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3 Family Day Trip Ideas from Delhi

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As exciting as it is to roam inside Delhi, there are times when you want to break free from the city’s chaotic nature and go somewhere else for a little while.

Luckily, Delhi is quite strategically placed, so there are plenty of options for locals and visitors to explore nearby.

The following day trips make for excellent adventures with the entire family.

These journeys are even more comfortable now because of the smooth highways that make driving away from the traffic of the city so much fun.

Agra

The morning light is ready to come to Agra town and the landmark TajMahal

It takes four hours from Delhi to reach Agra, but it is that one day trip that is worth the time you spend on the road.

In Agra is the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.

Almost 400-years old, the Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum built by Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal.

While witnessing the beauty of the Taj from up-close is a must, many day tourists often miss out on visiting Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A walk inside the Fort is the ideal excuse to learn about the city’s past.

It is also the perfect opportunity to marvel at the Fort’s elaborate architecture that shines through its palaces such as Khas Mahal and Jahangir Palace.

Neemrana

Neemrana Rajasthan, India – 11 March 2018: Neemrana Fort Palace by the Neemrana group of hotels in India

Neemrana offers its visitors a glimpse into Rajasthan’s royal history, as well as a chance to appreciate the grandeur of its heritage.

All it takes to reach Neemrana is a straight 2-hour drive, and your first stop should be the hauntingly appealing Neemrana stepwell.

Not in the best state, it is still a marvelous structure that was used in the past to store water, and as a meeting point for locals and travelers.

The other main attraction in the town is the Neemrana Palace, a majestic 15th-century fort.

Presently, a luxury heritage property where you can stay overnight, visitors are allowed to roam around during the day and even have a meal at the resort’s restaurant.

Haridwar

Har Ki Pauri is a famous ghat on the banks of the Ganges in Haridwar, India

Haridwar is a prominent pilgrimage destination for Hindus, and many locals from Delhi go there on a day trip to take a dip in the holy waters of the Ganges.

The ghats along the river are always busy with devotees moving in all directions, some ready to jump into the cold water, while others heading out for a meal after cleansing themselves.

The evening prayer session – aarti – that occurs by the riverside is a spiritual experience not to be missed. However, it is best to spend a night in Haridwar if you want to watch it.

To make the most of these quick breaks from Delhi, it is advisable to leave early, so you can avoid the morning traffic.

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