By Ananya Majumdar & Ashish Kumar (L&T MHPS)
With Valentine’s day round the corner, Enlightenment brings to you some weekend getaways to romantic destinations :
1. Fio Country Kitchen and Bar
Location : Gate 1, The Garden of Five Senses, Saidulajab, Saket, New Delhi.
Duration : 2-4 hours
Best Ways to reach : Metro – Saket and then an auto or by Car.
If you wish to take your loved one for a romantic lunch, this is the best place to be. Fio offers outdoor seating and their Brunch is something to look forward to. They have a live kitchen which will cook anything you desire in front of your eyes from appetizers to desserts. This place is located inside Garden of Five Senses. Hence, you have to take tickets for entry to the garden. The Garden is itself a romantic place and a popular destination among couples. Prior booking is advisable.
2. Neemrana Fort
Location : 122nd Milestone, Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Neemrana, Alwar, Rajasthan 301705
Duration : 1 Day
Best ways to reach : Car
If you are ready to take a day off for your Love, take her for a drive on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway. After a 2 hour drive to Neemrana from Gurgaon, you will arrive at the Neemrana Fort converted to a Hotel. They will give you rooms which are decorated in a way that will make you feel like the Rajput Kings. Enjoy the Royal treatment by enjoying the swimming pools, spa, folk music, snacks, buffet dinner and breakfast. They will also take care of your special requests – like cake if you are there to celebrate some occasion.
3. Taj Mahal
Location : Agra
Duration : 1 day
Best ways to reach : Car or Trains like Taj Express, Toofan Express or Gatiman Express
Drive through the Yamuna Expressway for a stop free drive to Agra to visit the symbol of Love. What could be better than to celebrate Love amidst the monument of eternal Love. Its best you leave early morning, visit Taj and the nearby places like Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri and drive back by Night. To make your stay more memorable, take a suite in one of the luxury hotels which offer a spectacular view of the Wonder of the World.
Location : Rajasthan
Duration : 3 days
Best way to reach : Train – Delhi Jaisalmer Express
If you have an extended weekend, take a train journey to the farthest part of Rajasthan, a place rich in Rajput culture. With forts and havelis in sandstone colour, the city is righty named as Golden City. Imagine proposing to your loved one amidst vast expanse of sand and nothing else to see. Some thrill it offers definitely. Camel Safari and Dune bashing is a must if you visit Jaisalmer. To make your experience memorable, keep a night stay in the Desert Camps and watch the sunset and the sunrise in the desert.
Location : Uttarakhand
Duration : 2 Days
Best way to Reach : Car
What could be more romantic than being on a boat ride with your Love in a lake surrounded by greenery! If you are someone who prefers less crowded places, visit Naukuchiataal and not Nainitaal (which remains crowded throughout the year). You can trek to the mesmerising waterfall at Pokhrad and end your day watching the sunset at Chauli ki Jaali at Mukteshwar. If you are an adventurous couple, venture into Paragliding, a common sport in Naukuchiataal. To know more visit : http://www.enlightenment.ind.in/travel/2015/11/naukuchia-taal-mukteshwar-nainital-travel/
Location : Lansdowne is a small hill town in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand around 270 km from Delhi.
Duration : 1-2 Days
Best Way to Reach : Car
Lansdowne ranks way below the mainstream hill stations in terms of footfall and activities to do, however this place can be a real gem for love birds. The place has got all things conducive to make your time out with your loved one special. The hush and quaint surroundings with no crowd and plaguing traffic (which is common-place these days in popular hill stations) make Lansdowne an ideal destination to leave the stress behind and unwind yourself to nature. Small size of tourism industry here is the result of strict regulation of Army cantonment in the town. It is also the reason for exceptionally clean surroundings of Lansdowne. The town houses the HQ of prestigious Garhwal Regiment.
The main attractions are Tip-and-top sunrise point, bhulla taal, Travel cafe, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Mandir, St. Mary Church and the Garhwal regiment museum. Apart from these main attractions, there are numerous unbeknownst beautiful trails all along the roads with breath-taking views of valley.
Many resorts here provide facilities like cycling tours and bonfires which are truly memorable experience for couples. An important thing to keep in mind is less availability of hotels in the area. So, advance bookings are recommended.