Take a break from the nation’s Capital and head around!
When you have spent an entire week Sulking your way through the workload and awaiting the weekend, then why spend away your weekend cocooned in the house. There is so much more to explore around that from a city like Delhi, which offers so many options that you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning a short weekend getaway. Plains grounded in culture and heritage to picturesque hill-stations, you will be offered some of the astonishing range of rejuvenating getaways. Escape the urban chaos and satisfy your wanderlust with some of these exciting trips from Delhi. We bring you some of the top weekend getaways from Delhi.
Magnificent palaces, splendid fortresses, architecturally brilliant Havelis make up the beautiful ‘Pink City’ which is a much sought after place for especially by the connoisseurs of history and architecture. Peek into the lives of India’s royal families and their legacy as you experience the jolt of this rich city. One of the most popular attractions of the city includes Amer Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can also enjoy an elephant ride. The fort is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim styles of ornamentation and architecture highlighting the styles of Rajputs. You can even hike up to the adjoining Jaigarh Fort and even explore the sprawling fortress of Nahargarh. Jal Mahal is another attraction in the city on the waters of Mansarovar. Albert Hall museum is a good visit for knowledge filled session and unravels the hidden passages of the City Palace. Many other attractions form part of the city which can be ended with a visit to ChokhiDhani to treat yourself some delectable traditional Rajasthani cuisine.
A hill station nestled in the Kumaon Hills of Uttarakhand is one of the best weekend getaways from Delhi, boasts of its unique, eye-shaped Naini Lake. It offers you a tranquil break from your monotonous routine, as it is famously known to be the ‘City of Lakes’. There are several hiking trails and trekking points in and around this city which offers a range of activities for you to explore. Some of these popular hiking trails include Nainital- Betalghat Trek, Nainital- Kilbury Trek and Snow View Trek. Try the aerial rope-way connecting the town with Snow View Point which is a popular attraction of the place. You can enjoy some of the breathtaking views of the lake and the surrounding places such as Tiffin Top and China Peak. Take a boat or yacht ride in the boat with your friends or partner.
A hub of temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams, and adventure sports, Rishikesh lies at the foothills of Himalayas. You can indulge in adventure and sports such as trekking, river rafting, and giant wheeling. You can experience an adventure of a lifetime with bungee jumping that will get your adrenaline rushing. Make your way to yoga ashrams in the town to seek spirituality. As the sound of the river lulls you, you can peacefully meditate in the open air. Stop by Beatles Ashram which is famous for having been visited by the eponymous English band. The premises of this ashram has a lush growth of green patch and beautiful artwork. So, this town is a total hip since the Beatles visited here often too.
This is an industrial town that has been flourishing and primarily recognized by a large number of factories found here. It has now become a prominent weekend getaways from Delhi NCR because of its lush greenery, rugged rural landscape, panoramic views of the Aravali Hills and an experience that is offbeat and relaxing. There are a bunch of resorts and spas where you can choose to spend some relaxing time, or indulge in local experiences and visit a few sightseeing attractions the place has to offer. Several recreational options such as camps, farms, spas, a golf course, and local bazaar are housed here where you can relish the delectable regional cuisine and also shop for some wooden handicraft items like gift boxes, trays, and home décor.
As it is fondly known ‘The City of Love’, houses the architectural marvel which is also a wonder of the World- The Taj Mahal. This might probably be the first thing coming in mind while planning a short trip from Delhi. The former capital Mughal Empire and also one of the oldest cities of the country, Agra has a historic charm associated with it. The city draws people from around the world all around the year, for its monuments, history and heritage, rich culture and also some exciting stuff for foodies. You can visit places like Agra Fort, stroll through the courtyards, also take a quick tour of the nearby city of Fatehpur Sikri for its cultural richness besides the Taj Mahal of course which is a memorial built by Shah Jahan for his wife. Some other interesting places to visit also includes places and monuments such as Jahangir’s Palace, Dayal Bagh, Sikandra Fort, Itmad-ud- Daula, and Akbar’s Mausoleum.
Among the picturesque hill stations in Himachal, Nahan cradled amidst the snow-covered Shivalik Himalayan Range is one of the nearest weekend getaways from Delhi. Amazing weather, lush green meadows, winding trails, vintage temples, gorgeous lakes, and a dreamy and romantic vibe are what attract visitors and tourists to this impressive hamlet away from the dreary life of the crowded cities. It also makes a good base for treks in the upper echelons of Himachal, such as Churdhar Peak, which is an added delight for those seeking some dose of adventure. Paonta Sahib Gurudwara, a Sikh Shrine makes for a calm spiritual retreat for all the distressed souls. You can visit places like Rani Tal, Churdhar Peak, Suketi Fossil Park, Renuka Lake, Dhaula Kua, and Jaitak Fort.
This is among the perfect places to unwind in the lap of nature, but it isn’t all that the city has to offer. This serene town of Uttarakhand has some of the most breathtaking and picturesque views. Darwan Singh Regimental Museum is one such place in Lansdowne which is infused with art and history. It houses an impressive collection of uniforms, rare photographs of army generals and certificates, arms, and also achievements of Garhwal Rifles ni various momentos. St. John’s Church and Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple are some of the spiritual fronts of the place which can be paid a visit too. If you seek thrill and adventure then trek or hike up the ‘Tip n Top’ hill-point and Bhim Pakora which will be an exhilarating experience.
Neemrana Fort Palace
Enriched with the grandeur of history, Neemrana is a place nestled amidst greenery and is undoubtedly one of the best places near Delhi for one day trip. Even more interesting is that this weekend getaway from Delhi is just a 2-hour drive away. Peek into India’s historic and royal past of the 15th century, ride around the fortress on a camel and explore the lush green surroundings. Add on to the experience is the adventure of zip-lining in the Fort Centre. Located amid a vast expanse of arid desert sand, Neemrana Baoli is another place worth visiting which is a 16th-century step-well. The corridors and criss-cross step pattern of Baoli used to be a means of water storage and is dotted by sparse vegetation and leafless trees currently draw large crowds of tourists. Another interesting factor of the place is Neemrana’s Japanese Zone, which serves authentic Japanese cuisine in many restaurants housed in there.
This is among the most popular hill stations in Uttarakhand also forming one of the best weekend getaways from Delhi. This was founded by a British official in 1820 which was used as a destination for a summer getaway. Hundreds of tourists are lured to this tranquil and scenic hill station because of its pleasant weather. It has also gained fame as a hub for nature lovers, adventurers as well as honeymooners. Fondly known as ‘Queen of the Hills’, Mussoorie also houses some excellent educational institutions. You can do a lot while in this city starting from admiring the surrounding natural beauty to enjoying the mouth-watering local and international dishes in many cafes spread in the area. The main places of attraction in this city include Mall Road, Mussoorie Lake, Gun Hill, Jharipani Falls, Kempty Falls, Mall Road, and Lal Tibba.
This is a national park in the state of Uttarakhand located at the foothills of the Himalayas, also known to be the oldest national park in the country. The region is rich flora and fauna, and also known to be ‘Paradise of Tigers’, makes it a perfect escape into the wild as part of your weekend getaway. You can have a closer look at the wildlife of the park by taking the jeep safari, or even an Elephant safari makes for a much surreal experience. Other places you can visit in the proximity of this national park include Corbett Waterfall, Girija Temple, and Dhangarhi Museum.