Out of Delhi: Weekend Getaways

Sitting on the porch either in winters with freezing fingers or summers with stifling heat, I look for solace in my dreams in far away land with comfortable drink in hand enjoying the sun with a surreal clouds rowing with the brisk wind.

So, I compiled the places I have been to or want to go to around Delhi for the weekend according to the season and distance.


Weekend Getaways from Delhi

In summer

1. Deoria Tal– Picturesque lake

Deori tal, 3km away from Sari village in Uttarakhand, is a crystal-clear lake, mirroring the snow capped Chaukhamba peaks, beside which you can camp and stay the night.

Distance from Delhi: 440 km (approx. 6 hours)

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

Budget: INR 800 per person per night (tent, dinner, breakfast)

Activities: Camping and treking

2. Valley Of Flowers– Bed of flowers

Valley of flowers, in the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, is an easy trek through Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve with the ornamental flower bed which is in full bloom from July to September.

Distance from Delhi: 515 km (approx. 6 hours)

Best time to visit: March to June for trekking and July for seeing bloomed flowers

Budget: INR 400 per person per night. Stay at asharams for lesser amount.

Attractions: Hemkund Sahib, Ghangaria, Badrinath Temple, Vasudhara Falls, Trekking and camping.

3. Bir Billing– Paragliding paradise

If you have paragliding in your backlist, then Bir is the destination for you be it with your family or friends and you can do any number of activities there.

Distance from Delhi: 517 km (10 hours)

Best time to visit: April to June

Budget: INR 1,000 per person per day

Activities: Paragliding, Chokling Monastery, Sherab Ling Monastery, and Bir Tea Factory

4. Tosh– Sip tea at the top of the mountain

Tosh, 20km from Kasol in Parvati valley, is a small village on a mountain and is best for peaceful escape from the city life. Best way is to hire a bike in Karol and ride to tosh because the ride is just breathtaking with asthetic lush green mountains .

Distance from Delhi: 538 km (15 hours)

Best time to visit: April to October and November to February to experience snow with freezing cold weather.

Budget: INR 299 per person per night onwards

Attractions: Tekking, chill in the cafes

5. Mcleodganj– Land of lamas

Mcleodganj, also known as Little Lhasa, is the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and home to a large Tibetan population, including many monks and nuns.

Distance from Delhi: 488 km (9 hours)

Best time to visit: Sharadotsav Festival during the autumn and June to September

Budget: INR 5,000 per person for 2 days (With meals, transport, accommodation and sightseeing)

Attractions:Masroor Temple, Monastery, shopping, cafe-hopping, Yoga and trek to Triund, camping, Bhagsu Falls, Maharana Pratap Sagar Lake

6. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary– Gaze at birds

A day out can be at Bharatpur bird sanctuary, also Keoladeo Ghana National Park, where you can find the sanctuary to vast arrays of faunal species, including thousands of rare and highly endangered birds. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home.

Distance from Delhi: 2 km

Best time to visit: August to November for resident breeding birds and October to February for migrant birds.

Attractions: Bird watching and photography.

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7. Rishikesh– Repose at the banks of Ganges

Rishikesh, a holy town and a pilgrimage site for yogis, lays claim to ‘Yoga Capital of the World’ with great vibes strung with the Ganges traversing through the vast forested hills.

Distance from Delhi: 245 km (approx. 6 hours)

Best time to visit: late SeptemberOctober to mid November and March for Yoga Festival

Budget: INR 400 per person per night. Stay at asharams for lesser amount.

Activities: River rafting, bungee jumping, cliff jumping etc. Visit asharams, cafe-hopping.

 

8. Vrindavan– Home of Lord Krishna 

Vrindavan, a holy town in U.P., is said to be the childhood home of the lord Krishna and lots of temples are dedicated to him and the deity Radha, his lover. It is a must to buy Peda (sweet) from Vrindavan. And be safe from monkeys.

Distance from Delhi: 183 km

Best time to visit: October to March and February for Holi celebration

Budget: INR 400 per person per night.

Activities: Temples, Boat ride.


In winter

9. Auli– Skiing destination

Auli, in chamoli, is renowned for the fascinating ski resorts bounded by the snow drapped mountains, Himalayas, and enchanting oak fringed slopes and coniferous forests. Plus, Auli offers an unspoiled ambiance

Distance from Delhi: 80 km

Best time to visit: Snow Skiing during November to March and pleasant climate during May to November 

Budget: INR 3000 per person

Attractions: Snow skiing, Artificial Lake and Ropeway.

10. Mussoorie– Queen of the Hills

Mussorie, in the foothills of Garhwal Himalayas, is an abode to range of flora and fauna and provide the view of the mesmerizing Shivalik ranges and Doon valley. You can also head to Yamunotri and Gangotri shrines.

Distance from Delhi: 294 km

Best time to visit: Snow Skiing during November to March and pleasant climate during May to November 

Budget: INR 400 per person per night onwards

Attractions: Skywalk, Zipline, Zip Swings, Treking, Mussoorie lake, Lake Mist, Cable Car ride and Sky Bridge

11. Jim Corbett– Voices of wild animals

Distance from Delhi: 246 km (5 hours and 30 minutes)

Best time to visit: November to June

Budget: INR 4,000 per person for 2 days (with meals, transport, accommodation and entry charges)

Attractions: Royal Bengal Tigers. Indian elephants, spotted deer, golden jackal, Himalayan black bear, and leopard cats are among other animals you may spot while on a jungle safari. Corbett Museum and Corbett Falls.

 

12. Jaipur– Royal heritage

Distance from Delhi: 288 km (5 hours and 30 minutes)

Best time to visit: October to March and during Diwali.

Budget: INR 3,000 per person per day (With meals, transport, and accommodation)

Attractions: Amer Fort, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, and Nahargarh Fort

13. Udaipur– City of lakes

Distance from Delhi: 663 km (11 hours)

Best time to visit: October to March

Budget: INR 3,000 per person for 2 days (With meals, transport, accommodation)

Attractions: Sunset boat cruise,

14. Agra– Abode of architectural gem

Distance from Delhi: 233 km (4 hours and 30 minutes)

Best time to visit: November to March and monsoon time, July-September, is also good to watch Taj Mahal with different shades of clouds. Its just lovely.

Budget: INR 4,000 per person per day (with meals, transport, accommodation)

Attractions: Taj Mahal, Moti Masjid, Jahangir Palace, Itimad-ud-Daulah, Chini Ka Rauza, Guru ka Tal, Jama Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort and Tomb of Akbar the Great.

15. Pushkar– New hippie hub

Pushkar is another Hindu pilgrimage centre but recently it has become a new hub for hippies. With the hoards of tourist around, you can lay back and enjoy the majestic Pushkar lake. You will also find different cafes to chill around the lake and the market.

Distance from Delhi: 663 km (11 hours)

Best time to visit: November to March and enjoy Camel Fair in October/november.

Budget: INR 6,00 per person per day (With meals, transport, accommodation)

Attractions: Cafe hopping, Ghats, Pushkar Mela, Brahma Temple, Yoga Garden, trekking and camping.

16. Amritsar–  The tank of nectar of immortality

Distance from Delhi: 454 km (11 hours)

Best time to visit: November to March

Budget: INR 500 per person per day.

Attractions: Golden Temple, Amritsari Food, Jallianwala Bagh, Tarn Taran Sahib and Wagah Beating Retreat ceremony.

 

 

 

“Not all those who wander are lost.” — J.R.R. Tolkien

 

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