6 Stunning Weekend Getaways from Delhi

Are you longing to get away from the craziness of Delhi? To slow down and take a break, to detoxify? Then here is a list of 6 stunning weekend getaways from Delhi, that are just perfect to do that. Nothing.

1. Jim Corbett

Distance from Delhi | 245 Kilometers
Best Time to Visit | November – June

Hands down the most popular national park in the country, the Jim Corbett National Park is only a six hour drive away. Part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve, Jim Corbett is famed for its tiger population. It is in fact here, the country’s oldest established National Park, that Project Tiger was first launched.

Add to the magical landscape of Uttarakhand the fact that this is the only place in India where you can stay the night in a jungle. In a snug old rest house at that! So go have yourself an adventure right here, a few hours from Delhi.

2. Rishikesh

Distance from Delhi | 245 Kilometers
Best Time to Visit | September – November

On the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to India, why not go see for yourself where the Fab Four spent one of their most creative phases. It was in the Maharishi Ashram in Rishikesh that The Beatles spent seven weeks, wrote forty songs of which they eventually recorded twenty.

This long abandoned ashram is now being converted into a Museum by the Uttarakhand State Government and there is also of course the usual white water rafting, trekking, yoga, meditation and Ganga Aarti to indulge in while  in Rishikesh.

3. Jaipur

Distance from Delhi | 280 Kilometers
Best Time to Visit | November – February

Amer Fort Jaipur

Rajasthan’s largest city and its capital, Jaipur ranks right up there alongside the Taj Mahal on every tourists’ bucket list for India. Not only is this city home to India’s biggest Literature Festival but it is also the starting point to explore the sunny state of Rajasthan – be it the painted havelis of Shekhawati or the Thar Desert.

Known for its UNESCO world heritage sites, striking palaces, sprawling forts and colourful bazaars, Jaipur is the most perfect of weekend getaways from Delhi for a family holiday.

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4. Landour

Distance from Delhi | 287 Kilometers
Best Time to Visit | April – June

Bored of Mussoorie already? Drive on a little higher and you are in Landour. A British era cantonment town, which together with its twin town of Mussoorie is crowned as the Queen of Hills. From being home to Jim Corbett’s parents once to today being Ruskin Bond’s, Landour has always been distinctly more European than Mussoorie.

So slow down in this quiet little hill station, go for walks among the cool conifers, indulge in the delicious cheese pizzas that thIS town is famous for and take a break from the other often frequented hill stations and weekend getaways from Delhi.

5. Chail

Distance from Delhi | 336 Kilometers
Best Time to Visit | April – June

Chail is a charming hill station overlooking the Sutlej Valley in Himachal Pradesh. Originally built as a summer retreat for the Maharaja of Patiala, even today it works as a worthy alternative to the noisy and overcrowded Shimla.

From exploring the Chail Palace for its splendid architecture to hiking all the way to Kali ka Tibba or even venturing out as far as the Girl River from some angling, there is enough to keep one actively engaged here in Chail. This hill station of deodars and pines also boasts of being home to the world’s highest cricket ground.

6. Dharmshala

Distance from Delhi | 470 Kilometers
Best Time to Visit | February – June

Famous for a lot of things, Dharmshala is many things to many people. From monasteries and hip cafes to scenic trek routes through the Dhauladhar mountains, Dharamshala has something to offer to every kind of traveller. There is much to do here.

Take delight in the distinctly Tibetan vibe of the place or take a shot at being a hippie. And if one tires of this and craves a change of scene, then there is Mc Leod Ganj to head to for the day.

Author: Neeharika Satyavada

Hi! I am Neeharika. An award winning photographer and travel writer based out of Hyderabad, India. I love telling stories of heritage, art, culture and off-the-grid travel. But, here on Map In My Pocket you will find more. From moody pictures to comprehensive travel guides; words and images enough to inspire you to travel and also be of help along the way. Thanks for coming along on this visual journey with me, I do hope you enjoy the ride. 🙂

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