Delhites are in dire need of clean and pure surroundings to celebrate the festive season. So here is a list of 7 places to visit near Delhi in December.
1. Old Manali
Old Manali is around 540 kilometres away from Delhi. This makes for an overnight drive which will give you fresh air and the beautiful surroundings of Manali. Old Manali is filled with mountains which will be snow-capped during the winter months adding to their beauty. The region also has apple trees, apricot trees and other such natural beauties that aren’t found in other places. The Manalsu River near Old Manali is leading to the quaint little village which has a very exotic and otherworldly feel.
Dharamkot is around kilometres away from Delhi and is a 10-hour drive from the city. It is a drive of around situated on a hill above McLeodganj, Dharamkot is a little Hippies village that is especially suitable for those who are adventurous at heart. Dharamkot is a haven for those who like trekking as the little village is filled with bases for hikes in the Himalayas. The village is a base for hikes such as Triund, Illaqua and Indrahar Pass. Visitors here should not miss “Trek and Dine”, which is a café on the single road the village has.
Dalhousie is situated near the Dhauladhar mountain range of Himachal Pradesh. At a distance of 559 kilometres, it is a 10-hour drive from Delhi. Ideal for a weekend getaway, Dalhousie gives it visitors’ scenic beauty along with the architectural beauty of the old buildings from the colonial era. Some of the best places in Dalhousie that visitors must not miss are the Panch Pulla, Satdhara Falls and the Dainkund Peak
Gulmarg is situated in the Pirpanjal mountain range in the Western Himalayas. Gulmarg is a popular skiing destination amongst visitors. It’s a good place for visitors to try winter sports such as tobogganing, snowboarding and heli-skiing. Bollywood fans can also have filmy moments in this little town as Gulmarg was used as the shooting location for many Bollywood films including Bobby, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Highway, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Haider.
Shimla offers tourists the best of nature with beautiful green valleys, lush snow-capped mountains and scenic routes. Situated at a distance of 349 kilometres from Delhi, Shimla is an eight-hour drive from the city. However, this drive will give you the perfect atmosphere and the most amazing weather to celebrate Christmas. Shimla has high chances of snowing the winter time and hence, being there during the festive season will mean that you will be able to celebrate Christmas in the snow.
Dhanaulti is not a typical weekend getaway for people from Delhi, however going here during the winter season will ensure that you are able to spend a snowy Christmas. Dhanaulti is around 280 kilometres from Delhi and is around 60 kilometres from Mussoorie.
Chopta is a part of the Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttarakhand state. It is at a distance of 408 kilometres and is a twelve-hour drive from Delhi. The place offers beautiful views of the Nanda Devi and the Chaukhamba ranges. The village is filled with greenery and in the winter it will be filled with snow-capped mountains. The forests nearby are also filled with pine trees, deodar and rhododendron which makes for a beautiful view.
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