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!

Weekend Getaways from Delhi (List):

  1. Neemrana (129 km)
  2. Sariska Tiger Reserve (195 km)
  3. Mandawa (232 km)
  4. Lansdowne (260 km)
  5. Parwanoo (265 km)
  6. Pangot (310 km)
  7. Sawai Madhopur (375 km)
  8. Pushkar (415 km)
  9. Dharamshala & Mcleodganj (480 km)
  10. Auli (500 km)
  11. Bir Billing (516 km)
  12. Kasol (520 km)

Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 200 km

1. Manesar (56 km)

Manesar

Manesar (56 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 200 km

Once a quiet village that was unheard of, Manesar today is a business hub that has grown tremendously in the past three decades. This place is known for its rustic charm, comparative calm, and also its luxurious and fun resorts. Irrespective of Manesar being a business hub, the areas in and around it are tranquil and scenic, which is why it is a popular escape for the people of Delhi.

  • How to Reach: Manesar can be reached from Delhi by road in about 1.5 hours via NH 48.
  • Best Time to Visit: November to February, as excursions here, would be uncomfortable in the scorching summer months.
  • Expenditure: 3K to 5K per person

2. Sohna (63 km)

Sohna

Sohna (63 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 200 km

This quaint city in Haryana is a popular detour taken by Delhiites for a touristic retreat nearby. The place is known for its serene lakes, hot springs, and fort ruins that are located around. Those who want to ideally sit while chilling and unwinding amid natural beauty can turn to Damdama Lake or the Sohna Lake.

  • How to Reach: The road distance from Delhi to Sohna can be traversed in around 2 hours via the Gurgaon-Alwar Highway.
  • Best Time to Visit: September to February
  • Expenditure: 2K to 4K per person

3. Neemrana (129 km)

Neemrana (129 km) | offbeat weekend getaways from delhi in winters

Neemrana (129 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 200 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

4. Alwar (164 km)

Alwar

Alwar (164 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 200 km

This is one of the oldest cities of Rajasthan and it is home to many awe-inspiring palaces, forts, and remains thereof, that take you back to the age of the mighty kings. The city of Alwar is one of the quieter destinations close to Delhi, which you can choose to explore. Visit the infamous Bhangarh Fort on the outskirts of Alwar that is known to be among the most haunted places in India.

  • How to Reach: Travel via the NH 48 to reach Alwar from Delhi. The journey takes around 3-4 hours.
  • Best Time to Visit: November to February
  • Expenditure: 3K to 5K per person

5. Mathura (180 km)

Mathura

Mathura (180 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 200 km

Not very far from Delhi, this destination is the perfect choice for those who seek a quick spiritual and scenic getaway. Mathura is dubbed as the land of Lord Krishna himself and it is known for its vibrant locales, spectacular temples, and positive aura.

  • How to Reach: Reaching Mathura from Delhi takes around 3-4 hours. Travel via the AH1 or the Yamuna Expressway.
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March is ideal, as the weather is pleasant; try to catch a glimpse of Mathura during the Holi festival for a unique experience!
  •  Expenditure: 4K to 5K per person

6. Sariska Tiger Reserve (195 km)

Sariska Tiger Reserve (195 km) | uncommon getaways from delhi

Sariska Tiger Reserve (195 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 200 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)

Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 300 km

7. Bharatpur (220 km)

Bharatpur

Bharatpur (220 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 200 km

The historical city of Bharatpur was once a heavily fortified city founded by Maharaja Suraj Mal in the 1700s. The place is known as the “Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan” and is a prominent tourist destination. The place is popular due to the presence of the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • How to Reach: Bharatpur is located close to the Rajasthan-Uttar Pradesh border. Ride on the Yamuna Expressway to reach Bharatpur in about 4 hours.
  • Best Time to Visit: October to February are the best months to catch a glimpse of the migratory birds that flock to this area.
  • Expenditure: 2K to 5K per person

8. Mandawa (232 km)

Mandawa (232 km) | unexplored places around delhi

Mandawa (232 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 300 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

9. Agra (233 km)

Agra

Agra (233 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 200 km

Located on the banks of the River Yamuna, Agra is indubitably among the most popular getaway destinations for the people of Delhi. This elegant city offers a peek into the legacy and heritage of the Mughal Dynasty from medieval India; their architecture, culture, and ways of life.

  • How to Reach: Catch a ride on the Taj Express Highway from Delhi to reach Agra in about 4 hours. There are also ample options for buses and trains that ply on this route.
  • Best Time to Visit: August to March
  • Expenditure: 4k to 5K per person

10. Rishikesh (241 km)

Rishikesh

Rishikesh (241 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 200 km

Spiritual and serene, Rishikesh is an exquisite town set beside the fast-flowing Ganges River in the lap of the Himalayas. This place is also known as the “Yoga capital of the world” and is abundant with beautiful temples and mesmerising sights. Do not forget to watch the iconic Ganga Arti at the Triveni Ghat that takes place every evening.

  • How to Reach: Road journey from Delhi to Rishikesh takes around 5-6 hours via the NH 334. There are also multiple trains to Rishikesh starting from the Delhi Jn. Station (Old Delhi Railway Station) and New Delhi Railway Station.
  • Best Time to Visit: You can visit Rishikesh throughout the year. Avoid the rainy season as adventure activities like bungee jumping, etc., might be put on hold during bad weather.
  • Expenditure: 5K to 7K per person

11. Dehradun (255 km)

Dehradun

Dehradun (255 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 200 km

Dehradun is a breathtaking hill station that is perched amid the Doon Valley in Uttarakhand. A few hours’ drive from Delhi, this destination takes you closer to the Garhwal Ranges of the Himalayas and offers unparalleled scenic beauty.

  • How to Reach: The road distance from Delhi to Dehradun can be covered in about 5 hours. There are also many flights by different airlines that travel from Delhi’s IGI Airport to Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport every day (flight time around 1 hour).
  • Best Time to Visit: March to June
  • Expenditure: 5K to 7K per person

12. Lansdowne (260 km)

Lansdowne (260 km) | places around delhi for weekend trip

Lansdowne (260 km) | | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 300 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

13. Parwanoo (265 km)

Parwanoo (265 km) |  weekend getaways from delhi summer

Parwanoo (265 km) | | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 300 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

14. Jaipur (278 km)

Jaipur

Jaipur (278 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 200 km

The pink city of Jaipur is another vibrant destination that you can head to for an eventful weekend getaway from Delhi. Famous for its markets, food, forts, and cultural heritage, this city attracts tourists from all over the world. For getting a feel of the authentic Rajasthani culture in Jaipur one can visit the Chokhi Dhani Village.

  • How to Reach: The journey from Delhi to Jaipur takes about 5 hours via NH 48. There are many trains available on this route with a running time of about 5-7 hours.
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • Expenditure: 3K to 6K per person

15. Mussoorie (289 km)

Mussoorie

Mussoorie (289 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 200 km

One of the most popular hill stations of the country, Mussoorie is a perfect destination for leisure and adventure travel. This destination features waterfalls, colonial bungalows, ornate gardens, and vibrant local marketplaces that are cradled against the backdrop of the mighty Himalayas.

  • How to Reach: To travel from Delhi to Mussoorie by road, take the route via Upper Ganga Canal Road. The distance can be covered in about 6 hours. The nearest airport to Mussoorie is Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport.
  • Best Time to Visit: March to June
  • Expenditure: 5K to 7K per person

Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 400 km

16. Pangot (310 km)

Pangot (310 km) |  budget weekend getaways near delhi

Pangot (310 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 400 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

17. Mukteshwar (333 km)

Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar (333 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 400 km

Also known as “The Apple Country”, Mukteshwar is a pleasant and isolated destination in the state of Uttarakhand. This destination is at a height of 2285 metres above sea level and offers panoramic views of the Himalayas. Do visit the Mukteshwar Dham Temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is over 350 years old.

  • How to Reach: A road journey from Delhi to Mukteshwar would take over 8 hours. The nearest airport is at Pantnagar, which is about 94 km away and the nearest train station is the Kathgodam Railway Station, which is 62 km away.
  • Best Time to Visit: You can visit Mukteshwar all through the year, as the climate is usually pleasant here.
  • Expenditure: 5K to 6K per person

18. Shimla (341 km)

Shimla

Shimla (341 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 400 km

The magnificent and historically significant hill station of Shimla is a highly frequented tourist destination of North India. This alluring city is situated on top of seven hills, of which the Jakhoo Hills are the highest (2455 m). Visit Shimla for a taste of colonial architecture blended with a vibrant local culture, and for memorable walking experiences amid pine and oak forests.

  • How to Reach: A road trip from Delhi to Shimla can take about 8 hours. For a journey by train, one has to first reach Kalka in Haryana and then board the Kalka Shimla Railway Toy Train. Shimla Jubarhatti Airport is about 25 km away from the city.
  • Best Time to Visit: March to June
  • Expenditure: 6K to 7K per person

19. Chail (346 km)

Chail

Chail (346 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 400 km

This picturesque hill station in Himachal Pradesh is a hidden gem that not many people know about. The destination is known for its pristine hilly views, lovely weather, lush meadows, and its extensive cover of spectacular deodar and pine trees. Kufri, Shimla, and Chail together are collectively known as the Golden Triangle of Himachal Pradesh.

  • How to Reach: The distance between Delhi and Chail can be covered by road in about 7.5 hours via NH 44. The nearest airport is in Shimla’s Jubarhatti, which is 63 km away. The Kalka Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at about 77 km.
  • Best Time to Visit: March to June
  • Expenditure: 5K to 6K per person

20. Mashobra (359 km)

Mashobra is another destination in Shimla District that is a quieter and less crowded alternative for you to visit. With its enchanting resorts, scenic beauty, and calm surroundings, this town forms a perfect getaway from the shrill rumpus of the city life. If you wish to explore the flora and fauna of the place closely, you can head to Mashobra’s Reserve Forest Sanctuary.

  • How to Reach: A direct road journey from Delhi to Mashobra could take around 9 hours. One option to reach Mashobra is from the Shimla Airport that is about 45 km. Another option is to reach Chandigarh first; from there Mashobra is about 120 km.
  • Best Time to Visit: March to June
  • Expenditure: 4K to 6K per person

21. Tattapani (372 km)

Nestled comfortably on the banks of the river Sutlej, Tattapani is a mesmerising destination known for its temples, hot water springs, and extreme water sports. It is believed that the hot sulphur springs of this destination have healing properties that can cure conditions of fatigue, joint pains, and some skin diseases too.

  • How to Reach: The distance from Delhi to Tattapani can be covered by road in about 9 hours. The nearest airport from here is the Shimla Airport at 51 km. You can get to Tattapani via Chandigarh that is 130 km away.
  • Best Time to Visit: Winter months are ideal times to visit Tattapani, as during this time you can enjoy the hot water springs here.
  • Expenditure: 5K to 6K per person

22. Sawai Madhopur (375 km)

Sawai Madhopur (375 km) | relaxing weekend getaways near delhi

Sawai Madhopur (375 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 400 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

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Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 500 km

23. Pushkar (415 km)

Pushkar (415 km) | offbeat weekend getaways from delhi

Pushkar (415 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 500 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

24. Dharamshala & Mcleodganj (480 km)

Dharamshala & Mcleodganj (480 km) | offbeat weekend getaways from delhi

Dharamshala & Mcleodganj (480 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 500 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

25. Auli (500 km)

Auli (500 km) | offbeat weekend getaways from delhi

Auli (500 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 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

Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 600 km

26. Bir Billing (516 km)

Bir Billing (516 km) | offbeat weekend getaways from delhi

Bir Billing (516 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 600 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

27. Kasol (520 km)

Kasol (520 km) | offbeat weekend getaways from delhi

Kasol (520 km) | Offbeat Weekend Getaways from Delhi within 600 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!  

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