Ever been grateful for your prime location in North India, which ensures that the hills, valley and desert are within driveable distance? Maybe this will help.

Glasshouse On The Ganges In Rishikesh

Image courtesy: The Glasshouse on Ganges, Neemrana hotels

Image courtesy: The Glasshouse on Ganges, Neemrana hotels

Owned previously by the Maharajas of Tehri, this guesthouse is surrounded by mango, litchi and citrus orchards and the winding holy Ganga. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a wedding spot, the Glasshouse has can accommodate up to 60 people {the management organises adventure activities as well}. Try to book their riverside tents for the terrific view.

Where: 23rd Milestone, Rishikesh-Badrinath Road, Uttarakhand

Distance From Delhi: 270 kms approx. {7 hours}

Price: INR 5,000 onwards

Contact: +919412076420, +91 9917191115

Check out their website here.

Ramgarh Fort In Panchkula

Image courtesy: The Fort Ramgarh

Image courtesy: The Fort Ramgarh

The Ramgarh Fort was once the property of the Chandel Rajputs. The tallest gate in India {37ft} secures the fort and also gives way to the zenankhana. Try out their multi-cuisine restaurant, Dastarkhan, for its tandoor. The place also arranges day trips to Morni Hills and Kasauli. Additionally, their tree mansion is an air conditioned tree house.

Where: NH 73, Sector 28, Panchkula, Haryana

Distance From Delhi: 220 kms approx {4 hours}

Price: INR 3,000 onwards

Contact: +91 9814222845, +91 9814200007

Check out their website here.

Himalaica In Shyamkhet Village

Image courtesy: Himalaica

Image courtesy: Himalaica

Started by Shalini and Uttam Dave, Himalaica is a quaint spot near Nainital that is a fully functioning home with full-time staff. They have an extensive library, car rentals on short notice and a conservatory. You can choose this home for some bird-watching, and even trek to Gagar View Point.

Where: Village Shyamkhet, Ramgarh Block, Nainital District, Kumaon Hills, Uttarakhand

Distance From Delhi: 300 kms approx {7 hours}

Price: On Request

Contact: +011 5942220797/1097

Check out their website here.

The Hill Fort In Kesroli

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Image courtesy: Qacco

Dating back to almost the 14th century, this is one of the best monastic heritage spaces to relax and unwind. If you’re a fan of sunsets and Sariska, this hill fort is your calling. This place offers tours of Kankwadi fort, Neelkanth temples, Jaisamand lake, Talvriksh hot-springs, Bharatpurand, and more. The Naruka Burj is easily one of the best rooms, so ask for that in case you decide to visit.

Where: Village Kesroli, Near M.I.A Post Office-Bahala, District Alwar, Rajasthan

Distance From Delhi: 175 kms approx. {3.5 hours}

Price: INR 3,000 onwards

Contact: +91 98294 99901, +91 9414050053

Check out their website here.

Ranjit’s Svaasa In Amritsar

Image courtesy: Audley Travel

Image courtesy: Audley Travel

This is a 250 year-old Nanak Shahi haveli that once served as a guesthouse for eminent personages during the 19th century, and is known for its Ayurveda and universal therapies, spa treatments {including yoga and meditation}, and the organic cuisines. They arrange for excursions around the city as well as to the nearby Wagah border.

Where: 47A, The Mall, Amritsar, Punjab

Distance From Delhi: 450 kms approx. {7 hours}

Price: INR 7,000 onwards

Contact: 011 46035500, 1800 102 2333

Check out their website here.

Mud Fort In Kuchesar

Image courtesy: Heritage Hotel Mud Fort Kuchesar

Image courtesy: Heritage Hotel Mud Fort Kuchesar

It’s been a while since this 18th century abode of royals opened its doors for us plebs, and we’re still at awe! The banks of the Brijghat {about 25 kms away} are the perfect spot for a bit of picnicking and family time. The mango orchards nearby are open for bullock cart rides, and they also arrange village and farm visits if you’re so inclined.

Where: Kuchesar, Uttar Pradesh

Distance From Delhi: 100 kms approx. {2.5 hours}

Price: INR 6,000 onwards

Contact: 011 22373389, +91 9568336556

Check out their website here.

Unchagaon Fort In Garhmukhteshwar

Image courtesy: The Famous Tourist Destinations

Image courtesy: The Famous Tourist Destinations

Though close to the temple of Amantika Devi, what we are actually excited about at the fort is dolphin-sighting. Bullock cart rides, pottery, horseback riding notwithstanding, it is the river that has our heart. They also have special deals during long weekends, so look out for those.

#LBBTip: Unchagaon also presents the opportunity for yacht rides and treks.

Where: Bulandshahar, Near Narsena Thana, Garhmukteshwar, Uttar Pradesh

Distance From Delhi: 110 kms approx. {2.5 hours}

Price: INR 4,500 onwards

Contact: +91 8130560060, +91 9999600365, 011 41025770

Check them out here.

The Kikar Lodge Nature Retreat And Spa

Image courtesy: The Kikar Lodge

Image courtesy: The Kikar Lodge

They pride themselves on possessing that famous Punjabi hospitality, and even if they don’t come through on the promise, it doesn’t matter; the resort is like a stunning sanctuary on its own. It is a private forest retreat {watch that cell phone connectivity} nestled in the Shivalik foothills and spread over 1,800 acres of forest. Do check out their Flying Fox adventure sports {including paint ball, horse riding, cycling, night safari, rappelling, quad biking etc.} and their spa.

Where: Kangar, Nurpur Bedi, Rupnagar, Punjab

Distance From Delhi: 325 kms approx. {Under 7 hours}

Price: Starts at INR 5,500 {plus taxes}

Contact: 0188 7251001

Check out their website here.

The Bagh, Bharatpur

The bagh

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A heritage luxury resort in Bharatpur, the hotel is equipped with 23 rooms, all serviced with luxury digs. What we recommend about The Bagh has to do with it being a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Keoladeo National Park nearby, giving you ample opportunity for tours and bird-watching. They have guides on the staff, and are happy to arrange tours for your convenience.

If you have enough birds in your life, including your travel companion {kidding}, kick back at their spa, swimming pool or cafe overlooking the gardens. PS: The resort houses three vintage cars, including a 1946 Chrysler Plymouth, a 1918 Model T Ford and a World War II jeep.

Where: Bharatpur, Old Agra-Achnera Road

Distance From Delhi: 204 kms approx. {Under 4 hours}

Price: Starts at INR 5400


Check out their website here.

Aalia Resort On The Ganges

Image courtesy: Hotels

Image courtesy: Hotels

You know how TripAdvisor bombards you with pictures of infinity pools overlooking idyllic water bodies? This is one of them, and it is oh so accessible! Plush green lawns, a spa, and distinctly modern architecture; Aalia is your luxury stay in Haridwar. When looking out into the horizon gets boring, try out the jungle safaris, white-water rafting {Rishikesh is next door}, archery, badminton, nature walks, picnics, and then there’s always the Ganga Aarti. 

Where: Near Rajaji National Park, Chila Range, Shyampur Noamabad

Distance From Delhi: 222kms approx. {Under 5 hours}

Price: Starts at INR 9,000

Contact: +91 9899975469

Check out their website here.

Featured image courtesy: Qacco