Pamper Yourself At These Monsoon Getaways Less Than 8 Hours Away

    Weekend coming up and don’t know where to head for a break from city? Pamper yourself at these monsoon getaways because we all need some TLC once in a while.

    Peepal Kothi, Haryana

    Less than an hour from the Delhi airport, Peepal Kothi is built in the shaded environs of trees of citrus, tangerine, laburnum and ficus. Three large cottages and one cottage with three bedrooms being the inventory, Peepal Kothi is perfect for short family outings, core team off-sites or an en route stay over to or from Jaipur. Peepal Kothi is a farm stay which endorses local food by bringing in women from the villages to cook for you on open fires. They serve simple and fresh Indian breads, greens and other seasonal vegetables.

    Distance from Delhi: 55 Kms

    Khas Bagh, Jaipur

    Khas Bagh is no more than a ten-minute drive from Amer Fort in the farms around the city of Jaipur. Built on the lines of a Haveli, but spread out like a country home with large open terraces, courtyards, verandas, the property offers 18 spacious suites. Ransher Singh, a polo player is the owner and host. A stable of robust polo ponies share the four-acre space that Khas Bagh is set on. An inviting swimming pool on the estate is just made for a relaxing day with a tall drink at hand and visits to the elephant camp, horse safaris, riding lessons are some activities you can undertake.

    Distance from Delhi: 257 Kms

    Jim’s Jungle Retreat, Corbett National Park

    Jim’s Jungle Retreat in the southern forests of Corbett offers 18 cottages and lodges close to a seasonal river that comes alive during monsoons. The retreat combines luxury with a concept that borrows as much from the forest bungalows as from the enduring architectural legacy of the local villages. The land features water bodies and open spaces with native shrubs and trees for birds to nest and animals like deer and wild boards can be seen walking through the natural fencing, creating a vital connect between man and jungle.

    Distance from Delhi: 250 Kms

    Malji Ka Kamra, Churu

    Churu is a quaint town and a delightful getaway into the fresco region of Shekhawati. Amidst sprawling havelis, Churu’s heritage buildings are in various stages of decay, but thanks to crusaders like Deepak Balan {born here, educated overseas} who has kick-started a passionate movement to conserve the history and architecture of the city. Visit Malji Ka Kamra set within a restored Haveli that bring into focus the region’s rich heritage and its conservation history is a RARE proposition.

    Distance from Delhi: 270 Kms

    Patan Mahal, Rajasthan

    Patan upto early 18th century was the centre of a small state ruled by the Tomara clan Battle of Patan, one of the last great battles in Indian history between the Marathas and the Rajputs supported by the Mughals was fought here. Surrounded by high Aravallis on one side, a private farm on the other, Patan Mahal has 19 spacious and elegantly furnished palace suites opening to large terraces. This palace hotel is a perfect getaway from Delhi and is connect to Shekhwati or Jaipur. You can undertake treks to the monsoon palace, craft centres like bangle making units and so one.

    Distance from Delhi: 210 Kms

    Castle Kanota, Jaipur

    Catle Kanota, featured as the ‘Viceroy Club’ in ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ part 1 & 2, is a stunning property. A definite highlight here, is the museum that showcases the meticulously preserved collection of arms and ammunition, maps and diaries of Thakur Amar Singh.

    Distance from Delhi: 265 Kms

    Soulitude in the Himalayas, Uttarakhand

    Kumaon in Uttarakhand is dotted with lakes and forests, valleys and rivers – it’s a nature lover’s haven, a birder's paradise, a trekker’s dream and an accessible getaway for vacation seekers from the plains. Soulitude in the Himalayas is the first hotel that Manish and Ratna built as a home that evolved to be a holiday home with just ten suites and rooms, ideal for those seeking to explore the beauty of the Kumaon Himalayas. Located past Bhowali towards Ramgarh, Gagar is just a short walk from the town and has spectacular Himalayan views, forests and nurseries with many opportunities for trekking and walking.

    Distance from Delhi: 325 Kms

    Saras Resort, Damdama Lake

    Damdama Lake is not very far from Gurgaon and is perfect if you really want to escape for the weekend, head over to Saras Resort which is on the banks of the lake. You can opt for activities such as boating, rock climbing, zorbing and camel rides here.

    Distance from Delhi: 60 Kms

    Alila Fort, Bishangarh

    Alila Fort in Bishangarh is a 230 year old fort converted into a heritage resort where you can fulfill your childhood dream of living as royalty. The prices start at INR 13,500 for one night per room. Alila redefines luxury getaways like nothing else.

    Distance from Delhi: 217 Kms

    Neemrana Fort Palace, Neemrana

    Enjoy a nice and quaint weekend at the Neemrana Fort Palace. You can choose to take a dip in the pool or take a tour of the Neemrana town. Or if you are a history buff you can ask the manager to walk you through its history.

    Distance from Delhi: 125 Kms