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Refresh Yourself by Visiting These Picturesque Weekend Destinations in Uttarakhand

When our daily hectic life becomes stressful with competitions, deadlines, meetings and unexpected traffic jams, weekends come as bliss. Taking weekends off from work leads to experiencing more positivity and less depression. And, most importantly, studies show that taking a vacation on weekends benefits us and modifies our physical and mental health. That’s why the phrase has become trending in our lives: “We live for the weekends!”

For weekend outings, the destinations matter the most. We have to choose a place where we can escape for relaxation to get our mind, soul and body rejuvenated. And, there is no better place than Uttarakhand for having a refreshed weekend vacation. If you’re living in Delhi or nearby places, an overnight journey by road will take you to this wonderland, which is perched in the lap of snow-capped mountains from where you can see the gushing rivers flowing through the green valleys. Spending two or three days amidst nature in the small hamlets or trying some adventure sports all around Uttarakhand will surely give you memorable moments that you will cherish forever.

Here, we are going to write a travel guide that will give you a vivid idea about the best weekend getaways in Uttarakhand and their top tourist places. We will also mention the recommended way to reach the places and how much time it will take. If you are searching for places for your 2 days trip to Uttarakhand or 3 days trip to Uttarakhand, this blog will help you a lot. Have a read.

12 Best Weekend Getaways in Uttarakhand

  • Rishikesh
  • Corbett National Park
  • Chopta
  • Mussoorie
  • Nainital
  • Kausani
  • Auli
  • Almora
  • Lansdowne
  • Bhimtal
  • Dehradun
  • Mukteshwar

Popular Weekend Tour Packages for Uttarakhand

Rishikesh, Where Spiritualism Mingles with Adventures!

Rishikesh Rafting

The word, ‘Rishikesh’ literally means ‘Lord of the senses’ and it is undoubtedly one such place that incites all five senses. Rishikesh is one of the best weekend destinations to visit in Uttarakhand for people seeking spiritual holidays along with some sorts of adventures. Flanked by the Lower Himalayan ranges and flourished by the holy river the Ganges, Rishikesh is a place where you can spend your weekends by visiting the ghats in the morning, seeking blessings in the temples, learning yoga in the ashrams, rafting in the river and watching a marvellous ‘Ganga Aarti’ in the evening.

Places you should visit on your Rishikesh Weekend Sightseeing Trip

  • Lakshman Jhula
  • Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
  • Ram Jhula
  • Muni Ki Reti
  • Rishikund
  • Parmarth Niketan
  • Jumpin Heights

How to reach from Delhi?

The recommended way to reach Rishikesh from Delhi is to take an overnight bus, which takes around four hours. However, the fastest way is to catch a flight from Delhi to Dehradun, then a cab to Rishikesh. The whole journey will take around three hours.

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Corbett National Park, For A Fun-Filled Adventurous Weekend!

Corbett National Park Tiger

Spending a fun-filled weekend break in India’s most prestigious national park, which is named after the renowned naturalist Jim Corbett, is one of the best things to do for the nature-lovers and wildlife enthusiasts living in Delhi. A verdant extensive land surrounded by lush green forests along the slope of hills, a hub for different adventures like hiking, birding and safari tours, Corbett National Park is surely one of the best weekend getaways from Delhi. From watching the breathtaking views of picturesque valleys, flowing rivers, and Himalayan subtropical forests to spotting exotic animals like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Himalayan goral, Indian grey, leopard cats and a wide variety of colourful birds, a weekend trip to Corbett National Park is enchanting and delightful.

Places you should visit on your Corbett National Park Weekend Sightseeing Trip

  • Dhikala Zone
  • Garjiya Temple
  • Jhirna
  • Bijrani
  • Corbett Falls
  • Corbett Museum
  • Dhangadi Gate
  • Durga Devi Gate
  • Amanda Gate

How to reach from Delhi?

If you want to travel by train, boarding Ranikhet Express from Delhi will be the easiest way to reach Corbett. You have to reach Ramnagar and then take a cab to reach the park. It takes around two hours to cover the distance. You can also avail a bus to Haridwar or Nainital, from where you have to reach Ramnagar and then to Corbett National Park.

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Chopta, Mini Switzerland Visit on Weekend!

Chopta Valley Garhwal Uttarakhand

The best hill station in Uttarakhand for weekend trip, known as “Mini Switzerland,” Chopta is famed for its diverse natural beauty. From picturesque tiny villages in the lap of snow-clad mountains to the magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges such as Nanda Devi, Trishul and Chaukhamba, Chopta will fill you with the energy which you need for your daily hectic life. The stunning sunrises, slow-paced mountain lives, birds singing in unison, less-crowded offbeat destinations and the varied flora and fauna – Chopta will keep you rejuvenated for the weekends, as well as for the next few weeks.

Places you should visit on your Chopta Weekend Sightseeing Trip

  • Tungnath
  • Chandrashila
  • Sari Village
  • Deoria Tal
  • Dugalbitta
  • Ukhimath
  • Kalimath

How to reach from Delhi?

You have to take a bus from Delhi to Ukhimath and then a cab to reach Chopta. From Ukhimath, Chopta is 50 kilometres away and it takes one hour and 30 minutes to reach. You can also take a flight to Dehradun from Delhi, and then a cab to Chopta. It takes around six hours to cover approximately 200 kilometres from Dehradun to Chopta.

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Mussoorie, For A Blissful Weekend Trip!

Mussoorie Hill Station

Mussoorie has surely amazed most of the north Indians as a tourist spot, honeymoon destination as well as a weekend getaway. However, if you start asking the office goers in Delhi and the surrounding areas, what’s their choice for top weekend getaways from Delhi, Mussoorie will surely be on the top of the list. With the varied landscapes with the pure form of nature, the mighty waterfalls, the age-old architecture, the famous shrines and the houses of popular personalities, Mussoorie attracts weekend trippers throughout the year.

Places you should visit on your Mussoorie Weekend Sightseeing Trip

  • Kempty Falls
  • Nag Tibba
  • Mall Road
  • Camel’s Back Road
  • Cloud’s End
  • Gun Hill
  • Christ Church

How to reach from Delhi?

Dehradun Railway Station is the nearest railhead to Mussoorie, which is connected to Delhi by direct trains. You can also catch a flight to Dehradun Airport from Delhi to reach Mussoorie. However, the best way is to hire a cab, which will take around seven hours to reach Mussoorie.

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Nainital, The Ultimate Spot for Weekend Vacation!

Nainital Uttarakhand

Your cravings for weekend tours cannot be satisfied if you do not visit Nainital for once. Located at a height of around 1,938 metres in the lap of snow-capped mountains of Garhwal Himalayas, Nainital undoubtedly offers a delightful holiday for everyone who seeks some relaxing moments as well as an adventurous trip. Starting from a boating ride in the glistening Naini Lake to meditating amidst nature in Kainchi Dham, from hiking to Tiffin Top to attending Nainital Winter Carnival, spending some quality time in this weekend destination with your family or friends will leave you in a different world of joy and happiness.

Places you should visit on your Nainital Weekend Sightseeing Trip

  • Naini Lake
  • Nainital Zoo
  • Kainchi Dham
  • Naina Devi Temple
  • Tiffin Top
  • Eco Cave Gardens
  • Snow View Point

How to reach from Delhi?

The nearest rail station to Nainital is Kathgodam Railway Station, which is connected with Delhi by direct trains. However, catching an overnight bus is the most convenient way to reach Nainital from Delhi. It takes around eight hours to cover the distance by road.

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Kausani, For A Peaceful Weekend Trip!

Kausani - Himalayas View

Home to the largest tea estate in Uttarakhand in terms of tea production, Kausani is one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand. It is elevated at 1,890 metres in the Bageshwar District of Uttarakhand, located on a ridge surrounded by blue pine forests. Once an offbeat hill station, Kausani has become one of the favourites for tourists searching for a peaceful weekend holiday, over the past few years. Famed for its unparalleled natural beauty, Kausani is a place where you can spend a whole day just enjoying the magical sky and listening to the songs of the Himalayan birds. Moreover, a paradise for bird lovers, you can spot over 50 species of birds in Kausani. Following are some of the places for a sightseeing tour from Kausani.

Places you should visit on your Kausani Weekend Sightseeing Trip

  • Rudradhari Falls
  • Anasakti Ashram
  • Kausani Tea Estate
  • Rudradhari Falls
  • Sarla Ashram

How to reach from Delhi?

Kausani is located around 450 kilometres away from Delhi, which takes around 11 hours to reach by road. Another way is to reach via train to Kathgodam Railway Station, from where Kausani is 140 kilometres away. Moreover, you can also reach the place by boarding a flight to Pantnagar Airport from Delhi. Kausani is located at a distance of 170 kilometres from Pantnagar Airport.

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Auli, For The Trek Lovers!

Auli, Uttarakhand

There is a different meaning of weekend holidays for some people on earth and that is trekking. Auli is that kind of place where you can plan trekking throughout the weekend. There are trails all around the place, whether you like to hike or get by a cable car. The breathtaking views offered through the journey you choose are the unforgettable moments you will cherish forever. To give you an overview of the beautiful trek routes in Auli, Gorson Bugyal Trek is one of such experiences, which is filled with magnificent views of the verdant pastures and their surrounding coniferous forests, which will take you to Chattarkund, a sweet water lake located in the middle of a dense forest.

Places you should visit on your Auli Weekend Sightseeing Trip

  • Auli Artificial Lake
  • Auli Ropeway
  • Joshimath
  • Chattrakund
  • Gorson Bugyal
  • Narsingh Temple

How to reach from Delhi?

The most convenient way to reach Auli is to take a bus from Delhi to Rishikesh and then a cab from there. It takes about 12 hours to cover a distance of 500 kilometres. Otherwise, you have to take a train from Delhi and reach Haridwar, then hire a taxi to reach Auli.

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Almora, The Budget-friendly Weekend Getaway!

Almora

Once an ancient capital of a dynasty (Chand) and a historical place for being the punishment home for an eminent personality from Indian politics (India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru) Almora is one of the hill stations in the Himalayas, which was not developed by the Britishers. The scenic snow-covered peaks, the surrounding gushing streams and the lush green forests encircling the tiny hamlets house some of the most beautiful spots of Almora, making it a weekend getaway on a budget. Moreover, places like Jageshwar Temple Complex, Kasar Devi Temple and Kalimath make this hill station more travel worthy.

Places you should visit on your Almora Weekend Sightseeing Trip

  • Jageshwar Dham
  • Kasar Devi Temple
  • Katarmal Sun Temple
  • Zero Point
  • Nanda Devi Temple
  • Bright End Corner
  • Martola

How to reach from Delhi?

The most convenient way to reach Almora from Delhi is to board a train to Rampur and then a cab to Almora. The total journey will take around six hours. You can also reach it by road by hiring a cab. It takes approx eight hours to reach.

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Lansdowne, The Most Sought-after Weekend Destination!

Bhula Tal Lansdowne

Lansdowne is one such place in Uttarakhand that offers a lot of motivation to a person who wants to escape from a stressful work life for some days. An overnight six-hour journey from Delhi will take you to this beautiful hamlet, which has been one of the best places to visit in Uttarakhand with family since the British era. The place is named after a British officer, Lord Lansdowne, who founded this quaint hamlet back in the year 1887. Adding uniqueness to its beauty, there stands the forests of Oak and Pine all around Lansdowne, offering magnificent views to its visitors that they will cherish forever.

Places you should visit on your Lansdowne Weekend Sightseeing Trip

  • Tip N Top Point
  • St. Johns Church
  • Bhim Pakora
  • Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Hawaghar
  • Tadkeshwar Mahadev Temple

How to reach from Delhi?

You can take a direct cab or taxi from Delhi to Lansdowne, which will take around six hours. The other way is to take a train to Meerut City, then a cab to Lansdowne. The whole journey takes around seven hours.

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Bhimtal, An Idyllic Weekend Getaway!

Bhimtal

A hill station, named after the second-eldest brother of Pandavas, Bhima of Mahabharata, Bhimtal is an idyllic spot for weekend breaks. Located at a height of 1,370 metres, centred around a lake, Bhimtal is famous for its scenic beauty and old temples. Bhimtal Lake along with the old Shiva temple, located on the island in the middle of the lake remains the major tourist attraction in this hill station. The other tourist spots like Hidimba Parwat, Sattal Lake, Garg Parwat, Butterfly Research Centre etc. offer spectacular views all around which attract a flock of tourists all through the year.

Places you should visit on your Bhimtal Weekend Sightseeing Trip

  • Bhimtal Lake
  • Garg Parwat
  • Hidimba Parwat
  • Bhimeshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Sattal Lake
  • Aquarium Island Cafe
  • Naukuchiatal
  • Butterfly Research Centre

How to reach from Delhi?

The nearest airport to Bhimtal is Pantnagar Airport, from which Bhimtal is located at a distance of 58 kilometres. You can take a flight from Delhi to reach there. The closest railhead is Kathgodam, just 30 kilometres away from Bhimtal and it is connected with Delhi Railway Station by daily trains. You can also reach Bhimtal by road via bus or a cab.

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Dehradun, A Place For Mythology Lovers!

Dehradun - FRI Dehradun

Home to some of the eminent academic and research centres of our country like Forest Research Institutes, Indian Military Academy, Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy, The Doon School and many more, Dehradun is a place where you can always count on whenever planning weekend holidays in Uttarakhand. This charming hill station has a special connection with mythology. Legend has it that Guru Dronacharya, an important character of Mahabharata (the Indian epic) founded Dehradun. The capital city of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, has had an important religious significance in the lives of Hindus, Sikhs and Gurkhas since the past. The amazing views of picturesque Doon Valley along with the rivers surrounded by the slanting hills have been one of the resources of happiness for people coming here on weekends from the hustle and bustle of cities.

Places you should visit on your Dehradun Weekend Sightseeing Trip

  • Tibetan Buddhist Temple
  • Zonal Museum
  • Robber’s Cave
  • Forest Research Institute
  • Tapkeshwar Temple
  • Rajpur Road Market

How to reach from Delhi?

Boarding a bus from New Delhi is the most budget-friendly way to reach Dehradun. It takes approximately five hours to cover the distance. However, the fastest way to reach is by air. It takes just 50 minutes to reach by flight.

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Mukteshwar, A Tranquil Weekend Retreat!

Mukteshwar View

A spectacular hill station, situated at a height of 2,286 metres from sea level and surrounded by unspoilt forests, Mukteshwar is one of the top tourist places of Uttarakhand. The 180-degree stunning views of the snow-covered peaks such as Nanda Kot, Trishul, Nandaghunti, Panchachuli and Nanda Devi, the salubrious mountain air, the chirping sounds of the Himalayan birds and the relaxing pace of the local lifestyle – all make Mukteshwar a quaint spot for escaping from the torment of nine to five life. Moreover, it’s also a sought-after destination for people looking for adventures like hiking to the temples and ziplining between the cliffs. Overall, Mukteshwar is one of the great options for a quick weekend trip that you can plan in any season.

Places you should visit on your Mukteshwar Weekend Sightseeing Trip

  • Chauli Ki Jali
  • Mukteshwar Dham Temple
  • Mukteshwar Mahadev Temple
  • Mukteshwar View Point
  • Dhanachuli

How to reach from Delhi?

Direct buses are available between Delhi and Muktishwar, which takes around nine hours to reach. You can also take a train from Delhi to Kathgodam Railway Station, from where Mukteshwar is 62 kilometres away. Taking a flight from Delhi to Pantnagar Airport is also one of the ways to reach Mukteshwar. The airport is located 94 kilometres away.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How to plan a 2 days weekend trip to Uttarakhand and what are the best places to explore?

If you live in Delhi or nearby places, one of the top things to do on weekends is to plan a 2-days trip to Uttarakhand. It’s an overnight journey from Delhi and you can easily reach any place in Uttrakhand within ten hours by any means of transport.

If you want to choose a spiritual refreshment, Rishikesh or Mukteshwar will be the best. For adventure nature lovers, Mussoorie and Chopta Tungnath are the best place to explore in Uttarakhand. And, Corbett National Park is definitely the best destination for wildlife enthusiasts.

Best places to explore in Uttarakhand for two days:

  • Dehradun
  • Almora
  • Nainital
  • Rishikesh
  • Mukteshwar
  • Corbett National Park

What Places I Should Visit in a 3 days Weekend Trip to Uttarakhand?

Uttarakhand has many places that can be explored within three days. If you are planning for a 3-days trip to Uttarakhand this weekend, you should visit any of the following places:

  • Auli
  • Mussoorie
  • Rishikesh
  • Chamoli
  • Lansdowne
  • Bhimtal
  • Almora
  • Dehradun

Which are the best weekend treks from Dehradun in Uttarakhand?

Some of the best weekend treks from Dehradun in Uttarakhand are:

  • Chopta Tungnath Trek
  • Nag Tibba Trek
  • Kartik Swami Temple Trek
  • Dhanaulti Trek

Which are the best adventure tourism sports you must try in Uttarakhand on weekends?

Uttarakhand is one of the best weekend getaways from Delhi for the nature-lovers, as well as for the adventure-seekers. For an adrenaline rush, you should try these adventure tourism sports in Uttarakhand on weekends.

  • Trekking in the Himalayas
  • Bungee Jumping
  • White Water Rafting
  • Ziplining
  • Snow Skiing
  • Paragliding
  • Kayaking

Published: 18 Jul, 2022

About the author

Nandini Bhattacharya

From the ‘City of Joy,’ Kolkata, Nandini Bhattacharya is a Travel Writer by profession and traveller by passion. She loves to explore places around the world, new cultures, different cuisines and all new things that one can learn outside the home. She also loves to document her journey so that people can be inspired and travel more. Nandini is a nature lover and talks about sustainable tourism. She wants to make this world a good place where people can live healthy and happily.