We all need a little bit of “ME” time, especially in today’s crazy hectic schedule we call life. If you are tired of your corporate job and your exasperating boss and are looking to take that very much needed break, there are plenty of astounding weekend getaways near Delhi, which offer daredevil activities to pump up your adrenaline and also a peaceful getaway to rejuvenate your body and soul, making you ready for the upcoming meeting that you’ve been dreading for so long.
We’ve rounded up some of the best Weekend Getaway places around Delhi that are perfect for each and every occasion you can think of. All the places listed here are the ones that I’ve been to and it can be assured that these are all great choices for a weekend getaway. If you plan on surprising your better half or taking your parents on a religious journey or just taking a nice and relaxing weekend off, you can pick from any of these great places. Keep going to know more.
The picturesque city of Mathura is famous for being the birthplace of Lord Krishna. This city was once a commercial hub despite its appearance and condition today. The city is situated beside Yamuna River and is called “Brajbhoomi” with love. The best time to visit this city is around “Holi” as around this time the city is filled with colors and joy and is a sight to behold. One of the religious, cultural and peaceful weekend getaways near Delhi, Mathura still holds the power to capture you with the stories of Lord Krishna and his life.
Distance from Delhi – 162 km
Attractions: Krishna Temple, Isckon Temple, Vrindavan, Yamuna
River, Vishram Ghat
Activities provided: Holi, Janmashtami, Sightseeing, Temple
Visits, Food Sampling and Boating
Weather – Summer: 30 C to 45 C; Winter: 14 C to 32 C
A journey to Haridwar has every right to be called an “experience” instead of a journey. It’s a life-changing event in the form of a weekend getaway. The city is responsible for holding the world’s largest religious Convention ‘The Kumbh Mela. Spiked with conviction, perpetual peace, sedateness, and sacredness, Haridwar has never been short of a heavenly experience of every visitor.
Distance from Delhi – 222 km
Attractions: Hari ki Pauri, Maha Kumbh Mela, Chandi Devi Temple, Manasa Devi Temple
Activities provided: Sightseeing, Religious trails
Weather – Summer: 35 C to 45 C; Winter: 10 C to 30 C
The home of the Taj Mahal, Agra is one of the most preferred tourist destinations. It offers a pleasant impression of the Mughal rule via the architectural remains of their time. The historic city is also the abode of many other prominent historical landmarks. Agra is one of the most magnificent weekend getaways near Delhi filled with an intriguing past, a capturing tale of love, the beautiful history and the hard work of the makers of Taj Mahal.
Distance from Delhi – 232 km
Attractions: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Jama Masjid, Itimad – Ud – Daulah, Mehtab Bagh
Activities provided: Historical Tours, Heritage Walk, Bicycle Tours, Local Market Visits and Jeep Safari
Weather – Summer: 25 C to 46 C; Winter: 8 C to 14 C
The area of the Tibetan cabinet in exile, McLeodganj is a beautiful hill station located near the town of Dharamshala. Besides being one of the most sought-after weekend getaway places, it’s also the residence of His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama and the nerve centre for the Tibetans in the country on exile. It’s one of the most travelled destinations in Himachal Pradesh and is endowed with the shade of the lofty Dhauladhar Mountains. The hill station is the place where travellers from all around the globe revel in the divine and alternative hippie vibe. You can spot many maroon-clad monks and nuns swarming around with the tourists who visit it in search of peace, meditation, silence, and serenity. The beauty of the famous monasteries speaks for themselves compelling the person to visit this quaint hill station at least once in their life.
Distance from Delhi – 477 km
Attractions: St. John in the Wilderness, Dal Lake, Triund Hill
Activities provided: Yoga, meditation, Trekking and Volunteering
Weather – Summer: 23 C to 27 C; Winter: -1 C to 20
Being the highest point in Kullu – Manali Valley, this is one of the most sought after hill stations near Delhi. It’s located in the Beas River Valley. It rises up to a height of 6,260 feet above the sea level.Around the right time, the hill station gets engulfed in an angelic looking layer of snow which makes it one of the most favoured spots for skiing. It offers various locations and activities to keep yourself entertained and busy. The hill station also has the capability to turn into the most peaceful place you’ve ever been to excluding all the noises, the pollution, the climate changes that are present in your average metropolitan city.
Distance from Delhi – 550 km
Attractions: Rohtang Pass, Solang valley, Tibetan Monasteries, Beas Kund and Temples
Activities provided: Paragliding, Trekking, Zorbing, Mountaineering, Monastery Tours and Temple Visits
Weather – Summer: 10 C to 26 C; Winter: -15 C to 12 C
It’s true that planning a getaway is as much work as planning a long relaxing vacation, so “don’t plan”. There you have it, folks, be spontaneous, be crazy, pack just the necessities (which will be my pet in my case) and get the heck away from your daily routine. You never know, sometimes a bit crazy is all we need to balance our oh so stable life.
Looking for some respite from the Delhi heat run away to these beautiful hill stations.