Traveling is a quick fix to your mental well being. Delhi is the city of temples, fort and a perfect shopping spot, but being a Delhite you may feel the urge of taking a break from hectic routine and fast-moving metro life. It is not always possible to go on a long break far away to distant land due to workload and other factors.
So, here is the list of 10 best weekend getaways near Delhi for this year for a quick trip to with your tribe. These places are sure to serve you with a relaxing, calm and fun-filled break.
Agra is the nearest spot, 206 kilometers south of Delhi. It is a city on the banks of river Yamuna. The Mughal era constructions like Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri has been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here you can shop some beautiful local stuff made of leather and silk.
How to reach: Bus services are run by Agra Municipal Corporation.
Metro services are also available.
Other Attractions: Akbars Tomb, Jama Masjid, Mariam’s Tomb, Guradwara Guru ka Taal, Paliwal Park
Shopping spots: Subhash Bazar, Sadar Bazar, Kinari Bazar.
Jim Corbett National Park
It is the oldest national park built with one aim that was to protect Bengal Tiger. It is located in Nainital District of Uttrakhand. If you are a wildlife lover or photographer this place is a must visit for you. Entry is allowed in certain parts of the park so that tourists get an idea of the wildlife and their surroundings. It contains 488 species of plants and a huge variety of fauna, which makes it the greatest attraction for tourist from all over the country.
How to reach: By Railways, a direct train runs to Ramnagar(nearest railway station to Jim Corbett) from Delhi.
Other Attractions: Jhirna Safari, Garjiya Devi Temple, Corbett Falls.
Shopping Spots: Corbett Souvenir Shop, Dhangari Museum Souvenir Shop.
Pushkar is a town in Ajmer district, a pilgrimage site for Hindu and Sikhs. But it is a vibrant and buzzing town too. It can be called one of the cheapest getaways you can plan your trip to. It is a small colorful town that can be easily covered on your Drz400. Pushkar fair is held for 5 days when villagers just relax and enjoy the festivity. This is one of the largest cattle fair of the country. Around 50,000 camels are brought, traded and sold here. The festival includes colorful folk performances, magic show, and camel race.
How to reach: By a car, it takes approximately 7 hours 37 minutes. By train, you will reach Ajmer and from there 30 mint drive to Pushkar.
Other Attractions: Brahma Temple, Svitri Temple, Gautama Maharishi Temple
Shopping Spots: Handicraft store, Kedalganj Bazar, Sarafa Bazaar, Baza Bazaar.
Shimla also called ‘Queen of Hills’ is the most loved getaways of Delhites.
During winters Shimla showcases the magnificent view. The sky is clear, wind-free from pollution and freshness all around. Many people visit it during winters to try different adventure and snow activities, like skiing and globe skating. In its chilly cold winters, you are sure to enjoy a good bottle of Courvoisier while having fun around a bonfire. Don’t forget to carry your warm hoddies and camera to capture the snowy moments.
How to reach: You can take a train from New Delhi and get down at Ambala Cantt. The price of the train ticket is approximately Rs. 140. Traveling on a bus is one of the ways to reach Shimla from Ambala Cantt. The total journey between Ambala Cantt &Shimla takes around 3 h 10 min a bus.
Other Attractions: Mall Road, Jakhoo, The Ridge
Shopping Spots: Tibetan Market, Lower Bazaar, Lakkar Bazaar.
Hastinapur is the name well acquainted with since the times of Mahabharata. It is not very far from Delhi. It is a city in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh. It has various beautiful carved temples and is home to a huge variety of fauna.
How to reach: Train and Bus facility is available
Other Attractions: Jambudweep, Shri Shantinath Digamber Jain Mandir
Auli in winters is worth visiting. It is the nearest hill station with ski destination. The beautiful and serene atmosphere is a perfect place to meditate away from daily chaos. Best season to visit Auli is from November to March. It provides you with various other activities if planned accordingly. Don’t forget to carry your favorite drink, be it bourbon or master blender such as Crown Royal Reserv. You’ll surely need it to unwind at the end of the day. How to reach: Take a bus from Delhi to Rishikesh. This is an overnight journey, then board a cab from Rishikesh to Auli. Other Attractions: Gurso Bugyal, Trishul Peak, Nanda Prayag Shopping Spots: Lower Market Auli.
It is a cantonment town in the district of Uttrakhand. This is not a very obsessed tourist destination, that makes it the perfect spot to chill and relax amidst the natural beauty. The more tourist invades a space, noisier it becomes. In winters you get the privilege of enjoying snowfall which cannot be experienced in Delhi.
How to reach: You can reach either by train or road as the distance is 258.3 km via NH534
Other Attractions: Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Kanvashram,Shopping Spots: Javed Boot Shop
Rishikesh is all about adventure and activities. It serves tourist with various sports activities like bungee jumping, cliff jumping, flying fox and river rafting. Enjoy bonfire with your tribe in a beautiful rustic environment.
How to reach: By car, it is 6 to 7hr drive. There are other options like traveling by air or by train.
Other Attractions: Bungee jumping, flying fox, cliff jumping, and river rafting
Shopping Spots: Laxman Jhula Market, Shyampur Haat Bazaar, Gole Market
Jaisalmer is all about tans and sand. Summers are bright and hot, it is advisable to visit the mighty desert from November onwards till February. Desserts have a different set of activities for tourist like camel safari, desert glamping, dune bashing, ATV rides, and parasailing. It is a colorful and vibrant city to visit and chill. How to reach: Direct trains are available from Delhi to Jaisalmer, covering distance with ease. Other Attractions: Golden City Fort, Gadisar Lake, Patwon ki Haveli Shopping Spots: Manak Chowk, Pansari Bazaar, Sonaron Ka Baas.
Deoria Tal is a beautiful lake in Uttrakhand. Hindu faith is linked with this lake, it is believed Devas bathed in this lake. This lake is famous for trekking and camping and the crystal clear water reflecting nature beautifully. How to reach: Journey can be carried out by road, air or railway. Other Attractions: Tungnath, Chopta, Chandrashila Trek
I hope this article helped you to make your weekend more exciting and fun-filled. If there is any other place that I missed, do comment below.