Delhi, the capital of India doesn’t need any introduction that witnesses a large influx of travelers all throughout the year. From towering buildings to the ruins of the heritage monuments, Delhi has so much to leave you enchanted with. If we talk about Delhi, the first thing comes in our mind is its remarkable attractions such as Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Jantar Mantar, India Gate, Rajghat, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Jama Masjid, Rajghat etc.
Delhi has some recharged and rejuvenated tourist destinations close to the city. If you are preparing to a weekend holiday trip, there are some outstanding weekend getaways from Delhi. These short trips are the perfect way to explore destinations in and around your city and come back refreshed.
As St. Augustine said the – “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Let’s chart out some pleasure trips from Delhi to hill stations, religious sites, wildlife sanctuaries or adventure destinations etc.
Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Agra is a lovely town located on the banks of Yamuna River in Uttar Pradesh, located around just 200 km it a favorable destination for Delhiites.
Agra also features three UNESCO world heritage sites. They are Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Taj Mahal is the symbol of eternal love which was built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is famous for its matchless architectural beauty and never fails to lure visitors coming from different parts of the world for India tours. The vista of white marble monument Taj Mahal is simply matchless especially during sunrise, sunset or full moon light.
This princely city of Rajasthan offers royalty and Raj culture of the bygone era. It is located around 268 km from Delhi. Affectionately dubbed as the Pink City, Jaipur takes pride in its royal attractions including sightseeing, shopping and enjoying Rajasthani cuisine and culture. Some of the famous sightseeing places in Jaipur are its forts – Jaigarh, Amber and Nahargarh. Other sightseeing places to see are the Jantar Mantar Observatory, Galta Monkey Temple, Hawa Mahal and City Palace. One must relish the shopping and the food here.
Haridwar is situated about 215km from the capital city Delhi and one of the favorite destinations for weekend getaways around Delhi. Haridwar is a holiest town and also consider as the ultimate gateway to Gods. It is situated at the place where Ganges emerges from mighty Himalayas, it is the perfect weekend gateway to have a quick dip in the Ganga, visit temples and attend the evening aarti.
Mussoorie is a hill station situated at the foothills of the Himalayas and also known as “The Queen of Hills”. Located around 275.7 km from Delhi, it is the best place for trekking and sightseeing. The romantic atmosphere of Mussoorie has earned the town its name of the Indian honeymoon capitol. Spread over mountain range, with unbelievable views of majestic Himalayas, and distant views of the pious Ganga River from one end and Jamuna River from the other it attracts a number of tourists from all over the globe.
It is such a paradise to hide from unbearably hot summers of Delhi. Tourists flock Mussoorie from April to June to beat the Delhi heat and from Dec-Jan to enjoy the snow.
Nainital is a beautiful hill station having amazing views of hills and ancient temples in its arms. It is situated around 296 km from Delhi and popularly known as the “Lake District of India”. Here you can enjoy Cable car rides, boating in the beautiful lakes, scenic views of Kumaon hills, horse and animal rides, trekking, sightseeing etc.
Corbett National Park
The famous reserve is a great destination to immerse you in natural beauty. The park is located at the Nainital district of Uttrakhand, around 235 kms from Delhi. It acts as the protective reservoir for the critically endangered Bengal Tigers of India with the highest diversity of flora and fauna. Jim Corbett has always been the first hit for the tourists and the wildlife lovers. You can take a safari in a gypsy or even enjoy an elephant safari.
An adventure hub not too far from Delhi, Rishikesh is popular for its adventures activities. The environment in Rishikesh offers a variety of exciting outdoor activities including white water rafting, camping, Rock Climbing, Bungee Jumping, giant swing, cliff jumping, kayaking, trekking, river crossing, yoga and even meditation for people seeking spiritual rejuvenation.
Rishikesh is blessed to withhold the presence of Lord Vishnu ‘lord of all senses’ and the Ganges river as well. It is perfect to immerse yourself in spirituality and yoga with numerous yoga centers offering short term and long term courses.
Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna which is popularly known as the Brajbhoomi. It is situated located around 160 kumis from Delhi, on the bank of river Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh state. Visit the Krishna-Balaram Temple (ISKCON), the prison cell where the parents of Lord Krishna were kept during Mahabharata period. The other popular tourist attractions of Mathura are Dwarkadheesh temple, Gita mandir, Government museum.
The Bharatpur bird sanctuary’s close proximity to Delhi at 200 km makes it an ideal weekend getaway. It is one of the best bird sanctuaries of India & famous among the tourists for its outstanding wetland bird reserve.
This park hosts a large number of Migratory birds such as Chinese coots, Saras cranes, pelicans and many more in the winter months. This destination is haven for bird watchers and people who love nature. Immerse yourself in the dense forest and birds chirping…the fresh air and the cool breeze.
Sariska National Park
Your chance to see a tigers is just 4 hours away from Delhi in Sariska National Park. Sariska is famous national park and tiger reserve, it is Located at a distance of 217kms from Delhi. It comprises of hills and narrow valleys of the Aravali Hill range. The broad range of wild life here is a wonderful example of ecological adoption and tolerance. Commonly seen animals in the park include nilgai, sambar, spotted deer, striped hyena, Indian porcupine.
Start packing your bags for your next weekend trip.