The Indian capital of Delhi is home to some world-famous landmarks including the Red Fort(Lal Qilla), the Jama Masjid and some busy shopping bazaar where vendors and shoppers haggle till they get a decent bargain. The streets of Delhi are filled with people all through the day, walking and talking in classic Dilliwali Hindi. With all the commotion and the modern lifestyles, we all need some time off & what’s better than a quick weekend getaway that helps you bounce back reinvigorated. To make things easier for you, I’ve collated a list of the top 8 weekend getaways from Delhi that you can count on for a fun trip away from all kinds of stress.
Top 8 Weekend Getaway Spots from Delhi:
A small village in Kullu, Kasol is nestled right by the picturesque Parvati River. Whether you are a nature lover, a die-hard camper or just someone who is looking to relax, Kasol is the best place near Delhi that meets every traveller’s need. The Parvati Valley is known for cultivating hashish, one of the main reasons why Kasol is a hot favourite with hippies and with the younger crowds. If you are looking for a trekking experience in Kasol, head to Kheerganga where you can pack in some of the best views of the verdant surroundings and grab some food from the quaint cafes on the way to a natural hot water spring. Ah! What bliss!
The Pink City of Rajasthan, Jaipur is royalty served on a platter for travellers coming in from different parts of the world to get a taste of the city’s architecture, culture and of course, the food. Visit the most famous Hawa Mahal which has a million tiny windows, built by one of the Mughal emperors for his Queen. Next, visit the Amber Fort, one of the major tourist hubs of Jaipur. The Amber Fort is a beautiful monument with a tasteful amalgamation of Hindu and Islamic architectural styles. If you have an interest and an understanding of astronomy, visit Jantar Mantar in Jaipur which has archaic structures that were used to predict the time of the day and the month, in olden times.
Famous for being home to the Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan as an expression of his love, Agra is just about four and a half hours away from Delhi. Agra is one of the places where you will find the most number of tourists, walking around doing everything from taking pictures with the Taj Mahal to eating at local food stalls to buying things from the street vendors. The best things to do when you are in Agra is to go to the Taj Mahal to take touristy pictures, then go to Fatehpur Sikri followed by the famous Agra Fort. The Golden Triangle Circuit of India is formed by the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, three very different cities connected through their tourist attractions. As the saying goes ‘Agra nahi dekha toh kya dekha?’
India’s very own land of adventure sports, Rishikesh is the hub for rafting, trekking, bungee jumping and yoga. One of the first places in India to have developed the principles of yoga, Rishikesh is also home to a lot of rishi-munis who have contributed to making the city one of the holiest cities of the country. The clanging bells of the Rishikesh temples and the gurgling of the holy Ganges river that flows through the city only add to the spiritual vibe of the place. With all the sightseeing when you get hungry, visit the cafes that line the Laxman Jhula area.
5) Bir Billing-
One of the newest names in the list of adventure-friendly cities, Bir Billing has to be on every adventure freak’s bucket list. The first thing you should do when you reach Bir Billing is to go paragliding. When visiting Bir-Billing, make sure you visit the Stupas and Monasteries in the region especially the Chokling Monastery and the Sherab Ling Monastery. Even if you are not too big on adventure, Bir Billing still has lots for you to do such as taking beautiful long strolls at some of the most scenic scapes and taking tours of the Bir tea factory.
6) Jim Corbett National Park-
A must visit for nature lovers and wildlife buffs, the Jim Corbett is located at an approximate distance of 246 kilometres from Delhi and is about five and a half hours away (via road). One of the most well known and most visited parks of the county, the Jim Corbett is home to some of the wildest animal species including the majestic Bengal tiger, Indian elephants, Himalayan black bear, spotted deer, leopard cat and the golden jackal. An estimated 580 species of birds also reside within the confines of this National Park. If you thought that the National Park was the only place worth visiting at Corbett, you might want to consider visiting the Corbett museum and Corbett waterfalls to take in some of the most beautiful views of the place. Don’t forget to pull out your cameras to capture some of the most mind-blowing shots when you are at the Corbett National Park.
One of the most sought after travel destinations in India, Shimla is a hot favourite among Honeymooners and those looking for some time off from the fast-paced urban lives. The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is only about seven hours away from Delhi and so, makes for the perfect weekend getaway. Laden with lush green forests, beautiful temples and shopping spots, Shimla is the place to be just for some downtime. When you visit Shimla, go to Mall Road for some fun shopping time followed by the Indian Institute of Advanced studies.
8) Mcleodganj and Dharamshala-
Another beauty nestled in the Himachal, Mcleodganj has come to be one of the most visited tourist locations in India. When you visit Mcleodganj, you will get an experience of Tibetan culture in the Library of Tibetan works and archives, the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts and the Tibetan monasteries. If you like trekking, Mcleodganj also has a trek to Triund which affords some of the most beautiful views of the town.
Are there any places that I’ve missed adding to this list of weekend getaways from Delhi. Have you visited any of these? Which of these is your favorite? Do drop in your feedback as well in the comments section below!