Detours from Delhi that are well worth your time

The capital city is frequented by many tourists, both local as well as international. High profile events, larger-than-life weddings, important business meets and chic parties, 5 star hotels in New Delhi are not new to these. Whatever be the reason for your visit to the city, you are bound to feel the need to relax. Take a day trip to these places and get your dose of adventure and history.

Chandigarh

Counted amongst the cleanest Indian cities, it abounds with leafy boulevards and gardens. Designed by the architect Le Corbusier, the meticulous planning and thought that went into the building the city shows. The capital complex that houses the Haryana's legislative assembly, Secretariat and the high court is one of the things that you must see. The UNESCO heritage site also features the famous Hand monument that is popular with visitors. Another popular attraction is the Sukhna Lake. It is a bird watcher's paradise and the perfect place for people searching for calm and serenity. Those looking for shopping avenues can head to the Sector 17 market. It also the best place for street food lovers.

Patiala

Home to some of the most flamboyant and rich maharajas of their time, the city stays true to its yesteryear charm. The Qila Mubarak is an old fort, now in ruins that stands at the heart of the city. Small streets head out from the centre of Patiala, housing little buildings, colourful bazaars and eateries serving local delicacies. It is the place to be if you are looking for some wedding regalia, kitchen utensils, juttis, among others. The phulkari work of the local artistes draws enthusiasts from all over the globe. The old Havelis of the Maharajas and Rajputs make up for an interesting sight.

Chambal sanctuary

Chambal brings to mind images of guns and dacoits. This is what made the valley famous. However, it is home to one of the largest population of crocodiles. Turned into a sanctuary for the reptiles, the Chambal river thrives with them. The river banks are also popular with bird-watchers. You can see many migratory birds making the trees on the riverbanks their homes. You can take a boat ride to see the wondrous flora and fauna in the sanctuary. You can also get to see deer and blackbucks and cranes among other animals.

Panipat

The historic city, now turned an industrial hub has its share of attractions that draws tourists to the city. A place of importance in the Mahabharata, it features in the Mughal history too. The city abounds with historical monuments, places of worships and tombs. The Kabuli Bagh Mosque, the tomb of Bu Ali Qalandar are worth a visit. The city museum houses many relics that stand testimony to the city's glorious past. Do not forget to visit the city's bustling textile market for souvenirs before you head back.

When looking for luxury hotels in New Delhi, do consider The Leela Palace New Delhi. One of the few 5-star hotels near New Delhi airport, the hotel is the perfect place to book your stay. The Grand Suites and Royal Club rooms with a dedicated butler and attentive hotel staff make you feel like royalty. The restaurants offering cuisines from all parts of the world further add to the experience. What is more, the New Delhi hotel deals include tailor-made packages to suit your needs.
 

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