Short Excursions from Delhi
Sohna Hills is a calm, peaceful and beautiful place on the foothills of Aravalis around 56 km from Delhi. The height of Sohna Hills is around 695 feet above sea level. It is a best place for a weekend trip. From Delhi it is easily accessible and you can return the same day if you start early in the morning or you can stay overnight in one of the resorts there and return the next day to Delhi.
After you reach Sohna Hills, you need to follow a narrow path on foot to reach the main Hills as it is not accessible by vehicles. Sohna Hills are also known as 'Golden Hills' because they were once covered with Gold dust that had collected after heavy rains on the sand beds of a stream near these hills. The unique highlight of the place is that you have to cover the Hills only by foot through narrow paths which are not accessible to vehicles. Nature lovers will admire this amazing place. In olden days the place was also known as 'Abode of Hermits' and the springs present on the Sohna Hills were regarded as the 'Shiv Kund'. The water in the springs is considered very holy and sacred. The place finds its importance during the Solar and Lunar Eclipses when thousands of devotees gather every year during the 'Somavati Amavasya' to take a holy and sacred dip in these springs.
'Sulphur Springs' is believed to have medicinal properties with temperatures ranging between 46 degree C and 52 degree C.
Ancient Shiva Temple at Sohna Hills is another sacred place visited by devotees especially during the 'Teej' which is celebrated during July and August.
Sohna Hills ia also famous for and another fair that is the 'Ganga Snaan' which means 'Bathing in the Ganges' celebrated during November
Sohna also organizes the famous Vintage car Rally every year on February and ends with a Fair celebration organised by the Tourism board of Haryana State. Adjacent to Sohna Hills are ruins and remains of the fortress that was once held by the local chieftain.
Sohna is a perfect place for the Delhiites and people of NCR who want to spend their week end or who wish to go for a short trip because Sohna provides an getaway where you can rejuvenate your heart and soul after your tour in a Spa offerings steam, sauna and sulphur spring baths and swimming.
Another weekend destination from Delhi is Damdama Lake. Around 56 Kms from Delhi Damdama lake is another short excursion from Delhi and is an excellent getaway. Damdama can be visited the same day from morning to evening. The best time to visit Damdama is between October and March. The water level is quite good in these months after the monsoon. The lake is around 50 to 60 ft deep. Damdama lake covers an area of over 5.5 acres and is picturesque with the Aravalli Hills on the backdrop. The best place for a short picnic Damdama also offers adventure sports like rock climbing and Hot Ballooning. Other adventure sports like Trekking with camping, cycling, angling, boating, kayaking and canoeing are also available in Damdama.
Yet another picnic spot near Delhi is Badkhal Lake. It is just 30 km from Delhi and takes around minutes to reach the spot. Badkhal lake is situated near Faridabad NCR. Badkhal also offers boating facilities and is very cal and quiet picnic spot. The lake is surrounded by beautiful and picturesque Aravalli Hills.
Surajkund can also be clubbed with Badkhal lake visit. It is just 8 km from Badkhal Lake. Surajkund is just around 20 km from Delhi and also hosts the the famous Surajkund fare every year. The lake in Surajkund almost dried and under renovation by the Delhi and Haryana Tourism Boards. The tourism departments will soon finish the beautification work and the lake will again be filled. Surajkund is surrounded by beautiful rocky terrains that makes it a perfect and quiet picnic spot for family and friends.
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
Situated in Haryana the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is around 47 km from Delhi and it takes 1 hour reach here. Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is also known for its lush green ambience, green surroundings and rich species of birds. The rare species of birds migrate to Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary during winters and can be seen nesting around the Lake, feeding and breeding. Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary was declared a Bird reserve in the year 1972 with main aim to preserve, protect and conserve the decreasing population of Birds in this world and to help maintaining a balanced ecological system. Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary looks beautiful with exquisite cover of beautiful trees, shrubs, lawns. Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary also has a small museum cum library that offers information about the different species of the water birds found in this sanctuary. Flamingos and Bare-headed Brahmini Ducks from Tibet migrate and come here during cold weather.
Ballabgarh is a small village in Faridabad. Earlier it was a Princely town in Haryana once ruled by Jaat Kings. It is just 35 kms from Delhi on the Delhi-Mathura Highway. The Jaat Kings during their rule built a beautiful Fort and Palace in 1739 and have ruled over 101 villages.
King Nahar Singh ruled this town between1823 and 1858. He is highly regarded for his courage, valor and bravery. He was martyred in the 1857-1858 battle for Independence of India.
Places to visit include Ballabgarh Fort and Palace. It was built out of White Sandstone in the ancient Shekhawati style of architecture is a Heritage site now. The palce was built by King Balram who had ruled between 1702 and 1754 and later it was renovated and restored to its original grandeur by King Nahar Singh who used 30 well skilled artisans belonging to Rajasthan. The artisans from Rajasthan were known for their ancient and old traditional techniques.
Ballabgarh Lake is a perfect place for picnickers, where you can enjoy a quiet picnic and angling.