Tired of the hustle-bustle and the pollution levels of Delhi? Well, you are not the first. Everyone, sooner or later, seeks a break a short break from work. But seldom does one get enough holidays to go for a leisure trip. If the lack of holidays make you drop the idea of a vacation in summer, pause! Pause, read, and pick your choice of a weekend escape from Delhi.
Have a look at this handpicked list of the best weekend getaways near Delhi for the summer of 2017!
Lansdowne is a serene hill station in Uttarakhand that was named after Lord Lansdowne, the erstwhile Viceroy of India. One can take a sightseeing tour of St. Mary Church, Tip N Top, Bhulla Lake, and other places to visit in Lansdowne. In addition to sightseeing, tourists can go for camping, hiking, and boating.
Distance from Delhi: 260 km
Time taken: 7 hours
One of the most popular hill destinations in India, Nainital – along with Bhimtal, Sattal, & Naukuchiatal – is a district of emerald lakes, green hills, quaint cottages, and numerous hiking trails. Its pleasant summer climate makes it a perfect weekend escape from Delhi for the summer season. Boating in the Naini lake, trekking upto the Naina peak, picnicking at the Tiffin Top viewpoint, and shopping at the Mall Road are some popular activities one can engage in. Other popular attractions include Raj Bhavan (Governor’s House), Naina Devi Temple, and Nainital Zoo.
Distance from Delhi: 300 km
Time taken: 7 hours 15 minutes
Shimla, the former summer capital of the British India is a popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Its pleasant weather and tourist attractions make it a must-visit destination for the summers. While Scandal Point, Shimla State Museum, and Jakhoo Hill are some of the best places to visit in Shimla, there are many nearby places like Kufri & Chail that can be included on your weekend trip to Shimla.
Distance from Delhi: 344 km
Time taken: 7 hours 30 minutes
4. Dhanaulti and Kanatal
Dhanaulti and Kanatal are two beautiful hill stations in Uttarakhand that offer numerous hiking & trekking trails. One can also go for rock climbing, rappelling, and jungle safari here.And then there are some amazing sites for camping in Dhanaulti & Kanatal that ensure a great weekend escape from Delhi.
Distance from Delhi: 350 km
Time taken: 8 hours
Mcleodganj, often called the Little Lhasa, is a popular weekend getaway from Delhi that boasts of refreshing atmosphere, stunning backdrop, and thrilling adventure activities. Its Buddhist monasteries, Library of Tibetan Works & Archives, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, and even local cafes reflect the influence of the Tibetan culture. And then there’s the popular Triund trek that one can take from the hill station. For the less adventurous ones, there are other tourist attractions like Bhagsunath temple & waterfall, Namgyal Monastery, Dal Lake, and Shiva Cafe.
Distance from Delhi: 480 km
Time taken: 9 hours 30 minutes
6. Bir Billing
The twin towns of Bir & Billing are beautiful options for an adventurous weekend from Delhi. They are best known for hosting the Annual World Paragliding Championship. Paragliding in Bir Billing begins from Billing – located 14 km ahead of Bir – and ends at Bir. The elevation drop between the two towns is about 800 m. Furthermore, there is also a major Tibetan community settlement in Bir that is an important centre of meditation & spiritual studies.
Distance from Delhi: 516 km
Time taken: 10 hours 30 minutes
Located on the banks of the river Beas, Manali is another popular hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Those traveling to Manali can indulge in fun & adventurous activities like paragliding, rafting, river crossing, and boating in and around the beautiful hill station. And the long list to places to visit in Manali – including Hadimba Temple, Club House, Vashisht Hot springs, and Manu Temple – add to the charm of this popular weekend escape from Delhi.
Distance from Delhi: 537 km
Time taken: 11 hours
So, which of these summer weekend getaways from Delhi are you heading to next? Let us know by way of comments.