15 Travel destinations around Delhi
Looking for quick weekend getaways near Delhi, then this is your perfect place of information. Beautiful and exciting weekend destinations, close to the capital city of India to unwind and rejuvenate from the chaos and pressure of a hectic lifestyle. Below is the list of top 15 destinations to go on a weekend trip with friends and family close to Delhi. Check out the list and pack up your bags for a fun vacation and some exciting shopping. Weekend excursions from Delhi: –
Jaipur, the ancient pink city in the state of Rajasthan is the epitome of royal heritage. Jaipur is a city which speaks great volumes about the Rajputana culture with magnificent forts and other historical sites. The best places of attraction in the city are Hawa Mahal, city palace, Najafgarh fort, Amer fort. Don’t miss to enjoy the delicious local cuisines and beautiful jewellery. Jaipur tour will only take a weekend to enjoy and finish getting back to Delhi with fun memories. The city is about 281 km from Delhi, with excellent transport connectivity.
A world famous city, the home of Taj Mahal, Agra fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Very rich in Mughal culture and history. Agra is well connected to Delhi and can be reached by car, train, luxurious buses etc. The distance between Agra and Delhi is about 236 km. The city is also very famous for the local sweet called Patha and leather items, so don’t forget to pick up the especial ties.
Nainital is a delightful hill station with natural beauty, lakes and mountains. It is a city in the heart of Uttarakhand, situated in the Kumaon hillocks of Himalayas. Nainital is positioned around the beautiful Niani lake surrounded with mountains on three sides. It’s a promising weekend getaway with loads of adventure and escape into the nature. There are many places to visit like Raj Bhavan, Niani lake, Cable car ride, Tibetan market, Thandi Sadako etc. Some important things to take care about when you travel to Nainital. Carry an umbrella or raincoat, book your hotel in advance, do carry some warm clothes the weather of the town is very unpredictable. There are number of good eating zones in the main town. Don’t forget to pick some beautiful handmade candles.
JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK
It is the oldest established National Park and animal sanctuary in India. If you are a nature and wildlife lover, take some time out from your busy schedule and plan a trip to Jim Corbett National Park. This park is under the project “save the tiger”. You are sure to experience the thrills of the best jungle safaris in India. It’s a huge forest with more than 488 different species of flora and fauna. The ideal time to visit Jim Corbett National Park is from November to February. It is easier to spot animals and the temperatures are also favorable for the animals as well as the tourists. This travel destination can be reached by road, train luxurious buses, air from Delhi. All accommodation bookings should be done in advance. The partonomic views, wildlife sights, the large grasslands, hospitality of the local people will definitely make a positive impression on you.
Varanasi also known as Banaras; Kashi is the oldest spiritual city, India. Varanasi is about km from Delhi and is well connected by road, air, rail. The name Varanasi came from the two river tributaries of Ganga that border the city, namely varuna and Assis. Varanasi is believed to be the original ground created by Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Places you must visit are the Ghats, the boat ride on the Ganges, the temples. What is Varanasi without the Galis(lanes and alleys) very narrow and crowded, crazy enough to get you lost. Enjoy the magical and vibrant city. Don’t forgot to to try the mouthwatering chaat, lassi, kachori. It is a crazy city but has it’s spiritual beauty like none other. Be cautious of the many scams in the form of pandits, auto drivers, sadhus, beggars etc.
If one can say Alwar is actually the gateway of Rajasthan. A hidden gem with some amazing places to visit. Alwar is easily accessible from Delhi, the Amazingly beautiful Aravalli range surrounds the city. It is about km from Delhi. You can visit forts, palaces, lakes, temples and even go on a tiger safari and you make spot a Bengal tiger. The city has a picturesque beauty, a perfect weekend place to have an off the beat track experience of the Rajasthani villages and country side experience.
Bharatpur is a perfect weekend place to plan with friends and family. The city is about 180 km from Delhi and is also known as the ‘Eastern gate of Rajasthan’. The place has a great historical significance as the name speaks it is said to be named after Bharat, the younger brother of lord Rama. It is home to one of the world’s best bird sanctuaries – Keoladeo Ghana National Park. The wetland of the bird sanctuary is a home to several migratory birds every year such as raptors, geese, waders and so on. You can visit the city by bus, cab, car rentals. Best time to visit Bharatpur is between October and March usually the birds migrate back to their original homes from mid-February. Bharatpur is a home to over thousands of migratory birds during winter. Other attractions which hold historical importance are the government museum, Dholpur palace, water palace(deeg), lohagarh fort, Bharatpur palace and museum.
A perfect place to expose on a weekend from Delhi would definitely be Vrindavan Mathura. It is about km from the National capital. The world famous scared city has the godly feel and importance.It is situated on the banks of the river Yamuna and is lord Krishna’s Adobe. The city has numerous small and big temples which have a historical evidence of lord Krishna and Radha Rani. Some very mystical and holy places around the city are Dwarkadhish ji temple ( Barsana),Shri banke Bihari temple, Iskcon temple, Prem mandir. you are sure to enjoy your stay and feel fulfilled with the knowledge of Hinduism pilgrimage.
Mussoorie very famously named as the queen of the hills.one of my highly recommended destinations to travel is Mussoorie. It is about 300 km from Delhi and a very pleasing, budget friendly destination to be enjoyed with friends, couples or even solo trips. The journey is captivating with beautiful mountain ranges to green lush delights. You can enjoy a number of places but considering a trip over the weekend the best places to visit would be kempty falls and ropeway, cloud’s end, Mall Road, company garden and being wildlife sanctuary. Also famous for world known boarding schools. Mussoorie has a prevalent British feel to it, enjoy your stay and don’t forget to book your hotel in advance.
Now who doesn’t know Shimla, the most thronged destination in Himachal Pradesh. Shimla the summer capital of British India, has snowcapped peaks, lush green surroundings, plenty of adventurous activities, a number of upscale hotels and restaurants. Shimla is around 350km from Delhi by road and total travel time would be about 7 to 8 hours. Shimla still retains its colonial era charm which is evident in the historical churches and institutions. The city is a perfect attraction for honeymooners, adventure seekers, filmmakers and so on. Shimla is a promising travel it nary for a weekend to be enjoyed with friends and make great memories.
Rishikesh the birth place of yoga, meditation, spirituality is situated on the banks of the Ganga. It is a fantastic weekend destination from Delhi. The small city in Uttarakhand is easily accessible by train, bus, car and even air. It is known as the adventure capital of India. Rishikesh has been a lovable spot for international tourists since years, it is a place to completely unwind from the hustle of daily life. Major places to visit are Laxman jhula, Ram jhula, take a dip in the Ganges river, the famous abandoned Beatles Ashram, cafes, where you can enjoy the ginger and lemon tea. You are surely going to experience a physical, mental, spiritual detox from the vibes of the city.
Dausa(Rajasthan) – Dausa a quaint traditional village is located near the main city of Jaipur. It is only about 258 km from Delhi,a very off beat weekend destination and loved by visitors and traveler’s. Places to visit at Dausa are Bhadrawati palace and Khawaraoji, Bhangarh fort, Mehandipur Balaji temple, Gopinath temple and best season to visit is from October to February. The biggest attraction of the town is the bewildering step well which is featured in many Bollywood movies. The architecture is amazing.
Morni Hills is one and only hill station in Haryana, located in the Panchkula district. The name of the hill station is derived from a queen who once reigned there. It is always recommended to book the hotel well in advance. The hill station is famous for it’s natural beauty, adventure sports activities, trekking, bird watching, waterfalls and rock climbing. It is recommended to visit during Summers to escape the scorching heat of Delhi and enjoy the pleasant weather. The place is well connected by roads and is approximately 280km from Delhi.
Chandigarh is one of the well planned and prosperous cities of India. It is a collective capital of Punjab and Haryana designed by Swiss French architect Le Corbusier. This union territory has a number of places to visit like Zakir Husain’s Rose Garden, Chhatbir zoo, Government Museum and art gallery and so on. Rich in delicious cuisines, Punjabi culture and a well-planned infrastructure. It is 245km from Delhi with a travel time of around 4to 5 hours. The city has some of the most popular brand outlets and a high fashion sense is to be seen in the local residents.
If you are looking for an unexplored, unspoiled, serene hill station then Lansdowne is your spot. It is about 260 kms from Delhi and is well connected by road, air and train. The pine forest is sure to catch your attention. It is untouched by weird tourist traffic thus less crowded. You can enjoy the peace of the place and beautiful winds, the sunrise and the sunset. There are a number of ancient churches and museums.
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