If you reside in the national capital, you live in the center of India’s most dynamic city and witness the country evolve and transform. From the political corridors to the sprawling universities to ancient monuments – Delhi offers it all. But the fast-paced lifestyle and ever growing pollution concerns can be a bit too much, burning you out. However, most of us cannot afford the luxury of long vacations in the middle of the year. Hence, we present you with a list of weekend getaways from Delhi for you to take a two-day trip and recharge your batteries. So book your bus tickets online via redBus for your two days trip from Delhi and enjoy an immersive experience away from all the cacophony.
Delhi to Mussoorie Distance: 282 kms
Situated at almost 1900 meters from the sea level, the ‘Queen of Hills’’ needs no introduction if you’re an avid Ruskin Bond reader. A perfect weekend trip for people residing in Delhi, Mussoorie, with its rivers, waterfalls, dense cedar, and deodar forests, offers tourist attractions of all kinds. Start your day by waking up to a splendid panoramic view of the Dehradun Valley, drive to the majestic Kempty Falls, ride a rope car to the top of Gun Hill and enjoy the serene sunset and a 360° view of the breathtaking Garhwal Himalayas. Nag Tibba, Mossy Falls, Dhanaulti, Mussoorie Lake, Bhatta Falls, Lake Mist – the quaint hill station offers a wide range of tourist attraction spots to choose from.
Delhi to Agra Distance: 233 kms
Yes, the Taj Mahal – the undying symbol of immortal love – is in Agra, but the North Indian city has a lot more to offer. It is an amazing destination for a two days trip from Delhi. With its seemingly endless list of historical structures and rich cultural heritage, it still bears the reminiscence and ambiance of the Mughal era. Make sure you have all three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, and Taj Mahal – on your bucket list, along with the tombs of Akbar and Mariam-uz-Zamani, Itmad-Ud-Daula, and Mehtab Bagh. Opt for the Heritage Walk and Jeep Safari to immerse yourself in the wonders of Persian and Mughal architecture.
Delhi to Alwar Bus Distance: 170.2 kms
This ancient Rajput city is laden with numerous adventurous outdoor activities and serves as the hotbed of Rajasthani tourism. If you are in the mood for some spookiness, the Bhangarh Fort – labeled as one of the most haunted places in India – is the perfect spot for you with its striking ruins, a solemn remnant of the golden eras of the past. Ride a bicycle through the myriad of ancient marketplaces, havelis, and mosques to get the best experience. You can also settle for a jeep ride through the depths of the Sariska Tiger Reserve, chancing an encounter with striped hyenas, chitals, sambhars, nilgai, and the occasional Indian leopards. Some other places on your must-visit list can be Pandupole, Siliserh Lake Palace, Kankarwadi, and Bala Quila forts for a two days trip from Delhi.
Delhi to Mathura Bus Distance: 184 kms
The sacred city of Mathura is just a three-hour drive from the national capital, with its palette of religious sites and holy temples. As per Hindu mythology, it is believed that the Hindu deity, Lord Krishna, was born here. The exact spot is marked by the Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex, which houses several temples devoted to the eighth avatar of Vishnu. You can also visit the temples in Dwarkadheesh, Raman Reti Gokul, Shri Krishan Balram Temple, Giriraj Ji Temple, ISKCON, and Prem Mandir at Vrindavan. Mathura offers an immersive experience with the right blend of mythology and religion and is the perfect place to seek your spiritual roots. You can also explore the ancient ruins of the once-majestic Kans Quila fort if you have time to spare.
Jim Corbett National Park
Delhi to Jim Corbett Bus Distance: 300 kms
The heroic tales of the celebrated British-Indian hunter and conservationist Jim Corbett are the favorite bedtime stories of most kids around the globe. Named after him, this sprawling 520 square km national park is the oldest and the most prestigious among its Indian peers. Home to the most ferocious and magnificent of the wild cats, the Royal Bengal Tiger, the park also boasts of a wide range of bird species and is famous for fishing and angling. You can opt for a jeep safari or an elephant ride (if feeling a little more adventurous!) through the dense forests, teeming with wildlife and quite an abundance of tigers.
While this list attempts to offer some ideal gateway spots for a weekend trip from Delhi, it is, by no means, exhaustive. You can visit the idyllic hill station of Lansdowne in Uttarakhand’s Pauri district or settle for the scenic natural beauties of Manali, Shimla, or Rishikesh. There are tons of other options to choose from – Jaipur, Kurukshetra, Ranthambore National Park, Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, and Mukteshwar, among others. Select the destination that suits your needs, pack your bags, and go for it.