In one of our earlier posts you might have gone through the top weekend getaways that are situated around 300 Km from Delhi. This post will drive you through some of the popular weekend destinations, which are situated around 650 Km from Delhi.
After strenuous weekdays, most of us plan for a time off with our buddies roving around the busy metropolis. And guess what; at the end of Sunday dusk, we start getting even more drained. We enjoy, we eat and we do lot of fun, yet the weekend falls short of adding some magnetism on our faces at the end. Have you ever tried to divulge the reason behind?
This happens not because of floating amidst fun or affluence of food. On the contrary, the city full of contamination turns your hard earned weekend more nauseating. This is why you need to plan a relaxing weekend outlying city’s hustle-bustle. The reason being, once you get back to your routine life, you come livelier.
Keeping that in mind, this post makes an effort to plunge you through a blend of holy, historic and hilly weekend destinations situated nearly 600Kms from Delhi. So, ping your buddies now or give your colleague a call to plan a soothing weekend ahead.
Starting from the pinnacle of Dalhousie to one of the oldest existing cities Pushkar, let’s chalk out your next weekend getaway near Delhi.
An Overview: Nothing could be a better beginning than planning your first weekend trip to Amritsar. Situated around 450 Km from the capital, Amritsar is reckoned amongst the most popular spiritual centres of Sikh religion. The name of the city Amritsar has been derived from the sacred lake Amrit Sarovar, which is situated around the holy Golden Temple. Here, the word ‘Amrit’ means a medicinal solution and the word ‘sarovar or sar’ on the other hand signifies a lake.
People who reside in Delhi for occupational purpose and yet not visited this multi-cultural city of Punjab, believe you me Amritsar is going to gift you a remarkable weekend.
Places to see and things do: Whenever we get to discuss anything about Amritsar, the only name that strikes our mind first is Golden Temple, which is also famed as Sri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar. The temple is open for visitors throughout the week from 2.30AM till 10PM. If you want to witness the first Hukamnama at Golden temple, it is given at 5AM. Once Palki Sahib departs from the Sri Harimandir Sahib, the shrine gets closed. At Golden Temple, don’t miss Hari Mandir’s langar, which is considered as the largest free kitchen in the world with capacity of feeding up to 3, 00,000 people per day. After cherishing some wonderful moments in exploring the splendour of Golden Temple, don’t forget to take a holy dip in the water of sacred Amrit Sarovar.
Visiting Amritsar remains incomplete unless you witness the only crossing point between India and Pakistan, the Wagah Border. Here, everyday both Indian and Pakistani army practice the goose-stepping, which is a must watch at Wagah Border. Amritsar is equally eminent for Jallianwala Bagh.
Foods: Starting from vegetarian to a hard core non-vegetarian, Amritsar has diverse range of platters for all. Amritsari cuisines are quite popular. Hence, during your trip to Amritsar don’t miss some of the delectable eatables such as Amritsari Kulcha, Sarson Da Saag with Makai ki Roti, Amritsari Fish, Tandoori Chicken, Parathe ,Dal Makhani, Chicken Tikka and much more. Having done with some spicy platters, a glass of lassi and Gulab Jamun will fulfil your gastronomic desire to a large extent in Amritsar.
Best time to Visit: Though, Amritsar is a place that can be visited all round the calendar. However, the best time to visit Golden Temple is from November to February when the weather of Amritsar is absolutely favourable for visitors. Furthermore, in the months of April and November the temple witnesses a good numbers of devotees. During that time Baisakhi and Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated here.
On the other hand, Wagah Border can best be revealed on August 15 when all uniformed soldiers perform together the prestigious Independence Day parade wearing turbans. This is absolutely a lifetime experience for visitors.
How to Reach: The city of Golden Temple is well-connected to various major cities of India. Travellers near Delhi can visit Amritsar via train or by road.
Situated merely 2Kms away from the Golden Temple, the nearest railhead is Amritsar Junction, which has an extensive railway network connecting the major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai. From Delhi, the train journey is around 6 hours, and the best option from Delhi is Shatabdi Express. From Amritsar Junction you will get sharing auto, and it will cost you INR 10 /person. In addition, you can also reserve an auto-rickshaw for INR 80-100 (approximately).
Like railway connectivity, Amritsar can conveniently be visited via roadways as well. The capital city Delhi is well-connected to Amritsar via Grand Trunk Karnal Road. Once you reach Amritsar, the driving distance to reach the temple is nearly 13Kms. However, for commuting within the city you can ride on city buses, auto-rickshaw and cycle rickshaws.
If you are travelling by bus the journey is nearly 7 hours 30 minutes. On the other hand, by car it will consume approximately 6 hour 30 minutes to reach Amritsar.
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Places to Stay: If you plan to spend a night around Golden Temple, various Yatra Niwases are there. Apart from Niwas Asthans, various quality and budget hotels can also be availed in Amritsar by spending INR 100-INR3000. Some of the comfortable staying options in Amritsar include Hotel Heritage Inn, Hotel City Heart, Ramada Amritsar and Hotel LeGolden.
An Overview: Pushkar is a small town bordering the Thar Desert, lies in the Northwest part of Ajmer, Rajasthan. This place is known as the holy town of Hindus and famed as the Lourdes of the East. Pushkar is also counted amongst the five Hindu pilgrimage sites in India lies on the shore of famous Pushkar Lake.
According to old theology and belief of local inhabitants and priests, this place was formed by the Hindu deity Brahma. The town also witnesses numerous footfalls of Hindu pilgrims because of several old mythological temples. Ages back, most of these temples here were destroyed due to Muslim invasion. It took years again to reconstruct the same. The population of the town is more than 14,000 and the prime spoken language here is Hindi.
Straight from the holy lakes of Golden Temple to the terra firma of desert is all together an offbeat weekend getaway near Delhi (around 440Km).
Places to see and things do: Reckoned as one of the oldest Indian cities, Pushkar houses several holy shrines including Apteshwar Temple, Saraswati Temple in Pushkar, Savitri Temple, Brahma Temple etc. Additionally, Man Mahal and Pushkar Lake are two other attractions of the city.
If you are a shoppingaholic, Safara Bazaar is a must visit for you in Pushkar. Safara Bazaar offers you an array of colourful bangles, glittering garments, leather items, camel covers, statues of Hindu deities etc. This is an excellent place to step in and carry home a bag full of commodities of your choices.
Foods: Pushkar is known for its local platters like Dal Bati Choorma, Poha, Malpua and Dal Chaat. You can also try the famous Lassi at Pushkar. Apart from these delicious dishes, Chinese and Italian cuisines are equally popular here.
Best time to Visit: Pushkar is not the right choice in summers, as the temperature climbs up to 400C that time. In November, the climate is much enjoyable with an average of 30°C or less with around 23% humidity. This is the time when the spectacular Pushkar Camel Fair takes place. If you happen to be there in the month of November, don’t miss the popular Camel Fair at Pushkar. Therefore, the captivating side of Pushkar can best be explored in winter.
Note: To know more about Pushkar Camel Fair click here.
How to Reach: The distance between Delhi and Pushkar can be covered by train or by road. The best option to reach Pushkar by train is through any Ajmer bound train. Two important trains on this route are Ajmer Rajdhani and Ajmer Shatabdi. Once you arrive at Ajmer, you need to travel another 30 minutes to reach Pushkar. Overall travel time by train is nearly 7 hours 30 minutes.
If you plan to visit Pushkar by bus or car, the journey is quite long. It will take nearly 8 and a half hours time to reach Pushkar by road. Ajmer-Delhi buses are easily available from Delhi.
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Places to Stay: There are numbers of budget and luxury hotels in and around Pushkar. If you plan a Pushkar trip in the month of November, booking hotels in advance is always a smarter idea. The reason being, all hotels get packed up that time. Depending on your time of visit, the charges may vary from INR 800 to INR 2500 and more. Some of the hotels that you may refer at Pushkar are Hotel Kishan Palace, Hotel Third Eye, Hotel Prem Villas, Jagat Palace, Rajasthan Royal Desert Camp, Pushkar etc.
An Overview: Situated around 540 Km from Delhi, Manali is an all time weekend paradise for Delhiites. Delimited by soaring knolls and pinewood forests, Manali is one of the top places to visit near Delhi. It is said that ages back, Manali used to be the abode of nomadic hunters ‘rakshas’. Over the phase of time in the 19th century, the beautiful hill station Manali became trendier when apple trees and trout were introduced here by the British. Today, these trees are the prime eminence of Manali’s flora and fauna. If you are looking for a tranquil escape from Delhi’s sweltering summer, Manali is just the place for you.
Places to see and things do: Parched at an elevation of around 6258 feet from the sea level, Manali boasts diverse range of tourist spots including Rohtang Pass, Solang Valley, Hadimba Temple, Chandrakhani Pass, Parvati Valley, Vashisht Bath etc. One more adjoining tourist puller in mere 42KM from Manali is Kullu that also you can add to your travel plan.
Being one of the frosty mountainous weekend getaways near Delhi, Manali is also an absolute delight for adventure freaks. The place allows you to get into some daring outdoor activities like rock-climbing, trekking, skiing, river rafting, zorbing and paragliding.
Foods: Soothing hills and a blend of Tibetan and Korean cuisines are simply awe-inspiring. Before you make your next weekend trip, it is good to get familiar with some of the popular food items that you must not miss in Manali. The beautiful hill station has several eateries offering you Chinese, Italian, Korean, Tibetan and Japanese cuisines. Though all these dishes are equally scrumptious, yet some of the platters that you must try here are Tibetan momos, Himachali food, Paav Bhaji, Aloo tikki, Samosas etc.
Best time to Visit: For a refreshing shelter during hot summers of Delhi, Manali is always idyllic for a short weekend destination situated nearly 500Kms from Delhi. However, from mid-July to September, it is advisable not to travel there due to monsoon. If you want to experience a soothing snowfall amidst mountains, visit there from the months of mid-December to February. Winter is quite frosty in Manali.
How to Reach: One of the most frequented weekend getaways near Delhi, touring Manali is not a matter of fuss. Despite of long travel hours, Manali is worth visiting by bus or train. If you want to reach Manali by train, there is no direct train from Delhi. So, the best position option for you could be taking a train from Delhi and travel till Chandigarh. Some of the major trains are Shatabdi, Howrah-Delhi-Kalka Mail, Jan Shatabdi etc. From Chandigarh, you can hire taxi or get a bus for Manali. Delhi-Manali total travel time (train and bus) is approximately 12 hours 30 minutes.
Bus journey on the other hand is quite delightful from Delhi. You will get many Himachal bound Volvo buses from Delhi to reach Manali. The beautiful environs on the go will make your trip a remarkable one.
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Places to Stay: Manali has variety of comfortable staying options for visitors. From budget hotel to premium hotel, Manali has bunch of choices for you. For a comfy weekend, you will easily get a hotel here within the price range from INR 800-INR 2000. Some of the reasonable hotels that you may refer in Manali are New Ambika International, Hotel Mountain Top, Keys Lite Apple Nest, Holiday Heights Manali, Hotel Ocean Blue etc.
An Overview: Located around 650 Km from Delhi in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is all together an offbeat weekend destination for Delhiites. The UNESCO Heritage temples and their erotic wall carvings are the key tourist pullers at Khajuraho. These temples are known for their architectural brilliance portraying some excellent sculptures and art of manifestation. At the time when these temples were built by Chandela sovereigns, the numbers were 80 in total. However, over the phase of time, today the number has curbed down to only 22.
Places to see: Having depicted the erotic wall carvings and excellent sculptures, Khajuraho has group of temples to mesmerise your visit. These temples are segregated as western group, eastern group and southern group temples. Some of the popular temples that you must explore here are Lakhmana Temple, Kandariya Mahadeo Temple, Devi Jagdamba Temple, Chaunsat Yogini, Varaha temple, Vishwanath Temple, Ghantai Temple, Javari Temple, Hanuman Temple, Chattarbhuj Temple, Dulhadev Temple, and Beejamandal Temple. In addition, Archaeological Museum is also an amazing attraction here that can be explored with equal enthusiasm.
Foods: The land of Kamasutra has variety of multi-national cuisines including French, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Indian and Chinese dishes. Other than these, the place also offers you an array of traditional platters like Mutton Kababs, Rogan Josh, Cashew Barfi, Lavang Lata, Chicken Biryani, Bafla, Sabudana Khichdi, Korma, Kusli, Moong Dal Halwa and Kheema. After trying a blend of spice and sweets, sugarcane Juice and Lassi could be an offbeat swig.
Best time to Visit: Khajuraho is not a place to be visited during summers. The temperature is quite hot and humid that time. Hence, the best time to visit here is from the months of October to February when the temperature is ideal for visitors. If you visit here in the month of March, don’t miss the Khajuraho Dance festival.
How to Reach: Khajuraho is well-connected to its nearby city Delhi via Jhansi. If you plan to reach Khajuraho by train, the best option to board Khajuraho-Hazrat Nizamuddin Expres from Delhi. Another option is via Mahoba Junction. The travel time by train may consume approximately 11 hours. From both Mahoba Junction and Khajuraho station number of taxis and cabs are available to travel further.
Apart from train, the road connectivity from Delhi to Khajuraho gives you another option of commutation. Two nearby locations Jhansi and Satna have good road connectivity to Khajuraho. Depending on the services and routes, the travel time may take 12-13 hours time. If you drive by car, follow this route: Delhi-> Ballabgarh-> Palwal-> Kosi Kalan-> Agra -> Dhoulpur -> Morena -> Gwalior -> Tekanpur -> Dabara -> Jhansi -> Barwa Sagar -> Nowgong -> Chhatarpur -> Khajuraho.
Places to Stay: Spending weekend in Khajuraho becomes more relaxing with availability of quality hotels. Ranging from INR 600 to INR 4000 and more, the city has several comfortable staying options to offer. Some of the hotels in this list include Hotel Surya, Hotel Zen, Hotel Lakeside, Hotel Greenwood, Hotel Yogi Lodge, Hotel Casa Di William, Hotel Isabel Palace Khajuraho etc.
An Overview: You have heard about the Pink City Jaipur. How about spending your hard earned weekend amidst Blue City? Sound astounding, is not it? Here comes one more offbeat weekend getaway near Delhi (around 607Km).
One of the most popular and the second largest city in Rajasthan, Jodhpur is famed as the Blue City. What makes the city call blue? Well, Jodhpur is the abode of numerous majestic forts, shrines and resorts that are structured in vibrant shades of blue. This is how Jodhpur has gained its popularity as the Blue City.
According to the historic tale of Jodhpur, the city was founded decades back in 1459 AD by the chief of the Rathore clan, Rao Jodha. Gradually, the place has evolved as Jodhpur. Today, the Blue City is also prominent for Malani horse breed, which are found only in Jodhpur.
Places to see and things to do: Array of historic monuments and imperial palace renders you a blissful weekend in Jodhpur. The city has lot to offer to first timers as well as to frequent travellers. The major attractions here include Moti Mahal, Mehrangarh Fort, Ghanta Ghar, Khejarla Fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Sardar Samand Lake, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Ranisar Padamsar, Mandore, Chamunda Mataji Temple, Government Museum, Jaswant Thada, Mahamandir Temple, Shastri Circle, Balsamand Lake etc.
Apart from exploring the cited attractions, you can also visit the Umed Garden Zoo. This will offer you a close vista of some exotic birds from Africa and Australia. Carry your camera to capture some of the everlasting moments amidst lush bush and architectural monuments. You can also spend some quality time shopping around the city. Traditional apparels, colourful artworks, dazzling jewelleries and unique souvenirs may add more spices to your shopping zeal.
Foods: Being an eminent city in Rajasthan, foods at Jodhpur means lot of spices and mouth-watering dishes. Some of the key platters that one must try here in Jodhpur are Mirchi Bada, Maakhan Vade, Pyaaz Kachori and Mawa Kachori. Furthermore, Mave ki Kachori, Makhaniya Lassi, Motichoor ke Laddu and Besan ki Chakki are few other delicious eatables here.
Best time to Visit: With scorching temperature of maximum 420C, Jodhpur is very hot and humid during summers. On the other hand, during monsoon the city experiences comparatively a refreshing climate ranging from 220C to 340C. However, the best time to visit Jodhpur is in the months of October to March when the temperature here is soothing for travellers.
How to Reach: Jodhpur is well-connected to Delhi and other destinations by train and by road. Despite of 11 hours travel time, Delhi to Jodhpur train journey is quite comfortable. Some of the key trains to reach Jodhpur are DEE BGKT Express, Jaisalmer Delhi Express and Rajasthan Sampark Kranti.
Apart from train, bus is the next feasible option for commutation. From Delhi, you will get plenty of buses for Jodhpur. There are Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) buses as well for you. Jodhpur bus stand is situated within 7Km reach from the city centre. The travel time by bus is quite long i.e. 13 hours approximately.
Places to Stay: From a price range of INR 575-INR 2500, Jodhpur houses many comfortable and quality hotels for you. Some of the hotels that you may refer here include Leela Villas Guest House, Hotel A. R Excellency, Hotel Sachdeva Palace, Hotel Sandhu Palace and Nirali Dhani Ethnic Hotel.
An Overview: Kullu is often planned as a duo trip along with Manali. And probably this is why visitors never want to skip the magical twin trip of Kullu-Manali at one go. Located around 476 Km from Delhi, on the banks of the Beas River, Kullu is unquestionably one of the major attractions in Himachal Pradesh.
Kullu is a popular for the majestic hill station at Kullu valley, which is also renowned as the “Valley of the Gods”. Therefore, you will come across several pilgrimages in Kullu. The picturesque hills, lively river and lush bush surroundings make this place an absolute paradise for honeymooners and adventure lovers near Delhi.
Places to see and things to do: A hill station is often interpreted as intense snowfall and cold climate amidst peak. Kullu also does not get deviated from this acuity. But, what makes this hill station an offbeat getaway from other hill station is variety of temples. Some of the key temples in and around Kullu that you can visit are Bijli Mahadev Temple, Hanogi Mata Temple, Shringi Rishi Temple, Raghunath Temple and Jagannathi Devi Temple. In addition, Pandoh Dam, the Great Himalayan National Park, Banjar, Chandrakhani Pass, Manikaran and Bhuntar are some other attractions here.
Kullu is an adventure hub for people who love rafting, trekking and mountaineering. Besides, one can also spend good shopping hours around the city by purchasing some eye-catching jewelleries, shawls, Tibetan souvenirs, Thangka paintings and caps.
Foods: Kullu is laid out with variety of Continental, Indian, Chinese and Tibetan cuisines. Some of the local platters that one must try here are Jatu, Patrodu, Vada, Kodra Roti, Chapati and curd. If you want a boozer, Lugri and Chakti are two prime wines in Kullu that are prepared from barley and red rice.
Best time to Visit: Hill station can best be relished during winter, so does Kullu. If you visit there from the months of November to February, you can experience a soothing temperature that curbs down from zero to minus levels. Travellers from Delhi still find this destination equally charming in summers. March to June is the perfect time frame for a summer escape. During this time the temperature here lies between 100C to 230C, which is quite pleasant from the context of Delhi’s sweltering summer.
How to Reach: Reaching Kullu should not be a matter of concern for those who are looking for a restful weekend destination situated nearly 500Kms from Delhi.
If you are planning to reach Kullu by train, there is no direct railway connectivity between these two places. Hence, what all you need to do is get into Kalka Shatabi train from Delhi and deboard at Chandigarh station. From Chandigarh (270 km from Kullu), take a bus that runs under Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) to travel further till Kullu. The overall travel time from Delhi to Kullu is around 12 hours and 30 minutes.
There are number of buses in Delhi that run under Himachal Road Transport. From Delhi, it will take around 12 hours time to reach Kullu by bus.
Places to Stay: Kullu is visited by number of visitors from nearby locations all round the year. Hence, Himachal Tourism has come forward to establish several hotels and resorts in and around the popular hill station. By spending INR 550-INR 1200, you can avail here some comfy hotels like Hotel Amit, Hotel The Nest, Hotel Malabar and The Tara Villa.
An Overview: It is time now to visit the land of Uttarakhand. Located over 456 Km from Delhi, Kedarnath is one of the most religious hub for Hindu worshipers in North India. Kedarnath is also considered as an integral part of Char Dham. Nestled atop the Himalayas, Kedarnath carries an imposing mythological tales behind its existence. According to the Hindu myths, this is the place where deity Shiva disguised himself to hide from the Pandavas. As a result, Lord Shiva shaped himself into a bull. Since then various holy shrines are built here in reverence of Lord Shiva. Apart from galore of holy shrines, the soothing ambience of Uttarakhand also offers you an opportunity of delightful adventurous activities.
Places to see and things to do: Being one of the religious hubs, Kedarnath offers you a sacred opportunity to visit some of the celestial shrines here. The major attractions in Kedarnath include Kedarnath Temple, Vasuki Tal, Agastyamuni, Sonprayag hamlet, Ukshimath, Bhairav Nath Temple, Shankaracharya Samadhi etc. Besides, one can also enjoy long trekking, rock climbing and camping amidst the Himalayan range.
If you love shopping, Kedarnath has various stalls showcasing the pictures of Kedarnath, Badrinath and many other religious souvenirs. You can also find some stores selling genuine Rudraksh as well.
Foods: The city of Lord Shiva offers an array of luscious platters for vegetarians. The place does not offer you variety of foods like any other destinations cited above. Hence, one can’t be much selective regarding foods here in Kedarnath. Some of the commonly eatables include here Chinese, Rajasthani, Gujarati and other local dishes.
Best time to Visit: During monsoon, Kedarnath often gets into the limelight for wrong reasons. Heavy rainfall and natural calamities sometimes lead to massive landslides and stumped on the go. This leads to a serious matter of concern for all pilgrims. Hence, considering the holy trip of Chardham, the best time to visit Kedarnath is from September to October. This is the time when the climate is soothing.
Avoid visiting Kedarnath from July to August, as heavy rainfall leads to serious blockage on the way. On the other hand, winter is quite freezing in Kedarnath.
How to Reach: The religious destination Kedarnath is frequently visited by various pilgrims from all over the country. From Delhi, the most convenient ways to reach Kedarnath is either by train or by road.
For railway travellers, the nearest railhead is Rishikesh, which is situated nearly 220Km from the destination. From Rishikesh, you can hire a taxi to travel further till 206 Km by road. Thereafter, another 14 Km you have to travel on foot. Thus, the overall travel hour to reach Kedarnath from Delhi (train + bus) is around 12 hours. Other two nearby railheads are Dehradun (258 kms) and Haridwar (240 kms). From Dehradun one can reach Kedarnath in 5 hours by road.
On the other hand, if you are planning to visit Kedarnath from Delhi by road, the best way to reach there is via Haridwar. From Delhi, take a bus till Haridwar. Once you reach Haridwar, get into any state transport to travel further till Kedarnath. Total travel time by road is approximately 13 hours.
Note: Please be informed that the travelling hour may differ depending on the time of travel, route and traffic.
Places to Stay: You will find several budget hotels around Kedarnath. During peak seasons the charges of those hotels and resorts scale up to a large extent. However, some of the hotels that you can still avail here by spending INR 650-INR 1500 include Monal Resort, GMVN Rampur Tourist Rest House and Priyadarshani Syalsaur.
An Overview: The city of Rajputs, Rajasthan has no dearth of tourist pullers. Ranging from its imperial forts to desert safari, Rajasthan carries all the travel spices to make your weekend a pleasant one.
When we talk about Rajasthan, the depiction of this state remains incomplete without illuminating Bikaner. Situated around 438 Km from Delhi amidst the Thar Desert, Bikaner is eminent for its delicious snacks and sweets.
The princely city of Bikaner carries its long existence since 1488 when the city was founded by Rao Bikaji. Because of its architectural brilliance, rich culture and spectacular festivities, Bikaner could be your next weekend destination situated nearly 500Kms from Delhi. Apart from housing some historic monuments, Bikaner gets hold of reddish and yellowish shades created from the colourful edifices. The city is also quite popular for international Camel festival and handicraft industry.
Places to see and things to do: Having said about its rich heritage, don’t skip exploring the prominent attractions of Bikaner. Some of the key attractions of this historic city include Junagarh Fort, Gajner Wildlife Sanctuary, Sadul Singh Museum, Jain Temple, Lalgarh Palace, Ganga Singh Museum and Gajner Palace.
Besides, don’t forget to experience the stirring camel safari here. After a daylong outing, one can further go for delightful shopping around the market. Fascinating wall paintings, vibrant arts and crafts are the key attractions here for buyers.
Foods: Probably every snack lovers in India have tried the popular snacks from Bikaner brand at least once. Few popular platters of Bikaner include Bhujias, Namkeens, Papads and Thandai. In addition, the city also offers you some delicious eatables like Pakodi, Gatte ki Sabzi, Fini, Dal Bati Choorma, Ghevar and Baris. After trying some spicy platters, the taste of Rabri could be an absolute delight in Bikaner.
Best time to Visit: Bikaner will no way help you out with a summer escape. Summers are extremely roasting here with the temperature rising up to 460C. Hence, touring Bikaner from April to June should be avoided. The best time to visit Bikaner is thus from October to February. The temperature is quite favourable that time for visitors and one can also experience the popular camel festival, which takes place in the month of January.
How to Reach: Two important railheads namely; Lalgarh Railway Station and Bikaner Junction connect Bikaner to most of the major cities of India. If you are travelling from Delhi, get either into Sampark Kranti Express Slip or Delhi Sarai Rohilla. These are two comfortable and mostly travelled trains to reach Bikaner. Depending on the train, the travel time may vary from 7-8 hours approximately.
Apart from train, Bikaner is also well-connected through wide road network. The presence of high ways (both national and state) like NH 11, 15 and 89 make the road connectivity between Bikaner and other important cities quite convenient. From Delhi, the travel time by road is around 6 hours.
Places to Stay: The spice city of Rajasthan offers you plenty of budget hotels during your weekend trip. Some of the hotels that can be availed here within the price range from INR 550-INR 800 are Hotel Dev Palace Bikaner, Hotel Pooja Palace, Krishna Hotel & Restaurant, Hotel Heeralal etc. In addition, various luxury hotels are also available in Bikaner.
An Overview: Situated around 580 Km from Delhi and on the banks of the river Tawi, Jammu is popular as the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir state. Jammu is enclosed with natural abundance making the city one of the top weekend getaways near Delhi. The city is delimited by number of appealing tourist sites and holy shrines.
If you plunge into the historic tale of Jammu, the city was founded in the 14th century. And the most interesting fact about the place is that Jammu was named after its founder Raja Jambulochan. Initially the city was popular as Jambupur. Moving ahead, the name of the place has been changed to Jammu. A blend of natural exquisiteness and restful climate makes this place as one of the top places to visit near Delhi.
Places to see and things to do: Jammu city has ample of options for sightseeing and adventure activities. If Jammu is your next weekend getaway near Delhi, don’t forget to explore some of the major attractions like Hari Market, Ranbireshwar Temple, Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary, Mubarak Mandi Palace, Poonch Fort, Bagh-e-Bahu, Surinsar Lake and Vaishno Devi temple.
Note: To read more about Vaishno Devi Temple, please click here.
Apart from the cited attractions, in Jammu do not forget to purchase world-famed Kashmiri handicrafts and traditional Dogra jewellery from the main market. Jammu is also an absolute delight for trekking and hiking activities. Thus, the city is just an ideal weekend getaway offering you a rejuvenating stay.
Best time to Visit: Jammu city is known for its soothing climate during winter. Therefore, the best time to visit there is from October to March or April. However, summers are quite searing in Jammu. On the other hand, during monsoon (June and July) the city experiences a good volume of rainfall.
Foods: Jammu has variety of mouth-watering eatables to offer. A blend of fish, mutton and chicken is the prime platters that you can try in most of the eateries here. In addition, some other delicious platters in Jammu include Rogan josh, Bom Chount, Wazwan, fried paneer, chaman, Abak Maaz, Rista etc. If you are fond of fresh dry fruits, don’t miss almonds and walnuts in Jammu. Besides, Anardana, red beans and Aampar are few other popular eatables that one can try in Jammu.
How to Reach: The roadway and railway connectivity between Jammu and Delhi is regular and quite comfortable. The nearest railway station to Jammu is Jammu Tawi. From Delhi, you can board Jammu Rajdhani and Aii Jat Express to reach Jammu. The travel time by train is around 9-10 hours.
Apart from train, next comfortable accessibility from Delhi is by road. There are regular buses from Delhi to reach Jammu. Presence of NH1 bridges the gap between Jammu and other adjoining destinations. Depending on the route, total travel time by road may vary from 8-12 hours.
Places to Stay: Jammu is often visited by number of travellers from different parts of the country. As a result, several hotels are structured here from time-to-time. Some of the hotels that you can avail here within INR 600-INR 1200 are Hotel Jewels, Goodwill, Hotel The Royal Placid, Hotel TRG and Hotel New Swastik.
An Overview: Lucknow, the city of Nawab is located on the banks of the Gomti River and around 495 Km from Delhi. The capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow grabbed the prime attention of visitors during 18th century at the time of Nawabs. Since ancient times, the city has successfully sustained its rich culture, music and embroideries. A phenomenal saying about the language of the city is that one can witness the finest and purest form of Hindi in Lucknow.
Today, the city of Nawab is quite popular tourist destination offering you a number of historic architectural moments, Mughlai delicacies and shopping delight. If you are looking for an offbeat holiday in the city of Nawab, Lucknow is a must visit weekend destination near Delhi.
Places to see and things to do: Having portrayed the architectural styles and brilliant monuments in the city, Lucknow offers you a diverse range of attractions including Bara Imambara, Lucknow Museum, Dr. Ambedkar Park, Chota Imambara, Hazratganj, Begum Hazrat Mahal Park British Residency, Rumi Darwaza, Lucknow Zoo, Constantia House, Chattar Manzil, etc.
Note: Bara Imambara is also known as the Gravity Palace. To read more about Gravity Palace, please click here.
When in Lucknow, don’t miss the shopping delight around market areas. The city is popular for its world famed Chikan work (embroidery). Some of the stuffs that one must purchase here are glittering ornaments, jewelleries, clothes and souvenir.
Best time to Visit: The city of Nawabs can be visited anytime round the calendar. However, the peak season to travel here is from October to March, when the climate is restful for visitors. Summers are quite scorching here. On the other hand, monsoon hits the city during July to September.
Foods: After Rajasthan, Lucknow is another city, which can be visited to fulfil one’s gastronomic desire. The city is famous for Mughlai delicacies and variety of kebabs. If you are a kebab freak then make sure you don’t miss the blend of Boti Kabab, Galawati Kebab and Tunday Kebab in Lucknow. Some other luscious platters in Lucknow are Paya Ki Nihari, Tokri Chaat, Rogan Josh and Lucknowi Biryani. The city also offers you some sickly items like Sheermals, Prakash Ki Kulfi and Malai Ki Gilori. Last but not the least, Lucknawi paan is a must try after all these scrumptious platters.
How to Reach: In order to explore the heritage monuments, visitors flock this city from various parts of the country over the year. Hence, it is important to keep a tab on the ways through which one can reach Lucknow conveniently from Delhi.
Lucknow has good railway connectivity with all possible farthest places in India. Two key railway stations here are Charbagh and Lucknow City. The railway connectivity between Delhi and Lucknow is quite regular and convenient. There are various trains from Delhi that travels via Lucknow. Some of the trains are NDLS DBRG RJDHN, AVADH ASSAM Express, Gomti Express, SULTANPUR Express etc. Delhi to Lucknow travel time by train is around 8 hours.
Apart from train, next comfortable way of commutation is by road. There are three important highways namely; NH25, NH28 and NH56 that passes through Lucknow. From Delhi, regular buses are available completing your trip in 7-8 hours time.
Places to Stay: The city of “Nawabs” and “kebabs” has plenty of quality accommodations to welcome the visitors throughout the year. You will get various quality as well as budget hotels ranging from INR 600 to INR 1500 and more. Some of the hotels/resorts that you can try here are Tej Kishan Plaza Hotel, ANR Hotels, Hotel SRG, ALFA Hotel and Radical Palace.
An Overview: Dharamshala is one of the refreshing weekend getaways near Delhi. Situated around 523 Km from the capital, Dharamshala is an amazing hill station in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Apart from its picturesque sceneries and vibrant woods on the periphery of the Himalayas, Dharamsala is also known as the abode of Tibetan leader/monk Dalai Lama. Holidaying here for long offers you an amazing opportunity to get a hold on the Tibetan culture and know their freedom struggle. The terrain of this quaint city is segregated in two parts such as; lower and upper Dharamsala. The lower part is Dharamsala and the upper division is called Mcleodganj, which is another stunning weekend destination near Delhi. Therefore, visiting Dharamsala is often followed by its twin destination Mcleodganj.
Places to see and things to do: Dharamsala is a perfect holiday destination near Delhi. If you are in Dharamsala, some the attractions in and around the location that you must explore are Dalai Lama Temple Complex, Dharamshala Cricket Ground, St. John in the Wilderness Church and Dal Lake. Some other attractions here include War Memorial, Kangra Valley, Masrur, Jawalamukhi Devi Temple etc.
For adventure lovers, Dharamshala offers an amazing way to get into some thrilling activities like paragliding, camping and trekking.
Best time to Visit: Being a popular hill station in Himachal, Dharamshala witness a soothing climate throughout the year. If you are from Delhi and looking for desperate summer escape, visiting Dharamshala in summer could be a smarter travel plan that one can execute. Monsoon hits the region during July-September. Moving ahead in winter, Dharamsala also experiences snowfall. So, the best time could be either in summer or winter. For rain lovers on the other hand, monsoon could equally be a pleasant voyage.
Foods: You can try variety of Chinese, Nepali and Tibetan cuisines here. Some of the popular foods in Dharamsala are Tibetan thukpa or noodles, momos and lang phing. Most of the stuffs are served here steamed and fried adding some spiced potatos, spinach, carrot and cabbage. The place allows you a luscious blend of steamed vegetables and spicy sauce. Besides, sticky ginger cake, chocolate pancake and scrambled eggs are few other attractions for foodies.
How to Reach: Travellers planning for a soothing weekend in Dharamsala need to know the convenient ways to reach their destination. Though, there is no direct train from Delhi to reach Dharamsala, but you can travel till Pathankot, which is situated nearly 54Km from Dharamsala. From Pathankot, you can either hire a taxi to reach Dharamsala (in 3 hours) or get into the local train till Kangra. The distance from Kangra to Dharamsala is approximately an hour. Some of the trains that you can travel from Delhi till Pathankot are Himsagar Express, Jammu Mail, Andaman Express and Kota SVDK Express. Total travel time from Delhi to Dharamsala is around 11 hours.
If you are comfortable with road journey, there are various buses that run from Delhi to Dharamshala. Total travel time by road is around 10 hours and 45 minutes. If you are driving your own car, you can follow the route from Delhi through Chandigarh, Kiratpur and Bilaspur.
Places to Stay: Numbers of travellers come here for holidaying and sightseeing. Considering the mounting footfalls of visitors throughout the year, various budget and luxury hotels are set up in and around Dharamshala. By spending an amount ranging from INR 800 to INR 2500, one can avail here various hotels like Surbhi Hill Resort Chamunda, Harmony Purple, Dhauladhar Heights Dharamshala, Hotel Holiday Hill, Pink House etc.
An Overview: Mcleodganj is a beautiful suburb of Dharamshala, which is positioned in Kangra district of Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Situated around 476Km from Delhi, Mcleodganj is a must visit while touring Dharamshala. The serene environs and breath-taking environment of Mcleodganj allures plenty of travellers from various parts of the country. And if you are from Delhi, you just can’t skip a soothing weekend in Mcleodganj.
Nestle amidst striking hill station and lush bush, Mcleodganj is an absolute delight for trekkers. The town is also eminent as Little Lhasa featuring the rich culture of Tibetan inhabitants. Therefore, when you are in Mcleodganj, you can witness an awesome blend of Tibetan culture with some British influence on it. Some of the adjoining destinations to Mcleodganj are Dharamshala, Kangra, Tatwani and Sidhbari.
Places to see and things to do: Mcleodganj offers you galore of sightseeing opportunities. Some of the popular sites in and around Mcleodganj are Namgyal Monastery, Tsuglagkhang, Tibetan Museum, Bhagsunath Temple, Bhagsu Falls, Triund, Dhauladhar ranges, Minkiani Pass and Naam Art Gallery. Apart from sightseeing, one can also experience the thrill of mountain hiking and trekking in Mcleodganj.
Note: Most of the attractions here can commonly be accessed while touring Dharamshala along with Mcleodganj.
Best time to Visit: Mcleodganj is an all season weekend destination near Delhi. However, the perfect time to reveal the best of this beautiful hill station is from September to May. The climate here is always charming and favourable for travellers. Summer is pleasant (April –June end) in Mcleodganj. From July to August, the place witnesses intense rainfall. Therefore, avoid visiting Mcleodganj during that time. Winter is quite freezing here in Mcleodganj and the temperature drops down to minus level.
Foods: Mcleodganj offers you a wide range of delicious cuisines including Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, Lebanese and Tibetan platters. In addition, some of the local dishes that one must try here are Tandoori, Parathas, Thukpa, Bakleb, Tingmo and Momos. After trying some of the steamed and spicy stuffs, don’t forget to sip a cup of honey ginger lemon tea.
How to Reach: If you have noticed the way of transpiration to reach Dharamshala from Delhi, travelling Mcleodganj is quite similar. The nearest railway station is Pathankot, which is located nearly 91Km from Mcleodganj. Two of the important trains that you can board from Delhi are Uttar Sampark Kranti and Jammu Mail. Once you reach Pathankot hire a taxi. It will take more than 2 hours to reach Mcleodganj from Pathankot railway station. Total journey duration from Delhi is around 10 hours.
If you are planning a road trip to reach Mcleodganj, there are several state transport buses that run from Kashmiri Gate ISBT and Majnu-ka-Tilla, Delhi. If self driving is in your mind, the best roadway network to reach Mcleodganj is via NH 1. This will take approximately 11 hours time to reach the destination.
Places to Stay: Himachal Tourism is well-aware of the growing footfalls in Mcleodganj. In order to make visitor’s stay comfortable, numbers of hotels are set up here from time-to-time. Some of the comfy staying options that can be availed here within INR950 –INR1600 are Hotel New Blue Heaven, Hotel Backpackers, Natraj Holiday Resort and Gagan Resorts.
An Overview: With an expanse of nearly 14 Sq Km areas, Dalhousie sprawls over five hills offering an absolute delight for all mount climbers and trekking freaks. Situated around 590 Km from Delhi, this hill station was named after the British Governor General of Punjab, and there is an interesting tale associated with its emergence. Decades back, Dalhousie was an eminent part of Chamba state. However, this hill station was unveiled for the first time in 1853 by the British. Later, Dalhousie gained its popularity when a British nobleman Lord James Ramsay visited this site during his leisure time. After his pleasant stay amidst picturesque Dalhousie, Ramsay brought the climatic and natural exquisiteness of this place in the notice of Chamba’s King. Accordingly, Dalhousie began to get shaped up as a refuge for the British during scorching summers.
Places to see and things to do: One of the finest hill stations in India, Dalhousie is known for its captivating splendour offering some breath-holding outdoor activities to adventure freaks. This amazing hill station has lot of spectacular sites to explore. The major attractions in Dalhousie include Panch Pulla, Khajjiar, Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary, Satdhara Falls, Dainkund Peak, Chamba etc.
In addition, you can get into some exciting outdoor activities like river rafting, trekking and rock climbing.
After emerging your daring persona in Dalhousie, next exciting thing that you must experience here is shopping. The township has several Tibetan markets, shops and malls offering you various local souvenirs like shawls, warm outfits, handicrafts and woollen clothes. Some of the important malls here are Potreyn, Bakrota and Moti Tibba. Two more attractions in Dalhousie for shopping lovers are Sadar Bazaar and the G.P.O. There are few libraries with reading rooms are also available in G.P.O.
Note: If you want to explore more about Dalhousie, please click here.
Best time to Visit: Dalhousie is a place that can be visited throughout the calendar. If you want to get rid of the blistering summer of plains, visiting the sleepy knoll of Dalhousie would just be a boozer for you. For rain lovers, the perfect time to visit Dalhousie is from June to September. On the other hand, for a bracing and snowy holiday, best time is between January and February.
Foods: You can taste various lip smacking dishes in Dalhousie. The beautiful hill station offers you a variety of Mughlai, Tibetan, Indian and Italian cuisines. When in Dalhousie, don’t miss the local Himachali platters here like dals, Chapati, Pickles, curd and vegetable gravy.
How to Reach: Situated in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie is visited by numerous tourists all round the year. The growing number of footfalls from various travellers signifies that reaching Dalhousie is quite convenient from any parts of the country.
The most convenient way to reach Dalhousie is by train. The nearest railhead is situated around 80Km reach in Pathankot. From Pathankot, you can hire a taxi or a cab to travel further. The travel time from Pathankot to Dalhousie is around 2-3 hours. Some of the important rains that you can travel by are Rou Muri Jat Express, Tata Jat Express and Jammu Mail. Overall travel time is nearly 11 hours.
If you are planning to reach Dalhousie by road, there are regular state transports that run under Haryana Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) and Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HPTC) to reach Dalhousie. In addition, you can drive of your own via NH 1 to reach Dalhousie. Though, the journey is quite lengthy (10-11 hours), yet the soothing sceneries will make your expedition quite comfortable.
Places to Stay: Being one of the finest tourist hubs and ideal destination for honeymooners, Dalhousie allures tourists from all over the globe on regular basis. Apart from its appealing landscape, availability of budget and premium accommodations are other key factors that pulls plenty of visitors throughout the year. These hotels/lodges are established here covering all the basis amenities of visitors. Considering a comfy holiday amidst soothing knolls, few hotels/resorts can be availed here within the price range of INR 800 to INR 2500. Some of the hotels for reference are Hotel Kayanat, Alps Resorts, J.K Clarks Exotica and Hotel Wild Rose.
# Tirthan Valley
An Overview: Nestled at an elevation of about 1600 meters flanking the Tirthan River and around 419Km from Delhi, Tirthan Valley is a beautiful virgin land located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. If you are planning to explore any mystified land, which has variety of adventurous activities to offer, Tirthan Valley is undoubtedly one such offbeat destination for holidaying. With its pine-studded environs, lively river and picturesque natural magnetism, the quaint valley of Tirthan allures many offbeat travelers for a magical escape amidst mystified terra firma.
The state of Himachal Pradesh requires no specific introduction of its natural profusion. Probably this is why most of the travellers often flock its adjoining destinations like Manali, Tosh, Kasol and Kheerganga. And on that familiar travel rush, Tirthan Valley remains the least explored destinations in Himachal Pradesh.
One of the significant features of Tirthan Valley is that the place has no such site meant for tourists in particular. The entire valley itself is a tourist spot and thus, whichever location you step into, it becomes a tourist puller. If you are a nature lover with audacious instinct within, your presence to this mystified land will cement a long lasting companionship between you and the natural beauty of this virgin land.
Apart from the picturesque splendour of Tirthan valley, you will also get mesmerised with the traditional lifestyle and customs of the local inhabitants here. The villagers here still sustain their traditional way of living. They are quite religious and generous by nature. This is because of their spiritual beliefs; you will come across number of holy shrines at Tirthan valley.
Places to see and things to do: When it comes to name a virgin valley amidst spectacular nature, with no second thoughts, Tirthan Valley strikes our mind. The valley has no dearth of sightseeing and outdoor activities like angling, trekking, hiking, rock climbing, photography, camping, bonfire, birding, horseback riding, white water rafting river crossing, and Kayaking. Positioned far away from city’s hustle-bustle, Tirthan Valley is one of the top places to visit near Delhi.
Some of the key attractions in Tirthan Valley are Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), Jalori Pass, Waterfalls and Chehni Kothi.
Best time to Visit: The overall atmosphere at Tirthan Valley is soothing throughout the calendar. Even during 30 plus hot summers in various parts of India, Tirthan Valley promises you a pleasant climate with a temperature of less than 220C. During spring, the ambience here is on full bloom. With a blend of lush bush and unsullied flavour of luscious apples, Tirthan Valley turns to a paradise for travellers in this season.
During July-August, the place experiences heavy rainfall due to monsoon. If you love angling, visit Tirthan Valley between October and November.
Moving ahead with the seasonal variation, winter encircles this place in the month of December and it lasts here till February. People with great zeal for snowfall, must visit Tirthan Valley during January-February. During winter, the mountainous valley turns quite frosty.
Note: If you want to explore more about Dalhousie, please click here.
Foods: The small valley has not much to offer with big eateries. However, if you visit its nearby location Banjar, couple of good restaurants you may find there for delectable platters. However, in Tirthan Valley you can best relish the local dishes like Kadi & Meetha Bhat, Stinging Nettle Soup, Chilra, Madra, Rhododendron Chutney, Momos, Mahni and Maah.
How to Reach: Exploring the untouched valley of Tirthan is not that thorny. There are two important modes of transportation that will reach you to this beautiful place in the state of Himachal Pradesh. One is by train, and other one is by road.
If you want to travel Tirthan by train, please be informed that there is no direct train to reach Tirthan Valley. However, you can travel till some of the nearby railway stations like Kalka (240kms), Chandigarh (246kms) and Jalandhar (275kms). These railway stations are well-connected to other major parts of the country. From railway station, get into any Aut bound buses. Once you reach Aut, take a bus towards Gushaini, which is nearly 26Kms away from the destination. This route will take you via Larji bypassing Banjar.
As compared to railway connectivity, reaching Tirthan Valley by road is more convenient. There are number of frequent buses that run under HPTDC from the adjoining cities like Haryana, Delhi and Punjab. You can board any buses heading towards Kullu/Manali and get down at Aut. From Aut, you can either hire cab or board a Gushaini bound bus. From Aut, by road distance to reach Tirthan Valley is about 26Kms. If you are travelling from Delhi, total bus journey from Delhi to Aut is around 12hours.
The most convenient routes to reach Tirthan Valley from Delhi is like; Delhi–>Ambala–>Chandigarh–>Roopnagar–>Kiratpur–>Bilaspur–>Mandi
Places to Stay: You can’t expect a luxurious accommodation at Tirthan Valley. Hence, the convenient staying options here are mostly guesthouses and homestays. One of the most popular guesthouses at Tirthan Valley is Raju’s Guesthouse. This guesthouse is located within 2Kms reach from the adjoining place Gushaini. Apart from a comfy stay, the guesthouse caters you a variety of delicious food including regular Pahadi Daal and Chawal (rice). The charge here is around INR 1500/person/day.
Forest Rest House is another option near Tirthan Valley, which is situated at Sai Ropa and in the middle of Gushaini and Banjar. This rest house aims to cater you a good clean ambience with quality food and great hospitability. The charges here are relatively less. By spending merely INR 500, you can avail good facilities here.
Note: Since the post depicts weekend getaways near Delhi, so the modes of commutations between these destinations are outlined here excluding the flights. If you want to explore some more interesting weekend getaways within 300 Km from Delhi please click here.