10 Weekend Getaways from Delhi that you must visit

A long weekend, bunking the office on Monday to plan a vacation with friends or just that urge of going to the mountains – whatever your reason be, a weekend getaway is always a good idea.

Sometimes it is good to just pack and head out to explore this beautiful world without itineraries. It is these adventures that make the most interesting and cherished memories. And to make these memories, here is a pick on some of the most preferred weekend getaways from Delhi. Save this link as a ready reckoner every time you plan one and share it with your friends who need a vacation the most.

Here is our list of top 10 weekend getaways from Delhi.

1. Jaipur

The ‘Pink City’ is just 277kms from Delhi and takes around 4-5 hours to reach. Witness the Rajputana grandeur and heritage in Jaipur. The rich architecture and vivid culture are certainly the highlights of this beautiful city. The most popular tourist attractions of the city are – Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Albert Hall Musuem, Jantar Mantar, Johri Bazaar and City Palace.

Shop for traditional handicrafts, Rajasthani jootis, lac jewelry, Bandhani saris and blue pottery. Savor Rajasthani delights – pyaaz ki kachori, dal baati choorma, Rajasthani thali, mewa kachori and much more.

2. Nainital

Nainital is one of the most loved hill stations of north India which attracts tourists from all over the country. The beautiful backdrop of hills, fragrant mountain breeze and amicable people make Nainital a perfect weekend getaway.

It is 283 km from Delhi and takes about 8 hours to reach Nainital. The most popular tourist attractions are – Naini Lake, Naini Peak, Tiffin Top, Gurney House, Eco Cave Garden and Snow View Point.

3. Mc-Leodganj

Abode of mountains, prayer flags fluttering, the fragrance of incense sticks in the air, lush green valleys – McLeodganj is a surreal weekend getaway. It is home to H.H. Dalai Lama and a major Tibetan settlement in India.

Around 480 km from Delhi, Mcleodganj is the perfect getaway for solace. To spice up the romance, read your favorite book or spend quality time with family – Mcleodganj is the place to be! It takes 9-10 hours to reach.

Visit the beautiful Namgyal Monastery and get a glimpse of Tibetan culture. Walk through the main road and shop for souvenirs. The numerous cafés and restaurants offer delectable Tibetan delicacies and pristine view of the mountains. The other places to see in Mcleodgang are HPCA Stadium, Tibet Museum, Dalai Lama Temple, Bhagsunath Temple and Bhagsu Falls.

4. Chail and Shimla

Weekend getaways from Delhi
The calm and beautiful Chail.

Shimla and its hustle bustle; Chail and its serenity. You can easily combine these two destinations and make a fantastic weekend getaway trip with friends and family. It takes six and half hours to reach Shimla from Delhi via GT Road. Distance between Delhi and Shimla- 376 kms.

Walk along the length of Mall Road in Shimla, visit Christ Church and Jakhoo Temple, take a ride in Kalka-Shimla toy train – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Chail is known for its calmness and peace. Chail Palace is the main tourist attraction.

5. Agra

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Agra- the epitome of Love!

Thanks to the Yamuna Expressway, the journey from Delhi to Agra has become hassle free. You can reach Agra in less than 3 hours via Yamuna Expressway.

Want to enjoy a long drive or visit the epitome of love – Taj Mahal, whatever your reason be, Agra is one of the most loved weekend getaways from Delhi. You can also visit Fatehpur Sikri, Jama Masjid and Agra Fort and get the feel of Mughal heritage and your dose of history lessons. Agra is almost like a stone’s throw distance of about 210 kms from Delhi.

6. Lansdowne

Wilderness and bliss gets a new meaning in Lansdowne. A 250km drive from Delhi would lead you to this beautiful place, which is nothing short of being a slice of heaven. Driving time- 5 hours.

Lansdowne is an immaculate place to forget the chaos, deadlines, stress and mundane routines. You can relax and give yourself that much needed break. Go for nature walks and watch splendid sunsets, the snow covered mountains are waiting for you with open arms at Lansdowne!

7. Rishikesh

Best weekend getaways from Delhi
River rafting- a Must at Rishikesh!

Rishikesh is another very popular weekend getaway from Delhi which is only 5 hours away. It is at a distance of about 230 kms from Delhi. Rishikesh is one such destination which is loved by both youngsters and oldies. There are two facets of Rishikesh – the lively and the peaceful.

It is the adventure capital of India and the yoga capital of the world. People from all over the world visit Rishikesh. Enjoy river rafting, adventure sports, nature walks, camping and bonfires!

The popular places to see are – Trayambakeshwar Temple, Lakshman Jhoola, Ram Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Triveni Ghat.

Soul searching gets an answer at Rishikesh.

8. Amritsar

The heart of Punjab – Amritsar is 450 kms away from Delhi and takes about 8 hours of driving time. It is rightly said that there is never a dull moment in Amritsar. Visit Harmandir Sahib and lose yourself in the tranquility. The other places to visit in Amritsar are – Durgiayana Temple and Jalianwala Bagh. Visit Wagah Border where patriotism takes a new high during the ‘beating the retreat’ ceremony.

Dig into the delicious Amritsari kulcha & lassi, fish and tandoori chicken. Shop for Punjabi jootis, magnificent suits and dress materials, splendid phulkari, colorful parandis and papads!

9. Mussoorie

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View on the way to Mussoorie.

Think of hill stations in north India and we cannot miss the ever popular – Mussoorie. At a distance of 277 kms, reach Mussoorie in about five and a half hours and spend a heavenly weekend. When in Mussoorie don’t miss visiting Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, Mall Road, Jhirapani Falls, Mussoorie Lake and Musssoorie Christ Church.

Mall Road is the perfect place to shop, eat or just sit and soak in the mountain feel.

10. Jim Corbett

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Trek at Jim Corbett in the shade of trees.

For all the adventure lovers, Jim Corbett National Park is the ideal weekend getaway from Delhi. It is located at 237 kms from Delhi and can be reached in about four to five hours.

For an awe-inspiring jungle experience you have to be in Jim Corbett. Jeep safari is the best way to explore the region and if you are lucky you might spot the tiger as well. So keep your camera ready! Apart from the safaris, you can visit Kosi River, Garjiya Devi Temple and Corbett Falls.

So when are you leaving the cliches and hitting these Best Weekend getaways from Delhi. And, tell us which of these places have you already visited or are planning to visit? Do share your memories in the comments below. Sharing is caring!

Tanya Virmani is a Luxury Fashion & Travel Blogger from Delhi. Her blog, Let’s Expresso is one of the top Fashion Blogs of India. She is working with leading brands and writes on latest launches, events and trends.
Tanya is an English Hons from Delhi University and an alumni of NIFT, Delhi.
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