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Destinations for road trips from Delhi


New Delhi, Sep 19

As several countries announced nationwide lockdowns in an effort to flatten the curve and break the chain, the coronavirus jolted the entire world into confinement overnight. However, slowly yet steadily countries are opening up with precautions. Local markets are thriving once again, professionals are returning back to their offices, people are excited to step out for morning walks and exercise, amongst a lot of other movements.

Most of all, with air travel taking a backseat, travel-seekers are itching to explore new and exciting domestic destinations, spend time outdoors with their families and friends, or even just kickback and relax into the woods, away from the city and indeed close to nature. After spending months in lockdown, travel aspirations are at an all-time high.

People are opening up to the idea of stepping out of their homes and travel again, however, owing to safety concerns, people are looking for destinations closer to home, a drive away from the city. As per OYO's recent consumer survey highlights that 56 percent of Indians are inclined towards taking roadtrips as lockdowns ease, with a majority of them opting to travel within a motorable distance of 200 kms to neighbouring towns/states.

Given the realities of this ever-evolving normal, states like Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand are opening up for inter-state and inter-district tourists. Here are five must-visit destinations which are a road trip away from Delhi.



Jaipur, Rajasthan

For those who need a much-needed break from city life and never-ending WFH duties, Jaipur is the most ideal destination, just a 4-5 hour drive away. It's scenic atmosphere and old-world charm makes it a perfect location to step out and soak in the sunset, or just stay indoors and obviously, shop for antiques and traditional trinkets. The city's delectable, authentic Marwari food is the cherry on the cake. In Jaipur, you can opt for quality and safe accommodation at 5 by OYO - Metropolitan.

Trip essentials:

COVID-19 Negative Certificate

Pre-booked Hotel

E-pass

Downloaded Aarogya Setu App

For more information, visit - http://www.tourism.rajasthan.gov.in/

Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Turn up your engine and hit the hills. At a distance of 245 Kms, driving away from Delhi to Doon is a blissful experience. The roughly six-hour journey is full of scenic mountain views. Plan your trip in advance and hit the roads early, this way you can enjoy a humble cup of chai and some piping hot pakoras at a roadside hotel along the way. For an outdoorsy experience, opt for a unique stay at Riverstone Cottages, perched in the lap of the Dehradun valley at the foothills of Mussoorie.

Trip essentials:

COVID-19 Negative Certificate

Pre-booked Hotel

E-pass

Downloaded Aarogya Setu App

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