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.

Neemrana Hill Fort

130716_DelhiGetaway_Neemrana-1 6 Spectacular Destinations You Can Drive To In Under 5 Hours

Photo: Neemrana

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 dine at the dining room, where we can only hope for your sake that they will be serving Laal Maas. Rooms are cosy and tasteful, and we even had a Rajasthani performance troupe drop in, the evening we stayed.

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

Contact: +91 9829499901

Price: Rooms start at INR 3,000 and go up to INR 7,000 {for the suite}

Find out more here and follow them on Facebook here.

Laxmi Vilas Palace, Bharatpur

If nothing else, a few years living in the national’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. High ceilings, chequered floors, chandeliers, jharokas and marble inlaid walls will make you feel like king {or princess} 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. A special package for two, at INR 9,000, is available {includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner}.

Where: Kakaji Ki Kothi, Bharatpur

Contact: 05644 231199, 05644 223523

Price: Single rooms start at INR 6,000

Find out more here and follow them on Facebook here.

Tarudhan Valley Golf Resort

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 you need over the weekend.

Where: Dadu Village, Near ITC Classic Golf Course, Manesar, past the first toll after Gurgaon on NH8

Contact: 0124 4550300

Price: Rooms start at INR 7,000

Find out more here.

Westin Sohna

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 and pool, and some good dining options– you have the perfect excuse to trade sightseeing for a poolside Pina Colada.

Where: Vatika Complex, Karanki Road, Sohna-Gurgaon

Contact: 0124 4508888

Price: Rooms start at INR 9,200

Find out more here and follow them on Facebook here.

Tikli Bottom

Just six kms away from 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}. Or stay for a couple of nights, wine and dine on the lawns– and with farm animals galore, you could end up playing with the odd chicken or piglet too.

Where: Gairatpur Bas Village, Tikli, Gurgaon

Contact: 0124 2766556, +91 9818039382

Price: Rooms start at INR 16,000, day packages including use of pool at INR 3,500, lunch starts at INR 1,300

Find out more here.

Samode Palace

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 the royals of old, 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 just relax with a drink and a book by the pool. They also offer romantic, historic and special honeymoon packages.

Where: Samode Village, Tehsil Chomu, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Contact: 01423 240013/14, 01423 240215

Price: Deluxe rooms start at INR 21,000

Find out more here and follow them on Facebook here.

Feature photo: Westin Sohna Resort


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