A quick vacation really helps a person reconnect with his surroundings; be it solo or with friends, vacations always leave you with great memories.
It can be difficult to schedule a long trip, especially considering the difficulties of taking leaves from the workplace. Fear not, however! Among some of the perks of living in Delhi is that the city is located in proximity to some of the best tourist spots in the nation, which can be visited over the course of a weekend.
Here, we take a look at some of the best places near Delhi to visit during the weekends. Rent a Car in Delhi and explore these beautiful cities.
Savaari’s curated list of weekend getaway from Delhi
Agra needs no introduction, as it houses one of the most beautiful structures that mankind has ever built- the Taj Mahal. It is also one the closest weekend getaways from Delhi.
Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Taj Mahal took 20 years to construct and is universally known as the monument of love. It was built as a mausoleum for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The structure is built entirely out of white marble, and the emperor was buried next to his beloved wife following his death.
Other places of interest in Agra include the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Both of these were built by Shah Jahan’s grandfather Akbar, the former as an assertion of his power and the latter with the intention of turning it into his capital city.
Getting to Agra is not too difficult, with taxi from Delhi to Agra available throughout the day.
The best place for mountain lovers. Shimla is located around 350 km from the capital city. You can get there easily by hailing one of the many Delhi to Shimla taxi available. It is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and a very popular holiday retreat during the summer months. Also touted as a honeymoon destination, Shimla is among the most beautiful places near Delhi.
The town is quaint yet modern in its own way and served as the summer capital during the British Raj because of its cool climate. The views around the town are too spectacular for words, and the air is pristine and calm; it is the ideal place to rejuvenate oneself from the effects of living in a metro.
Slightly closer to Delhi than Shimla, Jaipur is located only around 300 km from the capital city. The ‘Pink City’ is the capital of Rajasthan, and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India’s first planned city. Together with Delhi and Agra, Jaipur is a part of the tourist ‘Golden triangle’.
The city is home to many attractions, like the Jaipur Palace, Govind Devji temple, Vidhan Sabha, Birla Temple and several massive Rajput forts. The Jantar Mantar is another major monument in the city, and has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Getting to Jaipur is easy, with many Delhi to Jaipur cabs plying the route.
Each of these three places offers something distinctly different in terms of the sightseeing and travel experience. Among the best places to visit in India, these getaways can be easily visited during any weekend and they are sure to satisfy your wanderlust and add to your Delhi experience too.
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Longing for a weekend getaways from Delhi that is not too far but also away from the dense crowds? If yes, then the Morni Hills of Haryana might be the calling for you. One of the most underrated hill stations, Morni Hills offers scenic views of the Shivalik range to its tourists.
3,600 feet above sea level, the hill station is known for its rich flora and fauna. Spend your day camping on the side of the pristine lakes of this place, collecting pine cones from the forests nearby. If you are lucky you will get to spot a hyena or a jungle cat. Carry your binoculars and your best camera gear to capture the stills of the rare birds including quails and sand grouse.
The Thakurdwara Temple has a Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity) which is said to date back to the 12th century AD. The locals still follow the age-old rituals keeping the culture of the place alive. If it all seems too laid-back for you, go on a 1.2 km trek to the Morni Fort. The fort is said to be built in the 17th century and endeavours the beautiful sights of the Shivalik mountains. Adjacent to the fort is an ancient Shiva temple that will give you a quick peek into the history of the place. The descent from the fort is steep so make sure you return before sunset. The five and a half-hour drive from Delhi to Morni Hills passes through some of the historic and scenic locations of Punjab and Harayana. To visit some of these places on weekend getaways from Delhi, book a Savaari to get customized recommendations to stop over along the way.
A town as old as time, Neemrana, located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, is a historic town known for its architectural beauty.
The main attraction of this place is the Neemrana Fort Palace, a heritage site and also a luxury hotel. From cultural dance and music performances to delicious Rajasthani cuisines to vintage car tours – there is a lot that the Fort Palace has to offer to its guests. The palace timings are between 9 am to 3 pm. The entry tickets cost around INR 284 which can be clubbed with an additional INR 1,416 for a savouring lunch buffet. The prices go up to INR 2000 for the package (entry + lunch buffet) on weekends. You can also stay here for a night by booking one of their best rooms from their online booking website.
When in Neemrana, don’t forget to go for zip-lining. There are 5 zip-lines conducted by Neemrana Flying Fox Adventure, which are up to 400 metres long. Glide above the town of Neemrana and get a stunning view of the Aravalli mountain ranges. To make the most out of your visit to this countryside town, go for a camel ride. To end your tiring but happening day, head out to explore the local markets to take home a handmade souvenir for your friends, family and yourself! The road trip from Delhi to Neemrana takes about 2 hours 45 minutes. You can hire an experienced chauffeur driven cab for a hassle-free road trip experience.
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Last Updated on October 18, 2022 by Shabari Shankar