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Best Weekend Getaways From Delhi

Lansdowne

Seeking a quiet getaway from Delhi? Lansdowne is the place to be.

This calm town in Uttrakhand is home to some of the most breathtaking and picturesque views. With its salubrious weather and pristine surroundings, Lansdowne is the perfect place to unwind in the lap of nature. But that is not all that it offers!

Places to Visit: If history fused with art is your fix, visit the Darwan Singh Regimental Museum in Lansdowne. Sprawled over two-floor units, the museum boasts of an impressive collection of arms, uniforms, rare photographs of army generals and some certificates and details about the origin and achievements of Garhwal Rifles. To get in touch with spirituality, pay a visit to St. John’s Church and Tarkeshwar Mahadev Temple in town. For thrill and adventure seekers, a hike or short trek up the ‘Tip n Top’ hill-point and Bhim Pakora will be an exhilarating experience.

Nainital

Nestled in Kumaon Hills, Nainital is a hill station boasting the unique, eye-shaped Naini Lake. Famously called the ‘City of Lakes’, this beautiful town offers a tranquil break from your monotonous routine.

Places to Visit: The city offers a range of activities for you to explore. If you have an adventurous streak, there are several hiking trails and trekking points in and around it. Nainital- Betalghat Trek, Nainital- Kilbury Trek and Snow View Trek are some of the popular hiking trails.

Make sure you try the aerial rope-way connecting the town with Snow View Point. It offers a breathtaking view of the lake and the surrounding places like China Peak and Tiffin Top. You can also enjoy boating and yachting with your friends or partner.

Jim Corbett

Your wildest adventure lies very close to the Capital.

Places to Visit: Abundant in rich flora and fauna, this ‘Paradise of Tigers’ is your perfect escape into the wild. Enjoy a thrilling rendezvous with nature and wildlife at Jim Corbett National Park. Take a jeep safari to get a closer look of the wildlife. However, taking an Elephant safari makes for a much surreal experience as you find yourself become a part of your surroundings.

Also visit the nearby Dhangarhi Museum, Corbett Waterfall and Garija Temple to make the most of your trip.

Kasauli

Surrounded by thick foliage of oak, chestnut and pine trees, this quaint hill station between Shimla and Kalka is a perfect respite from your life in the city. The serene environment and enchanting calmness that it provides are enough to rejuvenate you.

Places to Visit: Kasauli offers a breathtaking view from its Sunset Point. Trek your way to the famous Monkey Point to visit the Hanuman Temple that holds a huge religious significance. Indulge in a nature walk along Gilbert Trail while clouds of mist float over the path.

Lover’s Lane, Mall Road and Christ Anglican Church are other key places you must visit while in town.

Rishikesh

Lying in the foothills of Himalayas is the hub of temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports- Rishikesh.

Awaken the adventurer in you and indulge in sports like river rafting, trekking and giant wheeling. Get your adrenaline rush and make an experience of a lifetime by bungee jumping.

If you seek spirituality, make your way to the yoga ashrams in the town. There is nothing like meditating in the open air as the sound of river lulls you.

Make sure to stop by the Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh. Made famous by the eponymous English band, the ashram premises have a lush growth of green patched and beautiful artwork. You know this hippie town is worth it when The Beatles visited here often too!

Mussoorie

Mussoorie is one of the most popular hill stations in Uttarakhand and also one of the best weekend getaways from Delhi. It was founded by a British official in 1820 who along with other Britishers used to use this destination as a summer getaway. The pleasant weather lures hundreds of tourists to this tranquil and scenic hill station. Apart from being a hub for nature-loving, honeymoon couples, adventure-seeking or heat escaping tourists this ‘Queen of the Hills’ is also known for its excellent educational institutions. There is lots to see and do in Mussoorie starting from admiring the surrounding natural beauty represented by the magnificent Shivalik Ranges and the underlying Doon Valley to enjoying the mouth-watering local and international dishes served in the many cafes spread in the area.

Places to visit: Mall Road, Mussoorie Lake, Gun Hill, Jharipani Falls, Kempty Falls, Mall Road, and Lal Tibba

Tattapani

Looking for some other weekend getaways near Delhi? Visit Tattapani, a small village with hot water springs, which makes for a memorable holiday with either family or friends. Unwind and soak yourself in the solitude or take a holy dip to absolve your sins and achieve sheer bliss and contentment. The hot sulphur springs near the banks of river Sutlej are believed to have medicinal properties, offering relief from acute body aches and fatigue. While you are there, don’t forget to walk up and pay homage to the Shiva Caves, which is less than a 10 minutes’ drive from Tattapani. It also boasts various thrilling activities like trekking, river rafting, and rock climbing.

Places to visit: Hot Water Springs, Shiva Caves, and Mahunag

Kufri

The picturesque town of Kufri is also one of the popular weekend getaways from Delhi for skiing on snow-clad slopes, go-karting, yak and horse rides, and other winter sports. This small hill station also serves as the starting point for most of the treks to Manali and Shimla. Nature walks and trails through thick foliage and grooves make this place a great spot to get consumed by nature’s beauty. Take a leisurely walk through the vibrant bazaar or interact with the locals to know more about the culture of this place. The small hamlet is one of the must-visit hill stations in Himachal for all those who are looking to rejuvenate themselves from the distress of city life.

Places to visit: Kufri Fun World, Mahasu Peak, Himalayan National Park, Indira Tourist Park

Parwanoo

Parwanoo is an idyllic destination in Himachal that attracts innumerable tourists every summer owing to its fragrant fruit orchards, bountiful scenic landscape, and a serene ambience. Located in close proximity to Chandigarh, it boasts of many activities that will immerse you in the pristine aura of the place. On such activity is a cabin car ride that is sure to offer some of the breath-taking views of the beautiful valley. You can also visit the Cactus Garden, which houses over 3,500 species of cacti and succulents and is a treat for nature lovers and botanists. Your trip remains incomplete without trying the local delicacies like meat pickles, fresh jams, jellies, and marmalades of the region.

Places to visit: Timber Trail, Gorkha Fort, Cactus Garden, Fruit orchards, Dagshai

Mashobra

Perched at an altitude of 2,146 metres, Mashobra is yet another popular hill station that boasts of captivating natural scenery such as thick forests, beautiful fruit orchards, and splendid Himalayan views. The best part is that it boasts of blissful climate round the year. It is one of the best places to visit in the summer, offering an array of interesting outdoor activities including boating, horse-riding, paragliding, trekking, mountain biking, camping, quad biking, and wildlife spotting. Don’t forget to visit Craignano, an old villa perched at 7,700 feet, constructed of wood and flanked by numerous water streams and woods of tall pines, oaks, and cedars. If you are looking forward to a relaxing holiday in the lap of Mother Nature, you can indulge in leisurely strolls along the tree-shaded walkways and nature trails.

Places to visit: Craignano, Jakhu Temple, Mahasu Peak, WildFlower Hall Hotel

Chail

The panoramic hilly destination of Chail along with its edgy terrains and pristine landscapes makes for one of the perfect hill stations in Himachal. Chail served as the erstwhile summer capital of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of the princely state of Patiala and is popularly known for housing the world’s highest cricket ground built-in 1893. The ground offers grand unsurpassed vistas of the Himalayan Mountains. Chail also houses a wildlife sanctuary where you can spot the Himalayan black bear, Indian porcupine, common langur, flying squirrel and spotted deer, among other species. Don’t forget to indulge in some thrilling adventure activities like trekking, camping, and wildlife sightings while you stay in one of the several private hotels or relaxing cottages around Chail.

Places to visit: Sadhupul Lake, Chail Palace Hotel, Kali Ka Tibba, Siddh Baba ka Mandir, Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, School Playground.

Shimla

The trendy hill station of Shimla is one of the most sought after tourist destinations owing to its unique colonial history, trekking options, forested hills, pleasant weather, and Himalayan ranges. No matter how often you have visited this place, Shimla never ceases to charm you in a different way each time you are there. Popularly known as the ‘Queen of Hills’, Shimla is certainly one of the most popular hill stations in Himachal. Whether it’s the bustling Mall Road that is dotted with shops, restaurants, and local eateries or the peaceful hamlet of Chadwick Falls or the ancient Jhakhoo Temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Shimla remains a popular vacation spot. Here, you can engage in camping, trekking, ice skating, paragliding, skiing, and white water rafting, among other things.

Places to visit: Lakkar Bazaar, Mall Road, Jakhoo Temple, Christ Church, The Ridge

Dehradun

Nestled beautifully in the Doon Valley in the foothills of Himalayas, Dehradun is one of the best weekend getaways from Delhi. Known as the abode of Drona, Dehradun is bestowed with enduring rivers, undulating streams, mountains, valleys, and vivid landscapes. If you want to spend a few days of solitude with your loved ones among pleasant weather conditions, several gardens and parks, or participating in offbeat adventurous activities like paragliding, skiing, river rafting, trekking and angling, then Dehradun is a great option. This hill town also serves as a gateway to various other nearby hill stations.

Places to visit: Clock Tower, Chetwode Hall, Chandrabani Temple, Tapovan, Tibetan Temple, Tapkeshwar Temple, and Malsi Deer Park

Bhimtal

Bhimtal is a favourite summer escapade for countless tourists, especially honeymooners who throng here to spend some private time amidst serene and peaceful settings made by Mother Nature. Located at an altitude of 1,370 metres above the sea level, this peaceful town is blessed with abundant greenery, beautiful hillocks, and a huge blue lake, which is also the biggest attraction here. The lake encloses a tiny island in the middle that adds on to the beauty of the whole surrounding. The serene environment and enchanting calmness makes it one of the best hill stations to visit away from the hectic city life. The town is flanked by beautiful dense forests oak, shrubs, and pines, and offer exploratory trails for the adventure seekers.

Places to visit: Bhimtal Lake, Hanuman Garhi, Butterfly Research Centre, Bhimtal Island Aquarium, Karkotaka Temple, Victoria Dam, and Folk Cultural Museum

Rajaji National Park

Established in 1948, this National Park located in the state of Uttarakhand, boasts of rich flora and fauna. Spread over a vast area of 820 square kilometres, the park is dense and has a 24 kilometre stretch of River Ganga gracing it. You can spot large herds of elephants inside apart from the rare sightings of wild animals like tigers, leopards, barking deer, sambhar, wild boars, and Himalayan black bear. The natural landscape and bountiful fauna offers an amazing opportunity for nature lovers and photo fanatics to enjoy the beautiful landscape and wildlife.

Haridwar

This ancient city situated in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand on the banks of the holy river Ganga has been known as a land of legends and myths. It is considered to be one of the sacred places to visit in India, and is the gateway to the Char Dham Trek comprising Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri. The city houses popular temples and shrines, which are thronged by a profusion of pilgrims from all over the country who flock here to take a dip in the holy river and get rid of all their sins and achieve blissfulness. Haridwar is also famed for being one of the four sites for the Kumbh Mela, the largest peace assemblage on the planet that draws over 75 million people to the festival. With an astonishing plethora of history, culture, architecture, art, and innumerable diverse holy places to visit in Haridwar, travellers are bound to be thoroughly engaged.

Places to visit: Har Ki Pauri, Mansa Devi Temple, Chanda Devi Temple, and Maya Devi Temple

Ranikhet

Ranikhet is one of the known weekend getaways from Delhi located in Almora district of Uttarakhand. It got its name from Queen Padmini wife of King Sudhardev who chose this place as her residence. Located at an altitude of 1,829 metres above sea level, it serves as the headquarters of the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army. The enchanting hill station, which literally means, ‘Queen’s Meadow’ has everything to placate the desires of an avid city dweller. An all-season tourist-spot for the enthusiasts of the natural beauty, Ranikhet is a place that reflects panoramic vistas of the majestic Himalayas, covered in dense forests of oak and pines. It also offers unparalleled views of the magnanimous Nanda Devi Parbat Peak.

Places to visit: Jhula Devi Temple, Chaubatia Orchards, Majhkhali, Bhalu Dam, and Golf Course

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Pangot

This small peaceful charming hill town is placed in the hilly Kumaon region and is touted as one of the best weekend getaways from Delhi for those who love trekking, bird watching, adventurous activities, and mountain biking. A true bird lover’s paradise, you can spot close to 580 avifauna species including Lammergeyer, Rufous-bellied Niltava, Himalayan Griffon, Spotted and Slaty-backed Forktail, and Blue-winged Minla, among others at the Kilbury and Snow View Point. The picturesque landscape and relaxing charm of the town attracts countless tourists who prefer to spend a relaxing vacation while being close to nature.

Places to visit: Snow View Point, Naini Peak, and Sattal