The capital city Delhi is an amazing mix of old and new, and young and old. On one hand, the city boasts of its modern infrastructure and flaunts its heritage buildings and centuries-old epic monuments on the other. With umpteen choices for food, fashion, shopping, art, education, the city is truly the heartbeat of the country in every sense.
While that may be so, the city dwellers are on a lookout for an escape from the hustle bustle of the city life, every once in a while. The weekend could be the perfect time to take a quick break, visit a new place away from routine and come back all charged up for days to come.
So take a look at these 55 stunning weekend getaways from Delhi, where you could go on your next weekend break.
55 Stunning Weekend Getaways From Delhi
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Distance from Delhi: 130 km
The ancient, historical town of Neemrana in the vibrant state of Rajasthan is also known as Mini Japan of India. Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, it is at a distance of 130 km, 150 km, 250 km from Delhi, Jaipur and Agra respectively. It also serves as a base for tourists and travellers headed to places including Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Sariska Tiger Sanctuary, Bhangarh, Mathura and more.
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Distance from Delhi: 155 km
Popularly called the Dharmakshetra, meaning holy place or the land of Bhagavad Gita, Kurukshetra is a historically significant town in the state of Haryana, located around 155 km from the country capital. Drive down to this place where Lord Krishna is said to have narrated the Bhagavad Gita on the battlefield of the Kurukshetra War. There are a numerous, interesting places one can visit while in Kurukshetra including Birla Mandir, Bhishma Kund, Brahma Sarovar, Kalpana Chawla Planetarium, Sheikh Chilli's Tomb and more.
Distance from Delhi: 160 km
Famous for its scenic landscapes, Alwar in Rajasthan is also well known for Bhangarh - the most haunted place in India. The heritage city draws many tourists and travellers across the globe and is the first major city en route Delhi to Rajasthan. You can visit the number of archaic palaces and forts, serene lakes, beautiful temple and more. Do not forget to visit the Bhangarh Fort - which is the fourth most haunted palace in the world, but do not stay back after sunset!
Distance from Delhi: 186 km
The twin towns of Mathura-Vrindavan are a refreshing getaway from Delhi for more than one reason. The city of Mathura in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is famous for being known as a birthplace of Lord Krishna and therefore, is considered as a holy land. Vrindavan, on the other hand, is a town in the Mathura district famed for being the place where little Krishna grew up pulling pranks and playing with the gopis or the cowherds. Do not forget to try the specialities of Mathura, their dairy products, especially the Mathura peda, while you are there.
5. Sariska National Park
Distance from Delhi: 203 km
Located around 203 km from Delhi, the magical wilderness of Sariska National Park will easily charm any nature lover and wildlife enthusiast. It is located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, at a distance of 35 km from Alwar, which happens to be the first major city en route Delhi to Rajasthan. The rocky landscapes, hilly cliffs and thick forests are home to numerous species of animals, birds and exotic flora. Sariska is also famous for its tiger reserve.
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Distance from Delhi: 221 km
The historical town of Deeg is located in Rajasthan, 221 km from Delhi and about 32 km from Bharatpur. It is famous for the luxurious and elegant Deeg Palace - its beautiful architecture and colours reflecting in a waterbody around it. Legend has it that Deeg was the battleground for the epic battle between the Jats and a combined army of Mughals and Marathas. If you are fond of history, architecture or basically anything royal, you must visit the stunning town of Deeg.
7. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
PC: Himansu Tripathy
Distance from Delhi: 222 km
Presently known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park, the sanctuary is located in Bharatpur that lies on the Golden Triangle circuit of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra. The Keoladeo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was formed 250 year ago. Every year thousands of migratory birds visit the sanctuary. Home to exquisite species of birds, the sanctuary is a true heaven for serious birdwatchers.
Distance from Delhi: 232 km
The fort town of Mandawa is located in Rajasthan and is well known for its beautiful Shekhawati havelis or palaces. This Rajasthani town is often referred to as an open art gallery as it is filled with numerous luxurious havelis or the royal mansions and beautifully painted walls and art structures that charm the tourists and visitors from across the globe. If you are a shutterbug, click and add stunning pictures of havelis as old as 100 years and more to your collection.
Distance from Delhi: 233 km
The dazzling city of Agra needs no introduction. It has, for ages, been a crowd-puller and no prizes for guessing why - you'd agree. Though it is home to the marvellous Taj Mahal, the city of Agra has so much more to offer right from its heritage buildings to petha - a sweet delicacy - from Sur Sarovar Bird Sanctuary to the old temples or the serene and tranquil banks of river Yamuna, where one can simply sit and watch the reflections and changing colours of the Taj Mahal.
PC: Sahil Lodha
Distance from Delhi: 240 km
Haridwar, literally meaning gateway towards the lord, is one of the holiest places of pilgrimage. The holy river Ganga and the many temples dotted along Haridwar make it a peaceful place for those who are seeking solace. The adjacent town of Rishikesh is often referred to as the yoga capital of the world or gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas and is a revered adventure destination. Choose from trekking, river rafting in the mighty Ganges or get the adrenaline pumping with bungee jumping and more.
Distance from Delhi: 234 km
This capital city of Punjab and Haryana is known for one too many reasons. It is the first planned city of India that was planned by a French architect and is famous for its layout and design, best-maintained roads and great infrastructure and of course, the Rock Garden. Tourists have confessed that a visit to the neat and beautifully planned city of Chandigarh is always refreshing.
12. Rajaji National Park
Distance from Delhi: 244 km
Nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas near the magnificent Shivalik range in Uttarakhand, Rajaji National Park spans across a whopping 820 km of area over a part of the three districts of Uttarakhand, namely Dehradun, Haridwar and Pauri Garhwal. The national park also houses a tiger reserve and is home to abundant species of flora and fauna. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Shivaliks, the place is an absolute stunning beauty that you wouldn't want to miss.
PC: Ashish Gupta
Distance from Delhi: 245 km
Huddled in the Doon Valley at the foothills of Himalayas, Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand. Bordered by the two famous rivers - Ganga and Yamuna - the place is known for its pleasant weather and abundant natural resources. It is located close to the pilgrimage destinations like Haridwar, Rishikesh and the four shrines of Char Dham Yatra. Being a gateway to the surrounding hill stations, like Mussoorie, Landour, Nainital and Almora, Dehradun is a major place of interest for all kinds of travellers.
14. Jim Corbett National Park
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Distance from Delhi: 248 km
This oldest national park in the country is located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. Established in order to protect the endangered Bengal tiger, the national park is also home to many other exquisite species of flora and fauna. Along with a rich wilderness, the absolute natural beauty of the place is enough to lure nature lovers, photographers, and wildlife enthusiasts.
PC: Nathan Pratyksh Khanna
Distance from Delhi: 248 km
The picturesque town of Nahan is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh and is 248 km from Delhi. Himachal Pradesh is a favourite getaway for many, especially to dodge the scorching summers. The hill town of Nahan is known for its beautiful vistas, pleasant weather and is therefore, a perfect place for a relaxed holiday.
Distance from Delhi: 262 km
Known as an open art gallery of Rajasthan, Shekhawati is located at a distance of 262 km from Delhi. Filled with numerous historical monuments and forts, the place is a treasure trove for historians. The remarkable feature of the region is that it is dotted with beautiful havelis or the royal mansions, murals and stunning mix of old and modern wall arts all done in the 17th-century Shekhawati painting and art style.
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Distance from Delhi: 264 km
This serene hill station of Lansdowne is located in the state of Uttarakhand and is one of the tranquil and unspoilt places in Uttarakhand. One primary reason is that as a cantonment town it is extremely well-maintained. Given its pleasant weather, it is the favoured summer destination for many. If you are lucky, you can experience some snowfall if you are visiting Lansdowne in the winter months.
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Distance from Delhi: 264 km
Nestled in the tranquil environs at the foothills of the Shivalik range, Parwanoo is an industrious town situated in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Located at a distance of about 265 km from Delhi, Parwanoo makes it as a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of a city - the place is picturesque yet not too remote and filled with all sorts of comforts one would look for while planning a relaxed holiday.
PC: Akhil Jain
Distance from Delhi: 280 km
Rightly called the Queen of Hills, the gorgeous hill station of Mussoorie is located around 35 km from Dehradun and 280 km from Delhi. Famous for its beautiful vistas, lovely weather and perfect holiday ambiance, Mussoorie is frequented by many visitors round the year. Head to this enchanting place for a rejuvenating holiday.
PC: Ziaur Rahman
Distance from Delhi: 282 km
The charming Pink City of Jaipur is an all-time favourite destination for travellers not just in India but around the world. Apart from being known for the distinct colours and architecture of its exquisite buildings, temples,palaces and forts, Jaipur is famous for its vibrant markets that sell everything ranging from the traditional Rajasthani artwork, handicraft, fabric and much more.
PC: Paul Hamilton
Distance from Delhi: 283 km
If Mussoorie is the Queen of Hills then Landour is the Fair Prince. Located about 5 km from the Mall Road in Mussoorie, the cantonment town of Landour is perched at an altitude of 2300 m. The beautiful pine-clad roads, majestic views of the surrounding mountain ranges, all add to the experience of holidaying in this beautiful place.
Distance from Delhi: 290 km
Get the old-world charm with the colonial-style houses, green-roofed churches against a backdrop of pine, chestnut and Himalayan oak forests, snow-capped mountain peaks and sprawling valleys at Kasauli - a tiny cantonment town situated in Himachal Pradesh. Go for hikes or simply sit back and enjoy the vistas coupled with a book, music, friends and good food for a well-deserved break from the busy city life.
PC: Abhishek Ghosh
Distance from Delhi: 296 km
The quaint little town of Madhyamaheshwar, also called Madmaheshwar, is located at a distance of 296 km from Delhi. The place gets its name from the ancient Madhyamaheshwar Shiva Temple that it houses. One has to trek to reach the temple. Set against the backdrop of the Garhwal Himalayas, the trek up to the temple is filled with beautiful sceneries and the view from atop is unparalleled.
Distance from Delhi: 303 km
Nestled in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Nainital is a popular tourist choice of hill stations in North India. Catering to all kinds of tourist, the place offers a whole lot of things to do and places to visit. Relax or go boating in the surreal Naini Lake, shimmering with the reflections of tall pine trees and surrounding mountains, trek up the Naina Peak or go trekking and birdwatching.
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Distance from Delhi: 310 km
Located at about 15 km from the famous hill station of Nainital in Uttarakhand and 310 km from Delhi is the tiny Himalayan hamlet of Pangot. Located 3 km from Pangot is the Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary, a paradise for birdwatchers and home to several species of resident and migratory birds. For the adventurers, the places is also filled with several trails for short hikes.
PC: Prateik Kulkarni
Distance from Delhi: 315 km
Perched at an altitude of 1370 m above sea level, the quaint town of Bhimtal is situated in the state of Uttarakhand. It is located at a distance of 315 km from Delhi and 22 km from Nainital. Head to Bhimtal and immerse in the beauty of nature. Visit Bhimtal Lake, Damyanti Lake, Hidimba Parvat or just walk through the rustic Himalayan hamlets.
PC: Nipun Sohanlal
Distance from Delhi: 319 km
The picturesque state of Uttarakhand is home to many hidden gems. One such gem is the cantonment town of Chakrata situated in the Dehradun district. Located at a distance of approximately 320 km from Delhi and 90 km from Dehradun city, the drive is a pleasant one with beautiful mountain roads and heart-warming landscapes.
Distance from Delhi: 320 km
Located at a distance of 320 km from Delhi, the tiny village of Kanatal is situated in a picturesque setting in the state of Uttarakhand. Located close to other places of tourist interest, including Mussoorie, Dehradun and Chamba, Kanatal is a perfect getaway for those weary souls seeking solitude and a vacation close to nature.
Distance from Delhi: 329 km
The tiny town of Shoghi is located in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh. Perched at an altitude of approximately 1700 m, the hill station town of Shoghi is filled with beautiful vistas, verdant valleys, thick pine, oak and rhododendron forests. Quite an offbeat place, Shoghi is the perfect place offering the once in a while, much-needed seclusion to its visitors.
Distance from Delhi: 335 km
The beautiful hill station of Chail is situated in the Shivalik region of Himachal Pradesh. Located about 335 km from Delhi, Chail is closer to other well-known hill stations of Shimla and Solan. Surrounded by ancient oak and silvery pine forests, Chail is known for its pleasant summer climate and cold wintry weather.
PC: Abhijeet Singh
Distance from Delhi: 342 km
The capital city of Himachal Pradesh, fondly referred to as Queen of Hill Stations, Shimla is the most sought-after vacation destination for many. Among many other things, Shimla is famous for its pleasant weather, stunning vistas and toy train rides. Shimla is most definitely an idyllic getaway and holiday spot for young and old alike.
Distance from Delhi: 350 km
Perched atop a high ridge in the Kumaon mountain ranges of the Himalayas is the little town of Mukteshwar in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The place gets its name from the 300-year-old Mukteshwar Shiva Temple that is situated at the highest point in the region. The spectacular views from atop the mountain will leave one speechless and awed.
Distance from Delhi: 352 km
If you are an adventure junkie, then Mashobra is the place for you. Situated in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, Mashobra is known for its myriad of adventure activities. Located about 350 km from Delhi, the town of Mashobra is unbelievably packed with action. Go trekking, hiking, biking, rafting, paragliding, camping and more.
Distance from Delhi: 356 km
The tiny hill station of Himachal Pradesh situated near Shimla is nothing short of a mesmerising beauty. Located about 360 km from Delhi and 20 km from Shimla, Kufri is the charming hill station town that is frequented by holidayers. Famous for its winter sports, Kufri is also known for the Himalayan zoo which houses some of the exquisite species of fauna including the rare antelopes and Himalayan monal.
Distance from Delhi: 360 km
Literally meaning queen's meadow, Ranikhet is a charming hill station situated in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. Set against a stunning backdrop of the Kumaon mountain ranges, Ranikhet is a place to be for a tranquil and relaxed holiday with family and friends. For shutterbugs, the place offers panoramic vistas of the lofty Himalayan peaks and an arresting natural beauty.
Distance from Delhi: 363 km
Famous for its rich heritage and culture, Gwalior is one of the popular cities of India. Located in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior attracts visitors with its heritage buildings, magnificent palace, forts and ancient temples. The prime attraction is the Gwalior Fort, popularly called the 'Gibraltar of India' perched atop a sandstone plateau overlooking the city, along with the ancient temples like the Sas Bahu Temple, Man Mandir Palace and more.
PC: Adam Jones
Distance from Delhi: 365 km
Located about 20 km from Shimla, the quaint town of Naldehra in Himachal Pradesh is a go-to place for every adventurer and nature lover. Apart from its pleasant climate, picturesque landscape and forest trails, Naldehra is famous for its golf course. Located 365 km from Delhi, it is the perfect place to unwind, relax and engage in a classy sport.
PC: Rajarshi Mitra
Distance from Delhi: 366 km
Nestled in the Kumaon ranges of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, the pretty little hill station of Almora is a favourite among mountain lovers. The surreal landscape is not just a visual treat for nature lovers but is also home to beautiful wildlife. The abundant natural beauty and charming weather of Almora makes it an ideal tourist destination.
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Distance from Delhi: 389 km
Located about 80 km from Nainital and 23 km from Almora, Binsar is a quaint little hill town of Uttarakhand known for its rich wildlife and abundant natural beauty. It is famous for the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary that is home to an exquisite species of flora and fauna. Binsar is a delight in every possible sense, be it its landscape, culture, cuisine, nature or wildlife. So head to this lovely town of Uttarakhand with your favourite people for a blissful holiday.
40. Ranthambore National Park
Distance from Delhi: 395 km
One of the largest national parks in India, Ranthambore, situated in Rajasthan, is one of the best wildlife reserves to spot the tigers, leopards and marsh crocodiles in their natural habitat. A must-visit place for every wildlife enthusiast, the mesmerising wildlife of Ranthambore is situated near the town of Sawai Madhopur and houses some of the most photographed royal Bengal tigers in the world.
Distance from Delhi: 405 km
Located in the royal Rajasthan, the city of Ajmer is famous for the Ajmer Dargah Sharifdedicated to the Sufi saint, Garib Nawaz. Surrounded by the hills of Aravali ranges, Ajmer is one of the popular tourist destinations in Rajasthan that is located just about 15 km from Pushkar and 135 km from the Pink City of Jaipur.
Distance from Delhi: 405 km
Located in Uttarakhand, Chopta is a surreal hill town bustling with lush meadows and incessant evergreen forests that are part of the tranquil Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary. Also called Mini Switzerland, it is a place filled with mesmerising vistas. Home to Tungnath - one of the holy shrines that forms a part of the Panch Kedar - Chopta is a also a famous place of pilgrimage. A trek to Tungnath is a delight for trekkers and mountaineers.
PC: Ramnath Bhat
Distance from Delhi: 414 km
Formerly known as Mandav Nagar, Mandi in Himachal Pradesh is also referred to as the Varanasi of the East. Situated at the banks of the river Beas, Mandi is a major town and perfect place for discoverers. Mandi is home to some of the best mountain passes, like Jalori Pass, Bhubhu Pass, and glacial lakes, like Prashar Lake, making it a trekker's paradise.
Distance from Delhi: 414 km
Surrounded by the golden sands of the Thar Desert, the pilgrimage town of Pushkar is located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. It is a famous place of pilgrimage for the Hindus with its sacred Pushkar Lake and the ancient Brahma Temple - one of few Brahma temples in the world. The famous Camel Festival or Pushkar Festival that draws many tourists from all over the world also takes place here.
Distance from Delhi: 418 km
The lesser-known, picturesque village of Kausani is situated in Uttarakhand. Known for its scenic splendour, charming weather and surreal vistas, Kausani is lovely hill station destination to be at when you want to break free from the monotony of a city life. The panoramic views of the surrounding peaks of Himalayan ranges are sure to inspire awe and leave you wanting more.
PC: Bikash Ojha
Distance from Delhi: 427 km
Tucked away in the Garhwal Himalayas, the holy town of Guptakashi is a famous place of pilgrimage. Known for the legendary Vishwanath Temple, which is similar to the Vishwanath Temple in Kashi or Benaras (also called Varanasi), the region is filled with abundant scenic beauty. Those in search oftranquillity and some quiet time must head to Guptkashi for a calm and peaceful break.
PC: Sunil Sharma
Distance from Delhi: 438 km
Located by the banks of the Pabbar river, the charming town of Rohru is situated in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. With its pleasant weather, ornate apple orchards, delightful cuisines and a fun outdoor activity of trout fishing and angling, Rohru is a perfect spot for a leisure holiday.
Distance from Delhi: 449 km
Famous for one too many things, Amritsar is an ideal getaway from Delhi for an extended weekend break. Find some solace at the tranquil Harmandir Sahib or the famous Golden Temple, shop in the colourful markets, savour the taste of delicious Punjabi food at the dhabas or relish the moment of pride and patriotism at the Wagah Border and Jallianwala Bagh. There's a whole lot to do at Amritsar!
Distance from Delhi: 450 km
Surrounded by the beautiful Thar Desert, the city of Bikaner in Rajasthan is a popular choice of destination among those travelling to Rajasthan. Also known as the camel country, Bikaner is ideally visited in the cooler months of winter. The famous Rat Temple or Karni Mata Mandir is one of the major attractions here along with the ornate Junagarh Fort and Lalgarh Palace.
Distance from Delhi: 462 km
The beautiful hill station of Lohaghat is located in the Champawat district of Uttarakhand. Nestled by the banks of the Lohawat River, Lohaghat is blessed with a serene landscape and a pleasant weather - ideal for a relaxed holiday. Break away from the hustle and bustle of the city and head to holiday at this town surrounded by verdant valleys, glistening river and numerous beautiful tourist spots.
PC: Alok Kumar
Distance from Delhi: 474 km
Surrounded by lush pine and deodar forests, the beautiful city of Dharamshala is located in the upper reaches of the beautiful Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh. This hillside city is home to His Holiness Dalai Lama. With its numerous options for fun, leisure and adventures, Dharamshala is the most favourite getaway for the city dwellers, backpackers, trekkers and adventurers.
52. McLeod Ganj
PC: Liz Highleyman
Distance from Delhi: 477 km
Located just about 6 km from Dharamshala, McLeod Ganj is another favourite holiday destination amongst the tourist visiting Himachal Pradesh. It is popularly known as Little Lhasa due to its Tibetan settlement. McLeod Ganj is situated by the lofty peaks of the Dhauladhar range of mountains and therefore, is home to many beautiful trails and treks including the Triund, Bhagsu, Indrahar Pass, Kareri river and so on.
PC: Jon Connell
Distance from Delhi: 486 km
Flanked by the Dhauladhar range of mountains and surrounded by verdant pine forests, the picturesque hill town of Palampur is located in the Kangra Valley of Himachal Pradesh. Known as the tea capital of north-west India, Palampur experiences a pleasant weather throughout the year and hence, is one of the most visited holiday destinations in India.
54. Tirthan Valley
Distance from Delhi: 488 km
Located in the Kullu Valley, Tirthan Valley is one of the most attractive spots to visit in Himachal Pradesh. With its lush green valleys, misty meadows, glistening glacial lakes, refreshing rivers and streams, it wouldn't be too much to say that the Tirthan Valley resembles a fairytale land. Head to Tirthan Valley for a perfect and memorable holiday with your loved ones.
PC: Prashant Ram
Distance from Delhi: 497 km
Nestled on the banks of the river Betwa, the historic town of Orchha is located in Madhya Pradesh. Orchha literally means a hidden place and truly so; it is quite an offbeat place that not many tourists know of. Founded in the 16th century, this ancient town is famous for its rich heritage with some of the most magnificent monuments ever built in the history. So if you an art, architecture or history enthusiast, Orchha is a must-visit place for you.