For all of us in Delhi or for the fact in any of the metropolitans, a weekend break away from the city is mandatory to unwind and pull ourselves together for a fresh new hectic week. However I have heard complaints of people of how travel is an expensive affair. But what I have noticed is that the cost of travel is far less than what we spend over a weekend on shopping or eating in high end place in the city. So, why not travel, eat and shop at different place each time! Lucky as we are, we have a number of beautiful states surrounding us, giving the opportunity to become spoilt for choices when it comes to spending weekend outside Delhi. Icing on the cake is, there are a number of places that are ideal for weekend break from Delhi and are in budget. This translates to the fact that without splurging one can expect to get the experience of a lifetime that too over a weekend! Ok so without me blabbering more, here is the list of best weekend budget getaways from Delhi.
Budget trip and Agra go hand in hand, when we are planning one from Delhi. Just so proud of our Yamuna Express Way that helps one cover the distance between Delhi and Agra in maximum 3.5hrs and now we know ‘Ab Dilli Duur Nahi’ (vice-a-versa as well). Anyway to get to the business, Agra is just 232kms (of course via Yamuna Express Way) from Delhi and we need not discuss why it is popular, right? I mean, it has everything fabulous to woo one, Taj Mahal, Sikandra, Agra Fort, Panchhi Petha and yes the distant Fatehpur Sikri. This City of Taj is an excellent budget getaway from Delhi and what could make this less-expensive-yet-exotic-trip unforgettable is the inclusion of two more destinations: Vrindavan and Mathura. Yes, you might have to get off the Express Way to reach Vrindavan and Mathura but what’s routine is simply banal! And rest assured, even if you add the two destination in your plan, your budget will remain unharmed. Convince like minimum 4 people for the trip and try driving yourself and you shall be able to complete this trip under Rs 2000 -2500(per person) all inclusive.
Probably one of the perfect places for a budget getaways near Delhi, Rishikesh beckons thrill, chill and much much more. The younsters mostly throng Rishikesh to enjoy white water rafting and camping, while there are a few (mostly foreigners) who visit to learn yoga, imbibe the scenic beauty and culture. Well, whatever reason you have to visit Rishikesh, the universal fact remains that this place is ideal for a budget holiday. There are budget accommodation available that will also include rafting and meals, so expect spending somewhere around Rs 2500 (per person) on an average for an all inclusive trip.
Are you a bird lover? Yes, then this place is for you and in case you are someone like me who has no special interest in birds then also this is a place for you. Now known as the Keoladeo National Park, it can be reached via Yamuna Express Way (drumrolls, eh?). The park is home to about 300 species of birds and a few mammal species like Golden Jackal, Striped Hyaena, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Nilgai, Sambar, Blackbuck and wild Boar. The best part is, one gets to take a Rickshaw Ride inside the park for exploration. The Rickshaw pullers have been trained by the park management in bird watching and have quite knowledge. The park is situated some 227kms from Delhi and the accommodation is available around the national park at decent rates. So, all in all, you enjoy a good drive, see a new place and learn few things about the environment over a single weekend, that’s not a bad deal, or is it? Budget would be around Rs 2000 – 2500 (per person).
India’s oldest national park, Corbett has become quite a popular haunt for weekenders from Delhi. Why you ask? Well, firstly it is a wildlife reserve that has a thick population of tigers and other animals that can be spotted during the three kinds of safari: Jeep, Canter, Elephant. Secondly, it is a convenient distance of 250kms from Delhi and thirdly there are plenty of adventure activities around Corbett. There are budget hotel available around the park and the safaris also cost decent and so does the food. Altogether, a visit to Corbett National Park put on offer tonnes of fun and thrill without burning a hole in your pocket.
I would prefer a road trip from Delhi to Almora anyday of the year. However, weekend sounds a fair deal. Situated some 65kms from the popular hill station, Nainital, Almora is known for its scenic landscape, famous temples and vantage point. Yes, you may find this city a bit crowded all year round but once you are determined to get yourself around, you would be more than happy to choose this destination. Delhi to Almora is some 370kms and to make this weekend worth even more, you should add nearby Ranikhet or Binsar to the trip. These two destinations are great for a quite a break amidst the serene nature.
This royal capital of Rajasthan makes for a perfect weekend break from Delhi. Situated some 268kms away, Jaipur is a great destination for epicureans and history lovers alike. Not only this, since the city has development rapidly, one may find some nice lounges and party places here as well. So, according to your interest you can choose the experience that you want to take back home. And yes, you must visit Choki Dhani. A self drive trip for four will cost somewhere around 3000 (person) all inclusive.
Believe it or not but for Delhi people, Himachal is like the first love. It is like everyone in the city has once been to Shimla and Manali and a few engage in exploring different parts of the state every now and then. Shoja, which is some 500kms from Delhi has been trending as an ideal getaway in Himachal Pradesh. This place is quiet scenic and the best part is it remains lesser known (at least uptil now). The famous Jalori Pass is just 5kms from here and if you wish, you can trek up to it. Imagine Shoja as a place in the woods with few lodges in the neighbourhood and a waterfall nearby. It is a perfect place to unwind and drink Rum and Coke (kids don’t read this part). The average accommodation will cost about Rs 1000-1500 per night.
Rani Tal Nahan, Photo:bit.ly/29FBdPR
Situated on the ridge and facing the green fields is the beautiful Himachal destination of Nahan. Expect nothing fancy here but imagine it to be a place where you can kick back and relax amidst the rolling hills and serene lake. From Delhi Nahan is about 311kms and can be conveniently reached. You can choose to self drive as the road is quite scenic. Otherwise there are also buses from Delhi to Nahan. Expect to spend somewhere around Rs 2500 for an all inclusive trip.
Board a train to Bhopal from Delhi and be ready to get one of the best weekend experiences in India. Both Sanchi and Bhimbetka are situated at a convenient distance from Bhopal city. Don’t like historic monuments? No problem, you can still visit this place and you will be amazed about how wrong you were about yourself. Sanchi, which is some 48kms from Bhopal can be reached by the state bus. This place has one of the oldest Buddhist Stupa in the world. Even if you are not a big fan of history, you will truly enjoy the feel and architecture here. Bhimbetka on the other side is situated at the opposite direction of Sanchi and is some 44kms from Bhopal. You can enjoy a 3.5kms (one side) trek inside the Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary on the top of which, the cave shelters of Bhimbetka is situated. The place looks no less than a location of some Indiana Jones movies, at every turn there is a code waiting to be explored! Bhimbetka rock shelters are actually the oldest human traces in India. One can see several cave paintings on huge boulders telling that there were people here once that ate, slept, bred amidst these gigantic rocks. The feel is out of the world.
Khajuraho Temple, Photo:bit.ly/1C5QhOL
Some 622kms from Delhi is India’s one of the best places, Khajuraho. Known for its erotic sculptures on groups of temples, it makes one of its kind holiday destination in India. The Western Group of Temples are the major highlights in Khajuraho as the architecture here is exquisite. Family with kids might have issues visiting a few of these structures but trust me there is so much more than to these temples than the erotic sculptures. Apart from it, the city boasts of a scenic waterfall called Raneh, which infact is a serious of waterfalls through which the water of Ken River flows. The Ken Gharial Sanctuary and Panna National Park are situated close to Khajuraho and are a must see in Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho has some really cheap hotels, some of them charging only Rs 500 for a night. Except for Raneh Falls (16kms from the city’s centre) and Ken Gharial Sanctuary, you need not take a vehicle as everything is at walking distance. To make this trip even more interesting you can add Orchha to the plan. Situated a short distance of 14-15kms from Jhansi city, Orchha is one of the best places to see in Madhya Pradesh. You can board a train to Jhansi from Khajuraho and do a day trip to Orchha while setting your base at Jhansi. Lofty temples, quite ambiance and everything at a walking distance make Orchha a feasible one day trip destination. With your train tickets (3AC)included,the total cost of the trip would be about Rs 3500-4000 (per person).
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