts of several World Heritage Sites like the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort. The city finds its mention in the epic Mahabharata as the forest ‘Agraben’, situated close to the holy city of Mathura. Even a famous Chinese traveler-philosopher mentioned Agra in his journals. The city was founded by King Badal Singh in the 15th century, which was then claimed by the Muslim invaders like Sikander Lodhi and subsequently the Mughals. A capital to their kingdoms, the centre of administration was later shifted to Delhi, but they all left a tremendous mark in the city’s history which can still be seen through its ruins and marketplaces. For a memorable trip, you can take a bus or a Delhi to Agra cab to reach the destination.
2. Jaipur – The capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur seems like a royal retreat for visitors coming from all parts of the world. With its grand palaces, forts and great historic culture, Jaipur is a place worth visiting. The historic city was established by Sawai Jai Singh II, the king of Amber, in the 15th century. Also called as ‘the pink city’, owing to the color of household in its old quarters, Jaipur offers a wonderful glimpse of the historic era. With just an overnight journey from the national capital you can immerse yourself to this royal affair and enjoy places like the City Palace, Pink City, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Jaisamand Palace, Hawa Mahal and more.
3. Shimla – This serene hill station was once the summer capital of the British. Surrounded by the enchanting mountains of the lower Himalayas, Shimla is home to some of the most fascinating locales and historic places. The hill station was once a home to the local kings of the Himachal and later fell in the hands of the British, thus, you can find several structures bearing the typical Victorian charm and even few ancient temples and ruins. Today, Shimla takes pride in its exciting array of traditional shops and restaurants serving you the best of local culture.
4. Rishikesh – A religious city located in Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is about 6 hours from Delhi. The city along with Haridwar is amongst the most visited religious destinations in the northern region. You can find several temples dedicated to Lord Rama and Shiva in Rishikesh along with enjoying a fun filled adventure activities like rappelling, trekking, river fox and more. For a more relaxing holiday, you can enjoy a quiet night by the camps located on river sides.