Top 7 Weekend Getaways from Delhi: Take A Break Now!

With several long weekends in the year 2017, this is the perfect time to start planning a break. This list has something for everyone and with so many options, you won’t be repeating a getaway for a while!

1. Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

A small, quiet and not-so-crowded hill station, Kasauli is ideal if you want to escape to a pristine and green getaway. With the government banning all new construction here, this hill station has managed to retain its natural charm, giving you an opportunity to experience a real retreat.

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How to Reach

By Air: The nearest airport is Chandigarh and Kasauli is a short drive from there.
By Rail: Kalka is the nearest railhead and taxis normally charge around INR 1000.
By Road: The place is well-connected via roads and you can either opt for a bus or taxi ride.

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2. Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Strangely enough, the closest hill station to Delhi is also one of the lesser known ones. Lansdowne is a little slice of paradise in Uttarakhand, the perfect weekend getaway that is not too far from and not too close to Delhi.

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With few hotels and even fewer shops or markets, this little town is the epitome of peace and quiet. It is a perfect place if you don’t like too many people around you!

How to Reach

By Rail: Kotdwar is the nearest railhead and from there you can either opt for a private cab (INR 1000) or shared taxis.
By Road: The place is well-connected via roads from Delhi.

3. Chail, Himachal Pradesh

Home to arguably the highest cricket ground in the world, Chail is a picture-perfect hill station. The major attraction here is the Chail Palace built by the Maharaja of Patiala and this stunning palace is now a state-run hotel which remains flocked by guests all year round. There are a number of other accommodation options as well but this one is surely a winner for its royal feel and grandeur.

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Tiny Chail does not have a mall, just a huddle of shops. One can enjoy leisurely walks in summer and autumn, and have fun in the powder-soft snow in winter. You can also pay a visit to the centuries old Gurudwara Sahib, one of the major attractions here, which is located about a kilometre from Chail Bazar.

How to Reach

By Air: Chandigarh is the nearest airport at about 110 km.
By Rail: Kalka is the nearest railhead and a taxi ride would cost you around INR 2000.
By Road: Chail is a 337-km/8-hr drive from Delhi. Buses heading to Shimla will drop you off at Kandaghat, from where you’ll get buses to the Chail Bus Stand.

4. Shimla and Naldehra, Himachal Pradesh

Well, we all know that it is one of the most touristy places in Himachal but Shimla still has that old world charm that makes it so special. Head up to the Queen of the Hills for a peek into its colonial history, with beautiful buildings, a bustling Mall Road and the charm of a forgotten era.

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Make sure to pay a visit to the Viceregal Lodge, an incredible heritage building of the British era. Also, don’t miss a joy ride on the toy train that offers amazing views of the mountainside.

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About an hour’s drive awayfrom Shimla, Naldehra is another beautiful getaway in Himachal Pradesh. If you love teeing off, you’ll love golfing at Naldehra’s high altitude golf course that lends the small town its fame. With a lot to offer, Shimla and Naldehra are indeed very popular weekend getaways from Delhi.

How to Reach

By Air: Shimla’s Jubbarhatti Airport is connected from major cities and a taxi would normally charge you around INR 100.
By Rail: Kalka is the nearest railhead and you can also experience the magic of toy train if travelling from Delhi.
By Road: Shimla is well-connected via roads and you can opt for the luxury Himachal Roadways buses.

Shimla to Naldehra: A one hour drive from Shimla is your pretty Naldehra and you can easily get cabs and buses.

5. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

One of the most favourite honeymoon destinations in north India, the pretty hill station of Mussoorie is an excellent weekend getaway from Delhi. With a happening and big Mall Road, the hill station balances the serenity of the hills with the excitement of shopping and eating out.

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For a quieter experience, hike up to Landour and make sure to stop on the way at Chaar Dukan for some Maggi and tea. With Mussoorie, you get to choose whether to be laid back or jump in for some fun. Home to a number of lovely accommodation options as well, this place is really worth a visit.

How to Reach

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport and a taxi ride from here to Mussorie would cost you INR 2000.
By Rail: Dehradun is the nearest railhead and you can easily get a taxi or cab from here.
By Road: Mussoorie is an hour’s drive north of Dehra Dun on the Rajpur Road, and a 7-hr drive from Delhi via Meerut, Roorkee, Mohand and DehraDun. Mussoorie is linked to New Tehri (84 km) on NH58 via Landour, Dhanaulti, Kanatal and Chamba.

6. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Hit the roads and head straight up to this Kumaoni beauty. Walk up and down the Mall Road while you shop for knick-knacks and candles, with the serene Naini Lake making the perfect backdrop. Take a boating tour in the Naini Lake, one of the famous attractions in town, hike up to see the Governor’s House or trek around Camel’s Back. Basically, sit back, relax and rejuvenate your senses.

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How to Reach

By Air: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (329 km/ 8 hrs). Well-connected with all metros and major cities.
By Rail:
Kathgodam is the nearest railhead and you can easily get taxis from there.
By Road: Nainital is well-connected via roads.

7. Sattal and Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand

If you are looking for some quietude and solitary moments, Sattal and Naukuchiatal would be your best options. Located in close proximity to Nainital, both these places are ideal for a cool weekend trip.

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Naukuchiatal, among the loveliest of the lakes in Kumaon’s Lake District, is an azure blue crystal clear lake, set amid gorgeous oak and pine forests. Sattal, which has seven interconnected lakes, is a quintessential tourist spot with something for just about anyone: from adventure seekers and backpackers to families and corporates, they all flock here.

How to Reach

By Air: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi (329 km/ 8 hrs). Well-connected with all metros and major cities.
By Rail:
Kathgodam is the nearest railhead and you can easily get taxis from there.
Naukuchital and Sattal are located in close proximity and are well-connected via roads.

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It’s time to pack your bags, book your stay, leave all your worries at home and make the most of your time at these popular weekend getaways from Delhi. These are excellent places to head out with your family. As always, if you want to add to the list of popular getaways near Delhi, please leave a comment.

Photo credit by wikipedia user Suman Wadhwa, Sudhanshusinghs4321.