12 Weekend Gateways from Delhi
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Sometimes our daily life enters a monotonous routine and we start getting exhausted and bored. That’s when we need to rejuvenate your weary body and mind. And for this, there’s nothing better than travelling. But when you have a really busy schedule that hinders your plan for a long trip then here we bring to you the guidelines for a weekend getaway. And in a city like Delhi, a person for sure needs some fresh air to keep working. So planning a weekend getaway with friends and family is sometimes good. India's capital city offers you respite in the form of a variety of weekend getaways from Delhi. Be it some of the hill stations near Delhi, religious sites, wildlife sanctuaries or adventure destinations, this metropolitan city offers everything. Various weekend getaways are Jaipur, Rishikesh, Bir Billing, Manali, Jim Corbett, Shimla, Agra, Mcleodganj, Kasol, Mussoorie, Nainital, Pushkar, Kufri etc.

1. Jaipur

The Pink City, Jaipur also the capital of Rajasthan exhibits the essence of Rajasthani heritage, right from its rich history and culture to the flavoursome local food.
Distance from Delhi: 281km. So it may take around 5 to 6 hours from Delhi.
Some of the key attractions of Jaipur are Amer Fort, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, and Nahargarh Fort.

Best time to visit: October to March

Jaipur Photos

2. Rishikesh

Situated in the Himalayan foothills beside the holy river Ganga, the beauty of Rishikesh has been embraced by all the travellers. It offers a lot to explore for adventure-junkies, spiritual seekers, and nature lovers.
Distance from Delhi: 267.7km It may take almost 6 hours.

Some of the key attractions of Rishikesh are Laxman Jhula, Triveni Ghat, White Water Rafting.
Things to Do: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox, Mountain Biking, etc.
Best time to visit: For river rafting- Late September to mid-November. And for other adventures- Early March to the first week of May

Rishikesh Photos

3. Mcleodganj

Mcleodganj is known as Little Lhasa and is a beautiful town situated near upper Dharamsala and rests amidst majestic hills and lush greenery. Embraced with nature and influenced by the Tibetan ethnicity, it is one of the best weekend getaways from Delhi that can be easily planned.
Distance From Delhi: 479km
Major attractions: Monastery visits, shopping, cafe-hopping, trek to Triund, Bhagsu Falls, Bhagsunath Temple
Things to Do in Mcleodganj: Meditation, Volunteering, Yoga, Trekking
Best time to Visit: September to June

Mcleodganj Photos

4. Bir - Billing

The Village of Bir is considered to be a popular destination for adventure sports near Delhi and is one of the commonly visited weekend getaways near Delhi. This Himalayan getaway is also known for housing a number of Tibetan monasteries and Stupas. Bir hosts World Paragliding Championship every year. Distance From Delhi: 518km

Key attraction of this place: Chokling Monastery, Sherab Ling Monastery, and Bir Tea Factory Things you must do: Paragliding, Hang-gliding, Trekking, and Camping.
There is no best time for this place. You can visit Bir Billing All Round the year.

Bir Billing Photos

5. Kasol

Kasol is a tiny village in Kullu, perched right beside the Parvati River. The village is a blessing for adventure buffs, trekkers, and backpackers. The remote village has trekking base-camps, various cafes and restaurants in Hebrew serving great food, cuisines from around the world.
Distance From Delhi: 512km which may take 1hours via NH44.
Key attractions at Kasol: Kheerganga Trek, Parvati Pin Pass, Tosh, Pulga and Kalga
Best Time To Visit: October to June

Kasol images

6. Shimla

The Queen of Hills and the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla boasts of British influence and natural beauty at its best. There is colonial style structured buildings with historic temples that make tourists visit Shimla again and again. Forests, shops, temples, or even a developed township, Shimla has it all. Distance From Delhi: 342.9km via NH44 and NH5

Major attractions of Shimla: Ridge, Mall Road, Kufri, Toy Train To Kalka
Things to Do: Shopping at Lakkar Bazar, Ice Skating, Rafting at Tattapani, Trekking, sunset at Scandal Point.
Best Time to Visit: March to June

Shimla Photos

7. Jim Corbett

Jim Corbett National Park is the perfect places to visit near Delhi for nature and wildlife admirers. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious National Parks of India. On a trip to Jim Corbett, you get to spot over 580 species of birds and 50 species of mammals. Nature watching and wildlife viewing here is done in an open four wheeler Jeep and on elephant back.

Distance from Delhi: 246 km
Jim Corbett has 5 Key Attractions to Promote tourism: Bijrani Safari Zone which is best for natural beauty and open grasslands, Jhirna Safari Zone, Dhela Safari Zone, Dhikala Zone is the best site for exotic fauna, Durga Devi Zone is best for bird watching.
Best Time To Visit :
Jhirna Zone, Dhela Zone - throughout the year
Dhikala Zone, Bijrani Zone, Durga Devi Zone - November to June
Things to Do: Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, Wildlife Tours and Spotting

Jim Corbett Images

8. Mussoorie

Mussoorie has been a popular weekend getaway near Delhi. It is a perfect blend of nature with well constructed colonial style monuments. It has also grown into a destination famous for scenic views and lush green fields.
Distance from Delhi: 280 kilometres

Key tourist attractions in Mussoorie: Lal Tibba, Lake Mist, Kempty Falls

Activities to Do: Trekking, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Boating, Ropeway Rides and Temple Visits Best time to Visit: September to June

Mussorie Images

9. Agra

Agra is a famous tourist destination and has many splendid Mughal-era buildings, most importantly the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri, all three of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Distance from Delhi: 233 km.
Key attractions: Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, and Agra Fort

Things to do in Agra: Heritage Walk, Historical Tours, Bicycle Tours, Jeep Safari and Local Market Visits

Best Time To Visit: November to March

Agra Images

10. Nainital

Nainital is one of the most popular weekend getaways near Delhi. Natural beauty abounds in the state of Uttaranchal's Lake District. Nanital is also a quite popular spot to go for trekking near Delhi. Nainital’s unending expense of scenic beauty is nothing short of a romance with awe-inspiring and pristine Mother nature. Some of the important places in the district are Nainital, Haldwani, Kaladhungi, Ramnagar, Bhowali, Ramgarh, Mukteshwar, Bhimtal, Sattal, and Naukuchiatal.

Distance From Delhi: 300km
Some of the tourist attractions are: Naini Lake, Naina Peak, Tiffin Point, G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo Best Time to Visit: March to June

Nainital images

11. Kufri

Popular amongst trekkers, Kufri is the start point of many treks to Manali, Shimla, Rewalsar, and Fagu. Kufri is situated 20 kilometres from Shimla is and is less crowded in comparison to other hill stations. Kufri, Shimla, and Chail together form the golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh.
Distance From Delhi: 357 kilometres

Key attractions: Kufri Zoo, Hip hip hurray amusement park, Kufri Fun World, Horse ride to Mahasu peak
Things to Do: Trekking, Wildlife, Skiing, Toboganning
Best Time To Visit: April to June

Kufri Images

12. Manali

Manali is one of the most famous hill stations in India. The town acts as a gateway to other picturesque locations like Lahaul, Spiti, and Leh. The pristine River Beas flows through the town, creating a lovely landscape.
Distance from Delhi: 531 km via Jammu-Delhi Road

Key attractions of Manali: Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Beas Kund, Hadimba temple
Things to Do: Adventurous activities like trekking, skiing, zorbing, white water rafting, paragliding, etc. Manali is one of the best places to try adventure sports in India.
Best time to visit: October to February

Manali Images