Life can get you into quite a rut when you live in cities like Delhi, with the same-old routine every day. Even weekends, which are supposed to be recreational, tend to fall into this routine, offering no more than a movie date or a mall outing. Amidst this daily grind, try something new like a picnic with your family, friends or loved ones. Offering every scenic variety from lakes to gardens to forts, this list will make you change your mind about weekend escape altogether!
Here are The Top 10 Picnic Spots Near Delhi Perfect for a Quick Summer Break:
1. Pratapgarh Farms
Within very close proximity to Delhi, Pratapgarh Farms lie in the Jhajjar area. Apart from enjoying a simple picnic, one can partake in rural activities like Valley Crossing, Tractor Rides, Bullock Cart Riding, etc. The resort also arranges various indoor and local outdoor games, while keeping you filled with delicious Indian meals throughout the day.
2. Camp Wild Dhauj
Only an hour’s drive from Delhi, Camp Wild Dhauj, surrounded by the Aravalli Hills, is the perfect picnic outing with friends. Engage in exciting activities like rappelling, river crossing and rock climbing or experience some quality time with nature while looking for vibrant birds in the area. You can also interact with the local population in the nearby villages to absorb the true rural culture of India.
3. Damdama Lake
The Aravalli Hills forms the picturesque frame for this spot as well, and provides numerous adventure activities like para-sailing, rock-climbing, trekking and of course camping. If you want to immerse yourself in the beautiful backdrop of Damdama Lake, one of Haryana’s largest natural lakes, you might want to try paddle boats, motor boats or the simple rowboats to make the trip fully worth.
4. Baghaan Orchard Retreat
If you don’t mind spending once in a while, Baghaan Orchard Retreat in Garhmukteshwar is the place for you. Primarily catering to families, this charming Mango Orchard Resort lets you undertake thrilling activities like archery to a relaxing bullock cart ride through the adjoining villages. While you’re here, you also might want to go for some dolphin-sighting in the Ganges.
5. Tikli Farms
Cradled amongst the Aravallis, Tikli Farms is located only 45 minutes away from the international airport of Delhi. Whether you are here with your friends or family, you can benefit from this private resort offering home cooked meals and the availability of rooms in case you want to spend the night. The resort also has a swimming pool making it perfect for the summer!
6. Kuchesar Mud Fort
This picnic spot provides everything from the comfort of an exquisite room in a heritage fort, a lovely picnic spot nearby in Brijghat situated amidst the mango orchards, to a road trip while you are travelling here! Originally built by the Jat rulers of Uttar Pradesh amidst the lush greenery of 200 acres, this Mud Fort is for all those who want a full and compact trip.
If you are everything about a natural setting, be sure to try Sariska, with its striking Lake Siliserh to enjoy a calm and relaxed picnic. If you’re fortunate, you might get to spot a tiger too! To take it all in, spend a night in the not-yet-transformed Sariska Palace, followed by an adventurous journey to the haunted Bhangarh palace.
8. Neemrana Fort
This spot offers a light picnic to a full-fledged stay at any of the rooms in the 7-wing palace. The 15th-century historical palace caters to all audiences, with India’s first zip-line, camel cart rides, vintage car rides, two swimming pools, an ayurvedic spa and plenty of hanging gardens.
If you’re willing to travel a little farther, do check out Nahan, a remote commercialization-free hill station in Himachal. Spend some time in the Renuka Lake, one of the many captivating lakes in the area. One can also visit the Rani Tal garden and the Suketi Fossil Park.
For all adventure junkies, Morni, the apex site of Panchkula, Haryana, is the best place to camp. Enjoy a quiet meal amidst the scenic Shivalik range offshoot and the Tikkar Taal Lake, visit the old fort, or trek on the Mandhana Cliff and Ghaggar basin for quenching the junkie inside of you!
With an array of landscapes waiting for you, weekends are never going to be the same. So which one will you try out next?