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TOP WEEKEND DESTINATIONS NEAR DELHI

Partying hard on Saturday nights or at any night club is gradually running off the track. Today, we all deserve to earn a tranquil time off after an exhausted week. But, time and again we fall irresolute wasting our hard-earned weekend over travelling long hours. If you are one amongst those Delhiites who are in desperate need of turning their usual weekends into a mini vacation far-off city’s hustle-bustle and dreadful effluence, the city is laid out with galore of adjoining weekend thresholds for you. And the best part of touring these weekend-getaways is that they are nestled at a reasonable distance and holidaying there is quite pocket-friendly also.

Starting from ancient monuments to natural abundance, this post is going to drive you through the top places than can be visited within 300Kms from Delhi.

Let’s explore these weekend destinations near Delhi:

#Kuchesar

An Overview: Situated in the Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh, around 102 Kms from Delhi, Kuchesar is a heritage village, which is also famed as the Rao Raj Vilas. Built by the Jat rulers in the 18th Century, Kuchesar is a heritage resort, which is best known for the mud of the fort construction. With an expanse of around 200 acres amidst lush bush, this fort was constructed in order to safeguard the Jats from the British cannon attack. Today, a decent number of travellers flock here from Delhi to spend a soothing weekend.

Kuchesar Mud Fort

Places to see and things do: The Mud Fort is the key attraction of touring Kuchesar. A blend of scrumptious food, supreme amenities and immaculate hospitality make this fort a perfect weekend getaway near Delhi. Besides, around 25Kms away from the Kuchesar Fort and on the banks of the holy river Ganga, Brij Ghat is another soothing site that can also be explored in Kuchesar.

Going for a ride on Bullock Cart and roving around the adjoining areas of Kuchesar hamlet offers you an admirable rhythm of rural India. Additionally, the hotel authority also caters you a blend of horse riding, cycling, bonfire (in winter), village hopping, sightseeing, indoor games and swimming activities that will please your stay here manifold. If you are holidaying in Kuchesar with your buddies, walking amidst flourishing woods and venerable trees could be a tranquil experience all together.

Foods: One just cannot miss the classy eatables at Hotel Mud Fort Kuchesar. The mouth-watering food items are served here straight from the royal kitchen with a blend of Indian and Continental cuisines. In addition, the luscious Punjabi and Gujrati dishes will not only fill your stomach, but your soul as well.

Best time to Visit: Kuchesar Fort is an all season place to visit. However, to reveal the best out of it, winter is the ideal time for expedition in Kuchesar. In addition, holidaying here during the monsoons is also a good idea. The summer on the other hand is quite hot and humid, so it is advisable not to visit Kuchesar during summer days.

How to Reach: Situated around 102Kms away from the capital city Delhi, reaching Kuchesar Fort is quite convenient for travellers. If you are planning to visit Kuchesar Fort by train, Hapur is the nearest railhead within 25Kms reach from the destination. Some of the regular trains from Hapur Railway Station to Kuchesar Road are Hapur Moradabad Passenger Train, Delhi Moradabad Passenger and Moradabad Delhi Passenger. From railway station, you can also hire an auto-rickshaw to travel further. Few other railway stations near to Kuchesar are Ghaziabad (35kms), Pilkhua Railway Station (34Kms) and Meerut (52kms).

Apart from train, bus and car are some other convenient means of commutation to reach Kuchesar. From Delhi, the driving distance to Kuchesar Fort is around 80Kms that can be travelled within two and half hours time. From Noida on the other hand, the driving distance to reach Kuchesar is less than one and half hours. If you are driving your own car, take NH-24 via Hapur from Delhi-Moradabad route and turn right towards the Kuchesar Chowk Chopala. From here, you need to drive further few kilometres to reach your weekend destination.

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#Mathura and Vrindavan

An Overview: Popular as Braj region in Uttar Pradesh State, Mathura and Vrindavan are reckoned amongst the most religious twin destinations within 164Kms reach from Delhi.

If you plunge into the history behind Vrindavan, you will come across many religious tales about this mythical heritage land. It is said that the name of Vrindavan was derived from the groves of Brinda (small group of trees) and the word ‘van’ means forest. Therefore, it is also called as Brindavan. On the other hand, birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura is eminent for its culture and spiritual heritage. The distance between Mathura and Vrindavan is around 15Kms.

Mathura and Vrindavan

Places to see: Being eminent as the abode of Lord Krishna’s childhood and many other religious tales associated with Lord Krishna and Radha, Mathura and Vrindavan host lot many religious shrines that can be explored. Some of the key attractions here include Govind Dev Temple, Bankey Bihari Temple, Keshi Ghat, ISKCON Temple, Radha Raman Temple, Gokulnanda Temple, Madan Mohan Temple, Jugal Kisore Temple etc. In order to know more about these attractions please click here.

Foods: Being a religious hub, the eatables in Mathura and Vrindavan perfectly matches the pure vegetarian. There are many hotels in Vrindavan and Mathura where platters are served even without garlic or onion. Some of the commonly preferred foods here include Pakoras, Lassi, Chhole-Poori, Hing ki Kachori and Aloo-Puri. In addition, some other delicacies that one must try here are Chana- Bhatura, Rabri, Jalebi, Kheer, Kalakand, Laddos, Khurchan and Balushai Pedhe.

Best time to Visit: The best time visit here is during Janmashtami (in the month of August), Holi (in the month of March) and Basant Panchami (in the month of February). All these festivals in Mathura and Vrindavan are celebrated with great devout sentiments and fervour.

How to Reach: Located in the Mathura district of Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the place has its own railway station called Vrindavan railway station, which is operated by North Central railway. This railway station is in regular touch with most of the key cities like Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Nagpur, Jaipur and Agra.

The holy land of Vrindavan also has convenient road connectivity between Mathura and other important tourist destinations like Agra, Jaipur, Haridwar and Delhi. Several regular buses are there that travel between Delhi and Mathura.

Once you reach Mathura by bus, deboard at Chatikara Road. From Chatikara Road, get into an auto-rickshaw to travel further till Vrindavan. Visitors can also hire a cab to reach Vrindavan via Taj Express Highway, which will take around two and half hours time. On the other hand, Mathura is easily reachable from Delhi through the shortest possible route Yamuna Expressway.

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Places to Stay: Keeping in mind the mounting footfalls of pilgrims, several budget and luxury hotels are set up in the holy city of Vrindavan. Some of the comfy hotels with all the amenities here may cost you around INR 1200 and more. Shubham Hotel and Giriraj Kripa Athithi Bhawan are two great places with quality accommodations and amenities. Some other budget accommodations are also there that can be availed with a price range between INR 500-INR2000.

#Agra

An Overview: The city of Taj requires no figurative preface to connect with its global audience. Situated around 220Kms from Delhi, Agra is one of the perfect weekend destinations for travellers. Apart from the wondrous Taj, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort are two major attractions here in Agra.

Agra

The Mughal City Agra was established ages back in 1475 by Badal Singh. Thus, visiting here gives you a great opportunity to witness the rich history of our country. After exploring the UNESCO World Heritage sites, you can also experience a delightful shopping experience in Agra city.

Places to see: If you chalk out Agra to be your next weekend destination, spend at least two days in the Mughal City. During your voyage to Agral, do not miss the historical tombstones, marble workshops and local markets around this city. Some of the commonly visited sites here are the majestic Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Itmad-Ud-Daulah, Wildlife SOS and Agra Fort.

Foods: Agra has no shortage of luscious eatables to offer you. One of the most signature food stuff here is Petha. Besides, variety of Chaats, Kachori, Aloo Tikki and Dalmoth are some other popular eatables that you cannot miss in Agra.

Best time to Visit: Though, Agra is an all season place that you can travel by. However, the best time period is from October to March when the temperature is comparatively pleasant here for visitors. Avoid visiting here during April to July as the temperature is quite scorching that time. If you want to experience the Taj Mahotsav, which is one of the spectacular events in Agra, you must visit here during the last week of February.

How to Reach: The city of Taj, Agra is visited by numerous travellers every weekend. Hence two most commonly preferred modes of commutations from Delhi are by train and by road.

The best part of railway connectivity in Agara is its five accessible railway stations namely; Agra Cantt Station, Idgah Railway Station, Agra City, Raja ki Mandi and Agra Fort Railway Station. Agra Cantt Station is the nearest railway station from where one can easily reach the destination via auto- rickshaw, taxi and cab. If you are travelling from Delhi, there are various trains such as Jammutawi Express, Gondwana Express, Bhopal Shatabdi and Malwa Express that will take you till Agra. Delhi to Agra railway journey takes around 3-4 hours time.

If you are travelling by road, the commonly accessible route to reach Agra is via Taj Express Highway/Yamuna Expy. Through this route the distance can be travelled in 3.5 to 4 hours time.

You can start on early Saturday morning from Delhi so that you reach the destination by first half. On the way you will find many dhabas where you can fill up your hunger. Spend Saturday on exploring the beauty of Taj and other adjoining attractions. If you want to spend the night in Agra, various budget hotels are also there. On Sunday morning again you can start for Delhi.

If you want to commute by bus, there are two major bus terminals in Agra namely; ISBT and Idgah Bus Stand, which are 12Kms and 8Kms away from Taj Mahaal respectively. In addition, regular taxi and deluxe buses are also that you may prefer while returning back.

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Places to Stay: A rich blend of historic architecture and cultural diversity pulls many travel freaks to the city of Taj all round the calendar. As a result of this a wide range of budget and premium hotels are established in Agra. If you are on a weekend trip, prefer staying in some budget hotels that will cost you around INR 800 to INR 1500. Hotel Aditya Palace, Treebo White Inn and Mango Hotels Agra are some of the reasonable places to stay in Agra.

#Bharatpur

An Overview: Situated in the Bharatpur region of Rajasthan, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is famed as the abode of 750 plus species including several endangered mammals, plants and colourful migrated birds. This avifauna sanctuary is now recognised as Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the popular weekend getaways under 6 hours from Delhi. The distance between these two places is nearly 190Kms.

bharatpur bird sanctuary

Being one of the finest sites for birding, most of the aquatic birds here are migrated from Turkmenistan, Siberia, China and Afghanistan. Every year during winter these birds come to India; and this is the time when Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary turns to an amazing destination for wildlife photographers and travellers. A part from several faunal species, Keoladeo Ghana National Park is also inhabited by Boar, Nilgai, Sambar and Chital.

Places to see and things to do: Reckoned as one of the finest avifauna sanctuaries in Asia, every year the Keoladeo National Park experiences around 1,00,000 footfalls including both indigenous as well as foreign tourists. The park has more than 370 species of floras, 360 species of birds and around 30 mammals. The entry fee to this sanctuary is INR 25 per visitor (for Indian). If you are driving your own car, you need to park your car in Shanti Kutir, which is located nearly 2Kms range from the park areas. Parking charges per vehicle is INR 50. The visiting hour to this park in summer is from 6AM to 6PM. On the other hand, during winters the park is open from 6.30AM to 5PM.

Besides, some other attractions in Bharatpur include Meadows of the Tranquil Sanctuary, Palace of Bharatpur, Deeg Palace, Lohagarh Fort etc.

If you are an adventure freak, Bharatpur offers you some thrilling outdoor activities such as Bird Safari, zip-line, rappelling, archery, climbing and Burma Bridge. Rope Castle is the perfect adventure hub for travellers. It is open from 9AM to 7PM and the fee here is INR 900/person that includes food and four different activities.

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Foods: You can try here some of the popular Rajasthani and North-Indian platters that include Mawa Kachori, Aloo ki subzi, Pyaaz Kachori etc. If you plan your dinner in any of the restaurants here after 10.30PM, please be informed that most of the restaurants are closed here by 10:30 PM. So, it is advisable to plan your dinner accordingly.

Best time to Visit: Though, the Keoladeo National Park is an all year place for visitors. However, in order to witness the best showcase of breeding birds, August to November is the perfect time. On the other hand, most of the tourist flock this bird park mostly during winter (October to February) when the National Park gets inhabited by the migratory birds. This is the time when the park area turns to a favourite site for the bird watchers as well as for the wildlife photographers. Rest of the months in this sanctuary are comparatively bird-free and with nothing much to offer.

How to Reach: Located around 6Kms away from the National Park, Bharatpur Junction is the nearest railway station. From Delhi, you can board into Fatehpur Janta Express, which takes around four and half hours to reach Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. This train runs from Delhi at 8AM and 2PM. You will get other trains as well from Nizamuddin railway station. Depending on the train, the distance can be travelled in two and half hours to five hours time.

If you plan to visit Bharatpur by road via NH 2, the route will take you to your destination through Mathura. From Mathura the distance to reach Bharatpur is around 44Kms. From Delhi, you can reach Bharatpur under 5 hours time by bus via Mathura. Many private cars and taxis are there that will take you till Bharatpur quite conveniently.

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Places to Stay: Being one of the top places to visit near Delhi, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is frequently visited during weekends. Hence, several comfortable places are established here to accommodate the visitors in Bharatpur. One of the most preferred resorts near the sanctuary is Udai Vilas Palace. In addition, Bharatpur Forest Lodge is also recommended by many visitors for its soothing ambience and wonderful hospitability. This lodge is also famed as Shanti Kutir, which is positioned on a government property operated by the ITDC (The India Tourism Development Corporation). Many nearby circuit houses, havelis, dak bungalows and luxurious hotels are also available where one can stay comfortably. Depending on the type of hotels and amenities you avail the charges may range between INR 750 to INR 2500 and more.

If you are still baffled selecting your next weekend destination situated nearly 200Kms from Delhi, Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is undoubtedly one such weekend getaway option for you.

#Rishikesh

An Overview: Rishikesh is a must visit weekend getaway near Delhi. Situated around 232Kms away from the capital, the name of this place has a religious significance, which means ‘Lord of the Senses’. This is one of the sacred tourist hubs in Uttarakhand, which is preached in the base of the lower Himalayan range. Rishikesh offers you ample of holy shrines and adventure activities amidst its picturesque landscapes. Apart from its natural beauty and religious shrines, Rishikesh is also eminent as the “Yoga Capital of the World”.

Rishikesh

Places to see and things to do: Being one of the holiest weekend-getaways near Delhi, you can explore some of the sacred attractions here including Neelkantha Mahadeva Temple, The Beatles Ashram, Triveni Ghat, Laxman Jhula, Ganga Aarti, Ram Jhula etc.

Besides, Rishikesh has also been evolved as one of the favourite weekend destinations for adventure freaks. Some of the thrilling experiences that you must rejoice here include mountain biking, trekking, water rafting, camping, flying fox, bungee jumping etc.

Foods: Rishikesh is laid out with diverse blend of delicious North Indian, Italian, Thai, Nepali and South Indian cuisines. In addition, some of the preferred snacks and sweet items that one must try in Rishikesh are Popcorn, Samosas, Imarti and Jalebi. The place is also popular for fresh and seasonal fruits.

Best time to Visit:  If you want to experience a blend of bone-chilling weather and bonfire, the best time to visit Rishikesh is from December to February. However, for river rafting the best season is May-June. For any other outdoor activities, you can visit Rishikesh from September to March. However, during monsoon it is advisable not to involve into rafting and trekking activities.

How to Reach: Being located within 300Kms from Delhi, two feasible ways to reach Rishikesh are either by train or by road. The nearest railhead is Haridwar, which situated around 36Kms from the city. This railway station is well-connected to various major destinations in India. Some of the trains that you can prefer while travelling to Rishikesh are Mussoorie Express, Shatabadi Express, Jan Shatabdi etc. Once you reach Haridwar, take a bus or hire a cab or taxi to travel further to your destination. By road, the distance between Haridwar and Rishikesh can be travelled in maximum 45 minutes.

If you are travelling from Delhi by bus, you can take the bus from Kashmere Gate ISBT and Anand Vihar Bus station. Regaular buses are there for Rishikesh that run in the morning and late evening from ISBT. Depending on the traffic, the 232Kms distance can be travelled in 5-7 hours by bus.

Considering the total travel hours, it is advisable to start from Delhi in late Friday evening from ISBT. This will give you enough time to relax on the go and next morning you can start exploring the destination well. After exploring the key attractions, you can start again for Delhi early on Sunday morning and by afternoon you will be at your destination.

By road, Delhi-Rishikesh convenient route will be like Ghaziabad–>Meerut By pass–> Muzaffarnagar –>Roorki –>Haridwar –>Rishikesh.

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Places to Stay: There are numbers of reasonable hotels that you can refer for a night stay in Rishikesh. If you are travelling in group, you can get some comfortable accommodations here with the price range from INR 1000 to INR 2300. Some of the hotels such as Hotel Ganges View Rishikesh, Hotel Bhagirathi Palace, Hotel Akash Continental and Rishikesh Sadan can be referred for a comfortable stay here.

#Chandigarh

An Overview: One more addition to the list of top weekend getaways near Delhi (around 252Kms) is Chandigarh, the first planned city in India. Being the common capital of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh is known for its spectacular natural exquisiteness, vivacious gardens, eye-catching architecture and urbanization. If you are looking for a refreshing weekend destination situated nearly 300Kms from Delhi, Chandigarh is the place that you should visit.

Chandigarh

What allure most of the travellers here in Chandigarh are its 47 self-contained sectors designed by the famous architect Le Corbusier. Besides, a bristly skyline of Shivalik knolls and an ancient shrine constructed in reverence of Goddess Chandi make this beautiful city more appealing to visitors.

Places to see: The planned city has numbers of attractions that one must explore. Some of the key places here in Chandigarh include Government Museum and Art Gallery, Rose garden, Pinjore gardens etc. In addition, some other attractions in Chandigarh include Sukhna Lake, Sector-17 Plaza and Shankar’s International Dolls Museum.

Foods: Chandigarh is popular for scrumptious Punjabi cuisines that include Tandoori Chicken, Chana Bhaturas, Kebabs Butter Chicken, Amritsari Kulche, Tandoori fish,Chicken Tikkas and Lachha Parathas. Also, don’t miss some of the luscious sweet platters like Baalushahi, Gulab Jamun and Roh di Kheer in Chandigarh.

Best time to Visit:  The best time to explore the planned city is from August to December when the temperature here is quite soothing. April to June is comparatively the hot summer days in Chandigarh and after that with arrival of monsoon the temperature here gradually starts curbing down.  If you visit here in the month of November, don’t miss the Chandigarh Carnival.

How to Reach: Being one of the popular destinations near Delhi, Chandigarh can best be visited by train and by road. If you are planning to visit Chandigarh by train, board any of the Chandigarh bound trains from Delhi Cantt. There are several popular trains that run from Delhi to Chandigarh. Some of these include NDLS KLK Shatabdi Express, INDB CDG Express, Shatabdi Express and Janshatabdi. The train journey takes nearly 4 hours 33 minutes to reach Chandigarh from Delhi. Chandigarh Railway is situated mere 8Kms from the main city. After reaching the railway station, you can hire a cab or taxi or take a bus to travel further.

If you are travelling by road, the best way to reach Chandigarh is via NH 1. Depending on the speed and type of vehicles the distance can be reached in 4-5 hours time.

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Places to Stay: Ranging from a premium hotel to budget accommodation, Chandigarh has various places to offer you for a comfortable stay. For a weekend trip, it is advisable to get in some reasonable hotels ranging from INR 900 to INR 2000 and more. Some of the hotels that you may refer here are Hotel Surya Palace, Hotel Grand Plaza and Mint Hotel.

#Mussoorie

An Overview: Situated around 270Kms from Delhi, Mussoorie is a perfect weekend getaway near Delhi to escape from the scorching summer. In Mussoorie, you can observe a striking blend of animated waterfalls and splendid sceneries. Parched at an elevation of nearly 6000 ft, Mussoorie is also known as the ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’. Apart from soothing climate, Mussoorie is also an absolute delight for adventure lovers. Delimited with lush bush, Mussoorie also houses many endangered flora and faunas.

Mussoorie

Places to see and things to do: One of the eminent hill stations in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand, Mussoorie is a paradise for nature lover and a perfect getaway to perform some thrilling outdoor activities. If you have the zeal to emerge your daring persona amidst wintry knolls, do not skip the Nag Tibba trekking and paragliding at the peak of Mussoorie.

Besides, there are many other appealing tourist spots in Mussoorie that you must include in your travel plan. Some of these attractions are Benog Wildlife Sanctuary, Company Garden, Gun Hill, Camel’s Back Road, The Mall, Jwala Devi Temple, Mussoorie Library, Dhanaulti, Kempty Falls and Cloud’s End.

Foods: Just like its natural splendour, there are various delicious platters that will also add more spice to your weekend trip here in Mussoorie. The mountainous destination is known for its wide variety of Chinese, Thai, Indian, Italian, Tibetan and Moroccan cuisines. Some of the key eatables in Mussoorie are Momos, Kappa, Rus, Aloo ke Gutke and Sisunak Saag.

Best time to Visit:  The best time to visit this beautiful hill station is from March to June. Thereafter, monsoon hits the region during July and it lasts here till August. During monsoon, it is advisable not to visit Mussoorie due to intense rainfall. In winter, Mussoorie witnesses a fair volume of snowfall. September to November is also quite pleasant time to visit Mussoorie, as the temperature is not that freezing that time.

How to Reach: Positioned at the base of Garhwal Himlayan, Mussoorie is undoubtedly a much preferred weekend getaway near Delhi. Hence, the grandeur of this captivating hill station is often visited by many travellers from Delhi and other parts of the country. If you are planning to reach Mussoorie by train, Dehradun is the nearest railhead, which is situated around 35Kms from the city centre. From Delhi, there are various trains that will take to till Mussoorie via Haridwar. Some of the major trains to reach your weekend getaway are Jan Shatabdi Express, Mussoorie Express, Nizamuddin AC Special and Shatabdi Express. The travel time by train is approximately 5.5hours.

Apart from train, another convenient way to reach Mussoorie is by road. From Delhi, you will get various private buses and cabs to reach Mussoorie. Depending on the route and type of vehicles, the travel time may vary from 5 to 6 hours. If you are travelling by car via NH58, you need to travel till Roorkee and then follow the NH72-A route. This route will further take you till Dehradun from where you will get the state highway of Uttarakhand to reach Mussoorie.

If you travel from Delhi via Saharanpur, the route will be like Delhi-> Ghaziabad-> Meerut-> Saharanpur-> Mussoorie. This route can be travelled maximum in 6 hours time.

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Places to Stay: Considering the mounting footfalls of visitors, various hotels and resorts are designed in this beautiful hill station of Uttarakhand. Depending on the type of hotels and amenities, the charges may range from INR 800 to INR 3000 and more. Few hotels that you may prefer staying in Mussoorie include Hotel Deep, Hotel Devlok Primal, Hotel Himalayan Club, Hotel Mall Palace etc.

#Corbett National Park

An Overview:  Most of the above cited weekend getaways near Delhi are renowned for their religious, natural and mountainous significance. Walking off the usual track of all these weekend getaways, Jim Corbett National Park caters you a flavour with sheer disparity.

Located around 250kms from Delhi, the Corbett National Park is unquestionably an offbeat weekend hub for Delhiites. This wildlife sanctuary was incorporated 81 years ago in 1936 when it was known as the Hailey National Park. This fabulous tiger reserve and national park houses more than 650 different endangered species including Royal Bengal Tiger, reptiles, birds, dragonflies, amphibians and galore of floras. Spread with an expanse of nearly 521 sq km areas in India’s Uttarakhand State, the park is segregated in five different zones i.e. Domunda, Jhirna, Dhikala, Bijrani and Sonanandi. Apart from taking a close vista of some fierce wild creatures, Jim Corbett National Park also offers you a great way to experience some thrilling adventures amidst chunky woods.

Corbett National Park

Places to see and things to do: Having depicted the affluence of wild livings, a weekend trip to Corbett National Park is pointless without taking part into the blend of Canter Safari, Elephant Safari and Jeep Safari. Taking a close view of various endangered animals is absolutely an amazing experience in the jungle. Apart from an exhilarating Jungle Safari, you can also explore here some other attractions such as Dhangarhi Museum, Kosi River, Corbett Falls and Garjiya Devi Temple.

Foods: While touring the park, you will come across various nearby eateries offering you some delicious platters. So, make sure you do not miss the key eatables here that include Chinese, North Indian, Kumaoni, Mughlai and many other Continental cuisines. Nevertheless, you should also try Bhaang Ki Khatai, Aloo ke Gutke, Rus and Sisunak Saag while spending your weekend here.

Best time to Visit:  As already mentioned, the park is divided into five different zones. Accordingly, the time frame of visiting these zones also differs. For instance, the best time to visit Dhikala Zone and Durga Devi Zone is from the month of November to June. Bijrani Zone can best be revealed from the month of October to June. On the other hand, Sonanadi Zone and Sonanadi Zone can be visited all round the calendar.

Please be informed that summer season starts here from March and it lasts till June. Next, monsoon hits the wild terrain in the month of July and continues till September. Then arrives the winter, which lasts here from October to February.

How to Reach: From Delhi, convenient ways to reach Corbett National Park is either by train or by road. The nearest railway station to the park is Ramnagar, which is situated within 13Kms reach from the park. This railway station is well-connected to Delhi.

From Delhi, if you board into Ranikhet Express, you will reach Ramnagar railway station in 6 hours 30 minutes to 7 hours time. In addition, you can get into UTR Sampark Kranti Express from New Delhi railway station. Ranikhet Express departs from Delhi at 10.45 pm and arrive Ramnagar at 5.15 am (next morning). If you want to board from Old Delhi railway station, Kathgodam Express and Corbett Link Express could be two other options for you.

Alternatively, you can comfortably reach Corbett National Park by road. Several private buses are there from New Delhi, Anand Vihar and ISBT. If you are accompanied by your buddies and driving your own car, the best route to follow is through Gajraula, Moradabad, Kashipur and Ramnagar (Corbett National Park). This will consume approximate five and half hours travel time of yours.

Additionally, you can also reach up to Kathgodam or Haldwani or Kashipur. You will find taxis from all of these stations to reach Ramnagar where the park is situated.

So, you can easily plan your ride to the park on Friday evening or early Saturday morning and return by Sunday evening or Monday morning.

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Places to Stay: Looking for a pleasant stay in Corbett? There are various hotels and resorts run privately in and around Corbett National Park. During peak season, it becomes quite challenging for visitors to get a comfy stay option unless booked in advance; and the charges also climb higher that time. Some of the hotels that you can refer within the price range from INR 800-INR 3000 are Bagheera jungle retreat, Corbett Motel, Parwati Wild Abode and The MOnal’s Nest.

#Jaipur

An Overview:  Situated around 265Kms from Delhi, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and the city is also eminent as the ‘Pink City’. Jaipur has no dearth of majestic background and rich culture, which made the city an integral part of the Golden Triangle of Indian Tourism connecting Delhi and Agra. Once you enter the city of Rajputs, the preserved heritage will plunge you to the era of ancient kings. Be it a first timer or a frequent traveller, the Pink City never falls short of making your trip a remarkable one. So, if you are still not able to chalk out your weekend getaway near Delhi, make sure you don’t skip the name of the Pink City.

Jaipur

Places to see and things to do: Having said the historic significance of Jaipur, the city has ample of imperial attractions for you. During your weekend trip to Jaipur you must explore the important spots like Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, Palace of Jaipur, Birla Mandir Temple, Govind Devji Temple, Albert Hall Museum, Jal Mahal and City Jaigarh.

Well, this is not the end. During your stay in Jaipur do not forget to emerge out your shopping freak by filling up your shopping bags with colourful apparels, artefacts, handicrafts, jewellery etc. At the end, you can also add some more spices to your trip by riding back on giant elephants.

Foods: Jaipur is also a favourite tourist hub for foodies. While stepping in to the city of Rajputs, one should know the delicious platters in Jaipur. Some of the flavoursome eatables you must try here in Jaipur include Dal Batti Churma, Mawa Kachori, Ghewar, Rajasthani Subji, Mirchi Bada, Ghevar, Pyaz ki Kachori, Ker Sangri, Gatte Ki Sabzi, Gajak etc.

Best time to Visit:  The city of kings and rich culture can best be visited from October to March, as the climate is quite favourable that time with gentle breeze. The city witnesses summer from the month of April to June. Moving ahead, monsoon hits the city in the month of July and it lasts till September. During extreme summer it is advisable not to visit Jaipur as the climate is comparatively sweltering. If you want to witness the majestic elephant festival in Jaipur, plan your trip during Holi in the month of March.

Note: To know more about the Elephant Festival in Jaipur please click here.

How to Reach:  From Delhi NCR, reaching Jaipur is quite convenient. If you are planning your Jaipur trip by train then you should count on some of the important trains such as Ajmer Shatabdi, Bareilly Bhuj Express, Porbandar Express, Rajsthn S Kranti and Jammu Aii Express. Depending on the train you travel, it will take 3hours 46minutes to 4 hours time to reach Jaipur.

Apart from train, one more comfortable way to reach Jaipur is by road. The presence of good roadway connectivity through NH 8, NH11 and NH12 made Jaipur an easily accessible city from different parts of the country. From Delhi, the bus service to Jaipur is quite convenient and frequent. Many government buses are also there that run under Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC). You can get into the bus for Jaipur from Dhaula Kuan and Bikaner House in Delhi. The travel time by bus is approximately 6 hours. Depending on your comfort level, you can also book a ticket for AC, Non-AC, Deluxe and Semi-Deluxe buses from Delhi.

Note: In order to keep a tab on the route map please click here. Also, be informed that the travelling hour may differ depending on the time of travel, route and traffic.

Places to Stay: Abundance of tourist places has already made the Pink City one of the preferred heritage hubs in India. Thus, plenty of tourists visit this city from all over the globe. Keeping in mind the mounting footfalls of visitors, various luxury and budget hotels are established here in Jaipur. Depending on the class of resort/hotel and the amenities you avail, the charges may range here from INR 1000 to INR 5000 or more. In order to cater you a relaxing stay in Jaipur city, some of the comfy accommodations that you can consider are Souvenir Prime, Hotel Marigold Sitapura and Hotel Om Tower.

#Kasauli

An Overview: Nestled in Himachal Pradesh around 290Kms away from Delhi, the small town Kasauli is a tranquil weekend getaway near Delhi for honeymooners and tourists. The fascinating hill station Kasauli houses several vibrant green trees including willows, oaks and firs. As per History, this charismatic hill station was evolved ages back during the British realm. Soothing climate throughout the year and picturesque panorama of the city has made Kasauli one of the top places to visit near Delhi.

Travellers planning to visit Kasauli by their own vehicles, it is to be noted that the nearest fuel station can be accessed only in 13Kms reach from the main town. So, it is advisable to travel there with a tank full of fuel.

Places to see and things to do: The small and tranquil abode of natural splendour pulls numerous visitors to Kasauli throughout the year. While planning your weekend destinations situated nearly 300Kms from Delhi, Kasauli is indubitably an absolute option that you must try. Some of the prominent attractions of this beautiful hill station are Manki Point, Lower Mall, Upper Mall, Bon Monastry, Dagshai, Kasauli Brewery, Gilbert Trail, Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanakji, Sunset Point and Christ Church.

Kasauli

Apart from sightseeing, visitors can also spend time here by shopping some souvenirs, antique jewelleries and colourful artworks. If you love adventure, make sure you do not miss the mount hiking amidst natural serenity of Kasauli. Depending on the season, sometimes you may also spot wild animals swaying around the thick lush bush.

Foods: Kasauli is laid out with various scrumptious eateries wherein you can try some fabulous Continental, Chinese and Italian cuisines. On the other hand, if you love flavoured wine then you must try the blend of Plum wine, Sherry wine, Apple wine and Peach wine in Kasauli. In addition, don’t miss some of the popular eatables in Kasauli that includes Kadhi, bund-samosa, Kachori, Poppy Seeds Halwa, Aloo Tikki, Sidu, Maadra, Chole Bhature, lemon soda etc.

Best time to Visit: Being one of the relaxing tourist hubs near Delhi, Kasauli witnesses number of footfalls throughout the year. The best time is undoubtedly the winter (November to February) when the knoll is enclosed with freezing ambience. However, the place is equally enjoyable during summer and monsoon.

So, when the sweltering summers in Delhi makes your life quite worn out, touring Kasauli will just act as icing on the blaze.

How to Reach:  Parched at an elevation of around 1800 meters, reaching Kasauli from Delhi is not a matter of concern for travellers. The convenient modes of transportation to Kasauli are train, bus and cars.

If you are travelling from Delhi by train, get into any Kalka bound train. The nearest railway station to Kasauli is Kalka, which is situated nearly 40Kms from the town. From here you can board into a Toy Train till Shimla. Once you reach Shimla, Kasauli is mere 13Kms away that can be reached by train and car. From Delhi, some of the major trains to reach kalka are Paschim Express, Himalyan Queen, and Kalka Shatabdi. Total travel duration by train is nearly 6 hours.

Note: There are many private buses that run from Kalka to Kasauli, but these are quite time taking. Hence, get into any roadway bus and get down at Dharampur. From Dharampur, reaching Kasauli is quite convenient by car and bus.

Kasauli is well-reachable by road as well. You will get several buses from Kashmiri Gate ISBT Delhi in 10 minutes interval. The best way to reach Kasauli by bus is via Ambala Cantt. From Ambala Cantt, frequent buses are there to reach Kasauli. Total travel time by bus from Delhi to Kasauli is approximately six and a half hours.

If you are travelling by car from Delhi via NH1, the route will reach you to the destination in almost 5.5hours. On the other hand, people who are driving from Chandigarh, Kasauli can be reached merely in an hour time.

Note: In order to keep a tab on the route map please click here. Also, be informed that the travelling hour may differ depending on the time of travel, route and traffic.

Places to Stay: Visitors flock the beautiful hill station Kasauli throughout the calendar. Hence, number of homestays, resorts and comfortable hotels are established in Kasauli from time-to-time. By spending an amount of INR 1000-INR 2500 you will get various accommodations in Kasauli. Some of the staying options for you in Kasauli are Kasauli Continental Resorts, Dreamland Home Stay Kasauli, Hotel Whispering Winds and Rudra Resort Kasauli. Further, it is to be noted that depending on the time of visit, the hotel charges may differ.

#Nainital

An Overview:  Situated around 287Kms from Delhi, Nainital is famed as the Lake District of Uttarakhand. The nature’s abode Nainital is nestled amidst the Himalayan belt and an absolute ecstasy for honeymooners. The beautiful hill station of Uttarakhand pulls numerous visitors from all over the sphere. If you want a serene weekend excursion around 300Kms from Delhi, Nainital is utterly the destination that you should travel by.

Nainital boasts various lakes, shrines and mesmerising natural prettiness. It is said that the beautiful hill station was named after Goddess Naina Devi and the place is segregated into two different phases namely; Mallital and Tallital. There is a vigorous lake that flows between these two parts. Tallital is in the southern side of the lake whereas; Mallital is positioned in the northern upper side of the lake.

Nainital

Places to see and things to do:  Surrounded by impressive natural abundance and free-flowing lakes, Nainital has no dearth of attractions for visitors. Some of the key attractions to make your visit more blissful in and around Nainital include Naini Lake, Nainital Zoo, Naina Devi Temple, Eco Cave Gardens, Raj Bhawan, Snow View Point, Gurney House, Naina Peak, Peora village etc.

In addition, Nainital also is an idyllic destination for adventure lovers. Depending on the time of your visit you can get into some enthralling activities like sky diving, aerial ropeway, para sailing, river rafting, trekking, rock climbing, horse riding, hiking, yachting, Kayakin and canoeing.

Foods: The popular hill station of Uttarakhand offers you a diverse range of cuisines including Thai, Continental, Italian, Chinese and Tibetan platters. Not only this, the restaurants in Nainital also serve you some delectable local dishes like Bhatt ki Churkani, Baadi, Gulgula, Ras, Dal Makhani and many more. Thus, you can say that apart from its natural magnificence, Nainital is equally amiable to fulfil your gastronomic needs.

Best time to Visit: Like any other hill stations, Nainital is also an all year destination. However, the place too sees a climatic disparity during summer, monsoon and winter. In short, Nainital allows you a summer escape from the hot and humid summers of Delhi. Summer lasts here for four months (March to June) when the temperature lies between 10°C and 27°C. Moving ahead with the seasonal variation, monsoon hits the hill station in the month of July and it lasts here till September. The place does not face much rainfall during monsoon. Visiting Nainital during winter (October to February) is quite chilling as the temperature drops down up to 0°C or lees that time.

How to Reach:  One of the top weekend getaways near Delhi, Nainital can best be travelled by train or by road. If you want to get there by train, book your reservation till Kathgodham, which is the nearest railway station to Nainital and it is situated at a distance of 33 kilometres from the destination.

There are various trains like Ranikhet Express, Uttar Sampark Kranti Express and Bagh Express to reach Kathgodham. From Delhi the travel distance by train till Kathgodham is nearly 6h 45m to 7 hours. Once you reach Kathgodham, you need to travel further around 40-45 minutes to reach Nainital.

Keeping in mind the distance and travel time, it is advisable to plan your trip from Friday to Monday. The reason being, at least four days trip will allow you in exploring the destination nicely. Thereafter, you will get adequate time in hand before you start your routine work next day.

Next comfortable option to reach Nainital is road network. There are various private buses that run from Delhi on regular basis. Depending on the bus and stoppages, Delhi- Nainital distance can be covered in 7-9 hours time. You can also hire taxi from some travel operators to reach Nainital.

If you are driving by your own car, you may follow the NH 87 route. In addition, there are few more routes to reach Nainital from Delhi. However, considering the distance and travel time, the convenient route will be Delhi–>Ghaziabad–>Hapur–>Garhmukteshwar–>Moradabad –>Rampur –>Kaladhungi –>Nainital. This route will reach you to your weekend getaway in approximately 6h 30m time.

Note: In order to keep a tab on the route map please click here. Also, be informed that the travelling hour may differ depending on the time of travel, route and traffic.

Places to Stay: The relaxing knolls of Nainital cater you diverse range hotels. Depending on the type of hotel and amenities you avail, the charges may range from INR 950-INR 3500 or more. Some of the comfy accommodations in Nainital include Hotel Maharaja, Hotel Ambassador, Hotel Himalaya, and Grand Hotel.

#Dehradun

An Overview: Keeping in mind the sizzling summers ahead, nothing could be a better option than touring a restful hill station. Located around 250Kms from Delhi, Dehradun is undoubtedly one of the preferred weekend destinations amidst appealing Doon Valley in Uttarkhand. It is believed that this beautiful hill station has a great connection with the Mahabharata, as the place was founded by Guru Dronacharya.

Over the phase of time, Dehradun has been transformed into a spectacular weekend getaway for tourists. Today, the place is also eminent as a spiritual hub for Gurkhas, Mughals and the Sikhs. One of the most alluring features of Dehradun is its moderate weather that never gets too warm. This is why the place can be visited during summers as well as in winters.

Dehradun

Places to see:  There are many attractive sites that can be explored in and around Dehradun. Some of the major attractions in Dehradun include Zoo, Forest Research Institute, Clock Tower, Tiger Falls, Malsi Deer Park, Robber’s Cave, Guchhu Pani, Sahastradhara etc.

Foods: Despite of being one of the popular hill stations in India, Dehradun is equally a favourite destination for foodies. The place has number of prominent food corners specifically meant for some luscious platters. If you happen to be there in next weekend, don’t miss some of the Doon favourite such as Bun Tikki, Poori Thali, Bread roll, Ras Malai and Chilli Momos. These are the special eatables in Dehradun. In addition, the place also offers you some delicious Tibetan and continental cuisines.

Best time to Visit: The beautiful capital city of the Indian state of Uttarakhand, Dehradun can best be revealed from the month of April to June. The reason being, when the places like Delhi suffers from extreme hot, Dehradun renders you a moderate refuge. During summer, you can feel the minimum temperature here somewhere around 17oC.

How to Reach: The roadway network and railway connectivity between Delhi and Dehradun is relatively comfortable and frequent.

If you want to travel Dehradun by train, some of the major trains you should count on are Dehradun Shatabdi, DDN Jan Shatabdi, NZM DDN AC Express, Dehradun Express etc. There are eight stations in Delhi from where you can board a train for Dehradun. These railway stations are Delhi, Delhi Cantt, Delhi S Rohilla, Tuglakabad, Shahdara, H Nizamuddin, New Delhi and Okhla. From Delhi, the distance to reach Dehradun by train is approximately 5h 50m to 6h. Dehradun Railway Station is located only 2Kms from the city.

Apart from train, next feasible option to reach Dehradun is by bus. NH 72 connects Dehradun quite conveniently to other major destinations of India including Delhi. Regular buses (after every 10-15 minutes break) are there for Dehradun from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmiri Gate. The travel time between these two places is around 5h 45m to 5h 50m.

One more comfortable option is cab following the NH-72A route, which will reach you there in 4h-4h 30 m time.

Note: In order to keep a tab on the route map please click here. Also, be informed that the travelling hour may differ depending on the time of travel, route and traffic.

Places to Stay: Dehradun has several luxury and budget hotels for visitors. Depending on the type of hotels and facilities you avail, the charges may vary. However, if you want to rejoice your short weekend stay in a pocket-friendly manner, you may refer some of the hotels like Hotel Shubham, Hotel Doon Regency and Hotel Rajpur Heights. These hotels will cost you around INR 600-INR 1300.

#Haridwar

An Overview: Another weekend getaway under 6 hours from Delhi is Haridwar. Located around 212kms from Delhi, Haridwar is considered to be the religious hub for Hindu devotees and thus referred as the abode to three Siddha Peetha and Panch Tirth. Ample of pilgrims flock this holy place in Uttarakhand to perform their sacred rituals on the bank of river Ganges. Haridwar offers you number of consecrated shrines, sacred bathing ghats, Ashrams etc.

If you plunge into the myths associated with Haridwar, the placed was also referred earlier as Mayapuri, Kapilsthan and Gangadwar. For many travellers, visiting Haridwar is a part of their twin travel plan along with Rishikesh. So, if you want to spend a weekend getaway to the most eminent holy cities in India, plan your next trip to Haridwar. And if time allows you further, exploring Rishikesh could be an absolute delight.

Haridwar

Places to see and things to do: Having depicted the religious side of this place, Haridwar has lot more to offer. The key attractions of Haridwar include Har Ki Pauri, Bharat Mata Temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Bara Bazaar, Daksha Mahadev Temple, Kanva Rishi Ashram, Kanva Rishi Ashram, Shantikunj, Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary etc.

After temple hopping in Haridwar, do not miss the Ganga Aarti. You can also go for a holy dip in the waters of the Ganges.  Your delight does not stop here. Haridwar also offers you an opportunity to perform some stunning outdoor activities, which include rafting, birding, trekking etc. If you love to explore the lush afforest, visit Rajaji National Park. Here, you will come across various flora and faunas including elephants and tigers.

Foods: If you happened to be on the terra firma of holy Haridwar, don’t miss the luscious street food here. Some of the spicy eatables that you must try here include chole bhature, kachoris, aloo puri etc. In addition, malai laddus and dry-fruit rich milk cake are two famous sweet platters that you must try during your weekend trip to Haridwar.

Best time to Visit: Being one of the popular religious designations in India, Haridwar sees good volume of worshipers all round the year. The best time to visit here is in the months of February, March and from August to October. The place witnesses the maximum footfalls from all over the glove during Kumbh Mela, which is held here after every 12 years. Summers are quite hot and humid in Haridwar.

How to Reach:  The holy city Haridwar can easily be reached from Delhi. The city has its own railway station connecting all major destinations in India. The best way to travel from Delhi by train is through Dehradun Janshatabdi. This train will reach you to your weekend destination within 4h 30m time from New Delhi. In addition, some other trains that you can also travel by are Haridwar Mail, Ujjaini Express, NZM DDN AC Special and Dehradun Express.

Apart from train, you can also travel Haridwar by bus or car. From Delhi, the travel time by bus via NH334 is around 5h 45m. On the other hand, by car this will take nearly 3h 35m to reach Haridwar.

Note: In order to keep a tab on the route map please click here. Also, be informed that the travelling hour may differ depending on the time of travel, route and traffic.

Places to Stay: There are several hotels in Haridwar that you may refer while touring there. Some of the comfortable staying options within the range of INR 800-INR 1500 are Hotel The Rio, Hotel Krishna Heritage, Hotel Sun City and Hotel Raj Mandir.

These are the top places to visit near Delhi within 300Kms reach. Though, there are many other adjoining weekend-getaway like Chakrata, Choki Dhani, Sariska and Lord Lasndowne that can also be visited from Delhi. So, what are you waiting for? Soon make a travel plan with your buddies for a relaxing weekend ahead. And, don’t forget to carry your high definition camera.

Happy weekend!!

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