When the weather’s playing nice and you have a few hours to kill, why not embark on a long drive and feast your eyes on some gorgeous landscapes? We say, pack some sandwiches and make a picnic of it.

Tughlaqabad Fort

Photo: Ekabhishek via Wikimedia[CC BY-SA 2.0]

Photo: Ekabhishek via Wikimedia[CC BY-SA 2.0]

Built in 1321 as a guard against the Mongols, the Tughlaqabad Fort is now just a ruin. When you walk across the main bridge surrounded by its high pillars, you can get a bird’s eye view of the entire space. Admire the architecture from the bygone era, the wild plants and the tomb of Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq.

Where: Tughlaqabad, Delhi

Hill Fort Of Jaisalmer

Photo: Gérard Janot via Wikimedia[CC BY-SA 3.0]

Photo: Gérard Janot via Wikimedia[CC BY-SA 3.0]

Not exactly a short drive away, the hill fort of Jaisalmer is more of a weekend destination. Situated atop Trikuta Hill in the middle of the Thar Desert, the yellow-stone fort is the perfect vantage point for a panoramic view of the entire city of Jaisalmer. We suggest going up at night so that you can see the city twinkling with pretty lights.

Where: Jaisalmer

Driving Time: 12 hours {approx.}

Raisina Hill

Photo: A.Savin via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: A.Savin via Wikimedia Commons

Raisina Hill is a part of the Lutyens area in Delhi. Climb up and you get a clear picture of Rajpath with India Gate towards the end; it’s the best of Delhi in all its glory. This is also one of the best spots in the city to catch the sunset.

Where: Lutyens {near Rajpath}, Delhi

Damdama Lake

Photo: Ekabhishek via Wikipedia[CC BY-SA 3.0]

Photo: Ekabhishek via Wikipedia[CC BY-SA 3.0]

One of the largest natural lakes in Haryana, Damdama proves to be a great destination for a day trip. The surrounding Aravalli Hills give it a hill station-like appearance. Ask around about a trail to go up to get hold of the spectacular view of the lake in all its splendour.

Where: Damdama

Driving Time: 1.5 hours {approx.}

Amber Fort

Photo: A.Savin vaia Wikimedia Commons[FAL 1.3.]

Photo: A.Savin vaia Wikimedia Commons[FAL 1.3]

Built on top of the Cheel ka Teela {Eagle’s Hill} of the Aravalli hills, the Amber or Amer Fort is made with marble and the the typical red stone found across Rajasthan. Climb up top and you’ll be greeted with a vast expanse of nature and architecture; it’s almost like being swept into an old era. You can also visit the Jaigarh Fort in the same complex.

Where: Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Driving Time: 5-6 hours

McLeod Triund Trek

Photo: Triund

Photo: Triund

If you’re up for a bout of adventure and don’t mind working for your view, the Triund Trek may be worth signing up for. Gorge your eyes upon oak and deodar forests, the Dhauladhar Mountains and the Kangra Valley. The trek is pretty easy and can be accomplished by any age group.

Where: Triund, McLeodganj

Driving Time: 9 hours {approx.}

Find out more here.

Feature photo: Laurie Jones via Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 2.0]