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    21 Best Weekend Getaways from Delhi

    Only Delhiites know how hectic life in the metropolitan city is. Pollution, 9-5 rut and its hustle-bustle can make it difficult to survive. However Delhi is located in midst of some really amazing attractions, which can give us relaxing weekends. Check out which are the best weekend getaways from Delhi.

    Weekend Getaway

    Popular for its modern infrastructure, fashion, food, art, history and education, Delhi is truly the heartbeat of India. But the mundane 9-to- 5 rut, hustle-bustle, traffic, pollution can exhaust anyone. However, as Delhi is located in the midst of some really adventurous, relaxing and scenic beauties, it offers a chance to escape the city for an astonishing weekend every once in a while.

    Below are 21 stunning weekend getaways from Delhi, where you could go on any weekend break.

    Mathura-Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh – A holy town 

    If you are a spiritual traveller, or wish to travel any religious place, Mathura and Vrindavan makes it as the best weekend getaway for you.

    Mathura-Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
    Mathura-Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

    Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna, and Vrindavan is where he spent his childhood, making them ideal for spiritual enlightenment.

    Every year, a large number of Hindu devotees from Delhi visit the place to spend some days in peace; away from the hustle-bustle of the metro city. The place has many temples and monuments of religious relevance.

    And, you must have heard about ‘Vrindavan ke pede’, don’t forget to shop that from any sweet store.

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    • Major attractions: Govind Deo temple, Govardhan hill, Keshav Dev Temple, Barsana, Prem mandir, Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, Kusum Sarovar, Rangbhoomi, Kans Qila, Jama masjid
    • Distance from Delhi: 183 km
    • Best time to visit: October to March

    Agra, Uttar Pradesh  Home to one of the seven wonders

    One of the seven wonders of the world- Taj mahal, an epitome of love is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in the memory of her beloved wife.

    Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
    Image Credit: Lonely Planet

    The city is flocked by people from all over the world, throughout the year. Interestingly, India’s golden triangle circuit includes Agra, along with Delhi and Jaipur.

    Agra is also popular for ‘petha‘- an Indian dessert, so it is a must-shop! Visiting the place in Winters would be ideal to avoid scorching heat.

    • Major attractions: Taj mahal, Mehtab Bagh, Agra fort, Kinari bazar, Fatehpur Sikri, Wildlife SOS and Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah
    • Distance from Delhi: 281 km
    • Best time to visit: October to March

    Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan – Get close to nature

    The Keoladeo National Park or Bharatpur bird sanctuary (former name) is located between two royal historic cities- Agra and Jaipur. Although the park isn’t huge, but you’ll find varieties of birds- both Indian and migrants.

    Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan
    Image Credit: Oh My Rajasthan

    You can hire a rickshaw for an exploration ride and the best part being the trained rikshaw-pullers. They cautiously drive rikshaws to avoid noises that may disturb the bird-watching experience. Alternatively, you can take a boat. Do not forget to carry your binoculars!

    • Major attractions: Park, Museums, The rare Siberian crane, Lohagarh Fort, Deeg Palace
    • Distance from Delhi: 223 km
    • Best time to visit: Throughout the year

     Neemrana, Rajasthan  Architectural elegance

    Neemrana, a town located in Rajasthan’s Alwar district makes it a perfect weekend getaway within 130 km from Delhi. It is a perfect blend of peaceful, romantic, historic and architectural destination.

    Neemrana, Rajasthan
    Image Credit: Neemrana Hotels

    Visiting in monsoons will let you experience a world-class spa and swimming in rain. You can also visit Sariska National Park which is located near-by, but we suggest you to make a separate trip for that.

    • Major attractions:  Neemrana fort palace, Zip lining, Shopping of handicrafts, Siliserh Lake
    • Distance from Delhi: 126 km
    • Best time to visit: July to March

    Jaipur, Rajasthan  Architectural building

    Jaipur or Pink city is the second Indian city to be named world heritage site by UNESCO. The city is famous for royal architectural forts, rich history of the Rajputs and heritage.

    Jaipur, Rajasthan
    Image Credit: Economic Times

    Your getaway to Jaipur would be incomplete without Rajasthani thali that includes Dal Bati Churma, Ghewar, Mewa Kachori, Mirchi Bada, Besan ke gatte and much more.

    Jaipur is one of the three cities of Golden Triangle circuit with Agra and Delhi. It is also famous for its handicrafts, imitation jewellery, marbles and precious stones.

    • Major attractions: Amer fort, Jaigarh fort, Jantar Mantar, Choki Dhani, Hawa Mahal
    • Distance from Delhi: 281 km
    • Best time to visit: November to February

    Ranthambore, Rajasthan Paradise for nature enthusiasts

    Ranthambore is a paradise for wildlife and art enthusiasts who are looking for a great getaway weekend place. The place is a home to many national animals including the Royal Bengal tigers.

    You can explore its inherited culture by making visit to nearby forts.

    • Major attractions: Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Ranthambore Fort, Surwal lake, Raj Bagh ruins
    • Distance from Delhi: 390 km
    • Best time to visit: October-April

     Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan  Fauna at its best

    If you are an animal-lover or want to experience a Wildlife safari, the place is ideal for a getaway from Delhi. It is home to a wide range of animals including Royal Bengal tigers, leopards, sambar deer and Indian Jackal.

    Sariska Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan
    Image Credit: Rajasthan Tours India

    We surely recommend you this place for a peaceful though adventurous weekend. You can also visit Sariska Tiger Reserve from Neemrana if you get spare time.

    • Major attractions: Tiger, spotted Deer, Crocodile, Neelgai, Peacocks and Birds
    • Distance from Delhi: 196 km
    • Best time to visit: October to March

    Shimla, Himachal Pradesh  A mount avenue

    Shimla is popularly known as ‘The Queen of hills’. During the British times, it was the summer capital of India.

    Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
    Image Credit: YouTube

    You should definitely plan to experience winters by escaping the scorching sun in Delhi’s summers.

    The lush greenery alongside snowfall (in winters) makes Shimla the best hill station in Himachal Pradesh. The popular toy train from Kalka to Shimla is a must try.

    • Major attractions: Mall road, Chadwick Falls, Jakhu hills, The Rigde, Vice Regal lodge, Kali Bari temple, Christ church.
    • Distance from Delhi: 342 km
    • Best time to visit: March to June

    Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh The tranquil escape

    Dharamshala is an attraction of both travellers and spiritual seekers. It is the place of residence of Holiness Dalai Lama and surrounded by jaw-dropping lakes, monasteries, temples, waterfalls and forts.

    Dal Lake, Dharamshala
    Image Credit: Trip Invites

    If you are genuinely interested in learning about the history and battle of Tibetans, you should definitely consider it as your next getaway place.

    • Major attractions: Nechung monastery, Dalai lama temple complex, St. John church, Gyuto karmapa temple, Chamunda Nandikeshwar temple
    • Distance from Delhi: 471 km
    • Best time to visit: February to June

    Kasol – Manali, Himachal Pradesh  Heaven for Adventurers

    Kasol is a young tourist town in Kullu and Manali is one of the most popular hill stations in India. The twin destination is perfect for a short escape from Delhi’s stressful life.

    Kasol Sar Pass Trekking
    mage Credit: Invincible NGO

    Apart from exploring the natural beauty and landscapes, you’ll get a chance to hunt cafes and binge on food, and trek.

    • Major attractions: Kullu, Kheer ganga, Manikaran sahib, Manali (for rafting, trekking and paragliding)
    • Distance from Delhi: 512 km
    • Best time to visit: October to June

    Lansdowne, Uttrakhand Incredible Hills

    Lansdowne is the nearest hill station from Delhi and remains a hidden gem. It is undoubtedly going to give you a mesmerizing experience with its sky-high hills and snow-capped crests.

    Lansdowne, Uttrakhand
    Image Credit: Baadal Musings

    Getaway to Lansdowne will surely be peaceful with some really breath-taking views.

    • Major attractions: Tip n Top, St. Mary’s Church, Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, War Memorial, Darwan Singh Museum, Bhulla Lake
    • Distance from Delhi: 258 km
    • Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Nainital, Uttarakhand Scenic beauty

    Nainital is yet another popular getaway destination from Delhi. The place was named after Naini Lake, which is a must-visit.  

    Nainital, Uttarakhand
    Image Credit: Pinterest

    It is around 1980 m above sea level and thus offers scenic beauty and tranquillity. It is also famous for unique and great Tibetan stuff, so do not miss getting it to Delhi.

    • Major attractions: Tiffin top view point, Naina Devi temple, Naini lake, Gurney house, Snow view, Eco cave gardens, Kilbury bird sanctuary, Hanuman Garhi (sunset view).
    • Distance from Delhi: 307 km
    • Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Mussoorie – Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand Picturesque hills

    Mussoorie is a go-to place for anyone and everyone who loves spending a few good days on hills. It is a popular honeymoon destination as well as a place that can be visited with friends or family.

    Mussoorie - Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand
    Image Credit: Devil on Wheels

    The magnificent hills, salubrious nature and beautiful landscapes and lakes make it The King of hills.

    • Major attractions: Kempty falls, Lal Tibba, Camel’s back road, George Everest, Sukhanda Devi temple, Eco park
    • Distance from Delhi: 290 km
    • Best time to visit: September to June

    Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand  Retreat for Adventurers

    If you are looking for a serene and peaceful place to spend your weekend away from the hustle of city, while not pinching your pockets, Mukteshwar is the ideal getaway for you!  

    Image Credit: YouTube

    The sacred place is devoted to Lord Shiva. You’ll surely have a great time exploring mesmerizing scenery and lovely weather, while also learning about cultures and buying fresh fruits and hand-woven clothes.

    • Major attractions: Chauli Ki Jali, Mukteshwar Dham temple, Mukteshwar Mahadev temple, view of Nanda Devi, sport- activities
    • Distance from Delhi: 352 km
    • Best time to visit: October to June

    Auli, Uttarakhand  Snowy slopes

    Auli makes itself as the best skiing destination in Winters and a land of oaks, apple orchards and deodars in summer.

    Auli, Uttarakhand
    Image Credit: Pinterest

    The hill-station is also attractive to adventure- enthusiasts. If you are tired of busy city life, you would love this place for the tranquillity it offers.

    Even if you are planning for your honeymoon destination, Auli is one of the most romantic places near Delhi.

    • Major attractions: Gurso Bugyal, Temples, Auli artificial lakes, Chenab lake, Trishul peak
    • Distance from Delhi: 386 km
    • Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand Explore Wildlife 

    Jim Corbett is among the best national parks of India. If you are a nature enthusiast or animal-lover, you are surely going to love your trip to Jim Corbett.

    The park has around 650 species of birds – both native and migrants.

    • Major attractions: Royal Bengal tigers, Jungle safari, Corbett falls, Corbett museums, Dikhala tourism zone, Garjia temple, Kosi river
    • Distance from Delhi: 272 km
    • Best time to visit: Mid-October to Mid-June

    Garhmukteshwar, Uttar Pradesh – Home to Divine Temples 

    The beautiful town of Garhmukteshwar is nested on the river Ganga. It is not among the places frequently visited by flock of crowd, but is surely worth visiting of you are keen to explore its corners.

    Garhmukteshwar, Uttar Pradesh

    It is sure to give you a soothing and peaceful experience on the banks of Ganga river.

    • Major attractions: Ganga temple, Meerabai ki Reti, Kalpavriksha 
    • Distance from Delhi: 115 km
    • Best time to visit: October to March

    Kedarnath, Uttarakhand  Magnet for Spiritual Seekers

    The Kedarnath Temple, located at an altitude of 3,584 m above sea level in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand is a pilgrim to Hindus.

    Kedarnath, Uttarakhand
    Image Credit: Getty Images

    It is one of the four major sites in India’s Chota Char Dham pilgrimage that also includes Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri and gets a huge flock from all over the country.

    It has winters all around the year and you may witness snow in some months too.

    • Major attractions: Gandhi Sarovar, Phata, Sonprayag, Gauri Kund temple 
    • Distance from Delhi: 295 km
    • Best time to visit: May to June and September to October

    Haridwar- Rishikesh, Uttarakhand A Sacred Awakening

    If you are looking for a place offering a spiritual and mystic environment as well as adventure, Haridwar and Rishikesh should be your next weekend’s getaway! It offers you a chance to stay in Ashrams to learn the simplicity of life, while also letting you adventure Rafting, Bungee jumping, and camping.

    Haridwar- Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
    Image Credit: Manali-Shimla

    And, do not forget to Witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti at Ganga Ghat.

    • Major attractions: Har Ki Pauri Ghat, Ashrams, Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Laxman Jhula, Mansa Devi temple,
    • Distance from Delhi: 220 km
    • Best time to visit: September to June

    Amritsar, Punjab Serene sights

    Although Amritsar is a holy place for Sikhs, people of all religious faiths visit the place. Amritsar is among the most visited cities of India due to the fact it has historic architectures like The Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, Wagah Border and a number of other gurudwaras.

    Golden Temple, Amritsar
    Image Credit: YouTube

    If there’s just one place we want you to visit before you die, then it would be Amritsar, and the level of peace you get there, can’t be matched with any other place.

    • Major attractions: Golden Temple, Wagah Border, Jallianwala Bagh, Partition museum, Baba Atal tower, Mandir Mata Lal Devi
    • Distance from Delhi: 448 km
    • Best time to visit: October to March

    Chandigarh, Punjab  Rich by hospitality

    Chandigarh is among the most beautiful and cleanest cities of India. Whether you are looking for a place offering adventure, or night-outs, sightseeing or food to drool over, Chandigarh is sure to make you fall for the city.

    Rock Garden, Chandigarh
    Image Credit: Chandigarh Metro

    It has some great places to hang-out, these include Rock garden, Sukhna lake and Doll museum.

    • Major attractions: Rock Garden, Elante mall, Rose Garden, Pinjore, Sukhna Lake, International doll museum
    • Distance from Delhi: 243 km
    • Best time to visit: August to March

    These were some best weekend getaways from Delhi, where you can visit and let your wandering spirit free. So, where are your planning to make your next visit?

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