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iXiGOers Apr 17 2013

Which are the popular weekend getaways from Delhi?

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Here is a list of popular weekend getaways from Delhi. With several long weekends in the horizon, 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. Agra, Uttar Pradesh

With the Yamuna Expressway becoming operational, you can reach Agra in a mere 2 hours drive from Delhi.

Photo of Taj Mahal

Visit the white marble beauty that is the Taj Mahal, explore the Sikandra Fort, stroll around the garden surrounding the beautiful tomb of Itimad-ud-Daula or take in a sound and light show at the Agra Fort--there is a lot that you can see and explore in Agra. You must remember to squeeze in time for some shopping in Agra and do pick up petha on your way back to Delhi.

Photo of Buland Darwaza at Agra

2. Jaipur, Rajasthan

The cultural hub of India and the capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur has been always been a weekend getaway favourite for Delhiites. Drive, hop onto a bus or take a Shatabdi train, Jaipur is always within easy reach.

Photo of Jaipur Palace (by mckaysavage)

The city lies between Amer and Sanganer, a distance of some 26 km. The main shopping areas and attractions are located within the Walled City. There are some truly beautiful forts, such as the Amer, Jaigarh and Nahargarh forts to discover. For all those who love to shop even on a vacation, don’t miss the famous Johari Bazaar and Bapu Bazaar, which are the ultimate shopping destinations here.

Photo of Jantar Mantar (by mckaysavage)

3. Neemrana Fort Palace, Rajasthan

Want to feel like royalty over the weekend, then head out to the Neemrana Fort-Palace, one of the most lavish heritage hotels in Rajasthan. The fort-palace-hotel has as many as 11 levels, making it a labyrinthine structure, an ensemble of different spaces. The rooms are individually designed and combine an old world charm with all the mod-cons that make for a comfortable stay.

Photo of Neemrana Hotel (from its official website)

You can choose to relax in the hotel’s very inviting pools, or spend time in the terrace gardens or try out adventurous activity like ziplining! Head to this place for a lovely weekend experience and come back with memories that will last you a lifetime!

Zipping at Neemrana Fort Palace

4. 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.

Photo of Mall Road, Kausali

The best part of this place is that there is practically nothing to do here but relax and admire nature. However, if you still want to drag yourself out of the hotel, go for leisurely walks to various scenic attractions, Lower Mall to Upper Mall and around the Sanitorium.

5. 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.

Chail Palace

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.

Photo of a scenic landscape at Chail

6. 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.

The Ridge, Shimla

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.

The toy train on Kalka-Shimla route

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.

7. 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.

A misty morning at Landsdowne

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!

8. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

One of the most favourite honeymoon destinations in north India, 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.


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.

Mussoorie views

9. 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.

Naini Lake (nutrilover)

10. 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.

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.


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. However, if you plan to head out for a romantic break with your partner, click here for some excellent options in and around Delhi. As always, if you want to add to the list of popular getaways near Delhi, please leave a comment.

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