Weekends are meant for rest and relaxation. However, most of us would agree that the two days seem to fly by and looking back on a Sunday night, you’re left wondering what you did. Make your next weekend a memorable one by going out of town. Here are 5 weekend breaks from Delhi to consider taking off to. Enjoy!
Mussoorie | Distance from Delhi: 279 kilometres by road
The ‘Queen of the Hills’, Mussoorie is the crowning glory of the Garhwal Himalayas. Above the clouds and beyond the stresses of daily life, Mussoorie has an altitude of 6,580 feet above sea level and offers commanding views of the Doon Valley and the Shivalik mountain ranges. Dotted with colonial landmarks dating back to the British Raj, walk down the Mall and Camel’s Back Road and visit old estates like Nahata Estate and Park Estate, which was Sir George Everest’s house. Fifteen kilometres from the centre of town takes you to Kempty Falls, one of Mussoorie’s biggest tourist attractions.
Jaipur | Distance from Delhi: 268 kilometres by road
The ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur is a popular weekend break from Delhi. Rajasthan’s capital city, Jaipur is abounding in regal experiences from charming palaces and ancient forts to traditional cuisine and overwhelming Rajput hospitality. Begin your Jaipur jaunt at the iconic Amber Fort with its grand interiors. The Light & Sound Show in the evenings is a sensory spectacle held here. Also visit the City palace built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jantar Mantar, the imposing Nahargarh Fort and of course, Hawa Mahal, the city’s most prominent landmark with its red and pink sandstone façade.
Corbett| Distance from Delhi: 240 kilometres by road
The Jim Corbett National Park promises wild experience in the district of Naintal in the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. Home to the majestic tiger, this was the first tiger reserve in the country under the prestigious Project Tiger initiative. Named after its founder Jim Corbett, the park is a haven for a variety of wildlife, which includes tigers, elephants, deer and leopards. The shores of the Ramaganga River, which makes its way through the Jim Corbett National Park harbours crocodiles, while its rocky hill sides are populated by goat antelopes. The park is also a birdwatcher’s paradise with over 580 avian species that can be spotted here.
Rishikesh | Distance from Delhi: 241 kilometres by road
The city of temples, the Yoga capital of the world and a hotspot for adventure sports, Rishikesh dons many avatars, which is what makes it one the most favoured weekend break destinations from Delhi. While the spiritual come here seeking blessings at the banks of the mighty River Ganges, adventure seekers prefer the thrills of camping and rafting on the river’s roaring whitewater rapids. Rishikesh is also home to multiple meditation and Yoga centres that see visitors coming from far and near in hopes of achieving nirvana.
Agra | Distance from Delhi: 180 kilometres by road
The city of Agra needs little introduction. Steeped in Mughal history, it’s home to one of the world’s greatest wonders, the majestic Taj Mahal. A UNESCO World Heritage, this monument of love was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Built in white marble with intricate lattice and enamel work on its exterior and flanked by four towering minarets, the Taj Mahal is an architectural work of art and reason enough to visit Agra. While in the city, also venture out to explore Agra Fort, Ram Bagh and Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah.
Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.