5 Weekend Getaways From Delhi to Escape the Weekend Blues!

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A weekend getaway is the perfect way to unwind yourself from the everyday stress and hustle. After all, it lets you lose yourself, revive your spirits and provide a perfect retreat away from the chaotic city life.

If you are all set to run away from Delhi into these therapeutic heaven, we have got you covered with some enthralling choices to escape.  Here are some of the weekend getaways from Delhi to explore in the coming long weekends –

Mussoorie in Uttarakhand

Whistling woods, mesmerizing valleys, spectacular views of the snow clad peak and stunning colonial architecture – Mussoorie perfectly accentuates the beauty of Uttarakhand. No wonder, it’s rightly called ‘The Queen of Hill stations’ for its captivating scenic locations. Now that it is hardly 7 hour drive from Delhi, it is a must-visit place for tourists as well as travelers.

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Places to visit in Mussoorie: Camel’s Back Road, Kempty Falls, Gun’s Hill to ride on cable car, Lal Tibba for breathtaking views of the snow-clad mountains, SOHAM Heritage & Art Centre, Jharipani Fall, Mussoorie Adventure Park and Benog wildlife sanctuary.

Traveler’s Tip: Before you plan your trip to Mussoorie over weekend, ensure you have booked your hotel in advance as booking hotels in Mussoorie on the spot during weekends can be a tedious task.

McLeod Ganj in Himachal Pradesh

Right at the foothills of the stunning Dhauladhar range, a part of the Himalayas, you’ll come across McLeod Ganj – a picturesque town in Dharamshala. Hardly 9 hours from Delhi, is this gorgeous town encompassed with pines, deodars, Tibetan culture and of course the colonial architecture.

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Places to visit in McLeodGanj: Namgyal Monastery (place where the Dalai Lama stays), Bhagsu Falls, Tsuglagkhang complex, Triund, and Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.

Traveler’s Tip: For the best espresso and the fastest Wi-Fi in town, visit Mandela café and Kunga/Nick for cheap cookies, water refills as well as some great Americano! Also, try out Rogpa Café, yet another cool little cafe serving some delicious chocolate cake and Korean style drip-coffee!

Rishikesh in Uttarakhand

An adventurous getaway, Rishikesh is an ideal destination if you want to try out some real life thrill including paragliding, bungee jumping, white water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, rappelling and zipline activities like flying fox. Just 6 hours away from Delhi, the adventure capital of India is a perfect place to experience the much awaited adrenaline rush.

Places to visit in Rishikesh – Shivpuri for camping by the river Ganga, Neer Garh Waterfall for trekking, Kaudiyala for river rafting, Mohan Chatti for bungee jumping, Swarg Ashram for meditation and yoga, Triveni Ghat along with Laxman and Ram Jhula – the long iron suspended bridges.

Traveler’s Tip – Visit Rishikesh from September to mid-November to enjoy white water rafting or in March to early May. Avoid visiting Rishikesh in the Hindu month of Shravan as it is too crowded.

Mandawa in Rajasthan

The term ‘Aao kabhi haveli par’ perfectly suits to this spell bounding place Mandawa in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. If you love exploring history, havelis and have fun flirting with your lenses, the decorated town should be definitely in your bucket list. Only 6 hour from Delhi, the majestic Mandawa is an ideal place for all your haveli explorations.

Places to Visit in Mandawa – Murmuria Haveli, Chokhani Double Haveli, Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Binsidhar Newatia Haveli, Castle Mandawa and Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli.

Traveler’s Tip – Make sure you fully charge your cameras, before you set out to capture the beautiful frescos, gorgeous doors and well painted ceilings.

Shimla in Himachal Pradesh

The entrancing snow-clad peaks, scenic valleys and pleasant climate makes Shimla as one of the most prominent hill stations around Delhi. No wonder, the beautiful town of Shimla once also was the summer escapades of the British official! Located only 7.5 hours away from Delhi, the capital of Himachal Pradesh has previous provisions for its visitors including ice skating, hiking, toy ride etc.

Places to Visit in Shimla – Jakhoo hills, The Scandal Point, The Shimla State Museum, Naldehra and Shaily Peak, Chadwick falls, Chail and Kufri.

Traveler’s Tip – Shimla hotels are usually packed during the peak season as it is one of the most visited tourist places near Delhi. So, it is advisable to book your preferred hotel well in advance to avoid any sort of disappointment.

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