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Top 55 Weekend Getaways from Delhi

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“Plonk yourself amidst the calmness and beauty, far from the mad rush!”

India is rapidly growing as a magnificent tourist attraction among all the local and international tourists. Enjoying the perfect weekend in the enchanting and awe-inspiring places is certainly a rising trend in the metro cities today. People of Delhi often wish to celebrate their weekend away from the hustle-bustle of the city. Delhi is well connected with many prominent tourist attractions that refresh the mind, body and soul. Some of the top weekend destinations that can be quite easily reached from this metro city and provide long-lasting memories are:

Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

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Jim Corbett National Park, located in Uttarakhand, is the oldest national park in the country. It is the natural hub of many wild animals, especially the Bengal tigers. The wonderful and large variety of flora and fauna are also found in the park. The pictorial and wonderful view of the park captivates the attention of the tourists and provides an unforgettable experience.

Distance from Delhi: Around 258kms.

Mathura, UP

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Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, is one of the renowned religious tourist destinations in the country. It is located on the western riverside of the Yamuna River in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The city is also known as ‘Brajbhoomi’ representing the 3000 years old culture and civilization of the country. This pilgrim destination is visited not only by the Hindus, but by the followers of other religions as well such as the Buddhists, Brahmanical Jain and so on.

Distance from Delhi: Around 182kms.

Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

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Vrindavan is a transcendental home of the Lord Krishna. It is situated in Uttar Pradesh. There are numbers of ancient and modern temples, which are famous among the pilgrimage tourists. According to the Hindu mythological scripts, Lord Krishna eternally resides in Vrindavan and never leaves this place. Some of the famous temples that the travelers can visit here are Madan-Mohan, Radha Vallabh, Banke-Bihari and Shahji.

Distance from Delhi: Around 181kms.

Haridwar, Uttarakhand

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Haridwar is one of the famous religious destinations of the country. It is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. It is one of the seven holiest places of the Hindus. The large flock of tourists and devotees comes here from all over the globe. The scenic beauty and spiritual fervor of the great attractions like Har-Ki-Pauri, Mansa Devi, Sapt Rishi and many more, makes the trip to Haridwar truly memorable.

Distance from Delhi: Around 220kms

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

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Rishikesh is a small hilly town in Uttarakhand. It is a beautiful blend of spirituality and natural grace. Situated in the astounding lap of the mighty Himalayas, the city has wonderful natural beauty, religious fervor, lovely weather that attracts a flock of backpackers throughout the year. However, what allures the visitors the most is an incredible range of adventure activities that Rishikesh has to offer. One can indulge in various enthralling adventure activities in Rishikesh such as the trekking, white water rafting, cliff hanging and much more.

Distance from Delhi: Around 239kms

Agra, UP

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The scores of tourists all through the year visit Agra, known for the monument that is an undying symbol of love- Taj Mahal. It is the land of architectural marvels that were built by the Mughal rulers. It is an amazing city of Uttar Pradesh, known throughout the globe for the wonderful edifices like Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb and Agra Fort.

Distance from Delhi: Around 230kms

Bharatpur, Rajasthan

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Situated in the state of Rajasthan, Bharatpur is well-planned captivating city. It is renowned for the Keoladeo National Park also known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. This national park is a paradise for the bird watchers and many beautiful kinds of migratory birds can be found here like Siberian Crane, Pelicans, Egrets, Cranes, Geese and Ducks.

Distance from Delhi: Around 220kms.

Nainital, Uttarakhand

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Nainital is among the best hill stations of India well-known for its striking beauty and natural splendor. The picturesque charm of this pristine hill station situated in Uttarakhand, attracts a number of tourists to spend pleasant and unforgettable vacations amidst the tranquil and scenic ambiance. The place is famous with the name of Lake Paradise, and is also a popular honeymoon destination.

Distance from Delhi: Around 305kms.

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

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Situated in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie is one of the best places to enjoy the weekend tours around Delhi. This place is regarded as the ‘Queen of Hills’ and is perhaps a paradise on the Earth. There is immeasurable natural beauty all around that just zaps the tourists. Located at an altitude of approximately 7000fts, Mussoorie offers commanding sights of snow-capped peaks in the northeast and the extensive jaded Doon valley towards its south.

Distance from Delhi: Around 273kms.

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Hawa Mahal

Jaipur, the pink city of Rajasthan is famous for its magnificence, glory and a hued civilization. There are numerous tourist attractions in Jaipur that can be explored during the vacations. The city is a home to three splendid forts namely Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort. Traveling in this bewitching city provides the charm that lasts forever in the tourist’s mind.

Distance from Delhi: Around 275kms.

Ranthambore, Rajasthan

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Ranthambore, a tiny village in Rajasthan is a perfect place for the wildlife lovers. This beautiful region with rich flora and fauna is home to the world famous Ranthambore National Park. This park is a wildlife reserve that is an abode of many animals and birds. Ranthambore is an ideal tourist place that also contains historic ruins and mesmerizing natural beauty.

Distance from Delhi: Around 380kms.

Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

ranikhetRanikhet, situated on the Kumaon Hills in the state of Uttarakhand, offers lush greenery and mountain beauty. It is the ideal destination for honeymooners and adventure enthusiasts. An adventure lover can visit the thrilling treks; explore the forests and many hidden beauties of the Ranikhet. The forests of the hill station are home to some exotic varieties of flora and fauna.

Distance from Delhi: Around 365kms.

Almora, Uttarakhand

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Almora is a popular tourist destination in Kumaon region nestled in the East of Uttarakhand. The spectacular panoramic view of the Himalayas, lush green forests, valleys and gushing mountain streams, attracts scores of tourists from all over the globe. The town is popular as the ‘Switzerland of India’ because of its outstanding natural beauty, delicate handicrafts, rich cultural heritage and the exotic wildlife.

Distance from Delhi: Around 370kms.

Shimla, Himachal

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Shimla’s popularity is certainly untouchable. It is a capital of Himachal Pradesh and an appealing place where the mountains make the tourists excited and forests give them the thrill. The bazaars of Shimla have the quaint touch and its theatres have a historic appeal.

Distance from Delhi: Around 354kms.

Manali, Himachal

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Manali is the popular hill station situated at the northern end of the Kullu Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Many tourists visit this place to indulge in adventure sports, or to celebrate the honeymoon. The air, water, alpine blooming trees, snow-clad mountains and chirping of the birds- all these delightful things make Manali very refreshing and energetic.

Distance from Delhi: Around 537kms.

Kullu, Himachal

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The religious and adventurous hill station of Kullu is situated amidst the evergreen and beguiling Himalayas where the tranquil ambience of River Beas is widely sprinkled. This hill station is famous among the tourists as the valley of faith. .Flanked by the forbidding pinnacles of the Greater Himalayas and fabled with the Silver Valley of shining colorful flowers, Kullu is the perfect hill station for those who wish to experience the revitalizing affection of the Mother Nature.

Distance from Delhi: Around 498kms.

Kufri, Himachal

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Kufri is an astounding hill station located at the foothills of the Himalayas, in the state of Himachal Pradesh. In the local language, ‘Kufri’ means the lake. A lot of adventure enthusiasts travel here during the winter season for tobogganing and skiing along its snow-clad mountains. Trekking through the lush green forests of Kufri is the best way to explore the picturesque beauty of the region. Some of the attractions of Kufri are Mahasu Peak, Himalayan Natural Park, etc.

Distance from Delhi: Around 367kms.

Ajmer, Rajasthan

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The religious city of Ajmer is situated in the southwest of Jaipur, Rajasthan. It is among the most sacrosanct places for both the Muslims and Hindus. It is the beautiful city surrounded by the spectacular Aravalli mountain range. This place is also popular for its silver jewelry and handicraft items. The world famous ‘Dargah Sharif’, which is a mausoleum of the Sufi Saint Khwaza Moinuddin Chishti, is a major religious and tourism attraction of Ajmer.

Distance from Delhi: Around 400kms.

Bikaner, Rajasthan

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Bikaner is located in the north of Rajasthan. It is the city noted for its sand dunes, sculptured temples, magnificent places and rich cultural heritage. The place is known as the bloomed beauty in the desert. The exotic camel safaris and majestic forts are the major attractions of the Bikaner. Travelers from all over the globe throng to this mystic place during the camel festival held every year in the month of January.

Distance from Delhi: Around 426kms.

Udaipur, Rajasthan

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The romantic city of Udaipur is situated in the state of Rajasthan. It boasts of exquisite lakes that makes this city one of the must visit destinations in India. It is known for its pristine lakes, appealing palaces, temples and other edifices. The picturesque city is surrounded by the Aravalli Hills and lies on the bank of the enticing Pichola Lake.

Distance from Delhi: Around 688kms.

Dharamshala, Himachal

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Nestled in the lap of Western Himalayas, Dharamshala is known as the Little Lhasa in Himachal Pradesh. It is popular for its immaculate scenic beauty and serenity. The background of the place is highly enticing due to the snow-capped peaks of Dhauladhar’s reign. Timber, pine trees and tea gardens surround the place and make the view truly magical.

Distance from Delhi: Around 481kms.

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

sultanpur bird sanctuarySultanpur Bird sanctuary is situated in the National Capital Region (NCR)-Gurgaon. This place is a home for both the local and migratory bird species. Some of the rare bird species found here are Little Cormorant, Cattle Egret, White Ibis, etc. The sanctuary is located around the renowned Sultanpur Lake. The sanctuary has a tropical climate and October to March is the best time to visit here.

Distance from Delhi: Around 48kms.

Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

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Lansdowne is an astounding and exotic location. It is a famous hill station situated in Uttarakhand. Lansdowne was once the summerhouse during the British Raj. The wonderful weather, serene environment and secluded weather of the place make it an ideal getaway for the tourists. Summer is the best time to visit here.

Distance from Delhi: Around 250kms.

Chail, Himachal

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Chail is an awesome tourist destination located in Himachal Pradesh. There is a renowned wildlife reserve in Chail that one can visit along with the family. In this reserve, there are various rare animal species like Ghorals, Kakkar, etc. The forests in Chail look simply magnificent and are dense in nature. Sadhupur Village is one of the main attractions in Chail, which is a best place to enjoy the alluring alpines and lovely weather.

Distance from Delhi: Around 332kms.

Dalhousie, Himachal

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This place has a deadly combo of colonial style buildings and scenic landscape, and this gives this place an upper hand when it comes to tourist places around Delhi. A perfect mix of nature and Victorian style structures let you stay engrossed in exploring all through along with enjoying the pleasant climate and tranquil ambiance that this place possesses. The nearby destination, Khajjiar is another reason to plan a weekend holiday here. Khajjiar is often dubbed as the mini Switzerland, so you can very well imagine the heavenly beauty this place must be holding. Tibetan market, Bakrota Hills, Dainkund peak, Kalatop, Lohali village and Karelanu (healing water spring) are other places to check out here.

Distance from Delhi: 575kms

Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination of Rajasthan and the second largest city of the state. This city is known for numerous historical monuments, forts, palaces and temples. The city is set in the marvelous scenery of the Thar Desert. Not only for the historical places, but Jodhpur is famous for its good-quality wooden furniture as well. This tourist destination enjoys sunny weather all round the year and therefore it is also known as the Sun City. Some of the prominent attractions of the place are Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mehrangarh Palace, Kaman Art Gallery, etc.

Distance from Delhi: Around 608kms.

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

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Jaisalmer is famous as the Golden City of the Rajasthan. It is the land of unbelievable picturesque beauty, rustic desert lifestyle, regal palaces and forts, and prominent architectural splendors. The city is beautifully nestled in the heart of Thar Desert. Besides sightseeing, the city has many other captivating tourist attractions like camel safari, camping and advent tours.

Distance from Delhi: Around 757kms.

Bandhavgarh, Madhya Pradesh

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The Bandhavgarh National Park is one of the most famous weekend destinations that can be reached from Delhi. Not only the tiger sightings, but the park also offers several splendid archaeological views as well. Some of the main places that allure the tourists in Bandhavgarh are Bandhavgarh Fort, Sita Mandap, Rampur Pahari, etc.

Distance from Delhi: Around 840kms.

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

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Varanasi is situated on the bank of river Ganges in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is also known as a city of temples. The soaring Ghats and temples combine holy burn in the whole atmosphere that enslaves the soul of the tourists and provides memorable experience. The splendid town is an adobe of the hundreds of shrines. The Kashi Vishwanath temple is the most important of them.

Distance from Delhi: Around 816kms.

Shoja, Himachal Pradesh

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Shoja is a small village that offers the best that nature can give you. Imagine this place with a beautiful wooden guest house and the slow stream passing by. You can just sit outside for hours; be at peace with nature and have a bonfire under the star-studded sky and there is even a waterfall near which you can seat and enjoy moments of awesomeness. Shoja in Seraj Valley is situated before Bhuntar and to reach here, you have to take another road from Aut. Once you start seeing a cluster of wooden houses perched precariously on steep slopes, know that you have reached your destinations. Also, apart from relaxing and getting drunk here, you can take up trekking and go up to the mighty Jalori Pass.

Distance from Delhi: Around 500kms

Madhyamaheshwar, Uttarakhand

Madhyamaheshwar
A pretty little town of Uttarakhand, Madhyamaheshwar makes for a great weekend getaway from Delhi. The pictorial surroundings and ancient temple with minimum tourists are what I am hoping you to imagine. Also, you can add to your imagination a lush meadow on the left side of the village, and pretty little shepherds’ huts are increasing its charm. A 16kms trek leads to Madhyamaheshwar from Ransi Village. Although the distance from Delhi to Madhyamaheshwar is about 440kms, I would recommend planning a trip here by keeping a day or two extra in your hand. So, that would make this a destination for an extended weekend tour from Delhi but trust me every day on the tour here will be worth remembering. I mean how often do you get an opportunity to visit a place where you are the only tourist? Right?

Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

Kasol
Not a Himachal secret anymore, Kasol has been alluring young travellers like honey to Balloo the bear (Jungle Book), the more you eat, the more you want. Sitting comfortably in the lap of Parvati Valley, Kasol enjoys being that adorable kid that everybody likes to cuddle, well, of course, it deserves that attention with its killer natural settings through which meanders the Parvati River and the ambiance created by Indian and Israeli inhabitants. Each day you can wake up to beautiful views, scrumptious meals and you know what. Trekking to other gorgeous places like Tosh and Kheerganga and paying homage at Manikaran all the more make this weekend destination from Delhi amongst the most popular one.

Distance from Delhi: 535kms

Kanatal, Uttarakhand

Kanatal
On Mussoorie- Chamba Road is the beautiful and lesser-known destination, Kanatal. Beautiful like a diamond in the sky (whatever meaning does that phrase have!), Kanatal is a destination to be at peace with nature and self. Camp here and enjoy day trekking to places in the neighbourhood to experience how beautiful nature can get and then enjoy evening mostly sitting by the bonfire and looking at the starry sky. You can also ride a jeep to go far in the forest and must take the opportunity to drink from the natural springs.

Distance from Delhi: 310kms

Nahan, Himachal Pradesh

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Ancient buildings of Colonial and Rajasthani architecture prove that Nahan held an important part in the past. Nahan is known both for its architectural wealth and the beauty of the landscape, so it is clearly a winner when it comes to a perfect weekend holiday destination near Delhi. You should picture Nahan as a place with majestic ancient structures like lower-framed bungalows, elegant Havelis, a lake, ancient shrines, and an old fort with a background of green rolling hills. The salubrious weather adds more charm to the ambiance, and if you and your partner are looking for a weekend hideaway, then this one will do the trick for you.

Distance from Delhi: 267kms

Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh

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Ideally, Parwanoo is a great weekend getaway from Chandigarh as it is situated at a distance of merely 30kms from the city. However, Delhi and Chandigarh are also not that far from each other, and that is why we are considering Parwanoo an ideal holiday destination from Delhi as well. Parwanoo is more of a countryside destination for relaxing over a weekend. The place is known for its apple and peach orchards and fruit juices, jams or marmalade. It is also a base for visiting places like Renuka Lake (the largest lake in the state), Pinjore, Kasauli and Paonta Sahib. The most enjoyable things are nature walks and the ride in the cable car run by Timber Trail resort. One can also visit Dagshai, one of the oldest British cantonments in the country.

Distance from Delhi: 281kms

Amritsar, Punjab

Amritsar
Golden Temple, Wagah Border or the Amritsari cuisine, your reason to visit Amritsar can be any, but the fact remains that this lovely city makes a good weekend escape from Delhi. Of course, the major attraction of Amritsar is Golden Temple, but I will burn in hell if I do not give credit to its scrumptious food that tempts foodies from around the world. Let us not forget the Jallianwala Bagh, which adds the historical touch to the city and the Phulkari work that make all the ladies go gaga over it. Over a weekend, there are a number of things that can keep you engaged in Amritsar and witnessing the ‘Beating Retreat’ on Indo-Pak border is one of the best experiences. So, experience a fun-filled and energetic weekend with friends or family in Amritsar.

Distance from Delhi: 452kms

Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand

Mukteshwar
With travellers’ increasing interest in Uttarakhand, Mukteshwar has emerged out as a holiday escape. Amidst the lofty mountains, people have found their heaven where they can attain peace of mind, body, and soul. Since Mukteshwar is closer to Delhi; it eventually becomes a perfect weekend getaway for those longing for a relaxing break in the lap of Mother Nature. Mukteshwar is famed for its fruit orchards, and coniferous forests and nature walk amidst them is an ideal activity to indulge in.

Distance from Delhi: 331kms

Tirthan Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Tirthan Valley
If you are someone who is constantly in search for a new place to explore, then Tirthan Valley is a great option for you. Gateway to the famed Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), this scenic valley is a paradise for nature lovers. Tirthan is also considered as the buffer zone of the GHNP, and you are allowed to camp here as well. Surrounded by Himalayan Mountains, the valley offers an opportunity to connect with the nature. The best part is, you can set up your camps here by the river and can also indulge in activities like trout fishing, rappelling and river crossing. And yes, you should consider this destination for an extended weekend.

Distance from Delhi: 510kms

Chopta, Uttarakhand

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One should visit Chopta, first for witnessing India’s highest Shiva Temple at Tungnath and second for getting the incredible views of the snow-clad mountain from a 4000m peak, Chandrashila. A weekend from Delhi cannot get any better with a 4km trek to one of the most scenic places in Garhwal Himalaya. Chopta gives you push in case you were longing to take trekking as a hobby. You would find a lush meadow to bask in the sun while you give trekking some break and then you have exquisite nature surrounding you which makes an excellent object for photography. And don’t even let me get started on the superb views of Chaukhamba and other Himalayan peaks from the top, they are simply breathtaking. Camping is ideal at Chopta, although, small lodges are also available in case you are looking for a comfy stay. You might need to add a day or two if you want to trek to Deoriatal as well.

Distance from Delhi: 398kms

Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

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Kasauli is a mainstream hill station in Himachal Pradesh, now I don’t mean to say that mainstream destinations are not good, in fact, they make for a perfect family holiday destinations. Situated amidst lofty mountains, the colonial hill station, has everything in place for a comfortable and relaxing weekend from Delhi. Christ Church and Baptist Church done in the classic Gothic style of architecture are the attractions to visit apart from the ceremonial Mall Road. You might also want to check out the Kasauli Brewery, which is believed to be the oldest functioning distillery for Scotch whisky in Asia.

Distance from Delhi: 305kms

Abbot Mount, Uttarakhand

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A tiny hamlet of Abbott Mount is a place from where one could witness the snowcapped cliffs of the mighty Himalayas. This hilly resort is situated on the eastern side of the Kumaon Hills and is also a noble venture of the English men, John Harold Abbott, who wanted an escape from the tiresome life of the plains. Abbott Mount has gorgeous trails and walkways that make people holidaying here spellbound. Picturesque and serene surroundings of deodar and pine forest are home to the exotic Himalayan birds whose twittering and chirping creates a melodious environ. It is a perfect location for young couples and honeymooners. You can opt for a slower and easy paced vacation here, and if you prefer some recreational activities then you can try out some fishing and other allied adventures.

Distance from Delhi: 362kms

New Tehri, Uttarakhand

New Tehri
Overlooking the gigantic lake and the Tehri Dam is the town of New Tehri. Tourists come here to see the Tehri Dam, which is one of the World’s largest hydroelectric projects harnessing waters of two important Himalayan Rivers, Bhagirathi, and Bhilangana. Soon the government will be initiating water sports in the lake here, and tourists will have more to look forward to apart from the beautiful landscape and the massive dam. If you have a mind of an explorer then places close by, Devprayag and Chamba are worth seeing.

Distance from Delhi: 305kms

Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh

Shoghi
If you’re one of those travellers seeking elusive, secluded spots for exploring in over a weekend, then your quest shall end at Shoghi. You can relax and enjoy this small piece of heaven that is blessed with natural beauty and hospitable people. An ideal holiday at Shoghi would be to learning to paint with watercolours here or reading new books, going bird watching or simply listening to the sounds of the forest. There are also opportunities to trek along the clear streams that gush over beautiful coloured stones.

Distance from Delhi: 347kms

Naldehra, Himachal Pradesh

Naldehra
A small hamlet in Himachal Pradesh is Naldehra. It is a town tucked a short distance away from famed hill station, Shimla. Naldehra is an offbeat destination that comes with a choice of selecting a kind of holiday that you enjoy the most. One can simply bask in the warm sun or go trekking or simply take short walks to explore the nook and crannies of this rustic place.

Distance from Delhi: 382kms

Binsar, Uttarakhand

Binsar
The summer capital of the Chand Kings, Binsar is a picturesque, and one of the most scenic spots in the Kumaon Himalayas. The place offers incredible views of Himalayan ranges of Chaukhamba, Trishul, Nanda Devi, Shivling, and Panchchuli. There is also a vast wildlife sanctuary, which is a home to many rare animals, birds and wild flowers. Binsar is also a trekker’s paradise, one can treks in the misty mountain trails and pass through towering Oaks and Rhododendrons. Little further from Binsar is the temple of Jageshwar, which is surrounded by lofty deodars. This complex of the temple is an important pilgrimage centre for Hindus.

Distance from Delhi: 384kms

Rohru, Himachal Pradesh

Rohru
A small, bustling town on the banks of river Pabbar is Rohru. However, it is the valley near Rohru that is quite an attractive spot. An important place for anglers who come here for trout fishing, Rohru is a decent destination to get rid of the hectic week’s stress and submit to the beauty of pristine nature. Shikhru Devta Temple, Chirgaon, Chanshal and Dodra and Kwar are some of the places that you would want to see around Rohru.

Distance from Delhi: 439kms

Kausani, Uttarakhand

Kausani
Offering an unsurpassable view of Himalayan Peaks like Trishul, Nanda Devi, Nandakot and Panchchuli Peaks, Kausani is a picturesque hill station in Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand. Kausani is famous as the birthplace of Hindi poet Sumitra Nandan Pant, who composed some of his memorable poems here. The hill station is also popular for its Anasakti Ashram, which is believed to be the place where Mahatma Gandhi for 14 days in 1929. Offering a perfect blend of history and nature, Kausani is a place that will make your heart melt in the first place.

Distance from Delhi: 408kms

Palampur, Himachal Pradesh

Palampur
Palampur is located in Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh and a distance of some 35 km from Dharamsala. The place gets its name from Pulum meaning ‘abundant water’, thus, it is expected that the region has innumerable streams and brooks and the water bodies. Palampur is also famous for tea plantations, and the best part is that one can take a tour of these. A 20-minute tour is organized by Palampur Tea State, who take you through the tea making process. Apart from it, Palampur is the starting point for several treks including to Dharamsala and Kangra, Baijnath-Manali and many others. Also Bir, a popular center for paragliding activities and along with Billing, that serves as the landing spot is at a distance of only 35kms from Palampur.

Distance from Delhi: 500kms

Mandawa, Rajasthan

Mandawa
Popular for its massive forts, historical monuments, and Havelis, Mandawa is a beautiful town in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. Mandawa came into more limelight after the Bollywood Movie PK, where the city was the home of Sanjay Dutt aka Bhaiyaa. The major attractions of Mandawa include Mandawa fort, Goenka Double Haveli, Murmuria Haveli and Bagar, all of which reflect the fine Rajasthani architecture.

Distance from Delhi: 257kms

Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

Gwalior Fort
Gwalior gives you enough reasons to visit. You can be here to explore the massive Gwalior Fort, pay respect at Tansen’s tomb and to take a day trip to Shivpuri, the old Scindia summer capital. Often called the Fort City, Gwalior had once served as the seat of several north Indian kingdoms.The city is famous for Scindia School located inside the Gwalior fort. Sarod Ghar, the first ever museum dedicated to Indian musical instruments, is based in Gwalior. There is way too much to explore in Gwalior that I would be able to describe in words, and that is why it is best to visit this place and witness on your own.

Distance from Delhi: 329kms

Orchha, Madhya Pradesh

Orchha
Founded in the 16th century by the Bundela chieftain, Rudra Pratap, Orchha is a beautiful historic town along the Betwa. The town is small and can be walked through to visit all its attractions. The most amazing ones are Jehangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris Laxminarayan Temple and Raj Mahal, Strewn around the lovely area are other shrines and memorials that point out to a poignant history and contribute to the nostalgic beauty that Orchha is.

Distance from Delhi: 463kms

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Khajuraho
Known for its erotic carvings over three groups of Unesco World Heritage Site, Khajuraho is a must visit destination in India. The Western Group of temples, in particular, contains some stunning sculptures. Also, the massive Raneh Fall is something that you should not miss in Khajuraho. Located some 16kms from Khajuraho, Raneh Falls is the place to see the River Ken at its best; however, monsoon would be the best time for the visit. Apart from it, Panna National Park is a place to check out as it also at a short distance from Khajuraho.

Distance from Delhi: 637kms

Pushkar, Rajasthan

Pushkar
Pushkar is one of the most ancient cities in India and is home to one of the few Brahma temples in India. It is also one of the five sacred pilgrimage centers and is often referred to as Tirth Raj, meaning ‘the king of pilgrim sites.’ Over the years, Pushkar has emerged as one of the most popular destinations among tourists not just from India, but also from abroad. The place is getting famed for its exclusive parties and the hub for foreign travellers that can be spotted on every nook and corner of Pushkar. The Camel Fair is the identifier of this place, and celebration of Holi is also becoming a popular time to visit the city.

Distance from Delhi: 405kms

Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand

Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park is situated in the foothills of Shiwalik ranges. Combining three sanctuaries, Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji, this national park is spread over Pauri Garwal, Dehradun and Saharanpur districts of Uttarakhand. Rajaji is home to avian species including good birds like Greater Scaup, White-naped Woodpecker, Great Hornbill, Black-bellied Tern, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Northern Goshawk, Black-necked Stork, Yellow-billed Blue Magpie, Scaly Thrush, Snowy-browed Flycatcher, Rusty-flanked Treecreeper, Pale-footed Bush Warbler, Tytler’s Leaf Warbler, Green Avadavat and Reed Bunting. The park is also the home to many wild animals including elephants.

Distance from Delhi: 213kms

Landour, Uttarakhand

Landour
A picture perfect destination, Landour is situated a short distance away from Mussoorie. Imagine Landour as a place that has been draped in the sheets of deodars and red rhododendron flowers. The place also has several British Raj era relics to flaunt and the salubrious air, and beautiful walks remain the chief highlights of this former cantonment area. Besides the colonial-era churches, quaint shops, and a cemetery, there are brick and stone cottages that add more charm to this beautiful destination.

Distance from Delhi: 284kms

These weekend getaways from Delhi keep the tourists away from the humdrum of their daily routine life and make their weekend truly great and memorable. To kick off the stressful days and rejuvenate the body; the weekend holiday packages offered by the different travel agencies can be of a good help. These packages facilitate many reasons to cheer and enjoy the exciting weekends around Delhi without any inconvenience.

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Vijayendra Thapliyal is the name behind Tour My India, one of the leading tour operators in India. Besides being a successful businessman, he is also a typical travel junkie who loves to explore the treasures concealed in different corners of India. When he is not on road, he is active with a pen sharing travelling experiences with many like him. With a keen interest in India’s rich cultural legacy, he loves to capture memories in his lens.


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