As the saying goes, “The journey is more important than the destination”. Especially true for those who love going on long drives! Little quirky stops in between, tiny petrol pumps, a 3 AM snack, halting in the middle of nowhere to click a picture…escaping from monotony, road trips can be challenging and memorable.
With Truebil in Delhi this festive season, just get a car of your own, pick from this ‘off the beaten track’ trips shortlisted by our travel expert, and zip away.
Distance from Delhi – Approx 280 kms
Time – Approx 4 hrs
Once a sleepy town, Parwanoo is now a blend of a hill station and an industrial town with a vast spread of fruit orchards where you can enjoy and unwind for hours. Himachal’s biggest wholesale market and a passionate hub for meat eaters, this magical place of pine and fir is also a paradise for bird watchers where exotic species can be enjoyed from lush green forests . Driving early from New Delhi to Parwanoo to avoid traffic, go straight to NH1 through GT Karnal road and reach your destination via Karnal, Pipli, Ambala and scenic Panchkula, creating an experience you will cherish forever.
Distance from Delhi – Approx 260 kms
Time – Approx 5 hrs
Morni, a village in the Morni hills at the height of 3600 ft above sea level in Haryana, makes for a dream holiday with its magnificent weather, flora and fauna, Himalayan views and sufficient opportunities for the activity-inclined. Embracing myth, mystery and history, Morni, with the river Ghaggar, Tikkar Taals, the old fort and a 12th century AD temple; proudly weaves a story of ancient times. Going through Ambala, then to Panchkula via Bassi and Zirakpur, and finally reaching Morni through a narrow hill track, scrubland and forests; makes the whole trip a lifetime memory.
Distance from Delhi — Approx 251 kms
Time – Approx 5 hrs
Lansdowne, a cantonment town in the Garhwal Himalayas has a spellbinding charm with its pine trees and mossy surfaces. Situated at 1700 m above the sea level in Uttarakhand, it is the perfect place to escape from the humdrum of daily life. On a walk through the slopes, the British architecture creates a magical combination of nostalgia and emotional calmness. The snow-covered Garhwal Himalayas, Darwan Singh museum and parade ground, churches amidst oaks and pines, Bhulla Tal, Tarakeshwar temple – Lansdowne is truly a treasure trove. Start early from Delhi to Lansdowne and go via Ghaziabad, Muradnagar, Meerut bypass road, Khatauli, Bijnor, Najibabad and Kotdwar to reach this enchanting hilly town.
Distance from Delhi – Approx 277 kms
Time – Approx 4 hrs
The world’s largest open air art gallery, Shekhawati, is noteworthy for its old mansions. Its walls are embellished with elaborated painted frescos. A peaceful place and a dream come true for architects and historians, Shekhawati region includes two major towns worth visiting – Nawalgarh and Mandawa. Hundreds of havelis with intricate frescos and colourful murals; museums depicting the gorgeous beauty of the rich culture – this is one trip you must make. Start early from Delhi to reach the destination via Gurgaon, Rewari, Ateli, Narnaul, Singhana, Chirawa and Jhunjhunu.
Distance from Delhi – Approx 235 kms
Time – Approx 4.5 hrs
Famous for the magical landscape and sheltering Royal Bengal Tiger, the Asiatic Elephant and rare species of otters and the native fish eating crocodiles, Corbett, located in the valley of Ramganga river near the foothills of Himalayas, is the most popular destination across India for wildlife buffs. One of the richest bird regions of India with about more than 600 species of local and migratory birds, it extends up to 500 sq. kms. The entire area is covered with hills, river belts, grasslands and lakes. Totally worth the long drive. The trip from Delhi to Corbett will take you via Ghaziabad, Hapur, Gajraula, Moradabad, Kashipur, Thakurdwar and Ramnagar.