Weekend Trips

From New Delhi

Agra

Uttar Pradesh, India

170 meters

200 kms south

4 hours drive

1 Day

Reasons for Travel:

Heritage, Must Visit, Romantic

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

Home to one of the 7 wonders of the world, Taj Mahal, Agra is a sneak peek into the architectural history with other structures such as Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri and hence makes for a must visit for anyone living in or visiting India.

Almora

Uttarakhand, India

1604 meters

370 kms north

8-9 hours drive

1-2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Hills & Valleys, Family, Romantic

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

Cradled in the wilderness of Himalayan ranges, the sprawling town of Almora shaped like a horse-shoe is a hill station located in Uttarakhand that boasts of a pre-British heritage.

Auli

Uttarakhand, India

2800 meters

381 kms north

11 hours drive

2-3 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Nature, Adventure, Trekking, Skiing

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year. Summer for trekking and winter for snow, ski etc.

Dotted with coniferous, oaks and deodars; Auli is a popular hiking and ski resort in Himalayan range, offers panoramic view of peaks such as Nanda Devi, Mana Parbat, Nilkanth, Hathi Parbat, Ghori Parbat.

Bharatpur

Rajasthan, India

183 meters

220 kms south

4 hours drive

1 Day

Reasons for Travel:

Wildlife, Heritage, Family

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

It has 18th-century Lohagarh Fort, surrounded by a moat, housing the Government Museum, carved statues of Hindu gods fill Ganga Mandir, Laxman Mandir temples and Keoladeo National Park – the bird sanctuary with hundreds of species.

Bhimtal

Uttarakhand, India

1370 meters

317 kms north

8-9 hours drive

1-2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Rivers & Lakes, Hills & Valleys, Romantic

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

Bhimtal, 22 kms from Nainital, spotted with temples lying amid verdant mountains and pristine blue lake. Lake being major attraction, it has island in its centre. For nature lover, it is a place of complete serenity and rejuvenating.

Binsar

Uttarakhand, India

2420 meters

410 kms north

10h drive

2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Wildlife, Hills & Valleys, Offbeat

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

A small town set in the midst of lush green forests covered with oak, pine, deodar trees, Binsar has plenty of tourist attractions including green meadows, temples and the Binsar wildlife sanctuary.

Bir

Himachal Pradesh, India

1525 meters

513 kms north

12h drive

2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Hills & Valleys, Extreme, Offbeat

Best Time to Visit:

Summer mainly.

“Paragliding Capital of India”, Bir is also a centre for ecotourism, spiritual studies and meditation. Home to Tibetan refugee settlement with several Buddhist monasteries and large stupa. Billing is takeoff site for paragliding and Bir village is for landing; collectively known as “Bir Billing”.

Dalhousie

Himachal Pradesh, India

1970 meters

560 kms north

11 hours drive

1-2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Hills & Valleys; Romantic, Family outing

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year. Summer for cool weather, winter for snow.

Dalhousie is a hill station with amazing scenic views and prominent traces of India’s British association such as colonial mansions.

Devprayag

Uttarakhand, India

830 meters

316 kms north

16 hours drive

2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Religious, Hills & Valleys, Trekking

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

Marked by confluence of holy rivers Alaknanda, Saraswati and Bhagirathi, it is one of Panch Prayag of Alaknanda River where the river take the name Ganga. A religious hub and popular among pilgrimage or tourists seeking solitude close to nature.

Guptkashi

Uttarakhand, India

1319 meters

442 kms north

11 hours drive

2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Religious, Hills & Valleys, Offbeat

Best Time to Visit:

Mar-Jun, Sep-Nov

A holy town adorned with the many ancient temples and believed to be a part of epic Mahabharata, is a place called Guptkashi. The night halt station for holy Kedarnath Dham Yatra.

Gwalior

Madhya Pradesh, India

211 meters

322 kms east

7 hours drive

1-2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Heritage, Family, Solo

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year. Avoid hot summer.

A historic city founded by king Surajesan, Gwalior is galore with beautiful monuments, palaces and temples, giving this city a majestic charm which speaks volumes of its glorious past.

Haridwar

Uttarakhand, India

314 meters

220 kms north

5 hours drive

1-2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Religious, Family, Solo

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

Situated along the holy Ganges, Haridwar is famous for its temples and ghats where pilgrims bathe to relieve themselves of their sins.

Kanatal

Uttarakhand, India

2590 meters

318 kms north

8-9 hours drive

1-2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Hills & valleys, Rivers & lakes, Wildlife

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

Once a deserted, today Kanatal is usual haunt for travelers who seek peace and solitude. Ride through jungle in a jeep, see Tehri Dam and many natural springs. Among all spots, Surkhanda temple is the most popular.

Kasauli

Himachal Pradesh, India

1800 meters

288 kms north

7 hours drive

1-2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Hills & Valleys, Family, Solo

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

Located on the way from Chandigarh to Shimla, Kasauli is a hilly cantonment town which makes for an ideal peaceful holiday location, away from the rush.

Kasol

Himachal Pradesh, India

1580 meters

511 kms North

14 hours

2-3 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Nature, Adventure, Trekking, Offbeat

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

On the banks of Parvati River, between Bhuntar airport (30km) and Manikaran Gurudwara (3.5km), Kasol is famous for trekking trails, including Kheerganga, Yanker Pass, Sar Pass and Pin Parbati Pass.

Kedarnath

Uttarakhand, India

3553 meters

457 kms north

12 hours drive + 6h uphill trek (16 kms)

3 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Religious, Hills & Valleys, Trekking

Best Time to Visit:

May-Sep.

Near the head of river Mandakini, one of Char Dham pilgrimage that also includes Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri, it is most remote and flanked by breathtaking snow-clad peaks. Known for the ancient Shiva Temple, a trip to Kedarnath is an exhilarating experience.

Khajjiar

Himachal Pradesh, India

1920 meters

571 kms north

11 hours drive

1-2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Hills & Valleys; Romantic, Offbeat Getaway

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year. Summer for cool weather, winter for snow.

Often referred as ‘mini-Switzerland of India’, Khajjiar is a small town near Dalhousie which provides tourists a unique combination of forests, lakes and pastures.

Khajuraho

Madhya Pradesh, India

283 meters

651 kms east

12 hours drive; 1h20m flight

1-2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Heritage, Must Visit, Solo

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year. Avoid hot summer.

Famous for group of Hindu temples and Jain temples (eastern, western and southern group), Khajuraho temples are under UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temples are famous for Nagara-style architectural symbolism and erotic sculptures.

Kinnaur

Himachal Pradesh, India

2320 meters onward

600 kms north

15 hours drive

2-3 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Hills & Valleys; Religious, Trekking, Offbeat Getaway

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year. Summer for cool weather, winter for snow.

Kinnaur, also known as “Land of God” is about 235 Km from Shimla and is known for its serenity and beauty of the lush green and rocky mountainscape having Satluj, Baspa and Spiti river snaking through it.

Lansdowne

Uttarakhand, India

1780 meters

257 kms north

6-7 hours drive

1-2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Hills & Valleys, Family & Friends outing

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

Himalayan hillock with oak & pine forests, snow-capped peaks, fresh air and military garrison under British rule, the museum here traces history of Garhwal Rifles. Other spots are St. Mary’s Church, Tip-n-Top viewpoint, Kaleshwar Temple.

Mashobra

Himachal Pradesh, India

2146 meters

352 kms north

9h drive

2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Hills & Valleys, Offbeat, Family

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

Famous for pleasant temperature, remains unceasing throughout the year with heavy snowfall in winter, Mashobra is undisturbed by city commotion. Enjoy boating, trekking; hotspots here are Mahasu Devta Temple, Wild Flower Hall, Carignano and Reserve Forest Sanctuary.

Mukteshwar

Uttarakhand, India

2171 meters

354 kms north

8-9 hours drive

1-2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Adventure, Hills & Valleys, Religious, Offbeat

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

Mukteshwar is a small hill town mostly known for adventure sports such as rock climbing, rappelling etc. and the amazing view of Himalayan ranges you get from there.

Mussoorie

Uttarakhand, India

1604 meters

289 kms north

7 hours drive

2-3 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Hills & Valleys, Family, Romantic

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

Known as Queen of Hills, Mussoorie is a popular hill station famous for its colonial heritage and its religious sites. Hotspots are The Mall Road, Gun Hill Ropeway, Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba scenic point.

Nahan

Himachal Pradesh, India

932 meters

242 kms north

6 hours drive

1-2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Hills & Valleys, River, Lake, Religious

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

Former capital city of Sirmur princely state, away from the buzzing crowd of the metropolitan city, Nahan is a perfect romantic and family getaway, lying among the lofty Shivalik range, overlooking lush green fields.

Nainital

Uttarakhand, India

2084 meters

296 kms north

8 hours drive

2-3 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Hills & Valleys, Lake, Adventure, Trekking

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year, avoid monsoon.

Nainital in the arms of Kumaon Hills with its beautiful lake, temples and exotic scenery around is the perfect paradise for solo traveler, honeymooners and weekenders.

Neemrana

Rajasthan, India

309 meters

124 kms west

2 hours 30 Min drive

1 Day

Reasons for Travel:

Heritage, Romantic, Family

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

Neemrana is famous for its magnificent Neemrana Fort Palace. It was built in 1464 AD, place from where Rajput Maharaja Prithvi Raj Chauhan III reigned.

Orchha

Madhya Pradesh, India

552 meters

486 kms east

9 hours drive

1-2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

History, Culture, Heritage

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year, except monsoon and hot summer.

Known for its grand palaces, intricately carved temples and striking forts, situated on banks of river Betwa, Orchha is a city with a lot of historical significance and a photographers’ delight.

Ranikhet

Uttarakhand, India

1869 meters

354 kms north

8 hours drive

2-3 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Nature, Forest, Adventure, Trekking

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year. Summer for trekking and winter for snow.

Ranikhet meaning Queen’s Farm, a hill station known for Himalayan views. Hundreds of bells adorn Jhula Devi Temple – dedicated to goddess Durga, fruit trees grow on Chaubatia terrace orchard with peak views including Nanda Devi.

Rishikesh

Uttarakhand, India

372 meters

240 kms north

6 hours drive

2-3 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Nature, Adventure, Trekking, Temples, Yoga & Meditation

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year. No rafting in monsoon season.

Situated along the convergence of Ganga and Chandrabhaga, Rishikesh on the foothills of Himalayas is the hub of many ancient temples, popular cafes, yoga ashrams and adventure sports.

Sanchi

Madhya Pradesh, India

427 meters

755 kms south

16h drive; 1h30m flight to Bhopal + 1h drive

2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Heritage, Religious, Must Visit

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

Most famous for the Sanchi Stupa, Sanchi is a must visit for every Buddhist going on pilgrimage and is on the list of UNESCO World heritage sites. The Great Stupa was installed in the 3rd century BC by Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty.

Tehri Garhwal

Uttarakhand, India

1750 meters

325 kms north

16 hours drive

2 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Hills & Valleys, Trekking, Adventure, Religious

Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the year.

Hindu Mythology and legends seemed to have showered Tehri Garhwal with several spiritual significances. Witness to see Tehri Dam, one of World’s largest hydroelectric projects harnessing waters of two important rivers of Himalayas – Bhagirathi and Bhilangana.

Vaishno Devi

Jammu & Kashmir, India

1584 meters

629 kms North by road + 17 kms uphill trek

12 hrs train + 4 Hrs Trekking

3 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Religious, Hills & Valleys, Trekking

Best Time to Visit:

Round the year

One of 108 Shakti Peethas dedicated to Durga- the goddess of strength, protection and war. Most prominent festivals held here are Navaratri, 9 nights festival celebrating Devi’s victory over evil demons and Diwali, symbolizing the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.

Valley of Flowers

Uttarakhand, India

3858 meters

508 kms North (road to Govindghat + 15 Kms Trek)

14 hrs drive + 3.5 Hrs Trekking

3-4 Days

Reasons for Travel:

Nature, Adventure, Trekking, Offbeat

Best Time to Visit:

Summer only. May-Oct.

Valley of flowers, discovered in 1931 is a World Heritage Site for its wild untamed blooms surrounded by white peaks.