There are a number of tourist excursion options from the capital of India, New Delhi. Be it wildlife sanctuaries, heritage sites, hill stations, or the quaint little towns, many surround Delhi. Haryana, which encloses Delhi on three sides, is ideal for quick getaways as most of its tourist spots are quite close. The Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary and Tilayar, Surajkund, and Badhkal lakes are only a few of the plethora of attractions that Haryana has to offer. Move over to the nearby places of Rajasthan like Neemrana and Kesroli and you are sure to have a wonderful time amidst nature-if only for a weekend. Escape to the Mud Fort at Kuchesar in Uttar Pradesh and let the cool air and scenic beauty revive your spirit.
The city of Agra is 200 Kms from Delhi. Agra was the capital of Mughals and the city has retained the Mughal fever in its buildings and social life. Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal. Taj is one of the most extravagant monument ever built for love. The whole structure is built with white marble and is surrounded by fountains & gardens.
Agra also has the imposing Red fort built by Akbar. Near Agra is the Fatehpur Sikri which is also known as Red sandstone capital of Emperor Akbar. This city is built in Red sandstone and has some of the best examples of Rajputana architecture in combination with Moghul architecture. To reach Agra there are conducted tours from Delhi as well as state transport buses ply from Delhi to Agra. There are train services also for Agra.
The capital of Rajasthan is just 300 kms from Delhi and one can take the conducted tour or train or state transport buses to this Pink city. In Jaipur the culture, the tradition, the art, the architecture of Rajasthan appear in full bloom. The Hawa Mahal, the imposing Amer Palace, Nahargarh fort, the city palace, Jantar Mantar and many other places are worth visiting. Jaipur also acts as the corridor to other places in Rajasthan.
Situated 122 km from New Delhi, on a rocky outcrop just above an unspoilt village, lies Neemrana, the site of a majestic fort built in 1464 by Prithviraj Chauhan III. The Neemrana Fort, as it is known, has now been converted into a heritage resort.
Sohna Hills is situated at a distance of 56 km from Delhi. The name "Sohna" literally means gold. The place got this name from the gold dust that was once collected from the sands of streams flowing around it. There is also a pretty health-cum-holiday resort in Sohna Hills, near Delhi. Standing atop the Aravalli hills, the resort offers a breathtaking view of the landscape below. On the adjacent hill, is a ruined fortress, once a stronghold of local chieftains. Delhi Sohna Hills is the perfect place to get some break from the routine stressful life of the cities.
A three-hour drive from New Delhi, Kesroli in Rajasthan is the site of a seven-turreted fort built in the 16th century. It is believed to have been built by the Yaduvanshi Rajputs, the fort commands splendid views of the surroundings from its ramparts.
Barely 80 km from the din and bustle of New Delhi stands the Mud Fort of Kuchesar, which was built in the mid-18th century by the Jat rulers. The fort has bravely withstood the onslaught of the Marathas, Sikhs, Rohillas, and Rajputs, as well as the French and East India Company. The fort was built with seven turrets so as to withstand the cannons of the British.
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
Sultanpur National Park lies approximately 46 km to the southwest of Delhi. The national park is famous for its greenery, rich variety of bird species and a splendid lake. Sultanpur Lake National Park in Delhi was declared a water-bird reserve in the year 1972. Beautiful lawns, trees, shrubs and bougainvilleas dot the landscape of the park. There is also a small museum and library in the reserve that will familiarize you with the various birds and other creatures that you will come across while in it.
Situated 70 km from New Delhi in Rohtak district, the Tilayar Lake is a favourite excursion for tourists in New Delhi. The lake offers facilities for boating, accommodation, restaurants, bar, children's park and a mini zoo.
Ballabgarh Lake is situated at a distance of approximately 36 km from Delhi. Located along the Delhi-Mathura Road, this tourist resort is famous for picnicking, holidaying and fishing.
Popular picnic spots around Delhi
There are three lakes in Haryana which can be easily reached from Delhi. The Badhkal lake, the Dum-Dama lake, the Sohna lake are just an hour or so drive from Delhi. Though there are no bus services from Delhi, there are hired taxis available which can take you to these lakes. The Suraj Kund lake is just out the border of Delhi. This Kund has the famous handicraft mela Sultanpur Bird Sancturyorganised in November. There are five star accommodation facility at Suraj Kund.
Situated 11 km from the Qutab Minar on the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Surajkund is the site of a perennial lake surrounded by rock-cut steps. The Sun temple built by a Tomar chieftain named Surajpal stood here during AD 1000, the remains of which can still be seen.
It was around this temple and pool that a tourist resort came up in Surajkund. What began as simple tourist centre in 1987 flowered into a celebration of the centuries-old crafts traditions of India at the annual Surajkund Crafts Mela. As spring glides in, full of warmth and vibrancy leaving the grey winter behind, Surajkund adorns itself with colourful traditional crafts of India. Craftsmen from all over the country assemble at Surajkund during the first fortnight of February to participate in the annual celebration known as the Surajkund Crafts Mela.Click here for more information