Crazy, chaotic, blissful, overwhelming and daunting – Delhi is all these things, and more. Amid the unstoppable city life, there’s just one thing that provides Delhiites some relief – Weekend Breaks. We’ve got a short bucket list for those looking for a quick getaway when the weekend knocks:

1. Rishikesh – The Land of Yogis

Travel time: 5 hours
Best for: Adventure enthusiasts, religious trip, couples
Best time to visit: Late September to mid-November

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As your alternative travel guide to Rishikesh, we recommend you to explore the hidden sights of this mystical city rather than covering those 10 must-visit places. While the spiritual seekers can head to the Little Budha Café and Vashistha Gufa, adventure enthusiasts should definitely try bungee jumping from soaring heights and rafting in the revving Ganges. Ananda, the irresistibly charming property never misses to top the luxury traveler’s list. And for yoga lovers, the best time to visit is during the ‘International Yoga Week’ that takes place every year in March. Block your calendars now!

Offbeat options to stay:

Fancy tents on the bank of Ganges | Lavish villa with river view

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2. Agra – Majesty of the Taj

Travel time: 3 hours
Best for: Family, friends, couples
Best time to visit: November to March

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Synonymous with love and romance, the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world will leave you awestruck by its extravagant beauty and sense of grandeur. On a full moon night, this architectural marvel gleams like a sparkling diamond with a faint silvery glow. Taj is not the stand-alone attraction in Agra, the town is dotted with many fascinating tombs, mausoleums and other fine Mughal forts that are a must-visit.

Offbeat options to stay:

Unmatched hospitality with the homely detail | Quirky hostel for the backpackers

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3. Corbett – The Land of Royal Bengal Tigers

Travel time: 6 hours
Best for: Nature & wildlife lovers, couples
Best time to visit: Mid-November to mid-June

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Named after Jim Corbett, the famous hunter-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist, this is India’s first national park crowned in the foothill of the Himalayas. With around 580 species of birds, 110 species of trees, 50 species of mammals and 25 reptile species, this oldest national park in India is spread over an area of 520 sq. km. The guided safari tour is quite exhilarating and helps tourists in tiger tracking.

Offbeat options to stay:

Rustic huts to breathe in tranquility | A remote wildlife lodge with river-view

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 4. Jaipur – The Land of the Royals

Travel time: 5 hours
Best for: Family, couples, friends
Best time to visit: Early November to February

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An enthralling historical city, Jaipur is the gateway to India’s most exuberant state. The city’s colorful, chaotic streets flow with the shades of past and recent. Explore the rich history by visiting places like City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Amer Fort and Jal Mahal. Apart from the well-known forts and temples, we advise you to visit city’s museums too that throw a deep insight into the culture of the colorful land.

Offbeat options to stay:

An amazing heritage palace | Experience the gracious lifestyle of Rajput Royals

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5. Bhangarh Fort – Historic and haunted!

Travel time: 5 hours
Best for: Friends, keen explorers
Best time to visit: October to February

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Feel like paying a visit to your ghost buddies with your real buddies? Bhangarh fort, located in Alwar District of Rajasthan welcomes you with the warning from ASI saying not to enter the premises before sunrise and after sunset. Apart from its historic significance, this 17th-century fort is also known for its beautiful architecture. Sariska Tiger Reserve, just a 1-hour drive away, is also a place you can head to once you’re here.

Offbeat options to stay:

Exotic tents to stay in Alwar | Traditional rooms for authentic stay in Alwar

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