Diwali 2018: Escape the toxic air in Delhi with these quick getaways

Diwali 2018: Visit these six getaways near Delhi during Diwali to avoid being exposed to the toxic air.

With the air quality gradually deteriorating in Delhi, staying in the capital, especially during Diwali with firecrackers worsening the situation, may not be a good idea. Here are some weekend getaways that you can visit to avoid breathing the toxic air while rejuvenating yourselves.

Ramgarh, Uttarakhand

A small hill station located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand, Ramgarh boasts of beautiful orchards while offering an unobstructed view of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges. The area is also home to a number of bungalows once used by the British, and boutique resorts. Amidst the picturesque view, families can also enjoy bird-watching or go trekking.

How to reach: The nearest airport to the destination is Pantnagar airport. Kathgodam is the nearest railway station to Ramgarh. One can also avail buses to Nainital or drive to the destination.

Cost of stay: Starts at Rs 1,400 for one night

Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh

This small suburb is located at a distance of 14.7 km from Shimla and is an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, yet to be disturbed by excessive tourist activity. The place is home to a number of temples, forest trails, and Jakhoo Hills, known to be the highest mountain peak in Shimla.

How to reach: The destination is a seven-hour drive from Delhi. There are frequent bus services from Delhi to Shimla. The nearest railway station is Kalka.

Cost of stay: Starts at Rs 1,000 for one night

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Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

If your child is interested in historical forts and monuments, Orchha should be on your bucket list. Located on the banks of river Betwa, this historical town was founded by Bundela Rajput Rudra Pratap in the 16th century. The destination seems to be frozen in time, celebrating the grandeur of ancient times through monuments that decorate the town. Attractions include Jahangir Mahal, Ram Raja temple and the Chhatris, to name a few.

How to reach: This destination is a nine-hour drive from Delhi. The nearest airport is Khajuraho while the nearest railway station is Jhansi.

Cost of stay: Starts at Rs 1,000 for one night

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Sariska, Rajasthan

This is a must-visit destination for wildlife enthusiasts. Nestled in the Aravallis, in the Alwar district, Sariska Tiger Reserve spreads over an area of 800 sq km, and is made up of grasslands, forests, cliffs and rocky landscape. Wild animals in the area include leopard, sambhar, chital, nilgai, and hyena, among others. Your kids would definitely enjoy wildlife watching or camel safaris.

How to reach: The destination is a four-and-a-half hour drive from Delhi. The nearest railway stations are Alwar and Bharatpur.

Cost of stay: Starts at Rs 1,500 for one night

Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

This hill station in Uttarakhand is the perfect getaway if you are looking at spending a quiet, relaxing holiday with your family. It is the serene beauty of the destination that attracts tourists to the place. You can enjoy bird-watching, trekking or boating, among other activities here.

How to reach: The place is a six-and-a-half-hour drive from Delhi.

Cost of stay: Starts at Rs 4,300 for one night

Shoja, Himachal Pradesh

This Himalayan hill town, about five kilometres from Jalori Pass, is characterised by its wild, untouched beauty. The destination is dotted with temples made of wood and trails of forest.

How to reach: The destination is an 11-hour drive from Delhi. One can also avail bus services from Delhi to Bhuntar, followed by a cab to Shoja.

Cost of stay: Starts at Rs 1,300 for one night

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