Delhi is not only the capital of India, it’s a centre for culture, art and history in India. Apart from the grand historical sites and amazing food, Delhiites are spoilt for choice when it comes to weekend getaways from Delhi. Whenever you feel like your life is becoming a little monotonous, pack your bags and head to any of these ten places around Delhi. Take some time off and you’re guaranteed to never have a boring weekend ever again.
Our selection of locations are within a 600 km radius of Delhi and are perfect for a 3 to 5 day vacation. You could travel to these locations overnight, enjoy a few activity-filled days and be back to work on a Monday with no problems. A few of our favourite weekend getaways from Delhi are listed below.
List of Popular Weekend Getaways near Delhi for the coming Long Weekend
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is a spiritual and adventure hub for many around India. It’s also an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. Rishikesh is considered the ‘Yoga capital of the world’ with a large number of yoga centres and ashrams all around the city. If you plan your vacation just right, you might be able to make it for the annual International Yoga Festival.
Distance– Rishikesh is about 234 km from Delhi’s Nizamuddin Railway Station via NH 334
How to get there – Rishikesh is well connected to Delhi via a good network of trains, buses and cabs.
Places to visit – A few places to visit are Laxman and Ram Jhula, Triveni Ghat, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Parmarth Ghat, the Beatles Ashram, and Neer Garh Waterfall.
Things to do – Get your adrenaline pumping with adventure sports like bungee jumping, white-water rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, zip lining and much more. Attend yoga sessions at Parmarth Niketan and Sanskriti Yogpeeth.
Where to stay – Book hotels in Rishikesh starting from 999/night. Use code TRB20 and get FLAT 20% Off.
Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, Jaipur or the ‘Pink City’ is a grand city that’s worth a visit. Discover its luxurious palaces, forts and gardens to get an idea of how the royals lived. It’s opulent architecture, friendly people and gorgeous landscape will certainly keep you excited all weekend.
Distance – Jaipur is about 274 km from Nizamuddin Railway Station in Delhi via NH 48
How to get there – Jaipur is well connected to Delhi via a good network of direct flights, trains, buses and cabs.
Places to visit – There are a number of places to visit in Jaipur. Here are few sites you must visit while in the city: Amer Fort, Birla Mandir, Jantar Mantar, the City Palace, Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal and the Nahargarh Fort.
Things to do – Go on an elephant ride at the Amer Fort, take a hot air balloon ride, go shopping at Tripolia Bazaar, and go on a cycling expedition at Nahargarh Fort.
Where to stay – Book hotels in Jaipur starting from 999/night. Use code TRB20 and get FLAT 20% Off.
Situated at the foothills of Kumaon Hills of the Himalayas, Nainital has enchanted many city slickers over the years. This hill-station in Uttrakhand boasts lakes, forest covered hills and cool weather round the year. This place is ideal for nature and adventure lovers.
Distance– Nainital is about 291 from Delhi’s Nizamuddin Railway Station via NH 24
How to get there – Travelling from Delhi to Nainital shouldn’t take too long with road and rail being the most popular methods of travel, while air comes close. Travelling by bus, bike and car are the quickest ways to get there.
Places to visit – A few attractions to visit in Nainital are Naini Lake, Tiffin Point, G.B. Pant High Altitude Zoo, Naina Peak, Sattal, Snow View Point, Gurney House, and St. John’s Church.
Things to do – Take a tour of Nainital’s lakes, try the town’s street food, get a view of the majestic Himalayas from Snow View, go rock climbing, and shop at Tibetan Market.
Where to stay – Book hotels in Nainital starting from 999/night. Use code TRB20 and get FLAT 20% Off.
The charming hill town of Shimla is a popular destination among domestic and foreign tourists. The well-paved roads, clean surroundings and quaint little houses give Shimla a magical feel. If you love snow, you’d love to travel here during the winter months. The rich colonial history and friendly locals will certainly keep you coming back for more.
Distance – Shimla is about 362 km from the Nizamuddin Railway Station in Delhi via NH 44 and NH 5
How to get there – Shimla is well connected to Delhi by road transport with bus, bike and cab travel being the most popular. The Shimla Airport, 23 km from the city, has regular flights to and fro Delhi.
Places to visit – A few places to visit include Mall Road, Kufri, Ridge, Christ Church, Summer Hill, Jakhu Ropeway, Annandale, Chail, Lakkar Bazaar, and Junga.
Things to do – Take on the Kalka-Shimla Railway which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the Adventure Camp at Chrysalid, take a heritage walk around Shimla, go bird watching at the Water Catchment Sanctuary, and trek to Shaily Peak.
Where to stay – Book hotels in Shimla starting from 999/night. Use code TRB20 and get FLAT 20% Off.
Manali is one of the most popular hill-town weekend getaways near Delhi. You can expect a relaxing break from a sedentary lifestyle in Manali with its forest covered hills, crisp mountain air, pleasant weather, crystal-clear streams, unspoilt hiking trails, and peaceful surroundings.
Distance – Manali is around 555 km from the Nizamuddin Railway Station
How to get there – You can travel to Manali via air or take a train to Ambala Cantonment and catch a HRTC bus or cab from Ambala to Manali. Via road, the most popular methods of travel include bus, cabs, and bike.
Places to visit – A few places to visit while you’re in Manali include the Rohtang Pass, Bhrigu Lake, Beas Kund, Solang Valley, Hidimba Devi Temple, Vashisht Village, Arjun Gufa, Shri Hari Yoga Ashram and Museum of Himachal Culture and Folk Art.
Things to do – Try adventure sports like parasailing and zorbing at Solang Valley, attend a Yoga session at Sri Hari Yoga Ashram, ride a yak at the Manali Wildlife Sanctuary and trek to the Bhrigu Lake.
Where to stay – Book hotels in Manali starting from 999/night. Use code TRB20 and get FLAT 20% Off.
Chandigarh is a union territory that is the administrative capital of Punjab and Haryana. This city was named the dream city of Jawaharlal Nehru and was the first planned city to be built after independence. Chandigarh’s beautiful, modern design can be attributed to Le Corbusier, a Swiss-French architect.
Distance – Chandigarh is 263 km away from Delhi’s Nizamuddin Railway Station via NH 44
How to get there – Chandigarh is well connected to Delhi by the network of air, road and railways. The most popular modes of transport used are car, bike, bus and train.
Places to visit – A few places to visit are the Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Capitol Complex, the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Cactus Garden and the Parrot Bird Sanctuary.
Things to do – Go shopping in Sector 17 and 22, watch a play Tagore Theatre in Sector 18, take a ride at the Timbre Trail, spend a day at the Nepli Reserve Forest, take a boat ride at Sukhna Lake, and take a safari at Chhatbir Zoo.
Where to stay – Book hotels in Chandigarh starting from 999/night. Use code TRB20 and get FLAT 20% Off.
Located 14 km northwest of Ajmer is the pilgrimage city of Pushkar. This tiny city is popular for its extravagant fairs, its holy lake and its numerous temples. It has a rich history that you will learn about when you visit it.
Distance – Pushkar is 407 km from Delhi’s Nizamuddin Railway Station via NH 48
Places to visit – A few places to visit in Pushkar are the Sri Sawai Bhoj Temple, Varaha Temple, Man Mahal, Paap Mochani Gayatri, Varah Temple and Mahadev Mandir.
Things to do – Get a head massage from Baba Sen, attend the Pushkar fair, take a camel ride in the desert, shop at the Pushkar Bazaar, and sample Rajastani food at one of the many restaurants in the town.
How to get there – Pushkar is connected to Delhi through air, road and rail. The closest airport is Jaipur’s Sanganer Airport about 146 km away. There are direct train from Delhi to Ajmer Junction, where you can catch a bus or cab to get to Pushkar. Travel by bus, cab and bike are the preferred methods of travel.
Where to stay – Book hotels in Pushkar starting from 999/night. Use code TRB20 and get FLAT 20% Off.
Surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains, Ajmer is a heritage town you just can’t miss if you’re in Rajasthan. It’s popular pilgrimage centre for the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti and has a number of gorgeous temples and lakes to visit.
Distance – Ajmer is 397 km from Delhi’s Nizamuddin Railway Station
How to get there – Ajmer is connected to Delhi through air, road and rail. The closest airport is the Sanganer Airport in Jaipur about 135 km away. There is a direct train from Delhi to Ajmer Junction. Travel by bus, cab and bike are the most popular methods of travel.
Places to visit – A few places to visit in the city are the Nareli Jain Temple, Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Taragarh Fort, Akbari Fort and Museum, Mayo College, and Adhai Din Ka Jhonpda.
Things to do – Visit the Magazine Museum, try Rajasthani cuisine at the Sheesh Mahal, take a tour of the city’s lakes, discover Ajmer’s nightlife at Mango Masala, and visit the Government Museum.
Where to stay – Book hotels in Ajmer starting from 999/night. Use code TRB20 and get FLAT 20% Off.
Amritsar, the famed city of Punjab is a great place to visit during a long weekend. The city is most popular for the Harmandir Sahib or Golden Temple, which is headquarters for the Sikhs. The city has a painful history from British times and is certainly worth a visit to learn how pivotal this city is in the history of India.
Distance — Amritsar is 469 km from the Nizamuddin Railway Station in Delhi
How to get there – Delhi and Amritsar are well connected by a network of rail, road and airways. There are direct flights to the Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport. Taking a train, bus, cab or even bike are popular methods of travel among tourists.
Places to visit – Places you must visit while in Amritsar are the Golden Temple, Jallian Wallah Bagh, the Wagah Border, Pul Kanjri, Gobindgarh Fort, Durgiana Temple, and Mata Lal Devi Temple.
Things to do – Have a meal at the 100-year old Kesar Da Dhaba, watch the flags ceremony at the Wagah Border, have a meal at the Golden Temple, visit Ram Bagh, and shop at Kathian Bazaar.
Where to stay – Book hotels in Amritsar starting from 999/night. Use code TRB20 and get FLAT 20% Off.
Haridwar isn’t just considered one of the most important pilgrimage sites among Hindus, it’s also a great place for nature and adventure lovers. It is regarded as one of the seven most holy places in all of India and is most popular for its ghats, where you can take a dip in the Ganges. It is also the site of the Kumbh Mela, a grand festival held every sixteen years.
Distance – Haridwar is about 216 km from the Nizamuddin Railway Station via NH 334
How to get there – You can travel from Delhi to Haridwar via air, road, and rail. There are direct trains to Haridwar and you can travel by cab or bus to the city. You can catch a flight to the closest airport, Jolly Grant in Dehradun, and travel via cab from there.
Places to visit – Visit places of worship, including Chand Devi Temple, Manasa Devi Temple, Har Ki Pauri, Ganga Aarti and Vaishno Devi Temple. Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary and Rajaji National Park are great places to visit for nature lovers.
Things to do – Take a dip in the holy Ganges at Har Ki Pauri Ghat, visit the ashrams of the city, sample street food in the city, and take adventure tours around Haridwar.
Where to stay – Book hotels in Haridwar starting from 999/night. Use code TRB20 and get FLAT 20% Off.