Top 21 Weekend Getaways from Delhi
Located in the heart of North India with destinations like Himachal, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan neighboring the state, one could be spoiled for choice when it comes to weekend getaways from Delhi. The things worth pondering are where to go, when to go and how long will it take to reach these awesome places to visit near Delhi. To cut short your worries we bring to you this list of top 21 weekend getaways from Delhi. So go ahead, pack your bags and get ready to have a memorable holiday with your loved ones, satisfying the wanderlust in you:
Lying on the banks of River Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh, the Mughal City of Agra is one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi, offering a sneak-peek into the rich and glorious Mughal history. Flocked by visitors from all around the globe, Agra houses a number of architectural marvels, all of which are worth-visiting. The most popular attraction here is the Taj Mahal-one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a World heritage Site. Another popular World heritage Sites in Agra are Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. There are other attractions like Itmad-ud-daulah’s tomb and Mehtab Bagh that are worth exploring.
This city also finds its mention in the great Hindu epic Mahabharata, as Agraban, a forest of Mathura. Dal Moth and Peetah are two specialties that you must get your hands on while shopping in the local markets of Agra. This visit will give an insight into the rich historical past of India. This city is a part of immensely popular Golden Triangle Circuit, along with Delhi and Jaipur.
Distance from Delhi: Around 231 km
Travelling time: 3 hrs 38 min
A short trip to Shimla is one of the best ways to spend your weekend, giving up into the charm of one of the best hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. The capital city of the state too, Shimla is often referred to as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’. The former summer capital of the British during their reign, this lovely place still carries that colonial feel in its air. Nevertheless, its popularity amidst honeymooning couples as well as family vacationers is matchless. Perched at a height of 220 m above the sea level, this picturesque hill town has a number of attractions such as Jhakoo temple, Christ Church, Annandale, Chadwick Falls, Rashtrapati Niwas, Scandal Point and more.
Do not miss the enjoyable ride on Kalka-Shimla Toy Train and admire the lush scenery. A leisure walk at the Ridge and the Mall Road would be ideal during the evenings. These markets are two places where you can see all the tourist activity. Do not forget to carry wooden handicrafts as souvenirs back home. A day’s excursion to Naldehra, Kufri and Shaily Peak can also be planned.
Distance from Delhi: Around 345 km
Travelling time: 6 hrs
One of the most famous hill stations in Himachal Pradesh, Manali is the perfect place for all kinds of tourists- leisure seekers, adventure enthusiasts and newly-wedded couples. Enveloped by lush mountains and thick pinewood forests along with the banks River Beas, this breathtaking hill town has a number of tourist attractions such as Hidimba Devi temple, Vashisht Village, Bijli Mahadev temple etc. For some thrilling activities, a visit to Solang Valley is a must. Paragliding, zip lining, zorbing, river rafting, trekking and rock climbing are some of the popular activities in Manali. Do schedule a day for a visit to the very popular Rohtang Pass (closed during winter months).
Here, you do not only admire the snow-clad surroundings but can also partake in snow scooter ride, skiing and mountain biking. A visit to Manikaran Gurudwara will be your religious quest. An evening walk at the Mall Road and shopping for handicrafts and woolens here is a must.
Distance from Delhi: Around 532 km
Travelling time: 11 hrs 50 min
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Famed as the ‘open air art gallery’ of the royal Rajasthan state, Shekhawati boasts of owning some exceedingly beautifully painted and ornate havelis (mansions), giving a sneak-peek into the region’s heritage. The stunning frescos on these havelis combine several themes like religion, mythology, modern issues, family images etc. Shekhawati style of architecture is an art lover’s delight and so is a must-visit on a weekend. Do not miss exploring the havelis (mansions), baolis (step wells), forts and Chhatris (Cenotaph). Binging on the local delicacies such as daal bati churma, gate ki sabzi, lehsun ki kachori is a must. If you always dreamt of living the life of the royalty, you must stay in a heritage hotel in Shekhawati.
Excursion to nearby places of Shekhawati like Churu and Dubdlod is a must. Camel safari and Jeep Safari are other popular activities in Shekhwati. Shri Lal Bahadur Mal Ki Haveli, Sri Lal Bahadur Mal Well, Prem Giri Ji ka Math, Jokhi Ram’s well, Tejpal Jhunjhunuwala ki Haveli, Cenotaph of Thakur Chhotu Singh, Jiwan Ram Marodia ka Talab, Khetan Haveli are some of the popular attractions in Shekhawati.
Distance from Delhi: Around 294 km
Travelling time: 4 hrs 57 min
One of the best weekend getaways from Delhi, Alwar city in Rajasthan is dotted with several architectural and natural wonders such as temples, palaces, lakes and forts. Encircled by the Aravali Ranges, this heritage city of Rajasthan has some nice museums too. This is an ideal location for a peaceful and cultural vacation. Probably the oldest Rajasthani Kingdom, Alwar was a part of Matsya territories, way back in 1500 BC. For wildlife enthusiasts, visit to Sariska Tiger Reserve and National Park, is a must. Siliserh Lake, Vijay Mandir Mahal, Company Bagh, Bala Qila, Government Museum, City Palace, Vijay Mandir Palace, Karni Mata Temple are some of the popular attractions in Alwar.
For the brave souls, there is Bhangarh Fort, one of the most popular haunted sites in the world. Neemrana fort is also nearby attraction where you can try your hand at some adventure sports. Local delicacies would be orgasmic and shopping in the local markets is a must.
Distance from Delhi: Around 168 km
Travelling time: 3 hrs 29 min
The small hill town in Uttarakhand state, Rishikesh is known to be the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ and is a haven for an adventure enthusiast. The place came up on the world map when it was visited by the Beatles. Spirituality, natural goodness and adventure, a weekend getaway to Rishikesh would be a mix of all this and more. Located in the Himalayan foothills, besides the holy Ganag River, Rishikesh boasts of several Ashrams that teach us to lead a simple and fulfilling life, away from all unnecssary comforts. These Ashrams even have special packages including stay, Satvic food, yoga and meditation sessions and similar kind of activities. Ram jhula and Laxman jhula are two popular attractions here.
If you are looking for some adventure, you can enjoy trekking, river rafting, cliff hanging, kayaking, rappelling and camping. This place is also the starting point of the very popular Chota Chardham yatra. Attending evening Ganga Aarti is a must. The place is also dotted with a number of temples.
Distance from Delhi: Around 241 km
Travelling time: 5 hrs 52 min
Also known as the ‘Golden City’ of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer has everything a tourist can ask for- stunning natural beauty, daunting forts and palaces, camel safaris, desert lifestyle, adventure activities and more. Located amidst the expansive Thar Desert, this city offers a long list of places to visit and things to do during your weekend. Sonar Quila or the mighty Jaisalmer Fort, built with yellow sandstone is a massive structure that was constructed in the12th century is a must-visit. Camel safari while exploring the nearby villages and a night stay at the camps of Sam Sand Dunes along with bon fire would be a great idea. Vyas Chhatri, Bada Bagh with royal cenotaphs, Mandir Palace, Gadi Sagar Lake and Tanot Mata Temple are some of the other popular attractions here. Jaisalmer too has some stunning havelis like Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Patwa Ki Haveli, Diwan Nath Mal ki Haveli that are architectural gems.
For the daredevils, there are mysteries like Kuldhara Village and Khaba Fort. Dilwara-style Jain temples, one of the most important Jain religious site should not be missed. If you thought dune bashing and off-roading can be done only in Dubai, you might like to think again. Jaisalmer has the vast Thar for the same experiences.
Distance from Delhi: Around 757 km
Travelling time: 12 hrs
A popular historical city of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior would be a great place to visit during weekend. It is a city that is not only popular for its present day artistic skills but is also known for the valor of its erstwhile Scindia rulers. This historic city is dotted with a number of architectural marvels that are worth-visiting. You can visit some of the most popular tourist attractions such as Gwalior Fort, Sun temple, Jai Vilas Palace Museum, Saas-bahu temple, Gujari Mahal, Phool Bagh, Teli ka mandir, memorial of Tansen etc. if you are a wildlife and nature enthusiast, you can also opt for a wildlife safari in the Madhav National Park.
For adventurous souls there is Tiger dam where they can partake in activities like para-sailing and rock climbing. Shopping in Gwalior is fun too. The local markets of Gwalior sell colorful dolls and toys, ornaments, lacquer ware, wall hangings, handmade carpets, dokra figurines, tribal wooden jewelry, Chanderi saris and other traditional fabric, silverware, brassware and leather products.
Distance from Delhi: Around 350
Travelling time: 5 hrs 53 min
The ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur is one of the most popular cities of Rajasthan and is a part of very popular Golden Triangle Tour, including Agra and Delhi. A wonderful getaway from Delhi during the weekend, this visit would be a mix of sightseeing, food spree and shopping. Some of the must-visit places in Jaipur are Amer or Amber Fort (a World Heritage Site), Jaigarh Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar (a World Heritage Site), Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Birla Mandir and Albert Hall Museum. Exploring the forts and palaces would be a sneak-peak into the magnificence and grandeur of the erstwhile royalty of the region. You must not miss the local Rajasthani delicacies such as Mewa Kachori, Dal Bati Chura, Ghewar, Mirchi Bada, Besan ke gatte and other curries.
Jaipur is surely is a paradise for shopaholics as they can get their hands on some great stuff like handicrafts, traditional apparels, imitation jewelry, lac bangles, precious and semi-precious stones, carpets, juttis, marble carvings, pottery and so on.
Distance from Delhi: Around 273 km
Travelling time: 5 hrs 34 min
Founded by the British in the year 1842 as a Colonial hill station, Kasauli is blessed with abundant lush greenery, natural beauty, lovely weather and tranquility. This place is just 77 km from Shimla. An ideal weekend destination from Delhi, Kasauli is pretty rich in flora and fauna. If you wish to treat your eyes to the mesmerizing views of the surroundings, Monkey Point is the best place for you. Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanak Ji, Christ Church and Kasauli Brewery are some of the other places of interest in Kasauli. In the evening, you can enjoy a leisure walk at the Mall and indulge in shopping of interesting knick-knacks. Kasauli is a great destination to enjoy a peaceful and laid-back vacation, away from the hustle-bustle of city life. For memorable sunset views, do visit the Sunset point. Camping, trekking and nature walks can also be done here.
Distance from Delhi: Around 289
Travelling time: 5 hrs 12 min
One of the most beautiful hill stations in Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is a destination that hasn’t seen much of tourist footfall and thus has unspoiled scenic beauty. Once the summer hill resort of the British, Lansdowne is an ideal destination form a getaway during the weekend because of its tranquil environment and salubrious weather. Placed at an altitude of 1700 m above the sea level, this hill town is enclosed with thick blue pine and oak jungles. Less- crowded and peaceful, this is an ideal weekend getaway from Delhi for those who are looking for a laid-back and relaxed holiday.
Trekking, bird watching at Kalagarh Wildlife Sanctuary and boating are the popular activities here. Darban Singh Regimental Museum, Garhwali Mess and the Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial, St. Mary’s Church, St John’s Church and Bhulla Tal are some of the popular attractions in Lansdowne. You can climb up to the Tiffion top to get some nice panoramic views of the hill town and its surroundings.
Distance from Delhi: Around 260 km
Travelling time: 5 hrs 52 min
Also known as ‘Little Lhasa’ owing to its huge Tibetan population, Mcleod Ganj is the seat of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Named after Donald McLeod, the then Lieutenant-Governor of Punjab, this lovely place is now center of Tibetan culture and Buddhism. If you are looking for a relaxed destination so that you can have a peaceful vacation, this is the place to be. Namgyal monastery, Tibetan Museum, Tsuglagkhand, Bhagsu Falls, Bhagsunag temple, Dal Lake, Church of St. Johns in the wilderness and Norbulingka Institute are some of the popular attraction of Mcleodganj.
When in this lovely hill town, do not forget to get your hands on Tibetan carpets, Thangka paintings, woolens, Tibetan handicrafts and other souvenirs. The mesmerizing landscape, the verdant environment and several monasteries make this place quite interesting. Hiking up to the camp of Triund would also be a good idea.
Distance from Delhi: Around 479 km
Travelling time: 9 hrs
Popular as one of the best skiing destinations in the world, Auli receives skiing enthusiasts in crazy numbers, from all around the globe. Covering an altitude from 2519 m to 3050 m above the sea level, this amazing place is called a Bugyal in regional language, which is a meadow. Visiting this place during a weekend in the winter months, when the place gets covered with a white sheet of snow, would be a great idea. If you are not much of an adventure enthusiast, visit the place in summer months and you can simply adore the mesmerizing views of the snow-clad peaks and the surroundings, and the brushing past of chilling air from your face.
The Auli ropeway, connecting Auli with Joshimath, is another attraction here. Gurso Bugyal, Chattrakund Lake, Chenab Lake, Kwani Bugyal, Auli Artificial Lake, Saildhar Tapovan, Joshimath are popular places to visit in Auli. Trekking is another popular activity here. This picturesque place is simply going to cast a spell on you.
Distance from Delhi: Around 379
Travelling time: 7 hrs 18 min
One of the best weekend getaways from Delhi, Chail is a serene hill town of Himachal Pradesh, which lies at an altitude of 2250 m above the sea level. Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala, chose Chail as his summer resort when he was expelled from Shimla during the British Raj. Salubrious weather, lush green surroundings, thick deodar trees and peaceful ambiance make this place even more interesting. Chail Palace, Kali ki Tibba, Chail Cricket ground, Sigh Baba Mandir, Sadhupul Lake, Gurudwara Sahib in Pandhawa and Chail sanctuary are worth-visiting. A day’s visit to Kufri can also be planned. Enjoy trekking, hiking, nature walk, angling and horse riding here. A vacation in Chail would be absolutely refreshing.
Distance from Delhi: Around 333 km
Travelling time: 6 hrs 38 min
Perched at an altitude of 1938 m above the sea level, Nainital, named after the very popular Naini Lake, is one of the most popular hill station of Uttarakhand state. Visited by family vacationers and honeymooners in huge numbers, this place has been blessed with natural wonders and scenic beauty, making it the perfect place for a weekend vacation, amidst tranquil ambiance. Also known as the Lake Paradise, Nainital has a number of tourist attractions such as Naina Peak, Naina Devi temple, the Flatts playground, Govind Ballabh Pant zoo, St. John’s Church, Governor’s house, Eco cave garden, Tiffin top view point and Land’s end. Book your evening for a leisure walk at the Mall road. Aerial ropeway connecting Mallital and Snow Point should also be tried. Enjoy trekking or rock climbing here and shop for some great stuff at the Tibetan market. Do not miss the sunset at Hanuman Garhi.
Distance from Delhi: Around 310 km
Travelling time: 6 hrs 38 min
Jim Corbett National Park
To say that when it comes to top weekend getaways from Delhi, Corbett finds its place right on the top would not be an exaggeration. The oldest and one of the best national parks in India, Jim Corbett National Park, is known to be home to a vast variety of flora and fauna. This national park was founded way back in the year 1936. It is one of the few wildlife reserves in the country that are called home by a decent number of big cats- the Bengal tigers. Wildlife safaris in the park are offered twice a day- in the morning and in the afternoon, however, the timing vary in the summer and winter months.
Pick your favorite from Jeep Safari and Elephant Safari. Spot animals like elephants, spotted deer, sambar deer, golden jackal etc. This reserve is also a paradise for bird watching enthusiasts as there are as many as 650 species of resident and migratory birds. Corbett waterfalls and Garjiya, located nearby, can also be visited. You can also indulge in a nature walk here.
Distance from Delhi: Around 241 km
Travelling time: 5 hrs 16 min
An ancient historic town in Alwar, Rajasthan, Neemrana is a laid-back and rustic destination, offering a peaceful holiday during weekend. Siliserh Lake would be a great visit. You can also go for a wildlife safari inside the Sariska national park that is located nearby. Vinaya Vilas palace cum museum and Bala quila are other attractions here. Opt for a stay in Neemrana fort hotel where you will not enjoy a memorable stay but will also get a chance to partake in adventure activities like flying fox, indoor games, camel ride, yoga, meditation, hot air ballooning and much more. You can also go on a village-hopping tour, explore the nearby villages and interacting with the locals.
Distance from Delhi: Around 126 km
Travelling time: 3 hrs 12 min
Placed at an altitude of 2286 m above the sea level, Dhanaulti in Uttaranchal is slowly becoming one of the popular weekend getaways from Delhi because of lush and calm surroundings. In comparison to its popular counterpart Mussorie, Dhanaulti still boasts of untouched scenic beauty. Surkhanda Devi Temple, Chandrabadni temple and Kunjapuri temple, Amber Eco Park and Dhara Eco Park are some of the places to visit in Dhanaulti. Camp Thangdhar, located nearby, is the place for you, if camping is of interest to you. Enjoy horse riding and leisure walk when vacationing here. Treat your eyes to the lovely flora here. If you like trekking, Dhanaulti- Nagtibba trek would of interest to you. Shopping here includes handicrafts, organic food items, woolens, fresh apple jam and other fresh fruits.
Distance from Delhi: Around 321
Travelling time: 7 hrs 29 min
An important city of Rajasthan, Bharatpur is extremely popular for housing the famed Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, now known as Keoladeo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This national park is a paradise for the bird watching enthusiast and over 350 species colorful resident as well as colorful migratory birds such as geese, Siberian crane, kingfishers, ducks, warblers, cranes, ducks, hawkers, and pelicans can be spotted. If you love bird watching, this would be your best weekend getaway from Delhi.
Animals like Sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Boar, Jackals, Black Bucks also call this national park, their home. Along with this, Bharatpur also houses some historical remains including the very famous 18th century Lohagarh Fort. Deeg Palace, Government Museum, Laxman temple, Ganga Mandir and Keoladeo Shiva Temple are the other places of interest in Bharatpur.
Distance from Delhi: Around 219 km
Travelling time: 4 hrs
One of the most popular religious sites in India, Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. This town is flocked by devotees of the Lord in huge numbers all around the year. It is an ideal getaway to spend a peaceful vacation away from the maddening crowds of Delhi. Boasting of a civilization and culture that is around 3000 years old, Mathura is also called Shri Krishna Janma Bhumi. The place bustles with spiritual activities during the festivals of Holi and Janmashtami. Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir, Kusum Sarovar, Radha Kund, Kans Qila, Mathura Museum, Govardhan Hill, Vrindavan, Barsana, Kesava Deo Temple, Krishna Balram Mandir, Jama Masjid and Geeta Mandir are some of the popular attractions in and around Mathura. Do not forget to buy Peeda (a sugary delight).
Distance from Delhi: Around 182 km
Travelling time: 3 hrs 20 min
Lying at an elevation of 2285 m above the sea level, Mukteshwar, one of the top weekend getaways from Delhi, is a lovely till town of Uttaranchal. Encircled by coniferous forests and fruits orchards, the place is named after the 350- year old Mukteshwar Dham that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This place of worship in Mukteshwar lies at a high altitude and offers enchanting views. Chauthi ki Jali is another popular site here that is worth-visiting. In your search for a peaceful vacation destination, this place perfectly fits in. this place is blessed with mesmerizing scenery, green ambiance and a pleasant weather that can be explored during any time of the year.
You can also book a day for Sonapani for getting better knowledge about the Kumaoni culture or pay homage at Gorakhal. For adventure enthusiasts, there are several options such as trekking, nature walks, rock climbing, and rappelling. Do not forget to buy fresh fruits, jams and special hand-woven woolens.
Distance from Delhi: Around 343 km
Travelling time: 7 hrs 53 min
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