Escaping the city madness is something every working citizen needs, and deserves. However finding the right place to stay can be a hassle. On holiday, or popular weekends, hotels can be fully booked in a matter of days: With that in mind we got in touch with the good folks at Airbnb, and asked their help to find 10 awesome locations within eight hours of Delhi.

Valley Facing Charming Cottage

This charming hillside retreat features two bedrooms, for six individuals. Located in a quiet, protected neighbourhood, close to the Mall Road in Shimla, this cottage is great if you’re in the mood to explore the mountain town. Cars are available on request, and a live-in cooking and cleaning staff is also available. A true Shimla vibe oozes from the home’s balconies and verandas.

Where: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Price: INR 6,014 per night

Type of Stay: Entire home

Can Accommodate: 6 guests

Find out more here.

La Belle Vie

labellevie1This gorgeous house of natural stone and reclaimed wood is the perfect cottage in the hills. The home has space for a large group, with three bedrooms and all home electronic essentials {washer, dryer, TV, iron and the internet!}. Located just 100 metres from Naukuchiatal Lake, La Belle Vie offers a serene, private location to help you tune out the world you left behind, but also offers a variety of activities {boating, trekking, paragliding etc.}. A minimum two night stay is required.

Where: Nainital, Uttarakhand

Price: INR 12,027 per night

Type of Stay: Entire home

Can Accommodate: 10 guests

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Seclude Ramgarh

secludeAnother hill station getaway, Seclude Ramgarh overlooks a lush, open valley and resplendent hills. The three-bedroom bungalow is built in a modern style, with traditional wood and stone finishing, and runs as a bed and breakfast. Unfortunately you may only book one room at a time, so this is not the place to take a group of friends. You can sit back, relax and enjoy the view, or go explore nearby Nainital, Bhimtal and the Temple of Bells.

Where: Nainital, Uttarakhand

Price: INR 3,408 per night

Type of Stay: Private room

Can Accommodate: 2 guests

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Surajgarh Fort, Shekhawati

surajgarhfortA beautiful Rajasthani fort situated in the Shekhawati region, the Surajgarh Fort is a quick, close and romantic getaway from Delhi. Learn what it feels like to live like a Maharaja in this restored 18th century palace. Take a dip in the pool or, if you’re in season, check out the valley for any celebrations {apparently all major Hindu festivals are hosted with aplomb here}. Considering you’re living in the lap of luxury the price isn’t so bad either! If you don’t want to go as just a couple, they are also a suitable location to host an event such as an engagement party or family function.

Where: Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan

Price: INR 6,415 per night

Type of Stay: Private room

Can Accommodate: 2 guests

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Tranquility in the Himalayas

This luxurious chalet is another great spot for group trips. Located in Shimla, the large holiday home comes with a cook and caretaker to help keep the house in order while you get busy relaxing. Set high amongst the clouds at approximately 7,000 feet, the chalet offers a stunning view, outdoor sit-out, and great locations for evening bonfires and day picnics with friends. In case you’re worried about connectivity there is good mobile reception and a satellite TV, so you don’t miss out on any news, sports or shows you’re dying to keep up with. A minimum two-night stay is required, but with a view like that we don’t mind! Seems like a great place to take a few friends, beers and books, and just escape.

Where: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

Price: INR 8,519 per night

Type of Stay: Entire home

Can Accommodate: 9 guests

Find out more here.

Himsukh

himsukhLocated just beyond the hill station of Ranikhet, Himsukh is another beautiful stone and wood cottage overlooking a picturesque mountainside. With a great view of the Kumaon Himalayas, and three bedrooms and six beds, this is a great family holiday location. A living room, dining room and cute garden are included with the cosy cottage, not to mention the clean, crisp mountain air, natural beauty of the landscape and calming atmosphere of the surrounding community.

Where: Tarkaura, Uttarakhand

Price: INR 11,989 per night

Type of Stay: Entire Home

Can Accommodate: 6 guests

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Abode in Heaven

abodeinheavenThis duplex is a cost-effective option for trips with more than two to three people. Grab a glimpse of the Himalayas daily as you look out over a lush valley, with the cottage’s 180-degree panoramic view. Have the caretaker prepare you delicious meals sourced from local produce. You can explore the surrounding hillside and verdant apple orchards, or enjoy the small library, large TV, free Wi-Fi and music system. A big backyard makes a great spot for kids to play, or friends to grab a quick game of two of two cricket or football.

Where: Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

Price: INR 3,908 per night

Type of Stay: Entire Home

Can Accommodate: 6 guests

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Super Deluxe Stay @ Heritage Castle

heritagecastle1Grab a private room for three in a majestic castle in the village of Kalwar, on the outskirts of Jaipur. Away from the chaos of the city in a tranquil surrounding, this heritage haveli is a family run establishment. A great spot for some bird watching, the heritage castle offers comfort, surprisingly decent rates and a beautiful location.

Where: Jaipur, Rajasthan

Price: INR 5,513 per night

Type of Stay: Private room

Can Accommodate: 3 guests

Find out more here.