Unlike many other cities of India, residents of Delhi NCR have a host of options to choose from when it comes to weekend getaways. If you are one of those looking to convert your boring weekends into mini vacations, it's time to rejoice, for there are plenty of interesting and delightful tourist destinations around Delhi that have something for everyone.
The best part is that most of these locations are within 300 km, in terms of distance, and are budget-friendly. From heritage sites to nature and wildlife, there are a lot of places to explore around the capital region. Whether you want to hang out with family, friends or just spend some quality time in solitude, it is time to chart out your getaway sojourn and fill your travel diaries with memories from the multitude of destinations available around you.
Here, we list out 10 such destinations around Delhi that should be a part of your mini-vacation bucket list for sure. Get ready to transform your weekends, as you may quickly find your plate full of travel options that will leave you wanting for more.
Distance: 30 km approx.
Steeped in vibrant history and culture, Surajkund is an ideal weekend destination if you are looking to just unwind and relax. Well connected to major airports and road routes, this destination is a perfect option for those who wouldn't want to travel too far in search of peace and tranquillity. It is a place that offers mesmerizing natural views along with a traditional mix of art, culture and rural affairs.
Distance: 120 km
Located quite close to Delhi, Alwar has many important historical sites of interest that attracts tourists from all over the globe. Silser Lake and the Hill Fort of Kesroli, along with the Sariska Tiger Reserve and the 'famous' haunted Bhangarh are main attractions in and around Alwar. Neemrana is a small town that is located in the district of Alwar, established around a magnificent fort that was built around 1467. The fort has now been converted into a heritage hotel. Alwar is one of those few weekend getaways that can truly afford a detox to your senses and leave you rejuvenated.
Mathura and Vrindavan
Distance: 160 km
Incredibly famous for the 'Braj' Holi, Mathura and Vrindavan will draw you back in time like no other places. Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, is well known for its culture, heritage and glorious mythological tales. Places to visit in Mathura are of course the Krishna 'Janmabhoomi', the birth spot of Lord Krishna, and the Dwarkadeesh Temple. Vrindavan is a famous 'twin' city of Mathura that is itself steeped in profound ancient stories and glorious Krishna temples.
Distance: 195 km
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the man-made wetlands of India, and is now known by the name 'Keoladeo Ghana National Park'. The park is widely regarded as the best place to observe exotic migratory and other bird species in India. Aptly declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bharatpur was a well-fortified city before Independence. It is a great place to travel to on weekends, and you could also include Agra if time permits.
Distance: 230 km
Rishikesh is best described as the international nomad's most-preferred destination. Nestled among the mighty Himalayas with the holy river Ganga flowing by its side, Rishikesh is more than just an important Hindu Pilgrim destination. A relatively short distance away from Delhi, Rishikesh is just as famous for Yoga and Spirituality, as it is for adventure sports like trekking, river rafting and mountain climbing. If you are a minimalist, then check into a riverside camp and let nature soothe your stress-wrecked senses.
Distance: 235 km
Corbett National Park is one of India's finest Tiger Reserves and has the highest diversity in terms of flora and fauna. Corbett is located in the Himalayan Terai region and staying in one of the many Swiss cottages is a delightful experience, even if you may not be able to spot the big cat. Named after the famous wildlife story writer, Jim Corbett, the beauty and wilderness of the park attracts enthusiasts from all around the globe. This tourist destination has also been the focus of several documentaries that have aimed to raise awareness towards the mighty tigers of Bengal.
Located in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, Mandawa is famous for its sprawling mansions, havelis and forts. The famous and majestic fort of Mandawa was built by Thakur Nawal Singh in 1812. The fort is said to be spectacularly beautiful with a painted gateway representing Lord Krishna and his herd of cows. The rooms of the fort are decorated with exquisite paintings, mirror work and engravings, along with paintings of Lord Krishna in a variety of forms and figures. The fort is centrally located and has been converted to a hotel that is equipped with modern facilities.
Distance: 300 km
Naukuchiatal or 'Lake Of Nine Corners' is a small hill-station located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. This place has been termed as a 'Para-Glider's Paradise' and offers ample opportunities for rowing, paddling and yachting. The green forests and the serene lake located in and around this destination is a true feast for the eyes. Naukuchiatal is also famous for the 'Escape Festival' that happens once every year in the month of May.
Distance: 250 km
Lansdowne has fast gained popularity as a place where serenity can be best experienced. It is a place where people can enjoy their solitude and just be at peace. Located at a distance of 250 km from Delhi, Lansdowne is one of the best places to laze around on a weekend. The town stands at an altitude of 1700 metres and derives its name from Lord Lansdowne (Viceroy of India from 1888 to 1894). Activities you could do here include taking a stroll in the surrounding pine and oak forests, trekking, bird watching, boating, or better yet, just nothing. If you happen to visit this awesome weekend getaway from Delhi, make sure to drop by at the Bhulla Lake, Tip In Top (the best viewing spot in Lansdowne to experience the breath-taking beauty of the Himalayas) and the St. Mary's Church.
Distance: 180 km
The list of weekend getaways from Delhi will be incomplete without including the legendary city of Agra. Home to the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and glorious Mughal Architecture, the city attracts tourists from around the globe every single day. Out of the many famous spots to visit here the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri (all three are UNESCO World Heritage Sites) are truly the ones you must not miss out on visiting. Well connected to Delhi by Road and Rail, Agra is a must visit if you are looking to get away for the weekend.