Planning a weekend getaway from Noida means you will be spoilt for choice. This urban city is close to a myriad of interesting destinations that are ideal to spend a wonderful time with friends and family. But, how do you make a pick? Why not browse through our list of 11 weekend getaways from Noida that assure you of nothing less than perfect short vacation.
Weekend Getaways from Noida:
If you don’t want to waste time driving to a faraway weekend destination, Manesar will be an ideal retreat. It is a quiet and beautiful town that has a perfect ambiance for a rejuvenating getaway. Spend a day at Damdama Lake, which is popular for picnics and family excursions. If time allows, pay a visit to Sheetla Mata Mandir and Sultanpur National Park.
- Distance from Noida: 65 km
Nestled in the midst of Aravalli Hills, Alwar is home to exquisite forts and palaces. The Alwar Fort, which is situated on a hilltop, is the main attraction in the city. The fort is 5 kilometers long and 1.5 kilometers wide. There are 15 large and 51 small towers in the fort. Other than this, you must visit the City Palace, Vijay Mandir Palace, and Government Museum to get a glimpse of the glorious past of Alwar.
- Must visit in Alwar: Sariska Tiger Reserve and Neemrana Fort
- Distance from Noida: 177 km
Jaipur is the beautiful amalgamation of old and new. The Pink City allures visitors with stunning remnants of the bygone era. If you are a history buff, Jaipur has got a lot to offer. Hike the Amer Fort, spend time exploring the City Palace, get clicked at the Hawa Mahal; there’s so much to see and experience in the city. And when you are done with sightseeing, we suggest shopping for leather bags, handicraft items and block print textiles at local markets. If you have time, visit the famous Chokhi Dhani Resort at night to try their traditional Rajasthani thali and enjoy cultural performances.
- Must visit in Jaipur: Amer Fort, Sisodiya Rani Bagh, Albert Hall Museum, Bapu Bazar, Nehru Bazar
- Distance from Noida: 292 km
The Land of Taj, Agra is a fascinating city with a rich cultural heritage. Splendid monuments, mosques, and narrow lanes in the city speak volumes about its past. Though most visitors come to Agra to see the magnificent Taj Mahal, they are intrigued by the legacy that Mughal empire left in the form of Fatehpur Sikri, Jama Masjid, and Moti Masjid.
- Must visit in Agra: Red Fort, Kinari Bazar (zardozi embroidery fabric), and Sadar Bazar (leather goods)
- Distance from Noida: 191 km
5. Mathura & Vrindavan
The twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan draw devotees of Radha and Lord Krishna from all parts of the world. While Mathura is the birthplace of Lord Krishna, Vrindavan is the land where he grew up. Both the cities have beautiful temples that are flooded with tourists and pilgrims, almost throughout the year. Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple in Mathura is one of the prominent temples and is believed to be the place Krishna was born to Vasudeva and Devaki who were confined by Kansa. The Dwarkadhish Temple is another famous temple in Mathura, where Lord Krishna lived until his last breath.
- Must visit in Mathura and Vrindavan: Banke Bihar Mandir, Prem Mandir, Nidhivan Temple, and ISKCON
- Distance from Noida: 139 km
6. Haridwar and Rishikesh
If you want your short vacation to be peaceful and adventurous at the same time, visit Haridwar and Rishikesh. Haridwar, which means ‘Gateway to God’, is a paradise for nature lovers. It is one of the oldest living cities that is believed to be sanctified by the presence of three gods – Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh. Don’t miss the famous Ganga aarti that is held every morning and evening at Har ki Pauri.
Rishikesh is approximately half an hour drive from Haridwar. Referred to as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, Rishikesh attracts a lot of spirituality seekers. But that’s just one face of the city. It is also famous for white water rafting, camping, trekking, and other adventure sports.
- Must Visit in Haridwar and Rishikesh: Mansa Devi and Chandi Devi temples, The Beatles Café, Ram Jhoola, Laxman Jhoola, Triveni Ghat, Muni ki Reti, and Swargasharm
- Distance from Noida: 203 km
Paradisiacal surroundings and salubrious weather of Mussoorie drive a lot of tourists to this small hill station in summers. Mussoorie was established by the British in 1823, and their influence can still be seen in libraries, houses, churches, and other structures here. Though Mussoorie is a small place, there are myriad of attractions that are worth exploring.
- Must Visit in Mussoorie: Happy Valley, Gun Hill, Library, Christ Church and Soham Heritage & Art Centre
- Distance from Noida: 271 km
India’s first planned city, Chandigarh is located at the foothills of Shivalik Range. The climate of the city stays favorable throughout the year, which means you can plan a short vacation whenever you need a break from monotony.
- Must Visit in Chandigarh: Rock Garden and Rose Garden Sukhna Lake, and International Dolls Museum
- Distance from Noida: 289 km
Snow-capped mountains, rich flora, upscale hotels, busy streets, and pleasant weather – Shimla has everything that makes it a popular summer retreat in North India. Shimla was declared the Summer Capital of British India in 1864, and the hill station still has the colonial charm intact. The Christ Church at the Ridge is a typical example of Raj-era architecture and is one of the oldest surviving Churches in the country.
- Must Visit in Shimla: The Ridge, The Mall, and Gaiety Theatre
- Distance from Noida: 388 km
With a history dating back to the 8th century AD, Gwalior fascinates tourists with beautiful forts, rock-cut temples, and museums. The city was ruled by several dynasties, and poets, kings, artisans, and musicians from every dynasty gifted a new dimension to the city. It is the diversity of the city that attracts domestic and international tourists alike.
- Must Visit in Gwalior: Gwalior Fort, Man Singh Palace, Sarod Ghar, Ghau’s Tomb, Chhatris of Scindia Dynasty, Koteshwar Temple and Sun Temple
- Distance from Noida: 322 km
11. Jim Corbett National Park
Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast or nature lover, a trip to Jim Corbett will be a rejuvenating affair. Named after the famous hunter Jim Corbett, who later became a conservationist, Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India. Spread across 520.82 sq. km. of land, the park has about 488 and 600 species of flora and fauna, respectively and the Ramganga River flowing through its entire length.
- Must do in Jim Corbett: Jungle safaris, camping, and river crossing
- Distance from Noida: 221 km
Our list of recommendations is long enough to keep most of your weekends occupied over the coming few months. So, pick a destination, book your hotel, and head for a refreshing break.