Escape from monotony is the bona fide right of every individual. The weekly client visits, targets and statistical presentations definitely break you in mind, if not physically. In such cases, the best that we can do to ourselves is head for a short trip; away from all the hassles of daily life. Now, this seems to be a never-successful plan as either we can’t take days off from work or we keep pondering on some not-too-crowded destination. On the first one, I can certainly not help you, but have compiled a list of lesser-known weekend getaways… for now near Delhi. Keep watching the space for more cities!
List of Top 10 Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi:
- Neemrana (129 km)
- Sariska Tiger Reserve (195 km)
- Mandawa (232 km)
- Lansdowne (260 km)
- Parwanoo (265 km)
- Pangot (310 km)
- Sawai Madhopur (375 km)
- Pushkar (415 km)
- Dharamshala & Mcleodganj (480 km)
- Auli (500 km)
Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 200 km
1. Neemrana (129 km)
A peaceful historical town located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, Neemrana is widely popular among heritage lovers for its 15th-century splendid Neemrana Fort Palace which has been now turned into a luxury hotel.
- How to Reach: Being on Delhi-Jaipur Highway (NH 8), it is easily accessible in just 2 hours 30 minutes’ drive from Delhi.
- Best Time to Visit: Winters is the ideal time to visit Neemrana; however since it is quite green, people who are looking for some quick moments of repose can rush here any time of the year.
- Expenditure: 3K to 5K per person
2. Sariska Tiger Reserve (195 km)
This home of the predator in the Aravalli Hills, Sariska Tiger Reserve delights visitors with its rocky landscapes, dry deciduous forests and of course, rich fauna. Apart from Royal Bengal tigers, this approx. 866 square km area is also home to leopards, Indian jackal, chinkara, langurs and sambar deer.
- How to Reach: Sariska is only 37 km from Alwar Railway Station, which has regular trains plying from Delhi. However, as it is well-connected via NH 8, we suggest hiring a cab/taxi for a hassle-free 5 hours journey.
- Best Time to Visit: Though Sariska Tiger Reserve remains open from 1st October to 30th June, it is advisable to come here between October and March to avoid the scorching heat.
- Expenditure: 4K to 5K per person (including safari charges)
Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 300 km
3. Mandawa (232 km)
Another unique getaway near Delhi, Mandawa is a charming touristy in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. This peaceful 18th-century settlement is dotted with many exquisite havelis and a namesake fort, earning it the sobriquet of ‘Open Art Gallery’. The winding roads and naive people of Mandawa will urge every culture enthusiast to explore the region more.
- How to Reach: The town is well connected to Delhi via NH 9; you can opt for state-run buses that ply here or hire a private taxi. Alternatively, if planning to come by train, then Jhunjhunu Railway Station (27.3 km) is the nearest to Mandawa.
- Best Time to Visit: October to March
- Expenditure: 2K to 4K per person
4. Lansdowne (260 km)
In case salubrious climate, lofty hills, bird watching and trekking are on your mind, Lansdowne in Uttarakhand is the place to be. The breath-taking views of the Himalayas from 1780 m above sea level are worth capturing.
- How to Reach: Lansdowne is around 6.5 hours’ drive from Delhi. Kotdwara Railway Station (40 km) is the nearest railhead to the hill station.
- Best Time to Visit: March to November; avoiding the rainy season since the slopes become slippery.
- Expenditure: 3K to 4K per person
5. Parwanoo (265 km)
The lesser-known town of Parwanoo in Himachal is an ideal weekend getaway from Delhi. From its pine-forested hills and fruit orchards to the Timber Trail cable car ride, everything in this quaint hill station is mesmerising.
- How to Reach: Parwanoo is 35 km from Chandigarh and can be reached in around 4 hours 30 minutes’ drive from Delhi. The nearest railway station to this hill town is Kalka.
- Best Time to Visit: March to October
- Expenditure: 5K to 6K per person
Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 400 km
6. Pangot (310 km)
A scenic hamlet, known for as wide as 580 avian species, is a paradise for bird watchers and ornithologists. Tucked away in the picturesque Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, this little paradise is among the most underrated hill stations in North India, but certainly worth a visit. Those who want to challenge themselves can go on a trekking expedition from Pangot to Naina Peak or China Peak.
- How to reach: Only 17 km from Nainital, Pangot is accessible in around 8 hours’ drive from Delhi via NH 9. The nearest railway station to the hill station is Kathgodam (52 km).
- Best Time to Visit: March-June and September-November
- Expenditure: 5K to 6K per person
7. Sawai Madhopur (375 km)
A district named after Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh I, Sawai Madhopur is home to the UNESCO-listed Ranthambore National Park and Fort. Its rugged terrain is surrounded by Vindhya and Aravalli hills that call many adventure lovers and history enthusiasts. But, there is more to this place than the protected territory…it’s visited for the ancient Ghushmeshwar Jyotirlinga. You can learn more about Madhopur’s centuries-old past at the Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History.
- How to Reach: Sawai Madhopur Railway Station lies on the main Delhi-Mumbai railway line. The nearest airport to the city is Jaipur International Airport (152 km). By road (via NH 48), it takes around 8 hours from Delhi to reach Madhopur.
- Best Time to Visit: November to March
- Expenditure: 4K to 5K per person
Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 500 km
8. Pushkar (415 km)
One of the oldest inhabited places in India, Pushkar is associated with the Creator of the Universe – Lord Brahma. Curled around the eponymous sacred lake, it has a mystic charm that appeals both domestic and international travellers. Besides, visiting its popular attractions like Brahma Temple, Pap Mochini Temple, Man Mahal and Rangji Temple, you can also try hot air ballooning here.
- How to Reach: Located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan, it is around 7 hours 30 minutes’ drive from Delhi via NH 48. The closest railway station and airport to Pushkar is in Ajmer (14 km) and Jaipur (151 km), respectively.
- Best Time to Visit: While it is a year-long destination, the climate is a lot friendlier in winters. Those, who want to be a part of its famous annual Camel Fair, can plan their trip in October or November.
- Expenditure: 5K to 7K per person
9. Dharamshala & Mcleodganj (480 km)
Located against the lofty Dhauladhar Mountains, Dharamshala or Dharamsala is one of the most celebrated getaways near Delhi. In the upper reaches of this tranquil city lies another surreal place, Mcleodganj which is worldwide known for its association with His Holiness Dalai Lama. While here, you can capture the exquisite work put on display at Namgyal Monastery; witness some amazing art forms at Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts; walk through the tea garden; or be a little sporty and try trekking, hiking and paragliding.
- How to Reach: The best and easiest way to reach Dharamshala is by air as Kangra Airport is only 15 km away. The nearest railway station is in Pathankot (86 km). Those who want to enjoy the winding road journey can come here via NH 44.
- Best Time to Visit: March to July
- Expenditure: 5K to 7K per person
10. Auli (500 km)
The majesty of this hill resort in Uttarakhand changes according to the season. While summers bring with it hues of apple orchards, deodars and oaks; winters are encompassed in the glisten of the snow – making it one of the most sought-after skiing destinations of India. It also has a 2.5 miles (4 km) cable car and chairlift for adventure enthusiasts.
- How to Reach: Jolly Grant Airport (275 km) in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Auli. The closest railhead to the ski resort is Rishikesh Railway Station (260 km). Auli is well linked by motorable roads with all major destinations in Uttarakhand and the neighbouring states.
- Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year, excluding monsoons.
- Expenditure: 6K to 8K per person
Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 600 km
11. Bir Billing (516 km)
The twin destinations of Bir and Billing in Himachal Pradesh are best known among thrill-seekers for the paragliding championship held here every year. This place is not for the faint-hearted as coming here and not trying the sport is a sin. The beautiful scenery comprising tea terraces, dense forests, Tibetan settlements and snow-capped Dhauladhar peaks in the backdrop can be best seen with paragliding.
- How to Reach: From Delhi, there are regular HRTC buses to Bir Billing that takes around 10 hours to reach via NH 44. The closest airport is Kangra Airport (67 km), whereas the nearest railhead is at Pathankot (142 km).
- Best Time to Visit: All round the year
- Expenditure: 7K to 9K
12. Kasol (520 km)
A rising name among youngsters, Kasol is known for its hippie culture, Israeli inhabitants and chic cafes beside the pristine beauty of the Parvati Valley. It also serves as a base camp to trekkers heading to Malana, Tosh and Kheerganga.
- How to Reach: The most preferred way to reach Kasol is by road as there is no direct rail or flight connectivity. However, Bhuntar or Kullu–Manali Airport is approximately 31 km away, which receives regular flights from all major Indian cities. Pathankot (295 km) is the nearest railway station to Kasol.
- Best Time to Visit: March to June
- Expenditure: 5K to 6K
So, this long weekend which one will you choose? Do let us know in the comments section below. You can also suggest more such places near Delhi that we missed here. Bye for now!