8 Top Weekend Getaways from Delhi
An escape from monotony is all that is needed in a hectic day to day routine. The daily work, weekly office clients, tiresome jobs, definitely break you in the head, if not physically. In such cases, the only resort is heading off for a short trip. Now, this might sound like a never successful plan as we might just keep pondering on where to go. Delhiites have several options when it comes to rambling around for road trips from the city. This is certainly owing to the numerous scenic destinations surrounding Delhi providing the traveller anything from a religious to a spiritual escape. so, if you too are planning for a weekend getaway from this rushy metropolitan, here we are with several best weekend drive-offs from Delhi:
Neemrana, in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, is a town filled with historical abundance in the form of ancient forts and palaces. Neemrana is widely famous for its 15th Century Neemrana Fort Palace, now turned into a splendid luxury hotel. A 3-hour drive from Delhi, it is one of the perfect weekend getaways to spend a peaceful time away from the city crowd.
Distance from Delhi: 127 km: 2 hours 30 minutes via Delhi- Jaipur Highway (NH8)
How to Reach: The Ateri Railway Station (55 km) and IGI Airport, Delhi are the nearest.
Best Time to Visit: Winters are ideal to visit Neemrana, however owing to the greenery, it is also usually cool throughout the year. July to March are the best months to visit Neemrana.
Hotel Price: 3000 to 5000 per person
Things to do: Ziplining, Vintage Car Riding, Visiting Boari Stepwell
Once an isolated village not known by many, Manesar is now counted among one of the most rapidly growing business hubs over the past few years. This place is famous for its rustic beauty, calm aura, and elite resorts with fun-filled activities. The area has beautiful scenery and tranquil views even after being a business hub which counts it among a famous weekend escape.
Distance from Delhi: 57 km: 1.5 hours via NH48
How to Reach: One can take a taxi or IFFCO Chowk Metro Station, Delhi Metro. The IGI Airport is the nearest.
Best Time to Visit: November to February, as excursions and view are best enjoyed with a mildly pleasant wintery climate.
Hotel Price: 3000 to 5000 per person.
Things to do: Camp Mustang, Flyboy Air Safari, Manesar Golf Course
This erratic city comes under one of Delhiites most beloved tourist destinations. This place is famous for its pleasing lakes, hot springs, and fort ruins located around. Those who just want to sit and chill around in the lap of nature can choose to drive off to Damdama Lake or Sohna Lake for a tranquil experience.
Distance from Delhi: 64 km: 1 hour 34 minutes via NH48 & NH24
How to Reach: The Hazrat Nizammudin Station and IGI Airport are the nearest.
Best Time to Visit: February to September, as the climate is pleasant after summers end.
Hotel Price: 2000 to 4000 per person
Things to do: Adventure Camp, Sohna Lake and Water Springs, Kamboj Ruins of Sohna
Famously known as "The Apple Country", Mukteshwar is a pleasant, offbeat tourist destination in Uttarakhand, perfect for the ones who love adventure sports. The destination is at a height of 2285 metres above sea level. It offers many opportunities for trekking, rappelling, rock climbing, nature walks and more alongside the scenic Himalayan views. A must visit place here is the Mukteshwar Dham Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Distance from Delhi: 360.9 km: 8 hours 31 minutes via NH9
How to Reach: The closest Pantnagar Airport and Kathgodam Railway Station can be chosen for commuting.
Best Time to Visit: One can visit Mukteshwar throughout the year as the climate is usually pleasant here
Hotel Price: 3000 to 5000 per person
Things to do: Trekking, Rappelling, Rock climbing, Nature walks
5. Sariska Tiger Reserve
The home to the predator in Aravalli Hills, Sariska Tiger Reserve is another favourite tourist destination, enchanting visitors with its rocky landscapes, dry forests and rich fauna. Apart from the Royal Bengal Tigers, this place is also home to the Indian Jackal, leopards, chinkara, langurs and Sambar deer.
Distance from Delhi: 202.9 km: 4 hours 35 minutes via NH48 and NH8
How to Reach: Sanganer Airport (7 km) and Sawai Madhopur (15 km) are the nearest.
Best Time to Visit: Though Sariska Tiger Reserve is open for the public from 1st October to 30th, one should choose to travel here between October and March as the weather is pleasant.
Hotel Price: 4000 to 5000 per person
Things to do: Jeep Safari, Trekking, Book a Hide, Astrosport
6. Morni Hills
Another hill station, Morni Hills is a beautiful and cosy paradise on the outskirts of Panchkula. The hills are around 1,220 metres high and offer a breathtaking view of the surrounding flora. This place offers many adventurous shots including zip-lining, climbing nets, trekking and much more. A drive to Morni Hills is a stunning one you won't ever forget.
Distance from Delhi: 253.8 km: 5 hours 31 minutes via NH44
How to Reach: Chandigarh Airport and Railway Station are the nearest.
Best Time to Visit: The winters are undoubtedly the best time to visit Morni Hills, i.e. from October to April owing to the pleasant weather.
Hotel Price: 6000 to 8000 per person
Things to do: Boating at Tikkar lake, Rope Climbing, Trekking.
Agra is undoubtedly the most popular tourist getaway across the globe. Located on the banks of River Yamuna, this biblical destination offers an insight into the heritage and legacy of Mughals, their culture and lives through its structure and formation. One must visit other attractions like the Agra Fort and Mehtab Bagh apart from the Taj Mahal.
Distance from Delhi: 242.9 km: 3 hours 48 minutes via Taj Express Highway/ Yamuna Expressway
How to Reach: IGI Airport and Agra Cantt. Railway Station is the nearest.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Agra is from November to February as one would avoid the scorching heat and rains along with heavy crowds
Hotel Price: 4000 to 5000 per person
Things to do: Visit Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, elephant rides, antique shopping
A breathtaking hill station and the capital city of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is a tranquil corner situated amidst the Doon Valley in Uttarakhand. Dehradun has a pleasant climate throughout the year making it an ideal tourist destination. A few hours' drive from Delhi and one can reach Dehradun to experience the natural beauty and scenic Himalayan views. This place is also home to many academic and research institutions.
Distance from Delhi: 256 km: 5 hours via Saharanpur Rd, Flight from Delhi's IGI Airport to Dehradun's Jolly Grant Airport: 1 hour
How to Reach: Dehradun Railhead and Jolly Grant Airport are the nearest.
Best Time to Visit: The months from March to June are considered the best season to visit Dehradun because of the extremely pleasant weather
Hotel Price: 5000 to 7000 per person
Things to do: Paragliding, Trekking, visiting Robber's Cave, Mindrolling Monastery and more.
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Author: Aanchal Shah
Bio: Aanchal is a student of Computer Science in Bangalore.Apart from being a technlogy enthusiast, she is passionate about literature and has had amazing experiences working with established organisations.She is thrilled to be a part of TripClap.