Having a tough long week has become somewhat synonymous with our day to day life, each day is more demanding than the other so much so that every once in a while it becomes really important to take a break and detox, but even then the escape is bound by time and budget available at hand.
Lucknow despite being one of the most laid back cities in India still has its fair share of the corporate life and all the stress and competition it entails, therefore it’s a good thing that like many other cities it also has delightful, conveniently distanced and affordable nearby weekend getaways.
Let’s have a look where you can go for a quick reprieve around the City of Nawabs:
1. Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary.
This beautiful bird sanctuary in Unnao is placed conveniently mid-way between Lucknow and Kanpur. Well equipped with boats and watchtowers the bird sanctuary is a perfect place for a short getaway. A lush green expanse infused with birds like the Siberian Crane and a beautiful deer park is what awaits you if you decide to visit the place.
Approx. distance from Lucknow: 44.9 km.
2. Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
The birth place of Lord Ram is a convenient location you can visit if you are looking for a religious abode, its apt for a family trip. Sites like Gulab Bari, Hanuman Garhi, Nageshwar Nath Temple, Guptar Ghat will add to your stay.
Approx distance from Lucknow: 133 km.
3. Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
Though popular as an Industrial City Kanpur has a lot to offer once you get to exploring. Allen Forest Zoo, Kanpur Fort, Moti-Jheel, Jain Glass Temple, the famous Leather Market of Kanpur, these are just few of the many things that you can see whilst in Kanpur.
Approx. distance from Lucknow: 80 km.
4. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
Also famous by the name of Banaras or Kashi the city is situated on the banks of river Ganges. Though it is considered to be the center of the Hindu cosmology and is filled with temples and religious places, the city also has beautiful Ghats, Waterfalls, Sarnath Museum, Jantar Mantar, Chandra Prabha, Wildlife Sanctuary, Ashoka Pillar, Chunar Fort and lots more to see when it comes to the non-religious bend. The Handicraft Market, especially the Sarees of Banaras are nationally famous for their color and quality.
Approx. distance from Lucknow: 319 km.
5. Dhudhwa National Park, Uttar Pradesh.
If you are a wildlife fanatic then this is the place for your getaway. Tigers, Swamp Deer, Woodpeckers, Bengal Floricans, Pools, Sal Trees, Dragon Flies, River Tributaries and unhindered one on one encounter with nature, it will be a fun trip for anyone who deems to visit.
Approx. distance from Lucknow: 222 km.
6. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.
Bundel khand’s Khajuraho happens to be the pride of the state of Madhya Pradesh and deserving so, this historical sight is a feat of excellence in terms of architecture. Its temples and stone sculptures inspired by the Kamasutra have been a source of intrigue for visitors all across the globe. Also the Vindhya Mountain Range which also happens to be the backdrop of UNESCO world heritage graces the place with its beauty. It is an ideal place to visit all year round but the most advisable time would be to visit it during its annual dance festival.
Approx. Distance from Lucknow: 299 km.
7. Kausani, Uttarakhand.
Kausani is a nice little hill station tucked in the Bageshwar district of the immensely scenic Uttarakhand. It provides you with a breathtaking sight of the Someshwar, Garur and Baijnath Katyuri Valleys. It has over the years rightly been called the ‘Switzerland of India’ as it gives you an unforgettable view of the Himalayan Skyline, donned with lush tea gardens, sweet smelling pine trees and peaceful Gandhi Ashrams. The site is a paradise for nature lovers.
Approx. Distance from Lucknow: 477 km.
8. Bharatpur, Rajasthan.
Rajasthan is infused with colors, monuments and wildlife. Bharatpur, named after Lord Ram’s brother Bharat, stands true to all that Rajasthan is famous for, called the ‘Bird watcher’s paradise’, Bharatpur is a perfect getaway if you are looking for colorful festivals like Brij that embody the culture of Rajasthan perfectly. The city will have a lot to offer in the shopping department as well; from embroidered juttis to vibrant bangles there will be a lot to choose from.
Approx. distance from Lucknow: 379 km.
9. Nainital, Uttarakhand.
Deep caves, vast expanse of a well-stocked zoo, deep emerald volcanic lake in the heart of the city, Nainital, India’s one the most famous hill stations, has it all. You can do a myriad number of things while visiting the place, from horse riding to boat pedaling to roaming the Kumaoni Market, there’s lot to do and the place will surely give you your fill of clean environment and scenic beauty.
Approx. distance from Lucknow:374 km.
10. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
Usually only known for one of the Seven Wonders of the World, TajMahal, Agra has many more tourist locations in its basket. Fatehpuri Sikri, Agra Fort, Soami Bagh, Mehtab Bagh and many more heritage sites will greet you in their entire architectural splendor once you visit the city. If you are fond of art and craft and history it’d be best to visit the place during the Taj Festival held in the month of February.
Approx. distance from Lucknow: 329 km.
Everyone deserves a break and wouldn’t it be wonderful if the break is a well planned visit to a scenic place that you’ll always remember?