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Make Your Weekend Special by Planning a Trip to These 12 Best Weekend Getaways from Delhi

A weekend is one of the few things that brings forth a wide smile on the faces of people. After a week of grinding, commuting & adhering to a routine that leaves one exhausted, one needs a break! But even those who celebrate each day and who do not have it any other way, a change is always better. This is true for people everywhere, including Delhi. The weekend is what they yearn for! It’s great that there are many places to visit nearby Delhi which make for an exciting weekend getaway, not just for couples and families, but even those looking for an adventure getaway. Heritage tour or adventure trip, you can choose whatever you want.

Let’s look at some of the 12 best weekend Getways from Delhi that promise you a great time!

S. No Destination State Distance from Delhi
1 Agra Taj Mahal Uttar Pradesh 234 Km (Approx)
2 Corbett National Park Uttarakhand 229 Km (Approx)
3 Kuchesar Uttar Pradesh 106 Km (Approx)
4 Lansdowne Uttarakhand 245 Km (Approx)
5 Manesar Haryana 55 Km (Approx)
6 Neemrana Rajasthan 125 Km (Approx)
7 Mussoorie Uttarakhand 342 Km (Approx)
8 Shimla Himachal 364 Km (Approx)
9 Ranikhet Uttarakhand 290 Km (Approx)
10 Haridwar Uttarakhand 222 Km (Approx)
11 Mukteshwar Uttarakhand 350 Km (Approx)
12 Sattal Uttarakhand 282 Km (Approx)

Check out: Best Weekend Tour Packages in India

Agra: The Taj Mahal & a lot more!

Taj Mahal Agra

Agra is a highly sought after weekend destination from Delhi, as much for the 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort & Fatehpur Sikri, as for the other Mughal era heritage structures. Explore the bustling bazaars, visit the baghs (Mughal styles gardens) and the local sweetmeat called “Petha”. If you are into history & heritage, then this city will leave a deep impression on you.

Enjoy Sightseeing at:
  • Taj Mahal (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Agra Fort (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Jama Masjid
  • Jahangir Mahal
  • Itimad-ud-Daulah (also known as Baby Taj)
  • Mariam’s Tomb
  • Sikandra (Akbar’s Tomb)
  • Chini ka Rauza
  • Fatehpur Sikri (about 36 kilometers from Agra)
  • Mehtab Bagh
  • Anguri Bagh
  • Dayal Bagh
Things You Can Do 
  • Shopping at famous bazaars like Kinari Bazaar, Sadar Bazaar & Subhash Emporium for marble crafts, leather goods, ornaments & handicrafts. 
  • Try local delicacies like Petha, Dalmoth, Bedai & Kesari Jalebi
  • Participate in one of its famous festivals like Taj Mahotsav, Taj Literary Festival, Ram Barat and Kailash Fair. 

Best Time to Visit: November to March

Distance from Delhi to Agra: 234 Km approx.

Check out: Uttar Pradesh Tourism Packages

Jim Corbett National Park: Here’s a tiger, there’s a tiger!

Jim Corbett National Park

If your idea of a weekend holiday is adventure, excitement, anxiety & fascination, then Corbett National Park, perhaps the most famous wildlife destination in India, is your best bet. The largest national park of India, it boasts the highest number of tigers. Even more exciting is the opportunity of staying right in the middle of the jungle in a lodge called Dhikala Forest Lodge. Bird lovers & ornithologists will love visiting this place, as there more than 650 resident & migratory species of birds in the park.

Fauna in Corbett National Park
  • Royal Bengal Tigers
  • Asiatic Elephant
  • Leopard
  • Himalayan Black Bear
  • Indian Rock Python
  • Russell’s Viper
  • Blue winged minla
  • Long tailed broadbill
  • Paradise flycatcher
  • Brahminy ducks
  • Black shouldered kites
  • Lesser fish eagles
  • Himalayan griffons
Summers Safari Timings in Corbett National Park (March to June)
  • 6:00 am to 9:30 am in the morning 
  • 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm in the evening
Winters Safari Timings in Corbett National Park (October to February)
  • 7:00 am to 10:00 am in the morning
  • 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm in the evening

Best Time to Visit: Summers is a great time to visit the park, as well as winters. Although most of the safari zones are closed, the Sitabani Buffer Zone remains open for tourists.

Distance from Delhi: 229 Km approx. 

Check out: Corbett Tourism Packages

Kuchesar- To get a taste of rustic countryside!

Kuchesar

How about staying in an 18th century mud fort turned into a heritage resort? Planning a weekend trip to Kuchesar, a tiny village in the district of Bulandshahar of Uttar Pradesh allows you to do that. Experience what an 18th century lifestyle feels like while enjoying the feel of the rustic countryside. The fort itself is surrounded by a 100 acres mango grove. The fort ample facilities for recreation too like a swimming pool and badminton court. 

Things You Can Do 
  • Bullock cart safari
  • Bird watching
  • Visit the jaggery making factory
Places to Visit Around Kuchesar
  • Mukteshwar Dham
  • Shiv Mandir 
  • Chandi Mandir
  • Nakka Kuan

Best Time to Visit Kuchesar: September to March

Distance from Delhi: 106 Km Approx.

Lansdowne – The complete package!

Bhula Tal Lansdowne

Lansdowne is a must visit destination in Uttarakhand when planning a weekend getaway, and also enjoys a reputation as a romantic hill station. Wherever you go, you are surrounded by pine forests, while the overall environment exudes a laid back vibe. There are plenty of opportunities for sightseeing or trying out other activities like camping & birdwatching.

Places for Sightseeing in Lansdowne
  • The Garhwal Rifles Regimental War Memorial
  • St. John’s Church
  • St. Mary’s Church
  • Bhim Pakora
  • Bhulla Tal
  • Tippin Top
  • Darwan Singh Museum
  • Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Santoshi Mata Temple 
  • Kanvashram
Things You Can Do 
  • Hiking and Nature Walk
  • Birdwatching 
  • Seek blessings at the temples and churches
  • Enjoy camping
  • Boating on Bhulla Lake

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year

Distance from Delhi: 245 Km Approx.

Check out Travel Itinerary: 2 Nights 3 Days Lansdowne Weekend Tour from Delhi

Manesar – A weekend in a happening resort!

Manesar is a beautiful little town ideal for those searching for a budget destination weekend trip near Delhi. Despite being an industrial town, it is dotted with resorts and adventure farms which are suitable for couples & families. It’s also a kids friendly place as there are amusement parks with rides. There are several resorts too, some of which are adventure based while others focus on the cultural heritage of the region. 

Places For Sightseeing in Lansdowne
  • Damdama Lake
  • Sohna
  • Sheetla Devi Temple
Which Resorts to Stay in Manesar?
  • Luxury Resorts: Golden Turtle Farm, Karma Chalets.
  • Budget Resorts: AapnoGhar Resort, Lemon Tree Hotel, Kepler’s Club Resort, Best Western Resort Country Club. 

Best Time to Visit Manesar: December to February

Distance from Delhi: 55 Km Approx. 

Also Read: 15 Best Short Weekend Getaways from Gurgaon to Plan with Your Friends and Family

Neemrana – Everything royal about it!

When it comes to selecting a weekend destination, Neemrana is the best for a short road trip from Delhi. It is located in the district of Alwar in Rajasthan in India. The prime attraction is the Neemrana Fort Palace, a 553 years old medieval fort palace now turned into a family resort. Spread across 10 acres on a hill, it is believed to be one of India’s oldest heritage resorts. The fort has everything you need for a relaxing & fun filled weekend: spa, modern amenities, luxury interiors & recreational facilities like a swimming pool. 

Places to Visit 
  • Ancient stepwell or baoli.
  • Go shopping for candles, cutlery, crockery & linen. 
Things to Do 
  • Take a vintage car ride
  • Enjoy a zip tour
  • Enjoy a cultural event during the weekend.

Best Time to Visit: September to March 

Distance from Delhi: 125 Km Approx.

Also Read: Top 10 Weekend Getaways from Delhi to Rajasthan

Mussoorie – Queen of hill stations: treats you like a King!

Mussoorie Uttarakhand

Nature walking, hiking, cable car ride, exploring the wildlife, there are many reasons which go into making Mussoorie a preferred short getaway from Delhi, especially as a summer getaway. You can hang out at the Mall Road, visit the Kempty Falls or just lie back and relax.

Travel Tip: However, you should remember that accommodation in Mussoorie can get quite expensive during the summers, so you should make your booking well in advance. 

Places to Enjoy Sightseeing
  • K Dev Bhoomi Wax Museum
  • Sir George Everest’s House Museum 
  • Bhadraj Temple 
  • Jabarkhet Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Benog Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Mall Road 
  • Landour 
  • Kempty Falls
  • Jharipani Falls
  • Mossy Falls
  • Mussoorie Lake 
  • Gun Hill 
  • SOHAM Heritage and Art Centre
  • Lal Tibba, Cloud’s End
  • Shedup Choepelling Temple
  • Nag Devta Temple
  • Jwala Devi Temple 
  • Mussoorie Christ Church
  • Mussoorie Adventure Park 
  • Company Garden
Things to Try Out 
  • Take a Cable Car Ride from Gun Hill 
  • Explore Wildlife at Benog Wildlife Sanctuary and Jabarkhet Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Shopping at Mall Road and Landour Bazaar
  • Nature Walk 
  • Hiking 
  • Trek to the temples 
  • Boating on Lake Mist

Best Time to Visit Mussoorie: March to June

Distance from Delhi: 290 Km Approx.

Check Out: Mussoorie Tourism Packages

Shimla – The stylish way of enjoying!

Shimla-Himachal-Pradesh-Governor- Palace

Couples looking ahead to a romantic getaway from Delhi need look no further than Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. The ambience, colonial era feel, churches & buildings dating back to the British era & the Mall Road for its bazaars, delicious snacks & handicrafts stores of Shimla is what endears it to tourists, both from India and abroad. 

Places to Enjoy Sightseeing
  • Mall Road
  • Ridge
  • Jakhoo Temple
  • Kamna Devi Temple
  • Christ Church
  • Tattapani
  • Chadwick Falls
  • Viceregal Lodge
  • Annandale
  • Summer Hill
  • Gaiety Theatre
Things to do
  • Take a toy train ride
  • Try ice skating at Circular Road
  • Visit the Tibetan Market & Lower Bazaar

Best Time to Visit Shimla: Year-round destination

Distance from Delhi:342 Km Approx.

Check out: Shimla Tourism Packages

Ranikhet – For those who love their tranquillity!

Ranikhet-beautiful-view-of-pine-forest

Ranikhet is the kind of place you end up searching while looking for an exciting weekend destination from Delhi. Although there are plenty of places to visit and go sightseeing, this is the kind of place that you visit to melt away all your worries. The greenery, pine and conifer trees are a treat to the eyes, while the quaint charm steals brings you close to yourself and nature. 

Places to Go Sightseeing
  • Majkhali 
  • Mankameshwar Temple
  • Tarikhet Village
  • Ashiyana Park  
  • Upat Golf CourseHaidakhan Babaji Temple
  • Chaubatia Garden
  • Binsar Mahadev Temple
  • Jhula Devi Temple
  • Upat Kalika Temple
  • Sunset Point
  • Bhalu Dam
Things to Do
  • Take walk in the Chaubatia Garden 
  • Seek the blessings of God by visiting temples 
  • Enjoy a game of golf at Upat Golf Course

Best Time to Visit Ranikhet: Throughout the year

Distance from Delhi: 364 Km Approx

Check out : Ranikhet Tourism Packages

Haridwar – Some sightseeing, some spirituality!

Haridwar Uttarakhand

Haridwar is for those with a spiritual bent of mind who enjoy being amidst nature. It’s counted among the top spiritual destinations in India which also serve as a starting point to the holy Char Dham Yatra, the 4 holiest pilgrimage sites in Hinduism. The prime attraction is the Har Ki Pauri Ghat where the Ganga Aarti is held. It’s a visual spectacle as thousands of diyas are lighted and mantras chanted in unison. Spirituality, peace of mind, meditation, Haridwar is ideal for experiencing all of these.  

Spiritual Places Which You Can Visit in Haridwar
  • Har ki Pauri
  • Mansa Devi Temple
  • Chanda Devi Temple
  • Maya Devi Temple
  • Patanjali Yoga Peeth
  • Daksha Mahadev Temple

Best Time to Visit: October to February

Distance from Delhi to Haridwar: 222 Km Approx.

Check out: Haridwar Tour Packages

Mukteshwar – Let nature cleanse you this weekend!

Air that cleanses your insides, views that lift your soul! Mukteshwar finds a place in this list of 12 best weekend getaways from Delhi because such beautiful places belong to fairy tales or postcards perhaps. Some of the reasons to visit it are: 180-degree views of snow dressed Himalayan peaks, trekking in the wooden sleepy trails, immersing yourself in the beauty of peaks like Nanda Devi, Panchachuli and Nanda Ghunti. 

Places to Go Sightseeing
  • Mukteshwar Inspection Bungalow
  • Chauli ki Jaali
  • Methodist Church
  • Kilmora Shop
  • Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Rajarani Temple 
  • The view of the Himalayas
  • Renewable Park
Things to Do 
  • Enjoy sunrise at the Nanda Devi Peak 
  • Visit the ancient temples 
  • Take away Kumaoni knits and handicrafts from Kilmora Shop 
  • Trekking 
  • Camping 
  • Paragliding

Best Time to Visit Mukteshwar: Throughout the year

Distance from Delhi: 350 Km Approx

Also Read: Explore the Best of Uttarakhand with Kids

Sattal- Lakes everywhere!

Sattal Uttarakhand

Sattal consists of 7 lakes, after Sat (which means 7) and Tal (which means lake), and is an amazing place for a weekend getaway from Delhi. The seven lakes are embraced by thick pine & oak forests. The beauty takes you in, and if you carry a camera, gifts you with a wonderful collection. There’s also some adventure to be had here: zip lining, boating and kayaking. 

Things to Do 
  • Boating
  • Watch the birds
  • Click photographs
  • Zip lining
  • Kayaking

Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year 

Distance from Delhi: 282 Km Approx.

Also Read: A Family Trip to Uttarakhand, For the Love of Mountains!

Which weekend getaway appeals to you the most? How many of these weekend getaways from Delhi have you visited? Are you planning another one anytime soon? Share your experiences & thoughts with us, it’s always nice to hear from you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What are some short getaways within 100-200 kilometers from Delhi?

Some of the short getaways within 100-200 kilometers from Delhi are Manesar, Kuchesar and Neemrana. 

Q.What are some of the short getaways within 300-400 kilometers from Delhi?

Some of the short getaways within 300-400 kilometers from Delhi are Agra, Corbett, Lansdowne, Mussoorie, Rishikesh and Haridwar. 

Q.What are the best summer weekend getaways from Delhi?

Some of the best summer weekend destinations from Delhi are Lansdowne, Mussoorie, Shimla and Mukteshwar. 

Q.What are some of the best winter weekend getaways from Delhi?

Some of the best winter holiday places from Delhi are Agra, Corbett National Park, Manesar and Kuchesar.

Published: 30 Oct, 2020

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Vishwajit Sharma

Writing, for me, is an artistic expression of the countless thoughts flooding my mind. For now, travel content writing is what keeps me going! In my spare time, I like nothing better than immersing myself in a book, along with a cuppa! A classic movie helps too! I define traveling as a process of self-discovery. Hailing from Darjeeling, my ultimate desire is to escape to the hills, with the mountain air and solitude as my constant companions!