Breathe a sigh of relief at these places near Delhi

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Delhi has been in the news for the past few days for alarming AQI levels – the needle has been definitely stuck at the red end of the scale. The situation has worsened to the point that government authorities have called on schools to remain closed and offices to resume working from home for the next few days. Many have even reported feeling unwell – itchy eyes, breathing problems, throat irritation, and the list goes on. If you have planned a short jaunt around Delhi, now might be the right time. Here’s where you can go:

Theog

Theog is the shy cousin of Shimla, located 32 km from the main town; it is relatively less crowded and more peaceful. Although it may not be discovered by many tourists, this quiet hill station has a lot to offer – you can set off on scenic hikes, gorge yourself on delicious Pahadi delicacies, or spend a laid-back day amidst the beauty of nature. .

How to reach:

By plane: The nearest airport is located at JubbarHatti, 45 km from Shimla.

By train: Kalka is the closest station to Theog. From there you can hail private taxis/buses or local buses.

By road: Take a bus to Shimla from New Delhi. From there you will need to get on a different bus to Theog. Or you can drive up to cover a long distance of 381 km.

Mukteshwar

Located a little ahead of Nainital, Mukteshwar is another scenic and peaceful getaway destination. Here you can do more than just take a quiet break from city life: tick paragliding and rock climbing off your to-do list, learn about the city’s colonial past, and go hiking at night.

How to reach:

By Air: Pantnagar Airport is the nearest airport, located at a distance of 98 km.

By Train: The nearest railway station is at Kathgodam, 64 km away.

By Road: Take a bus to Nainital/Almora/Haldwani. From there, board a local bus to Mukteshwar. You can also get there by car via NH9.

chakra

Located 90 km from Dehradun, Chakrata is a beautiful resort which remains unexplored by many tourists traveling to Uttarakhand. If you like a bit of history mixed with adventure, a visit here is a must – you can explore many caves, ancient temples and gushing waterfalls.

How to reach:

By Air: Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport is the closest to Chakrata. From there you can hail a private taxi/local bus.

By train: Dehradun station is the closest to Chakrata. You can take a private taxi/local bus to Chakrata.

By road: Hail a bus to Dehradun or Mussoorie. You will need to board a different bus to reach Chakrata. You can also drive via NH44.

fagu

Another gem near Shimla waiting to be explored is Fagu. Just a 45 minute drive from the popular hill station, this secluded little village is serene and dreamy. If you are planning a trip here, experience the lush apple orchards, snow-capped Himalayan peaks and vast potato fields.

By plane: Hire a private taxi from the nearest JubbarHatti airport, 45 km away.

By train: Hail a local bus or private taxi from Kalka station.

By road: You can either hail a bus from Shimla or drive via NH44 and NH5.

Lansdowne

This leafy hill town offers everything that makes a traveler’s favorite destination. Beautiful views, interesting trails, architectural marvels, cozy cafes, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Because it’s so popular, it might not be an ideal destination if you want to go somewhere more secluded, but it’s still worth a visit.

By Air: The nearest airport is Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport. From there, many buses go to Lansdowne.

By Train: The nearest railway station is located at Kotdwar, 40 km away. You can hire a private taxi from there.

By road: There are many direct buses from Delhi to Lansdowne. You can also get there by car via the Meerut-Pauri national road.

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