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Not all fabulous places to go to with your family require a plane, train or bus to get to. Here are 10 great family friendly places that are just a short drive away from Delhi. Close enough to plan a spontaneous holiday, where you just pack a light bag, jump in your car and go!
1. Sohna Lake
Sohna Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in India. Lying atop Aravalli Hills in Haryana, Sohna is emerging to be one hot destination for family outings owing to its beauty and scenic surroundings. The lake is blessed with hot Sulphur water springs which has medicinal effects known to treat skin diseases. The springs are situated at the feet of a perpendicular rock and are capped by a rocky dome. It is developing into a health-cum-holiday resort for tourist to come enjoy benefits of its springs and relax themselves with their in-house spa and swimming pool. You can plan a quiet family outing in this picturesque lake and be enamored by its beauty.
Location: Manesar, Haryana
Distance: 50km from Delhi
Activities: Swimming pool, Health Spa, Zipline, Camel Ride, Picnic Spot
2. Heritage Transport Museum
This unique museum, houses over a hundred historically significant and artistically inspired modes of transport used in India in the 20th century. The huge museum, spread over four floors, houses exhibition galleries, a library and reference center, conference rooms, a mini auditorium, a museum shop, and a restaurant.
Hand-picked automobiles and modes of transport that may never be seen by the new generation offers curiosity to them while instilling pure nostalgia into adults who have seen that era. Apart from the various exhibitions that their various galleries hold which keeps visitors occupied, they have a Discovery Centre at level 2 where you can have hands-on learning on your favorite transport by opening up a gearbox or a chassis. Having something for everyone, the Heritage Transport Museum promises to be an extraordinary experience for a family get-together bringing alive their favorite wheels.
Location: Bilaspur-Taoru Road (Major District Road 132) Off NH 8 (Bilaspur Chowk), Taoru Distance: 54.6kmfrom Delhi
Activities: Discovery Centre, Library, Workshops, Weekend Learning Program, In-house restaurant serving buffet.
Contact: 91 11 2371 8100
Nuh is a city located in the Mewat district of Haryana. It is a home to several historical structures and ruins, and creates an off-beat day trip into a bit of history. With carvings on the red sandstone and grey quartzite, the architectural marvel of the place can be seen in its Shaking Minarets, the Chui Mai Pond or Tank, the town of Sheikh Musa, Kotla and in the religious sites. It lies on the Delhi-Alwar highway about 45 km from Gurgaon. Plan a day’s trip with your family in this pleasant weather to explore a chapter in history and be one with ruins.
Distance: 51km from Delhi
Location: Delhi-Alwar Highway
Activities: Historical Sight-seeing, Photography, Learning, Picnic Spot
4. Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
A beautiful haven for bird watchers, gangs of migratory birds flock here in winters so the best time to visit is Nov-Jan. Take your binoculars along, watch hundreds of colorful flight creatures, soak in the beautiful surroundings and have a meal or two at the adjoining food-joints. Recently the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary has even been given the status of a national park. The Park is closed on Tuesdays, so please plan your trip accordingly. One can also plan to visit the park before 7am for an exclusive view but for that you need to take special permission from Divisional Wildlife Officer Office Gurgaon.
Distance: 43.9km from Delhi
Location: Gurgaon - Farukh Nagar Road.
Activities: Watch towers for bird-watching, Education and interpretation center, Library, Films, Binoculars on rent and Children's park.
5. Neemrana Fort
Neemrana Fort Palace is a quintessential heritage site. The 11 tiered fort gives breathtaking view of history and natural surroundings. Converted into a five-star hotel property, the Fort gives a feel of history coupled with modern basic amenities and indulgences. A perfect place for a family outing where each and every member has something they can do in this exotic heritage palace. One can go for a thrilling zip-line tour which involves climbing atop a hill and then coming down by a rope. Proper training, world-class safety gear and instructions are provided. Cultural programs and folk-dance are organized on weekends. Dive into authentic Rajasthani cuisine for lunch and dinner in an elaborate buffet spread.
Distance: a little over 100kms from Delhi.
Location: Village Neemrana District Alwaron the Delhi-Jaipur Highway
Activities: Hanging Gardens, Swimming Pools, Ayurvedic Spa, Guided Tours, Zip-line, Cultural Programs, Treks, Sight-seeing.
Timings-Zipline starts at 11am and Buffet Lunch at 1pm
6. Damdama Lake
Damdama Lake is one of the biggest natural lakes around Delhi. The Aravalli hills form a perfect backdrop to its placid waters. Damdama Lake has everything a Family needs for a day outing. Water lovers can enjoy boating in various types of boats, one can spot the like of kingfishers, egrets, fowls and other birds flocking here in the lush green surroundings. Known for its splendid adventure activities, the open area has lots to offer.
Distance:50 kms from Delhi
Location: Delhi-Alwar Highway
Activities: Picnic Spot, Nature walk, Boating, Hot Air Ballooning, Para Sailing, Rock-climbing, Cycling, Angling, Trekking and Camping. Hot Air Ballooning & Para Sailing is available for large groups with advance booking on extra charges.
7. Heritage Village Resort
Heritage Village Resort and Spa is a popular heritage style hotel which delights visitors with its grandeur. It is a Rajasthani Haveli style palatial resort which makes you and your family feel like royalty for the day. Lush green surroundings, Haveli-like ambience, Rajasthani cuisne and the royal treatment makes this resort a worth visit with your family for embracing grandeur so close to your city. It’s like visiting the grand-havelis of Rajasthan without driving up to the state itself. Treat your family with utter pamper, opulence and a splendid blend of landscapes thrown in a pot of Indian ethnicity, this place is a must-visit .
Distance: 63km from Delhi
Location: NH-8, Manesar, Gurgaon
Activities: Swimming Pool, Lush-green lawns, Outdoor games, Open-air Restaurant, Outdoor Movie Show, Cultural Programs.
Contact: 0124 – 2871500
8. NeverEnuff Garden Railway
NeverEnuf is a beautiful and interactive railway miniature garden displaying variety of trains, water-transport and cars in a minute setting. You can book the premises previously for a planned visit. No walk-ins are allowed. Surprise your family and kids with miniature models of transport meandering through lush-green surroundings in this huge property (1 acre). You can actually operate remote controlled miniature cars, boats and trains, and see them hurtle across bridges and hilly slops. NeverEnuf is an ideal place for a day-picnic with family where you get to spend quality-time with your kids teaching them about handling these cute modes of transport. One can spot farm birds and rabbits in a corner adding to the picturesque beauty of the lush-green park.
Distance: 53kms from Delhi
Location: Village Para, PanchgaonTaaru Road, Manesar, Gurgaon
Activities: Rail-Modelling, Interactive Controls, RC boats-cars, Board Games, Dart-Boards, Painting, DIY corner, Library.
Contact: 9873088943 https://www.facebook.com/NeverenufGardenRailway/timeline
9. BAGHAAN ORCHARD RESORT UNCHAGAON
Baghaan Orchard Retreat is a nature-resort nestled amidst huge mango orchards in a picturesque surrounding. It is a quaint family outing place but with a surprising number of activities to keep you occupied. One can choose to stay at individual cottages under the shadow of trees appreciating the beautiful landscape..
Distance: A little over 100kms from Delhi
Location:Village – Kachrot, Garhmukteshwar District BullandShaher, UP
Activities: Cycling Tour, Zip-line, Zorbing, Rapelling, Mountain Climbing, Obstacle, Archery, Paintball, Swimming Pool
10. Pratapgarh Farms
A wholesome ethnic village resort, Pratapgarh farms equips its visitors with its warm hospitality, village-like ambience and tons of activities. A perfect place for a family picnic where each and every member has something or the other to do. Built in a very rustic way, the farm-resort has kuccha roads, miniature huts, a mud-well and many such interactions to give you a real countryside feel. Indulge in rural games like gilli-danda, pithhoo, lattoo or paint a matka or two or even be the strong parent by churning out some buttermilk the rural way. You are definitely going to go back to your childhood just by being here.
Distance: 80kms from Delhi
Location: Village Talao, District Jhajjar, Haryana
Activities: Burma Bridge, Mud bath, Tube-well bath, Horse-ride, Camel-ride, cart-rides, Tractor-ride, Archery, Shooting, Pottery, Rural-games, Cricket, Soccer, Volleyball, Table-tennis, Croquet, Carom, Badminton and much more.
Contact: 919999964266, 919813576904