It’s safe to say that there are some of us who like to stay away from the hustle-bustle of commercial tourist destinations. So go ahead, channel your inner Robert Frost and take the road less travelled with these offbeat weekend getaways from Delhi.

Bon Farm House

Surrounded by six acres of lush green cardamom forest area, Bon Farm House in Sikkim fits the bill for a quiet getaway in the hills. The food here is cooked with the freshest of ingredients; you even have the option of trying your hand at cooking a few authentic Sikkimese dishes yourself. If you’re looking for some TLC, try Dotho—a Sikkimese hot-stone herbal bath.

Where: Kewzing Bazaar, below Kewzing Monastry, Ravangla Subdivision, South Sikkim

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra

Contact: +91 9735900165, +91 9547667788

Find out more here.

Phool Mahal Palace, Kishangarh

Founded in 1611 AD, Kishangarh is a heritage town located about 72 kms away from Ajmer; this is where you’ll find Phool Mahal Palace, {converted into a luxury heritage hotel}. The location is pretty stellar—right at the brink of Gundalao Lake and with the Kishangarh Fort as its backdrop. The rooms have been done up with antiques and colonial furniture to retain that old-world charm.

If you do end up going there, we suggest you check out Studio Kishangarh, which is an art initiative {taken by the princess of Kishangarh} to revive the Kishangarh style of painting.

Where: Ajmer, Rajasthan

Nearest Railway Station: Kishangarh

Contact: 0146 3247405, 0146 3247505

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Bob’s Place

With a view of oak, rhododendron, deodar, and pine tree-covered mountains, Bob’s Place is situated at the heart of the Kumaon Himalayas. They have multi-level standalone cottages; you can pick the ones situated higher for a great view, and the lower ones for a gorgeous sit-out area. Each cottage comes equipped with a fireplace, heater, and blankets, so you can be nice and toasty. Head out on one of the many walking trails and come back to gorge on some yummy home-cooked food.

Where: District Nainital, Nathuakhan, Uttarakhand

Nearest Railway Station: Kathgodam

Contact: 05942 285510

Find out more here.

DueNorth Saur Cottages

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Photo source: DueNorth

Located in Garhwhal, about five kms from Chamba, Saur was a once a forgotten village that had been abandoned by its inhabitants, until it got picked up by DueNorth—a group that promotes tourism adventure in Uttarakhand—for restoration. The cottages are pahari houses that have been renovated to accommodate guests; essentially made of bamboo, mud, stone, and wood. Look out for the handicraft items made by women from the village.

We also suggest you don’t leave without trying some rhododendron juice that’s made locally.

Where: Saur Village, Uttarakhand

Nearest Railway Station: Saharsa

Contact: +91 8859106799

Find out more here.

Norwood Green

Located in the picturesque valley of Palampur, Norwood Green is where you should head to get a breathtaking view of the Bundla tea gardens. Their boutique cottages are warm and inviting, perfect to spend a few idyllic days. You even have the option of renting bicycles to go on a tour around the valley.

Where: Bundla Tea Estate, Village Lohna, Palampur

Nearest Airport: Dharamsala Kangra Airport, Gaggal

Contact: +91 9736031300

Find out more here.

Featured photo: Bon FarmHouse Sikkim via Facebook


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