Weekend Gateways From Delhi

Places to Visit in Uttarakhand For A Perfect Weekend Getaway Near Delhi

  1. Rishikesh
weekend getaways from delhi

It is the heart of Uttarakhand which is usually mistaken to be purely religious. It lies in the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the river Ganga. This incredible city is known as the “World’s Yoga Capital” as it is a prominent center for studying Yoga and has many Ashrams and Meditation Centres. Though Triveni Ghat, Ram Jhula, and Laxman Jhula give it a religious touch, it has many other spiritual and adventurous places to visit which makes it a tourist place. It has emerged as one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi within 300 km. If you’re searching for a peaceful and spiritual destination, then Rishikesh is a perfect weekend getaway near Delhi.

Things to do in Rishikesh

Yoga at Parmarth Niketan, River Rafting, Cliff Jumping, Bungee Jumping, Rappelling, Kayaking, Flying Fox, Jadh Ganga trek, Giant Swing, Camping, Roopkund Trek, Valley of flowers trek

Attractions

Ganga Aarti, Gita Bhawan, Laxman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Triveni Ghat

Ideal duration: 4-7 Days

Best time to visit:  February to June and September to November

Distance from Delhi: 233 km

  1. Haridwar
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Haridwar is situated near Rishikesh at a distance of 30 kms and a comfortable weekend getaway near Delhi and the Delhite people will fall in love with this place because this weekend getaway offers you many things to do, visit and explore. Haridwar in Hindi means the “Gateway to God”, is one of the seven holiest cities in India, located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. It has been a major pilgrimage site for Hindus for centuries. Kumbh Mela, held every 12 years, is also celebrated here, where millions of visitors come from all over the country. It has temples and ashrams across the city where millions of devotees come every year to take a dip in the Holy Ganges. It is also known for its food and some dishes like aloo puri at Mohanji Puriwale and kachoris at Kashyap Kachoriwala. It is believed that taking a dip in Har Ki Pauri relieved all your sins. Every evening there is a ritual of Ganga Aarti at the Ghats. Apart from a religious angle, now it’s developed as an exceptional cultural, Yoga, and spiritual centre. 

Things to do: 

Ganga Aarti at the Ghat, shopping at Bara Bazaar

Attractions

Har Ki Pauri, Mansa Devi Temple, Triveni Ghat, Chandi Devi Temple, Shantikunj, Sapta Rishi Ashram, and Sapt Saro, Chila Wildlife Sanctuary.

Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best Time to Visit: October to April

Distance from Delhi: 208 km

  1. Dehradun
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It is Uttarakhand’s capital city, lying at the foothills of the Himalayas, located at an altitude of 1400 feet above sea level and a perfect weekend getaway near Delhi. It is situated in Doon valley between two of India’s mightiest rivers, i.e. the Ganges on the east and the Yamuna on the west. It has a pleasing climate all round the year. Apart from being a hill station, this is an ancient town where Guru Dronacharya lived and meditated. Rather than exploring tourist spots, try some thrilling adventure activities and watch the mesmerizing sunset. Dehradun is surrounded by caves, natural springs, and waterfalls. One of the most popular spots is Robber’s Cave which is a natural cave surrounded by hills and another spot is Lachhiwala for nature’s lover where you can sit and enjoy a sunset. This city has some of the best schools in India like Welham school for boys, Doon School for girls, and institutions like Indian Military Academy, Forest Research Institute. 

Things To Do: 

Paragliding, Skiing, trekking, Water Sports, shopping at Tibetan market 

Attractions

Santala Devi Temple, Robber’s Cave, Rajaji National Park, Har Ki Dun, Tapkeshwar Temple, Sahastradhara, Tapovan, Mindrolling Monastery, Lachhiwala, Tiger Falls, Malsi Deer Park.

Ideal duration: 1 Night/2 Days

Best time to visit: Year-round

Distance from Delhi: 245 km.

  1. Nainital
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Nainital is a fascinating hill station situated at the foothills of the Kumaon region in the Himalayas, at an altitude of 1,938 meters above sea level and renowned as a perfect weekend getaway near Delhi. It is popular as “The City of Lakes” as it is surrounded by lakes. This town experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year, making it a perfect getaway near Delhi and from the other edges of the world. Naini Lake is one of the major attractions in Nainital and is also known as Naina Taal. There is a temple here which is dedicated to the Goddess Naina. The main shopping centers here are Bara Bazar, Mall Road, and Tibetan Market. Nainital is famous for a variety of beautiful candles available here. It has traditional items like woodcrafts, scarves, cardigans, and shawls The Bara Bazaar has a lot of restaurants that offer food at reasonably cheaper rates. Nainital is a highly affordable vacation spot offering several tourist attractions and sightseeing places to enjoy away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. 

Things To Do: Naini Lake – Boating, Mall Road–Shopping, Ropeway rides, Horse riding, Rock Climbing, Skating

Attractions: Raj Bhavan, Naini Lake, Tiffin Top, Nainital Zoo, Naina Devi Temple, Hanuman Garhi, and Mukteshwar Temple, Eco Cave Gardens, Snow viewpoint

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Days

Best time to visit: September to June

Distance from Delhi: 287 km

5. Mussoorie

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Mussoorie is a popular hill station in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. It is known as “Queens of the hills” which is located at an elevation of 2,275 m above the sea level. This hill station is the gateways for Gangotri and Yamunotri, also a perfect destination for your enjoyable trip, and we suggest it as a perfect weekend getaway near Delhi. This beautiful destination never fails to impress anyone, this place has many things to offer like its pristine waterfalls, lovely walking tracks, beautiful green meadows, and adventure activities, these all are the things which makes Mussoorie a perfect weekend getaway near Delhi. This place was a popular holiday destination since the British era and it can be seen from British remnants in the city like the antiquated architecture of the hotels and churches. The most popular attraction in Mussoorie is Mall Road, which is a prominent shopping location. Now, Mussoorie has become an educational hub because of the presence of some oldest and best educational institutes and boarding schools respectively, which means Mussoorie is not just a perfect weekend getaway near Delhi but as well part of the excellent service provider in the education field.

Things To Do: Paragliding, Rock Climbing, Winemaking, Fishing, Horse Riding, Cable Car ropeway ride to Gun Hill, Camping, Rafting, Trekking, Boating in Lake Mist & Mussoorie Lake

Attractions: Sky Bridge, Lal Tibba, and Sir George Everest’s House Museum, Kempty Falls, Cloud’s End, Camel’s Back Road, Tibetan Buddhist Temple 

Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days

Best time to visit: Mid-March to mid-November

Distance from Delhi: 287 km

6. Jim Corbett National Park

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Jim Corbett National Park is located in the district of Nainital in Uttarakhand, established in 1936, is a perfect place for wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts which makes this destination a perfect weekend getaway near Delhi. It is the oldest and First National Park in India, which is home to a variety of flora and fauna. This park is for protecting Royal Bengal Tiger and this park is a natural habitat for the rare species of Tigers which are on the verge of extinction. It spread over an area of more than 500 sq. km. This park is very rich in vegetation and a variety of wild animals, reptiles, and birds enrich this park. They divide this National Park into five zones- Dhikala, Jhirna, Bijrani, Sonanandi, and Domunda. It attracts thousands of visitors every year. There are many resorts inside the National Park where you can stay. If you’re bored with the hustle bustle of city life, then take a break and visit this place once as this is a very comfortable spot to explore the weekend getaway near Delhi which only at a distance of around 250 km and it will take you around 5-6 hours in duration to reach Jim Corbett National Park.

Things to do:

Bijrani Jeep Safari, Jhirna Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, Dhikala Jeep safari

Attractions

Garjiya Devi Temple, Corbett falls, Jim Corbett Museum, 

Ideal duration: 1-2 Days

Best time to visit: November to June

Distance from Delhi: 261 km

7. Kedarnath-:

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It is one of the most sacred Hindu temples in Uttarakhand and it is one of the four major places to visit as a  part of Chota Char Dham Yatra. This temple is highest in terms of altitude among all the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva. It’s located in the Rudraprayag district in the Garhwal Himalayan region and an ideal destination for a weekend getaway near Delhi. It is at a height of 3,583 meters. Kedar is another name for Lord Shiva, and it is believed that the journey to Kedarnath opens the doorways to “Moksha”. It is believed that this temple existed even during Mahabharata. It is also a major tourist attraction place, and it witnesses lakhs of devotees every year because of its religious significance. Kedarnath is a very religious place for all the worshipers and a perfect destination for a weekend getaway near Delhi.

Attractions– Kedarnath Temple, Shiva Temple, Vasuki Tal, Shankaracharya Samadi, Chandrashila, Sonprayag, Bhairavnath Temple

Ideal Duration: 3 Full Day

Best time to visit: May to June and September to October

Distance from Delhi: 295 km

8. Badrinath

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It is situated in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand on the Garhwal hills near the Alaknanda river at the height of 10,279 feet. Badrinath is famous for its most sacred Badrinath Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and because of its significance to this place becomes an ideal destination for a weekend getaway near Delhi This temple is believed to be made by the saint Adi Shankaracharya. This is a part of one of the four Char Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimage yatras. Badrinath is also mentioned in various Vedas. It is of huge importance because of Hindu Mythology, especially related to Lord Shiva and the beliefs and tales that surround it. According to Mahabharata, Badrinath is the place where Nara and Narayan, the dual forms of Vishnu used to meditate. Many hotels and ashrams are available here. Tourists are advised not to visit here during winters due to heavy rainfall and harsh cold conditions but this place is a perfect destination for weekend getaway near Delhi. Therefore, the Badrinath temple is closed from November to April Badrinath Temple has a Tapt Kund, a hot water spring, is considered having medicinal values. The temple with its beauty and purity brings you to a different world. 

Things to do

Trekking and Mountaineering in Garhwal mountain ranges, Mata Murti Ka Mela, Badri Kedar Festival

Attractions

Badrinath Temple, Nilkantha peak, Brahma Kapal, Tapt Kund, Charan Paduka, Vasudhara falls, Swargarohini, Satopanth Lake

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Days

Best time to visit: May to October

Distance from Delhi: 523 km

9. Lansdowne 

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It is a picturesque hill station which is situated at an altitude of 1700 m in the  Pauri district of Uttarakhand. This town was discovered by the British and is named after Lord Lansdowne. It has Oak and pine forest, mesmerizing views, spellbinding hills which will take you a step closer to nature. This place is ideal for nature walks and bird watching. This place has everything from treacherous trails to exploring the vibrant streets of the principal market. You get to see some beautiful wild creatures including sambhar, hog deer, tiger, barking deer, and porcupines. For those who want to experience snowfall, you must visit this place during winter. This place is famous for eco-friendly tourism and perfect for a weekend getaway near Delhi. 

 Things to do

Nature walks, trekking, Mountaineering, Jungle Safaris

Attractions

War Memorial, St Johns Church, Kalagarh Tiger Reserve, Regimental Museum, Durga Devi Temple, Kaleshwar Mahadeva Temple, 

Ideal Trip Duration: 2 Full Days

Best Time to Visit: April to June and September to November

Distance from Delhi- 247 km

10.  Auli

Auli is a hill station situated in the Garhwal region in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. It is known as“The skiing destination of India” which is located at 2800 meters above sea level. Auli is primarily a skiing destination. This place is primarily a winter destination which is best known for skiing and snowboarding due to its glittering slopes and clean environment. The hill station has an abundance of wildflowers and trees like deodars, conifers, oaks, and pine forests. It’s marketed as a tourist destination and known for its snow-covered slopes and panoramic view of the surroundings. The slopes are the training ground for the Indian Paramilitary forces and Indo-Tibetan, and it’s a paradise for all the skiing lovers many people visit this place because it’s a perfect destination and a weekend getaway near Delhi

Things To Do: Skiing, Trishul Peak, Hiking, Bird Watching, Trekking, Cable Car ride at Gondola

Attractions

Auli Ski Resort, Auli Artificial Lake, Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat, Nanga Parbat, Nilkanth Hathi Parbat

Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days

Best time to visit: All Year-round | Avoid monsoons as landslides may occur | December to early February are best for skiing

Distance from Delhi: 497 km

11. Devprayag

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Devprayag is considered to be one of the holiest regions situated in the Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, located at an elevation of 830m. It is considered being the meeting point or confluence of the Alaknanda and Bhagirathi rivers that together form the river Ganga. According to Hindu Mythology, it is believed that Lord Rama and King Dashratha used to perform self-mortification here. It is home to some of the famous temples. One of the best places to visit in Devprayag is Teen Dhara, which is named after the three lakes nearby. Baitalshila, a natural water spring is within this town which is believed to have high medicinal properties and believed to cure leprosy  It is famous among tourists who are coming for pilgrimage or seeking solitude close to nature. It has pleasant weather throughout the year, dotted with high mountain passes and magnificent views. This is a very popular pilgrimage site that soothes the soul of the visitors and a perfect destination for the weekend getaway near Delhi. 

Things to do 

Rock climbing at Dashrathshila, Water Sports, Trekking

Attractions

Chandrabadani Temple, Raghunath Ji  Temple, Kyun Kaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Teen Dhara, Baitalshila

Ideal duration: 1 Night/2 Days

Best time to visit: Year-round

Distance from Delhi: 311 km.

12. Almora

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Almora is a scenic hill station in the Almora district, in the lap of Kumaon Himalayas in Uttarakhand. This is a horse-shaped town situated at an altitude of 1,651 m, whose eastern portion is known as Talifat, and the western portion is known as Selifat. This town has two rivers- Suyal  (Salmali) and Koshi (Kaushaki). It is home to the rare musk deer or ‘Kasturi Mrig’. It is known for its diverse culture, easy accessibility, delightful vistas, unique handicrafts, verdant forests, and delicious cuisine. The famous local sweets are Bal Mithai, Choklate, and Singauri. The traditional Pachmarhi Shawls in soft wool, driftwood statues, decorative candles, and copperware are popular. It has several accommodation options from budget to mid-range hotels. Almora is considered to be the cultural heart of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. 

Things To Do

Mountain biking, Trekking

Attractions

Chitai Temple, Kasar Devi, Jageshwar, Binsar,  Zero Point, Katarmal Sun Temple

Ideal duration: 2 Full Days

Best time to visit: April to June and  September to November

 Distance from Delhi: 380 km.

13. Uttarkashi

Uttarkashi is situated in Uttarakhand on the banks of river Bhagirathi at an altitude of 1158 m above sea level. It is considered to be one of the holiest cities in Hindu Mythology. Uttarkashi means “Kashi of the North”. It is also known as Devbhoomi and is considered to be the gateway to Gangotri and Yamunotri pilgrimage. The entire town is full of breathtaking natural beauty, divine heritage, and soothing atmosphere. The highlight of this place is the Kashi Vishwanath Temple which is also considered to be a part of Char Dham Yatra due to its popularity, pilgrims visit this temple along with the famous Char  Dhams. The town has got a spiritual vibe as it is full of ashrams and mandir. Previously this region was more in favor of religious tourism, but now trekking and adventure activities invite a lot of other tourists as well. It is one of the most visited cities of religious significance and gives you an out of the world experience. 

Things To Do

Trekking, mountaineering, mountain biking

Attractions

 Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Dodital Lake, Nachiketa Lake, Shakti Temple, Dayara Bugyal, Nehru Mountaineering Institute

Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days

Best time to visit: March to June

Distance from Delhi: 398 km

14. Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti is a small town on the Chamba-Mussoorie road in the Tehri district of Uttarakhand, situated at an altitude of 2250 m. It is well known for its quiet environment in the middle of the forests of Rhododendron, Deodar, and Oak. The highlight of Dhanaulti is Eco Park. This place has 31 Jain temples and several Forts that help you find more about Dhanaulti and its place in the pages of history. Dhanaulti offers several adventure activities like Zip Lining, mountain climbing, etc. Also, it has Potato farms that stretch for miles where you can go horse riding. Apart from these, apple orchards are present in this place where you can spend an entire day walking through these orchards.   It is one of the popular getaways in nearby Delhi which is still untouched and has minimal human intrusion. It is also an alternative to the crowded Mussoorie and Dehradun. If you’re planning to visit this place, then it’s an alluring destination to come and visit also, suitable for a perfect week ending as Dhanaulti is a weekend getaway near Delhi.

Things To Do: 

Sky walking through the peaks, Mountain Climbing, Trekking, Biking, Ziplining, Try delicious apple-based recipes at apple orchards

Attractions

Eco Park, Surkanda Devi Temple, Dhanaulti Adventure Park, Classic Hill-top resort, Aloo Farm

Ideal duration: Full Day

Best time to visit: September-June

Distance from Delhi: 290 km.

15.) Ranikhet 

Ranikhet is a picturesque hill station located in the Almora district of Uttarakhand, situated in the Kumaon Hills at an altitude of 1869 m. Ranikhet means “the Queen’s farm”. It is home to some beautiful gardens which have apple orchards, pine trees, and apricots. If you want some spiritual retreat, then you must visit  Dunagiri Temple, Haidakhan Temple, Jhula Devi, and Upat Kalika Temple. You can also try some adventure activities for the perfect adrenaline rush. It became the headquarters of the British Kumaon Regiment and was a summer capital for British officers. Ranikhet is still a contentment region and is a Kumaon Regimental Center. You can also play golf at Upar Golf Course, which gives a memorable golfing experience.  There are several accommodations including resorts, heritage hotels, budget hotels, and cottages. This tiny little place is a perfect getaway for someone who needs some detoxification for their mind. If you’re willing to explore Ranikhet, which is a perfect destination to visit and a weekend getaway near Delhi.

Things To Do: 

Camping, Paragliding, Trekking, Fishing, Play golf at the Upat Golf course

Attractions

Jhula Devi Temple, Chaubatia Gardens, Mankameshwar Temple, Binsar Mahadev Temple, Dwarahat, Haidakhan Babaji Temple, Upat Golf Course, Upat Kalika Temple, Bhalu Dam

Ideal duration: 2 Full Days

Best time to visit: March to May & December to February

Distance from Delhi: 350 km.

16.) Yamunotri

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Yamunotri is situated in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, in the laps of Garhwal Himalayas at a height of 3293 m. Yamunotri is the origin of the “River Yamuna” and is considered as the seat of Goddess Yamuna. Yamunotri is one of the four sites of Chota Char Dham yatra. According to ancient legend, Yamunotri is believed to be the residence of sage Asit, who used to take a bath in Yamuna and Ganga every day. According to mythology, the Goddess Yamuna is the sister of Yama- the God of Death, and it is believed that a holy dip in the river Yamuna can make death painless. The main attraction of Yamunotri is the temple devoted to Goddess Yamuna.  If you’re willing to explore Yamunotri which is a perfect destination to visit and a weekend getaway near Delhi and we will tell you why?. Various hotels and Dharamshalas are available here, though Dharamshala is the best option that provides a comfortable stay. It’s a  legendary place that demands a lot of courage and stamina to reach as the trek to Yamunotri is magnificent with a mind stilling view of rocky peaks and intense forests. 

Things To do

Trekking routes Hanuman Chatti-Yamunotri route, Dodi Tal, Phul Chatti route and Janki Chatti

Attractions:

Yamunotri Temple, Surya Kund, Kharsali, Saptrishi Kund, Janki Chatti, Hanuman Chatti, Divya Shila

Ideal Duration: 2 days

Best time to visit: May to June and September to November

Distance from Delhi: 415 km

17. Gangotri

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Gangotri is a popular pilgrimage town in the Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, in the Garhwal Himalayan range on the banks of the holy river Bhagirathi, situated at an altitude of 3100 m. Gangotri is the starting point of the “River Ganges”. It is one of the four sites of Chota Char Dham yatra. According to ancient legend, Goddess Ganga transformed herself into the river to pardon the sins of King Bhagirath’s forefathers after his penance. To reduce the impact of the immense flow of the river Ganga, Lord Shiva received the river in his thick hair locks and after that Himalayan glacier from which Ganga emerges has also been called as Bhagirathi. Ganga has gained this name after the river passes Devprayag and merges into the river Alaknanda. This place has several governments that are managing Dharamshala which provides good accommodation. Visiting Gangotri is a religious and a spiritual tour also a perfect destination for a weekend getaway near Delhi.

Things To do

Camping, Trekking, River rafting, Skiing at Dayara Bugyal

Attractions:

Gangotri Temple, Gange’s glacier, Kedar Tal, Harsil, Dodi Tal, Pandava cave, Gauri Kund, Gaumukh, Tapovan, Nandanvan

Ideal Duration: 1-2 days

Best time to visit: April to June and September to November

Distance from Delhi: 483 km

18. Harsil

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Harshil is an untouched and hidden gem of Uttarakhand at an elevation of 2620 m in Uttarkashi district on the banks of river Bhagirathi. It is situated on Uttarkashi-Gangotri road, 72 km from Uttarkashi. This valley is on the way to the Hindu pilgrimage Gangotri. It’s a lesser-known place to tourists and is a perfect getaway for those who are in search of peace and solitude. This place is inhabited by Bhotia tribes. The highlights of this place are a serene environment, dense deodar forests, gushing water of Bhagirathi river, and chirping birds.  While in Harshil, don’t forget to visit apple orchards and try the juicy apples of Himalayas. There are several trekking routes that you can do in the vicinity of Harsil. Only a handful of budget guesthouses are available in this place as it is not so popular. The place is completely free from the hustle and bustle of the noisy cities. 

Things To do

Trekking, Sightseeing, Camping

Attractions:

Dharali, Mukhwas Village, Sattal, Gangotri, Gangnani

Ideal Duration: 2 days

Best time to visit: April to October

Distance from Delhi: 476 km

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19. Kullu 

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Kullu is the capital of Kullu district located on the bank of river Beas in Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 1230 m. It is an open valley with majestic hills and beautiful views. Kullu valley is also mentioned in epics like Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Vishnu Purana. Therefore, it is also known as the ‘Valley of Gods’ or  “Dev Bhumi”   It is also a famous spot for adventure enthusiasts and it offers various adventure activities like trekking, paragliding, skiing, and many others. Kullu has the best treks not just in Himachal but in the country and some of the best treks are Hampta Pass Trek, Bhrigu Lake Trek, Chanderkhani Trek, and Deo Tibba Base Camp Trek. The best of the Kullu can be explored on these treks. Kullu is a good option for photographers, they visit here in search of picture-perfect frames. This beautiful place is home to some unique tourist attractions including old Hindu temples and nature escapes, one of the best being The Great Himalayan National Park. Kullu is a nature lover’s paradise.

Things To Do: 

Trekking, Paragliding, Camping Under The Stars, Rafting In River Beas, Angling

Attractions:

 Raghunath Temple, Bijli Mahadev Temple, Rupi Palace, Dhakpo Shedrup Ling Monastery, Jagannath Temple, Friendship Peak

Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days

Best time to visit:  October to June 

Distance from Delhi: 513 km

20. Manali 

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Manali is a breathtakingly stunning hill station located near the Northern end of the Kullu valley in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 2050 m. This beautiful place has jaw-dropping views, lush green forests, meadows carpeted with flowers, and extraordinary scenic beauty. This place has many Buddhist monasteries that are worth visiting. The main highlight of Manali is Solang Valley as it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Manali is a famous Honeymoon destination among Indian tourists. The main attraction of Manali is Mall Road, the market area which offers unique stuff like a singing bowl, Dorjeprayer wheels, woollen clothing, and other souvenirs. One can try the regional cuisines in the market area, majorly influenced by Punjabi and Tibetan tadka. The major festivals celebrated here are Dussehra and Hidimba Devi Festival, which are celebrated with great passion.  This place has everything from temples to museums, river adventures to trekking trails, picturesque little villages to busy upscale streets. It is a full package of ancient heritage, nature, adventure sports, and food. Backpackers love to visit here as they get a plate full of thrill, wildlife, nature, and serenity.

Things To Do: 

Paragliding, Mountaineering, Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Mountain biking, Zorbing, Skiing, River Rafting  Arjun Gufa: Meditate And Relax, Shri Hari Yoga Ashram: Practice Yoga, Rohtang Pass-bike ride

Attractions:

 Nyingmapa Gompa & Gadhan Thekchhokling Gompa, Hadimba Temple, Vashist Temple, Manu Temple, Solang Valley, Rohtang Pass, Beas Kund Trek

Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days

Best time to visit: November to June

Distance from Delhi: 554 km

21. Shimla

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Shimla is an astonishing hill station, capital and largest city of Himachal Pradesh situated at the height of 2200 m. It is called the “Queen of Hills”. This place was established by the British and they declared Shimla as their summer capital. The weather is pleasing for most of the months. It is surrounded by deodar, pine, and oak forests. The market area is on Mall Road which is a walking area lined by many shops, cafes, and restaurants. You must try pastries at bakery shops. Its well-developed facilities and numerous attractions make it one of the prime attractions of Himachal Pradesh. It is home to some beautiful places with spectacular views. You can find good accommodation here at a low price and you can also find luxury hotels and resorts. Earlier Shimla was famous for traveling with families in summers, but now it has also become popular for adventure lovers. 

Things To Do: 

Kalka-Shimla Railway, Scandal Point: Watch The Beautiful Sunset, Cycling, Trekking, Forest Camping, Shopping at Mall Road, Trout fishing at Pabbar River, walk on the Mall Road, ice skating, river rafting, paragliding, Mountain Biking, and  heli-skiing

Attractions: 

Summer Hill, Kali Bari Temple, Annandale, Jakhoo Hill, Scandal Point, Kali Ka Tibba, Tibetian Museum, Christ Church, Tara Devi Temple, Mansa Devi Temple

Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days

Best time to visit: October to June

Distance from Delhi: 359 km

22. Dharamshala And Mcleodganj 

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Dharamshala is a hill station in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, located at an altitude of 1,475 m above the sea level. It is often known as the “gateway to Kangra valley”.In today’s time, it is known as Little Lhasa or Dhasa because of its large populations of Buddhist and Tibetian Monasteries. Dharamshala is divided into two parts-Upper Dharamshala and Lower Dharamshala. The lower division is known as Dharamshala town which is a civil and commercial centre and the Upper division is known as Mcleodganj which is the seat of Tibetian Spiritual Leader Dalai Lama. This hill station is covered by coniferous trees and thick woods of oak and is enfolded and has charming cafes, vibrant monasteries, and numerous adventurous activities that make this place an amazing getaway from Delhi. 

Things To Do:

 Camping, Sightseeing, Paragliding, Trekking, Boating in Dal Lake, Try Tibetan Food

Attractions: 

Bhagsu Falls & Bhagsunath Temple, DalailamaTemple, Chamunda Temple, Tibetan Museum, Triund trek, and Kangra Fort, Namgyal Monastery, Gyuto Monastery, St.Patrick’s Church,  Dharamshala Cricket Stadium

Ideal Duration: 2 Full Days

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

Distance from Delhi: 490 km

23. Kasol 

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Kasol is a small village in the Parvati Valley in the district of Kullu, situated at a height of 1640 m above the sea level. It is commonly known as the “Amsterdam of India”.It is a tourist spot and has become a popular hub for backpackers, trekkers, and nature lovers due to its scenic beauty, untouched mountains, and great climate all round the year. Kasol is a gateway to various treks which includes a trek to Kheerganga, Sar Pass, Pin Parvati Pass, and Yanker Pass. It is best to hire a local guide to enjoy the trek.  It is inhabited by numerous people from Israel. Kasol has everything from streetside cafes to Reggae bars, Internet cafes, and guest houses. It also has flea markets that sell a variety of items like trinkets. 

Things To Do: 

Kasol-Malana trek, Kasol-Tosh trek, Kasol- Kheerganga trek, Naggar: Go For Fishing, Hot Spring: Take A Dip In The Soothing Water, Rock Climbing

Attractions:

 Sar Pass, Parvati River, Manikaran Sahib, Kheerganga Peak, Yanker Pass, Rasol, Chhalal, and Malana Village, Tosh Village

Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days

Best time to visit: Year-round

Distance from Delhi: 533 km

24. Dalhousie- Khajjiar

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It is known as the “Mini Switzerland of India”, situated in the Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 1,970 m on the western edge of Dhauladhar mountain range of Himalayas. Khajjiar is at a distance of 21 km from Dalhousie. This town was named after Lord Dalhousie who established this town in 1854. This beautiful place is surrounded by five hills- Bakrota, Bhangora, Katalagh, Potreyn, and Terah. Khajjiar is known as the Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh, it serves as the starting point for the treks to Dalhousie and Chamba. It has mesmerizing natural landscapes, luscious meadows, lush greenery, alluring atmosphere, and serene and calm location which harmonizes your soul. It offers a lot of activities for adventurers and nature lovers which provides an astonishing view of waterfalls, adventurous treks, and picnic spots. Numerous guesthouses, hotels, homestays, and resorts are also available here.  This glorious place will take your breath away and will give your mind and body a memorable experience. 

Things To Do: 

Khajjiar- Paragliding, Chamera Lake–  Boating, Satdhara Falls– Take A Dip, Paragliding, Trekking at Jandri ghat and  Zorbing

Attractions: 

Khajjiar Lake, Panch Pulla, Rang Mahal, Dainkund Peak, Bhuri Singh Museum, Satdhara Falls, Bakrota Hill, St. John’s Church

Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days

Best time to visit:  March to June & October to December

Distance from Delhi: 575 km

25. Kasauli 

Weekend Gateways Near Delhi

Kasauli is a beautiful town situated in the district of Solan in Himachal Pradesh. It is primarily known for its scenic beauty and serenity. As this town is in the foothills of the Himalayas, so it is moderately cool to be humid all around the year. It serves as a cantonment area which offers mesmerizing views of snow-clad mountain peaks. This place owes a magical and peaceful environment to the lavish Victorian buildings built by the Britishers who resided here years back, which tells about the glorious past of this hill station. It is amidst woody forests of pine, cedar trees, and herbs. The town has several hotels and lodges ranging from moderately priced to luxury accommodation depending on your budget. Despite being a small town, it has many stunning places to visit which makes it a popular tourist destination.  

Things To Do: 

Trekking, Try Tibetan Food, Gurkha Fort – Spot For Photography, Timber Trail – Enjoy Splendid View

Attractions

Manki Point (a Hanuman Temple), Sunset Point, Gilbert trail on Kachcha Road, the Gurkha Fort, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Baba Balak Nath Temple Christ’s Church, and the Central Research Library

Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

Distance from Delhi: 300 km

26. Kufri

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It is located at the foothills of the Himalayas in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated  2,510 m above the sea level and is well known for its pleasing trekking and hiking trail. The adventurous travelers usually visit here during the winter to experience Skiing and tobogganing (sliding downhill on a sled) along its snow-clad mountains. It is a haven for wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts as Himalayan Nature Park is situated on the outer edge of the town. It is also the venue for the Annual Winter Sports festival held in February, organized by the tour and travel department of Himachal Pradesh where Skiing competitions are the main attraction. 

Things To Do: 

Encountering Wildlife, Trekking, Skiing, Snow Trail Camping, Elated Yak Ride, House ride to the Mahasu Peak, Tobogganing

Attractions: 

Nag Temple, Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary, Kufri Fun World amusement park, Gurkha fort & temple in Theog

Ideal Duration: 1 Day

Best time to visit: October to June

Distance from Delhi: 369 km

27. Bir Billing

Paragliding in Bir Billing

Bir is a small village at an elevation of 5,000 feet in Himachal Pradesh. It is known as the Paragliding Capital of India. Bir is considered to be one of the best spots for Paragliding in the world. Bir Billing is located in the Joginder valley and is especially known for Paragliding. The take-off site is Billing and the landing site is Bir. It is between the snow-capped hills, serene landscapes, and artistic temples. It is the best place for someone who is looking for a thrill-filled vacation. Besides this, it also has Bir Market road for shopping, exploring cafes that serve authentic Tibetian dishes, and  Leisure walks along the lake. Due to the Tibetian community settlement in this town, there is an influence of Tibetian culture in this place. This town is also an important centre for meditation and spiritual studies. For the ones looking for adventures, Bir Billing won’t disappoint you at all. 

Things To Do:

Paragliding, Trekking, Mountain Biking, Hang gliding

Attractions:

Palpung Sherabling Monastery, Bir Tea Factory, Tibetan colony

Best time to visit:  March to May and late September to November

Ideal duration: 1-2 Days

Distance from Delhi: 514 km

28. Chail 

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Chail is a quiet hill station near Shimla located in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 2250 m in the Shivalik region. It is known for the World’s highest cricket ground and the Heritage hotel. Chal along with Kufri and Shimla is known as the Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh. Chail is built on three hills- Sadh, Tiba, Pandewa, and Rajgarh. It has lush green fields, a stunning view of the mountains from a great height known as hiker’s paradise. Chail wildlife sanctuary here attracts a lot of nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers. This hill station is located amidst pine forests and gigantic deodars. It is a beautiful hill station which is free from massive crowds that visit Shimla. This destination is ideal for tourists looking for a calm and relaxed vacation away from the bustling and crowded tourist destinations in this state. 

Things To Do: 

Trekking, Horse riding, Angling in Giri River, 

Attractions:

Mani Lhakhang Stupa, Jwalamukhi temple, Tea Gardens, Chail wildlife sanctuary, Kali Temple, Palace Hotel, Cricket Ground 

Ideal duration: 1 Day

Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Distance from Delhi: 335 km

29. Manikaran Sahib Gurudwara

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Manikaran is located in the Parvati Valley in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh between the rivers Parvati and Beas at an altitude of 1760 m. It is a famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Sikhs. The Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara here, also known as Manikaran Sahib, is the highlight of Manikaran. This place is famous for its hot natural springs.  The hot natural springs are believed to possess curative powers due to the presence of Sulphur and have religious and spiritual beliefs connected to it.  Many pilgrims take a dip in this holy water to wash away their sins and others seek it to possess curative qualities. The water is hot enough that the gurudwara here prepares their langars with the help of this hot water. Rice can be cooked if placed in a muslin bag or tied up in a cloth and thrown into this hot water spring. Kulant Pith here is considered to be the most sacred pith. According to an ancient legend, Manikaran is also connected to Lord Shiva and his divine companion Parvati

Things To Do: 

Take a dip in holy water, Trekking, Rock Climbing

Attractions:

Guru Nanak Devji Gurudwara, Hot springs in Manikaran Sahib, Kulant Pith, Lord Ramachandra Temple, Harinder Mountain

Ideal Duration: 1 Day

Best time to visit:  October to June

Distance from Delhi: 516 km

30. Solan

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Solan lies on the Punjab-Himachal Border on the lower ranges of the Himalayas at an altitude of 1467 m above sea level. This town is named after the Hindu Goddess Shoolini Devi. Solan is popularly known as the “Mushroom Capital of the country”. It houses Mohan Meakin Brewery, which is one of the oldest breweries in India. This place is also known as the “City of Red Gold” as it produces bulk quantities of tomatoes. Solan is more of an industrial town with various industries, Mushroom farming is undertaken here on a large scale. The Shoolini Devi Temple and Jatoli Shiv Temple are the must-visit temples for both devotees and tourists. This little town is studded with pine and deodar forests. The traditional architecture of Solan is demonstrated in numerous temples and heritage monuments. Solan is more of a low-key hill station ideal for tourists looking from some time away from city life. 

Things To Do:

Trekking, camping

Attractions:

Shoolini Devi Temple, Arki Fort, Nalagarh fort, Kuthar fort, Solan Brewery, Yundung Monastery, Mohan National Heritage Park

Best time to visit:  March to September

Ideal duration: 1 Night/2 Days

Distance from Delhi: 313 km

31. Tirthan Valley

Weekend Gateways Near Delhi

Tirthan valley is one of the most breathtaking places in all of Himachal Pradesh, located 3 km from the entrance of Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level. It is situated right next to the Tirthan river. Tirthan valley derived its name from the Tirthan river which originates from glaciers of Himalayas. The valley is lush green with alpine grooves and deciduous forests. It’s a paradise for trekkers, hikers, and nature lovers which offers one of the finest trekking opportunities in the world. It takes a minimum of two days of trekking from Tirthan valley to enter the park. Tirthan valley serves as a base camp for trekkers to start their trekking into GHNP. The treks are organized by Himalayan Ecotourism throughout the year, it’s better to go with them as you aren’t allowed without professional guides. Expeditions with GHNP include Rolla Trek (two days), Shilt Hut Trek (three-four days), Maranhi Trek (three-five days), and Rakti Star Trek (five-seven days). Tirthan valley is great for the tourists who seek adventure as well as peace. 

Things To Do:

Trekking in Great Himalayan National Park, Trout fishing, Rappelling, Overnight camping, Rock climbing, Rafting

Attractions:

Great Himalayan National Park, Serolsar Lake, Waterfalls 

Best time to visit:  March to June and October to November

Ideal duration: 3-5 Days

Distance from Delhi: 506 km

32. Narkanda

Weekend Gateways Near Delhi

Narkanda is a picturesque town located in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 2706 m on the India-Tibet road. The most important tourist attraction in this place is Tannu Jabar Lake, also there is a temple nearby the lake Hatu Mata Mandir which is a must for all the tourists and devotees coming here. The area around this place is called the ‘orchard region of Himachal’ where appliance, cherry, etc are grown. It is also known as “Gateway to Apple Country”. Hatu Peak is the second-highest peak. Narkanda is famous for Skiing and Winter sports and today it is one of the most well-known ski resorts in India. It has various trekking routes that all adventure seekers should go for. One should visit here during winters for Skiing. The presence of apple and cherry orchards adds to its visual appeal making it a favorite among landscape photographers. It attracts hordes of tourists throughout the year.

Things To Do:

Skiing, Trekking, Rock Climbing

Attractions:

Tannu Jubbar Lake, Hatu Peak, Mahamaya Temple, Hatu Mata Mandir, Stokes Farm, Kotgarh

Best time to visit:  November to May 

Ideal duration: 1 Day

Distance from Delhi: 414 km

Places To Visit In Rajasthan

33. Jaipur

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The capital city of Rajasthan is known as the “pink city”, was ruled by Rajputs for many centuries. It is one of the top-visited tourist places near Delhi. Every year many tourists from all over the World visit here due to its rich heritage and culture. Jaipur holds many wonderful palaces, forts, temples, and museums with local bazaars where you can shop. Jaipur is very popular for its beautiful jewelry, fabrics, bandhani printed sari, meenakari ornaments, lac bangles,  and blue pottery. The clothes here are famous for its mirror work and embroidery. Jaipur hosts many festivals that witness a large number of tourists including Kite festival, Teej, Camel festival, Elephant festival, and Gangaur. It has many popular bazaars like Johri Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar, and Tripolia Bazar. This city is also famous for its local food which includes Ghewar, Dal Baati Churma, and Pyaaz Kachori. In Jaipur, people are well known for their hospitality and therefore Jaipur offers a surplus of options for travelers.

Things

Folk Festivals, Jeep Safari, Jaipur Literature Festival, Camel riding, hot-air balloon rides

Attractions

 Hawa Mahal, Birla Mandir, Jantar Mantar, Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, City Palace, Chokhi Dhani, Jal Mahal

Ideal Duration:  3-5 Days

Best time to visit: October to March

Distance from Delhi: 270 km

34. Jodhpur

Weekend Gateways Near Delhi

Jodhpur is known as the “Sun City” and “The Blue City” which was founded by Rao Radha. The major attraction of Jodhpur is Mehrangarh Fort which is one of the Largest forts in India and is run by a Jodhpur Royal Family. Jodhpur attracts thousands of tourists every year from all over the World. Jodhpur holds Majestic forts, grand palaces, Havelis, Temples, and beautiful deserts which makes it a perfect place for a vacation with family and friends. The bazaars of Jodhpur are a treasure of antique silver jewelry, embroidered leather shoes, tie-and-dye textiles, antiques, lacquer-wear, handicrafts, carpets, puppets, colorful bandhani sarees. This city’s famous for its local food like mirchi vada and pyaaz ki kachori. Jodhpur is a treasure for its rich cultural heritage which will leave pleasant memories in your hearts.

Things to do:

Sightseeing, Camping, Famous Festival like Marwar Festival, Desert Kite Festival, Rajasthan International Folk Festival

Attractions

Mehrangarh Fort, Ghanta Ghar, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Mandore Garden 

Ideal Duration: 2 Full Days

Best Time to Visit: October to March

Distance from Delhi: 562 km

35. Jaisalmer

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Jaisalmer lies in the heart of the Thar desert in the state of Rajasthan. It is known as the “Golden City of India” due to the yellow sandstone and yellow sand used in the architecture of the city, which provides a golden glow to the city. It is popular because of its royal forts, palaces, havelis, museums, and temples. The most famous tourist attraction of this place is the Jaisalmer Fort, which is a World Heritage Site. Jaisalmer attracts a lot of tourists due to its Camel Safari. A camel ride in the Thar desert is one of the exciting things in this place. Visiting Jain Temple is a must in this city which is situated within the   building, most famous being Parshwanath Temple. It is famous for various crafts such as silver jewelry, stonework, embroidery, leather products, and printing work. Musicians and Dancers are a major cultural export from Jaisalmer to the rest of the world. Jaisalmer is a proper blend of exotic Indian desert culture, heritage, and adventure. 

Things to do:

Desert Camel Safari, Quad Biking, Desert Camping, Sightseeing

Attractions

Jaisalmer fort, Patwon Ki Haveli, Jain Temples, Gadisar Lake, Desert National Park, Desert Cultural Centre & Museum, Tazia Tower, Bada Bagh, Sam Sand Dunes

Ideal Duration: 2 Full Days

Best Time to Visit Jodhpur: October to March

Distance from Delhi: 762 km

36. Ajmer

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Ajmer is nestled in Aravalli hills in the state of Rajasthan. Ajmer city got its name from “Ajmer Meru” which means “invincible hills”. It is the land of the famous Ajmer Sharif Dargah of the saint Muin-ud-din Chishti which houses the Tomb of Garib Nawaz. It is one of the holiest cities in India which attracts hordes of devotees every year. Ajmer was founded by Raja Ajaypal Chauhan. The popular fair celebrated here is the Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti to mark the death anniversary of the Sufi saint. Apart from this, this city is known for its magnificent forts, palaces, museums, and lakes. This city is selected as one of the heritage cities for the HRIDAY  (Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana) scheme of the Government of India. This city has a unique charm that lies in the culture and craftsmanship practiced over centuries. One should visit Ajmer to witness the beautiful Mughal architecture set in an aura of spirituality. 

Things to do:

Camel safari, Camping, Trekking

Attractions

Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Ana  Sagar Lake, Akbar’s Palace, Bijay Niwas Palace, Nareli Jain Temple, Adhai Din Ka Jhopra, Clock Tower

Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best Time to Visit: October to March

Distance from Delhi:  390 km

37. Pushkar

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Pushkar, a small town is located 15 km from Ajmer in Rajasthan. It is primarily a pilgrimage site for Hindus and is known for “World’s only dedicated Brahma temple”. It is also one of the five sacred dhams for Hindus. It has a huge number of Temples and 50 bathing ghats. According to History, it is believed that Lord Brahma had dropped a Lotus here which led to the emergence of a Holy Lake. Due to this, Pushkar had turned into a Pilgrimage. The market area is on the main street which Sells everything from silver oxidized jewelry to merchandise swaddled in various colors. The city holds various festivals, safaris, fairs, pilgrimages throughout the year. You need an expert to enjoy the city and know about its history.

Things to do:

Pushkar Camel Safari, Hot-air balloon ride, Jeep Safari, Hike to Ratnagiri Hills 

Attractions

Pushkar Lake, Varaha Temple, Mahadev Temple, Brahmaji Temple, Man Mahal, Rose Garden

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Best Time to Visit: October to March

Distance from Delhi: 408 km

38. Ranthambore National Park 

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It is one of the most renowned and one of the best national parks in India. It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district in the foothills of Vindhya and Aravali Hills. It is spread over an area of 393 sq. km. It is famous for Bengal Tigers and it is one of the best places in India to watch the majestic predators in their natural habitat. As per history, it used to be the hunting grounds of Maharajas of Rajasthan, but with time it transformed into a protecting reserve for wild animals and birds. This place is a boon for wildlife photographers and is a perfect spot for sightseeing. It is a famous heritage site and is an absolute delight for birdwatchers and an ideal place to watch animals in their natural habitat. 

Things to do

Camping, exploring tiger trails, Wildlife Safari

Attractions:

 Lakarda and Anantpura,  Malik Lake, Jogi Lake, Kachida Valley, Trinetra Ganesh Temple

Ideal duration: 1-2 days

Best time to visit: October to June

Distance from Delhi: 410 km 

39. Alwar  

Alwar is situated between Aravalli hills in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. It is a part of the National Capital Region (NCR) and the administrative headquarters of the Alwar district. Alwar is a place nearby Delhi which is famous for its rich cultural heritage. It is one of the oldest Rajasthani Kingdoms and one of the first Rajput states to align itself with the British empire. This district consists of Alwar city, Siliserh, Sariska, and Bhangarh. This place is a proper balance of nature, adventure, luxury, thrill, and horror. Sariska Tiger Reserve is the major attraction which is the best way to spend your time in Alwar. Siliserh Lake is another beautiful spot where you can indulge in boating and a delicious lunch. Alwar has a unique range of popular Rajasthani preparations, snacks, and sweets. This town offers two unique sweets like Alwar ka mawa (milk cake) and Kalakand. Alwar is a hub of tourism with several forts, heritage Havelis, lakes and nature reserves. 

Things to do

Jeep safari at Sariska National Park, Sightseeing, Boating at Siliserh Lake

Attractions:

Alwar Fort, City Palace, Vijay Mandir Palace, Alwar Museum, Siliserh Lake Palace, Hill Fort Kesroli

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Days

Distance from Delhi: 160 km

Best time to visit: October to March

40. Bikaner

Weekend Gateways Near Delhi

Bikaner is a desert town situated in the middle of the Thar desert of Rajasthan. It is known for its rich Rajput culture and has some of the most beautiful forts and palaces. The main attraction of this city is The Junagarh fort, which is a wonder of architecture that houses a great number of magnificent palaces and gardens. Bikaner is famous for its Bikaneri Bhujia, apart from this it’s Namkeens, Papads, and Baris are also popular. It is well known for its handicrafts, leather articles and is a center of Usta art, which is characterized by miniature paintings and gold embroidery done on marbles, walls, pillars, ceilings, wooden and glasswares and ivory. Bikaner is also known as “Camel Country” because of its extremely popular camel rides. Many fairs and festivals are celebrated here, most famous being the Camel festival held in January. It offers most of the typical Rajasthani delicacies like Gatte Ki Sabzi, Dal Bati Churma, Pakodi, Khata, and deserts such as Rabri, Fini, and Ghevar. The architecture all over the city is commendable and will leave you marvelling.

Things to do

Desert Camel Safari, Jeep Safaris, Night Safaris, Desert Camping, Shopping

Attractions 

Junagarh Fort, Karni Mata Temple, Rampuria Haveli, Gajner Palace & Lake, Lallgarh Palace, Bhandasar Jain Temple, Laxmi Niwas Palace, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Days

Best Time to Visit: October to March

Distance from Delhi:  435 km

41. Bhangarh

Weekend Gateways Near Delhi

Bhangarh is one of the most haunted tourist places in the country which is quite famous for its ghost stories. It is quite an adventurous gateway for Delhites located between Jaipur and Delhi. Bhangarh Fort is a 17th-century fort located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. As soon as you enter the main gate of the fort, it gives a chill down your spine.  Within the fort are temples, palaces, and Havelis. Because of the various ghostly experiences in the fort, villagers have sprung up far away from the fort. Bhangarh fort’s haunted stories are bone chilling yet fascinating at the same time.  The Archeological Survey of India has put a board on the fort gate that it is prohibited to go inside the fort area after sunset or before sunrise. Though chilling and scary, the Bhangarh fort is one of the best places to visit for some unique memories. 

Things to do

Boating in Siliserh Lake, jeep safari in Sariska Tiger

Attractions: Bhangarh Fort, Bala Quila, Moti Dungri, Sariska National Park, Siliserh Lake Palace

Ideal Duration: 1 Day

Distance from Delhi: 283 km 

Best time to visit: November to February

42. Bharatpur

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Bharatpur is located in the Braj region of Rajasthan. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the finest bird sanctuaries on the planet. According to history, Bharatpur got its name after Ram’s younger brother Bharat during the ruling times of Matsya Kingdom around 5 B.C. It is also known as Keoladeo Ghana National Park which has over 370 species of animals and birds. Keoladeo got the name from the old Hindu temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Ghana means thick, applying to the thick woods which used to cover this region. In 1985, this national Park came on the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Bharatpur got its name as being ‘World’s most fascinating bird reserve’. This National Park is home to Siberian Crane in winters which is considered as an endangered bird today It has astonishing architecture and places here have a proper blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, also it serves tourists with authentic Rajasthani traditions. 

Things to do

Bird-safari in rickshaws, Boat ride, Archery or Rifle shooting, Rappelling, Zip-lining

Attraction

Bharatpur National Park, Keoladeo National Park, Dholpur Palace, Lohagarh Fort, Bharatpur Palace and Museum, Banke Bihari Temple, Ganga Mandir, Chawad Devi Temple, Laxman Temple, Seetharam Temple

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Days

Best Time to Visit: October  to March

Distance from Delhi:  190 km

43. Neemrana

Weekend Gateways Near Delhi

Neemrana is an ancient town in the Alwar state of Rajasthan on Delhi-Jaipur highway. This city is famous for its wonderful Neemrana Fort Palace. It was built in 1464 AD where Rajput  Maharaja Prithvi Raj Chauhan III used to rule. This fort is one of the best attractions that has been turned into Rajasthan’s oldest and luxurious heritage hotel, where you can spend your holiday like royalty. It showcases a proper blend of traditional Rajasthani and modern styled interior. Apart from this, the Neemrana fort is considered being one of the best places for holding marriage ceremonies and other cultural events. One can also go for a vintage car ride or just relax and enjoy great food at the in-house restaurant and bar. This palace has earned an excellent reputation for its Rajasthani and French cuisines

Things to do

Zip-lining, Boating, Bird-watching, Nature-walks, Take a tour of the city museum

Attractions

Neemrana Fort, Baori, Vinay Vilas Palace, Sariska National park

Ideal duration- 1 day

Best time to visit: September to March

Distance from Delhi: 118 km 

44. Chittorgarh

Weekend Gateways Near Delhi

The first capital of the Mewar dynasty is located in South-Eastern Rajasthan. It was built by the Maurya dynasty in the 7th century AD. Chittorgarh city is known for Chittorgarh Fort, the largest fort in Asia built on a hilltop which is spread over an area of 700 acres. This glorious fort will always be remembered for the self-sacrificing Jauhar performed by Rani Padmini to stop Alauddin Khilji from conquering the fort. This city is also known as Chittor, it can be best viewed through a helicopter ride. The most popular attraction in Chittorgarh is Padmini Palace named after Queen Padmini herself. The story of Queen’s bravery rings out loud in every corner of this damaged building. Chittorgarh has various options of accommodations like picture-perfect palaces and heritage hotels with royal touch and style. When in Chittorgarh, one should try traditional Rajasthani delicacies such as Daal baati, churma, Gatte ki khichdi, Rajasthani khichdi, and filling thalis? Chittorgarh is well known for its shopping markets which offer traditional dress materials, handicrafts, wooden showpieces, miniature paintings, tie, dye dupattas, crafty furniture, and ethnic jewelry. It is also popular for its special Thewa jewelry and gold design carved on a glass.  Though they are not many options for trekking, the massive gates and the zig-zag stretches and steep routes make the hiking exciting. This place is popular among tourists all over the world due to its rich cultural and historical values. 

Things to do:

Jeep Safari at Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary, try traditional Rajasthani cuisines 

Attractions

Chittorgarh fort,  Rana Kumbha Palace, Ratan Singh Palace Museum,  Kirti Stambh, Vijay Stambh, Ragini Padmini Palace, Kalika Mata Temple, Bassi Wildlife Sanctuary

Ideal duration: 1 day

Best Time to Visit: October to March

Distance from Delhi:  567 km

Places To Visit In Uttar Pradesh

45. Mathura

It is one of the seven most sacred places for Hinduism, the birthplace of the very beloved Lord Krishna located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the “Hometown of Lord Krishna”, The Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple is home to a prison cell that is believed to be the exact birthplace of Lord Krishna. It is located on the banks of river Yamuna and is known as Brajbhoomi, the sacred land of Lord Krishna. According to the Archaeological Survey of India, this place is mentioned in Ramayana. Holi and Janmashtami are the major festivals celebrated in Mathura. These festivals attract several National and International tourists. Barsana is famous for Lath Mar Holi. The best way to explore Mathura is by walking around the streets of the city. You can experience the history of Mathura by exploring the old-fashioned architecture, old houses, friendly amiability of the locals who are willing to show you this city. It also has a history of delicious street food like aloo-puri, chaat, kachoris, gulab-jamuns, and Jalebis. Mathura has a rich history and attracts a lot of pilgrims from all over the World. 

Things to do:

Go on a religious trail and visit Krishna temples, Learn about the culture, Holi at Barsana, Janmashtami

Attractions

Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, Govardhan Hill, Gita Mandir, Dwarkadish Temple, Mathura Museum, Barsana, Vishram Ghat, Birla Mandir

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Days

Best Time to Visit: August-November and February to March

Distance from Delhi: 159 km

46. Vrindavan

Weekend Gateways Near Delhi

Vrindavan is situated on the banks of river Yamuna in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. It is believed that Lord Krishna has spent his childhood here. This place has several places where Lord Krishna spent much of his teenage years. The name of the city is derived from Vrinda meaning basil and van meaning groove. This city is home to about 4,000 temples, the most famous being Banke Bihari temple and world-famous ISKCON Temple, which is the association of Krishna devotees. Major festivals celebrated here are Janmashtami, Holi, and Radhashtami; many people come here every year since Vrindavan is considered being a sacred place.

Attractions

Banke Bihari Temple, ISKCON  Temple, Prem Mandir, Sri Sri Krishna Balram Temple, Keshi Ghat, Govind Dev Ji  Temple, Madan Mohan Temple

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Days

Best Time to Visit: August-December and March

Distance from Delhi: 155 km

47. Agra

Weekend Gateways Near Delhi

Agra is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the World. It is home to one of the seven wonders of the World which is the Taj Mahal, situated on the banks of River Yamuna in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Taj Mahal is the monument of eternal love. The monument was built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Arjumand Bano Begum. It is a stunning example of Mughal architecture, history, art, culture, and romance altogether. Every year The Department of Tourism organizes the Taj Mahotsav in February, which attracts many National and International tourists. This city has some of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, and Agra Fort. This city has a unique style of folk dance, folk music, traditional paintings, and embroideries. Agra is popular for its beautiful carpets, gold, silver jewelry, leather goods, and handicrafts such as zari, zardozi, stone, and marble carving. Apart from all this, Agra has some exciting stuff for foodies like amazing chaat, Lassi, and Agra ka Petha. Due to all this, Agra is a must-visit for anyone living in or visiting India

Things To Do:

Fatehpur Sikri – Take A Short tour, Boating – Yamuna River, try the Authentic Delicacies – Restaurants/Cafes

Attractions:

Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, and Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb, Mehtab Bagh, Akbar’s Tomb, Jama Masjid

Ideal Duration: 1 Night/2 Days

Best time to visit: October to March

Distance from Delhi: 211 km 

48. Varanasi

Weekend Gateways Near Delhi

Varanasi is an ancient town situated on the banks of river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh. It is known as Kashi (City of Life) and Banaras and it is thespiritual capital of India”. This holy city is more than 3000 years old and is one of the oldest living cities in the World. According to ancient legend, it is believed that Lord Shiva himself established this holy city as his adobe. It is one of the seven holy cities for Hindus. Therefore, many people throughout the world visit here to take a holy bath in river Ganges, which is believed to wash out all the sins from the body and soul. It is referred to as the city of temples because it has temples at almost every turn, most famous being the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. It is one of the Shakti Peethas and one of the twelve Jyotirlingas sites in  India. Varanasi is supposed to be an auspicious Place to die, as it is believed to grant “moksha”  from the cycle of life and death. The heart of the city is around the ghats, one must attend the Ganga aarti on the ghats. One should not miss out on the hot chaat and cool lassi. Varanasi is famous for its production of silk and brocades with silver and gold threadwork. It is truly a fascinating site that captivates travelers with its holiness and serenity.

Things To Do:

Attend Ganga aarti at the ghat, Boat riding at Holy Ganges

Attractions:

Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Dasaswamedh Ghat, Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Tulsi Manas Temple, Ramnagar Fort & Museum, Chunar Fort, Sarnath, New Vishwanath Temple

Ideal Duration:  2-3 Days

Best time to visit: October to March

Distance from Delhi:  861 km

Places To Visit In Punjab

49. Amritsar

Weekend Gateways Near Delhi

The iconic city of Amritsar is situated in the Punjab state. It is the holiest city for Sikhs not only in India but all over the World and is also one of the top places of pilgrimage in India. Amritsar is home to the glorious Golden Temple. A visit to Amritsar is incomplete without visiting the Golden Temple which is also known as Harmandir Sahib. The name of the city is derived from the holy pool that surrounds the Golden Temple of this city, which means “the holy pool of nectar”. The famous Wagah Border is also a popular tourist attraction in this city, as the border between India and Pakistan runs through this area. The major festivals celebrated here are Guru Nanak Jayanti, Baisakhi, and Lohri. Amritsar houses some of the finest and most finger-licking food in the country like Amritsari Kulcha, Chicken Tikka, Tandoori Chicken, Lassi, and hot Gulab Jamun. Other local Punjabi Cuisine includes Sarson Da Saag with Makai ki Roti, Rajma Chawal, Channa Batura, Chhole Batura, Dal Makhani, and much more. The mouth-watering food and the generous hospitality of the Punjabi people will convince you to visit this place.

Things to do:

Try Amritsari Cuisine, Punjabi food

Attractions: 

Golden Temple, Wagah Border, Jallianwala Bagh, Tarn Taran, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum, Hall Bazar, Guru Ke Mahal

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Days

Best Time to Visit: November to March

Distance from Delhi: 466 km

50. Chandigarh

Weekend Gateways Near Delhi

Chandigarh, a union territory, is a joint capital of Punjab and Haryana. It is the first well-planned city in India. It is a rich, prosperous, clean and green city and is called “The Beautiful City”. This city has a culture of both traditional as well as modernity, with world-renowned architecture and quality of life which is unparalleled. One of the most famous places here is the Capitol Complex which is often referred to as Le Corbusier Centre. Previously it used to be  Le Corbusier’s base, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has now been converted into a museum. Chandigarh offers authentic Punjabi Cuisine having restaurants at every corner like Lachha Parathas, Chicken Tikkas, Tandoori fish, Butter Chicken, Kebabs, and much more. Also, try the sweet dishes like Baalushahi, Roh di Kheer, Gulab Jamun, Jalebi, and Kulfi. Chandigarh’s mouth-watering food and gedi culture (a leisure drive or ride the city) is something that everyone knows of! This place has a proper blend of design, architecture, gardens, natural beauty, heritage, and urbanization. It is an incredible city that is a true beauty for all those who love to travel and explore.

Things to do:

Boating at Sukhna lake, Try authentic Punjabi cuisine

Attractions: 

Capitol Complex, Rose Garden, Sukhna Lake, Pinjore Garden, Shanti Kunj, Rock Garden, Government Museum and Art Gallery

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Days

Best Time to Visit: August to November

Distance from Delhi: 259 km

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