The best places to visit around Delhi? (Weekend Trip)

by Prakhar

1. Shimla

Distance – 443 kms
Best For – Nature lovers, honeymoon,couples

Shimla is the capital of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, in the Himalayan foothills. Once the summer capital of British India, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway, completed in 1903. It’s also known for the handicraft shops that line The Mall and a pedestrian avenue, as well as the Lakkar Bazaar, a market specializing in wooden toys and crafts.

2. Alwar/Neemrana

Distance – 120 kms
Best For – Couples, Historical Trip, Wildlife Lovers

Located very close to Delhi, Alwar has many historical sites of interest which attract tourists from all over the world. Silserh Lake and Hill Fort Kesroli along with Sariska Tiger Reserve and the haunted Bhangarh are main attractions in and around Alwar. Neemrana is a small town in Alwar District. The magnificent Fort around which the town is established was built by Raj Dup Raj in 1467. It is now converted into a heritage hotel. Only a few weekend getaways from Delhi have the luxury of offering a majestic view along with a monastic ambience to truly detox your senses.

3. Mathura and Vrindavan

Distance – 160 kms
Best For – Family, Religious Trip

Famous for its Braj Holi the world over, Mathura and Vrindavan will draw you back into time like no other place. The birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura is known for its culture and heritage and lies well within the golden triangle of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra and lies 145 km south-east of Delhi. The Mathura museum is famous for the ancient sculptures from the Mathura School of Art, which is an archeological museum. Places to visit in Mathura include the Krishna Janma Bhoomi which is the birth place of Lord Krishna and Dwarkadheesh temple. Vrindavan is an extremely famous twin city of Mathura and it beautifully hosts a variety of breathtaking Lord Krishna Temples.

4. Bharatpur

Distance – 195 kms
Best For – Wildlife Lovers, Couples

Keoladeo Ghana National Park is one of the man-made wetlands in India that was formerly called ‘Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. This park hosts a large number of avifauna during the summers and is considered one of India’s best national parks to observe exotic migratory birds and other birds of India. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bharatpur was an important well-fortified city before independence. It’s a great place to travel to on weekends and you could also include Fatehpur Sikri and Sikandra or even Taj Mahal if you have more time on your hands.

5. Rishikesh

Distance – 230 kms
Best For – Adventure Seekers, Couples, Religious Trip

The Beatles were here back and 1968 and it can be fittingly described as one of the international nomad’s favorite destination. Nestled in the Himalayas with the holy Ganges flowing by its side; Rishikesh is more than just an important Hindu pilgrimage destination. A short distance away from Delhi, Rishikesh is best visited for Yoga tourism, spirituality and adventure sports like rafting, trekking and climbing tours. If you want to keep your trip minimalistic then check into a riverside camp and let nature work its magic on your stress-wrecked senses. Being a religious destination the place is entirely vegetarian but eateries like ‘The Third Eye Café, German Bakery and The Pyramid Café would certainly satiate your senses both with their food and their simplicity.

6. Corbett

Distance – 235 kms
Best For – Couples, Wildlife Lovers

This is India’s finest tiger reserve and a national park with the highest diversity in terms of flora and fauna. Its location in the Himalayan Terai Region ensures that even if you doesn’t spot the big cats, staying in one of the many swiss cottages is a delightful experience. It was established in 1936 to protect the regal Bengal Tigers. This park has been named after the popular wildlife story writer, Jim Corbett. The beauty and wilderness of this park attracts enthusiasts from various parts of the globe. This wildlife tourist destination of India has also been featured in many wildlife documentaries in order to raise awareness towards the mighty and stunning Bengal Tigers.

7. Lansdowne

Distance – 250 kms
Best For – Couples, Hill Station Lovers, Adventure Seekers

A beautiful little town setting in itself, Lansdowne has gained popularity for serenity, where one can enjoy their solitude, just be peaceful and a group can enjoy the company of friends and family too. An advantage about Lansdowne is that it is only 250 kms. from Delhi which makes it an amazing spot for lazing around on a weekend. You could take a stroll in the surrounding oak & pine forests, go for trekking, do bird watching, boating or simply do nothing. Lansdowne stands at an altitude of 1700 mts. above sea level. Whenever you visit this awesome weekend getaway near Delhi/NCR, make sure to drop by at the Bhulla Lake, St. Mary’s Church (oldest church in town), Tip In Top (the best spot in Lansdowne to get amazed with the splendor of the Himalayas). The Himalayan peaks Chaukhamba & Trishul are visible from here. Visit anytime after the summers to avoid rugged weather.

8. Mandawa

Distance – 260 kms
Best For – Family, Historical Trip

Mandawa is a small and aesthetically appealing town located in the Jhunjunu district of Rajasthan and famous for its sprawling mansions, havelis, and forts. The popular and majestic fort of Mandawa was built in 1812 by Thakur Nawal Singh. The fort is spectacular in its beauty with a painted arched gateway representing Lord Krishna and his cows. The castle of Mandawa is highly renowned for exquisite frescoes. The rooms are decorated with magically enticing artwork, mirror work, engravings and paintings of Lord Krishna in a wide variety of forms and figures. Mandawa is situated at a central location and has now been converted into a hotel well equipped with modern amenities and luxuries. The town of Mandawa is popularly nicknamed as an open art gallery of Rajasthan owing to the lovely collection of frescoes.

9. Haridwar

Distance – 252.5 kms
Best For – Family, Religious Trip

Haridwar is an ancient city and important Hindu pilgrimage site in North India’s Uttarakhand state, where the River Ganges exits the Himalayan foothills. The largest of several sacred ghats (bathing steps), Har Ki Pauri hosts a nightly Ganga Aarti (river-worshipping ceremony) in which tiny flickering lamps are floated off the steps. Worshippers fill the city during major festivals including the annual Kanwar Mela.

10. Nainital

Distance – 309 kms
Best For – Nature lovers,Couples, Hill Station Lovers

Nainital is a Himalayan resort town in the Kumaon region of India’s Uttarakhand state, at an elevation of roughly 2,000m. Formerly a British hill station, it’s set around Nainital Lake and it is a popular boating site with Naina Devi Hindu Temple on its north shore. There’s shopping in Bara Bazaar, and hiking trails with mountain views crisscross the surrounding area’s wooded hills.

11. Naukuchiatal

Distance – 300 kms
Best For – Adventure Seekers, Hill Station Lovers, Couples

Naukuchiatal or ‘lake of nine corners’ is a small hill station in Nainital district in Uttarakhand. This place is a ‘Para-glider’s Paradise’ and provides ample scope for rowing, paddling and yachting. This beautiful hill station is surrounded by green forests and the serene lake amidst the lush green fields that are a feast for the eyes. This enchanting valley offers an opportunity of angling and bird watching. The lake is fed by an underground perennial spring. Naukuchiatal is also famous for the ‘Escape Festival’ which happens once every year (in the month of May).

12. Kasauli

Distance – 300 kms
Best For – Young Couples, Hill Station Lovers

This small hill station seems to live in a time warp that belongs to the 19th century. The narrow roads of Kasauli (1951m) slither up and down the hillside and offer some magnificent vistas. Directly below is the spread of the vast plains of Punjab and Haryana which as darkness falls, unroll a gorgeous carpet of twinkling lights. The upper and lower malls run through Kasauli’s length and one can enjoy long walks. A mixed forest of pine, oak and huge horse-chestnut encircles the town. Its colonial ambience is reinforced by stretches of cobbled road, quaint shops, gabled houses with charming facades and scores of neat little gardens and orchards. Kasauli is well connected by road and about 300 kms from Delhi.

13. Ranikhet

Distance – 340 kms
Best For – Family, Hill Station Lovers

Located in Almora district in Uttarakhand, the tranquil hill station and cantonment town of Ranikhet is surrounded by lush green forests and majestic Himalayan ranges. The area, rich with pine, oak, and deodar forests, is a much sought after holiday spot. Ranikhet is also an exciting trekking destination. From Ranikhet one can trek up to Gagash bridge and Dwarahat. The farthest trek route is from Ranikhet to Kausani via Majkhali and Gochhina.

14. Shoghi

Distance – 343 kms
Best For – Nature Lovers

Located at an altitude above 5,700 feet, Shoghi is a small hamlet at a distance of 13 kilometers from the Ambala-Shimla national highway. The hill station is surrounded by oak and rhododendron trees. The lush green valley’s around Shoghi offer much-needed seclusion and tranquility to tourists. One of the major attractions in Shoghi is a village resort known as Park Woods. Other nearby tourist destinations include Jakhoo Hill, Viceregal Lodge, Kurfi and Kandaghat. The town Shoghi is also famous for fruit products, locally made pickles, juices, syrups and jellies. Shoghi is also an ideal place for trekking, camping and bird watching.

15. Almora

Distance – 350 kms
Best For – Couples, Family, Hill Station Lovers

It’s like Snowdonia or The Lake District only more beautiful. Almora is a picturesque district in the Kumaun region, east of Uttarakhand. With a breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayas, the destination draws tourists worldwide to its alluring grandeur of natural beauty. Famous for its rich cultural heritage, unique handicrafts, sumptuous cuisine and magnificent wildlife, coupled with an easy accessibility, Almora promises a visit full of fun and unforgettable moments.

There are many more names to add but we wanted to keep things brief to get you started. All the above destinations can be easily visited over the weekends.

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