While most of the travellers plan to plunge into the popular destinations near Delhi, it’s always avant-garde to explore the places that are lesser known. When we talk about visiting tourist destinations near Delhi, some of the commonly picked destinations include Kullu, Manali, Dharamshala and Ladakh. But there are several other eccentric destinations located within 400Kms from Delhi that often remains overlooked.
Let’s explore five such destinations that you can visit within 400Kms distance from Delhi for an unconventional experience:
1. Location: Pangot (Approximately 312Kms from Delhi)
Nestled in the midst of knolls in the Nainital district of Uttaranchal, Pangot is blessed with natural abundance. People residing amidst the bustling and contaminated ambience of Delhi will enjoy the scenic splendour and tranquil environ of Pangot to a soothing extent. Visiting this place is an absolute ecstasy for bird watchers. Besides its natural magnificence, Pangot is also an abode 580 species of birds making the place as one of the offbeat locations around Delhi. There are various resorts as well that can make one’s time-off more relaxing in Pangot.
How to go: For railway commuters the nearest railhead is Kathgodam (20kms). From railway station one can hire a taxi to reach Pangot in half-an-hour. For road traveller, Pangot is located 17kms before Nainital on NH-87. Additionally, one can also get into a bus for Kathgodam from Anand Vihar ISBT, Delhi. For air travellers, the nearest airport is Pantnagar, which is located nearly 58Kms from the destination. One can hire a taxi from the airport to travel further.
2. Location: Kanatal (Approximately 316Kms from Delhi)
An off-beat destination with serenity and adventure, Kanatal is blend of both. Located between two popular hill destinations Chamba and Mussoorie, Kanatal boasts few stunning properties by eminent brand Club Mahindra. Visitors from Delhi can enjoy here a tranquil holiday far away from the city’s hustle-bustle. Being perched in the mountainous terrain, Kanatal is evenly worth visiting for adventure camps. So people with rousing persona are going to enjoy being here.
How to go: Reaching Kanatal by road is captivating especially, the scenic beauty on the go. One can board at any buses for Mussoorie, Rishikesh and Chamba from Delhi’s from ISBT Kashmiri Gate. For railway commutes, the nearby railheads are Dehradun (85kms) and Rishikesh (75kms). From these railway stations, one can hire a taxi to reach Kanatal. If you wish to travel by air, the nearest airport is Jolly Grant (92Kms). From airport, one can easily hire a taxi to reach Kanatal conveniently.
3. Location: Kausani (Approximately 397Kms from Delhi)
Witnessing the grandiose massifs of Panchachuli, Nanda Devi and Trishul is something awe-inspiring. Visiting Kausani offers you this opportunity to behold. The place is also known for housing several century old shrines in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand. Being a hill station, picturesque vista and soothing climate is quite obvious to experience in Kausani. So if you are nature lover, Kausani will make you flock this site time and again. And, don’t forget to capture the striking moments around the mountains, which will keep revitalizing your captivating holiday experience for long.
How to go: If you love road journey, buses are available for Kathgodam and Almora from ISBT Anand Vihar. From these two locations, you can further hire a taxi to reach Kausani. For railway travellers, the nearest railhead is Kathgodam (132kms). From railway station you can board a bus or hire a taxi to reach Kausani. If you wish to reach Kausani by air, the nearest airport is Pantnagar, which is located nearly 160ksm from the destination. From airport, one can hire a taxi to reach Kausani.
4. Location: Naukuchiatal (Approximately 320Kms from Delhi)
Uttarakhand has no dearth of surreal destinations to explore. Delimited by Nainital and Bhimtal on either side, Naukuchiatal is one of the least explored hill stations that one can visit for a tranquil time-off. The place is best known for its unconventional lake with nine corners. Apart from its natural exquisiteness, another alluring facet of Naukuchiatal is its music festival and independent art forms.
How to go: From ISBT Anand Vihar, you can take bus for Kathgodam or Nainital and from there taxi can be hired for further commutation till Naukuchia. Reaching Naukuchia by train is also convenient. The nearest railway station is Kathgodam located at a distance of 44Kms from Naukuchia. There are two regular trains for Naukuchia that run from Delhi. From railway station, buses and taxis are available for Naukuchia. For air commuters, the nearest airport is Pant Nagar Airport (75Kms). Once you reach the airport, hire a taxi for Naukuchia. It takes nearly 2 hours to reach Naukuchia from the airport.
5. Location: Dausa (Approximately 259Kms from Delhi)
Located in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Dausa is an amazing off-beat destination to explore near Delhi. The place came into limelight after the baffling step in “The Dark Knight Rises”, which was picturised in this quaint hamlet of Rajasthan. The place is also popular for housing various iconic marvels like Khawaraoji and Bhadrawati Palace. So if you plan a trip to Jaipur, make sure to step into this amazing destination for a delightful experience.
How to go: Visiting Dausa by train is quite convenient from Delhi. There are several trains that you can opt for Dausa. Some of which are Ashram Express, Be Bhuj Express, Ranikhet Express and Jammu Aii Express. Train journey to Dausa can be completed approximately in 3 hours 30 minutes. Additionally, if you wish to get there by road, buses are also available from Delhi. The travel time from Delhi to Dausa visa NH48 is nearly five-an-half hours. The eye-catching natural grandeur on the go will make your journey absolutely enthralled.
These are the five weekend destinations near Delhi. However, there are several other eccentric locations that can evenly be rejoiced during your short weekend trip. We will be updating these destinations from time-to-time. Till then enjoy exploring these lesser known destinations and keep following Exciting India to discover India through our eyes. Also, don’t forget to share your travel experience with us.