6 Spectacular Destinations You Can Drive To In Under 6 Hours

Being a city slicker is tough work, and sometimes we just need to get away from it all. Luckily for us, Delhi offers plenty of quick escapes.

The Hill Fort, Kesroli

The lesser known cousin of the flagship Neemrana property, this 14th century fort is not as grand in size, but packs in plenty of charm. You can take a bottle of wine up to one of the many terraces of the fort walls, or even dine at the dining room, where we can only hope for your sake that they will be serving Laal Maas.

The rooms are cosy and tasteful. Plus, we even had a Rajasthani performance troupe drop in the evening we stayed.

Price: Starting at INR 7,400.

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Bharatpur

If nothing else, a few years of living in the nation’s capital {or capital region} will definitely turn you into a forts-and-palaces snob. This one, we’re happy to report, does not disappoint. The high ceilings, chequered floors, chandeliers, jharokas, and marble inlaid walls will make you feel like a king {or queen} for a day indeed.

The most popular tourist attraction, only minutes away, is the Keoladeo National Park, which attracts over 350 species of native and migratory birds.

Tarudhan Valley Golf Resort, Dadu Village

This one’s not just for the players. Golf players, that is. Tarudhan Valley is a gated golf community with villas that work as holiday homes for Delhi & Gurgaon families {and their lucky relatives!}. An in-house restaurant and bar will take care of all your needs over the weekend.

The Westin Sohna Resort & Spa

If you told us that the busy corporate mill of Gurgaon’s Cyber City was less than an hour away from here, we’d have a hard time believing it. We loved the single villa rooms, with beds perfectly suited for sinking right into.

There isn’t much to do outside the immediate area of the property, but with sprawling lawns, a spa, a pool, and some good dining options, you have the perfect excuse to trade sightseeing for a poolside Pina Colada.

Price: Rooms start at INR 7,000 {approx.}.

Tikli Bottom

Just six kilometres away from the main Sohna Road lies a quaint haveli turned guesthouse, run by Annie and Martin. The Lutyens-style building has four comfortable rooms, but you could also visit just for the day {if you’ve called ahead to RSVP for lunch, that is}.

Or stay for a couple of nights, wine and dine on the lawns. With farm animals galore, you could end up playing with the odd chicken or piglet too.

Samode Palace, Jaipur

The breathtaking architecture and serene location {tucked away under the shadow of lows hills} make Jaipur’s Samode Palace a must-visit. With an exclusivity and peacefulness that will make you feel like royals, the palace offers a full health and spa set-up as well as a lovely Mughal garden to explore.

You can enjoy horse and camel safaris, shopping adventures through the Samode village local marketplace, or you can just relax with a drink and a book by the pool. They also offer romantic, historic, and special honeymoon packages.