If you are tired of your hectic job schedule and planning for a vacation (because long weekend is coming) there are amazing weekend getaways near Delhi which offer adventure, nature, wildlife, camping and much more. You don’t have to travel too far and blow up your entire month’s salary because these destinations are not only close to the Capital but super affordable too. To bookmark some for the upcoming long weekend, read on!
We know, we know, Jaipur has been done to death, and some even say it is overrated. We suggest Jaipur because there is just so much to see there and it is a very versatile holiday destination, that can provide you with exactly what you are in the mood for. If you want to spend your weekend going back in time, take tours of the numerous forts, hire a guide (the best way to experience them), if you want to engage in some ethnic shopping, there is the Bapu Bazaar, Johri Bazaar, Tripolia and Chaupar. Here, you can buy bandhini, bandhej and gota patti work sarees or suit materials, ethnic silver jewellery and even mojaris. If you want to keep the weekend light, stay in the many resorts around Jaipur, relax, in-between head to the market for some good Rajasthani meal, pick trinkets and head back to Delhi.
Distance from Delhi- 264km, 7 hours drive from Delhi
Time to visit- October to March and August to November
Attractions- Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Amber Fort, City Palace and Gaitore.
Where to Stay- V RESORTS ADHBHUT JAIPUR
Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park is just 8 hours away from Delhi. Though it is a second cousin to Corbett, the park actually is less commercialised than the latter. Sal trees dominate the forest, which has numerous streams and even river Ganga flowing through it. Which makes the landscape untouched and raw. The park is known for its elephants, and recently was even declared a tiger reserve. Birding is another big attraction here. Here, you will have lots to do on a weekend, safari tours, birding walks, and even rafting in Rishikesh, which is nearly an hour away.
Distance from Delhi- 223 km
Time to visit- October to June.
Attractions- Rishikesh, Haridwar, Roorkee
Where to Stay- V RESORTS RAJAJI NATIONAL PARK
A new entrant on the tourist map, Alwar is a mellow Rajasthani town, that retains its old-world charm. Here, you can visit the numerous forts – Moti Dungri, City Palace, Jai Pol, Vijay Mandir Palace and Siliserh Lake Palce. In that, it is quinetssentially heritage with less crowds. Thereon, the town is lined with temples, Naldeshwar Shrine and Neelkanth temples, all with varying architecture and histories. The Sariska Tiger Reserve, about 47 km from Alwar, Bhangarh Fort, 89km (famed for being haunted) are nearby and you can go for a safari and visit here too. The biggest secret of Alwar is its markets. – Sarafa bazaar for semi prcious stone jewellery, Malakhera bazaar for Rajasthani handicrafts and churi market.
Distance from Delhi- 12Okm, 4 hours drive.
Time to visit- September and March
Attractions- Bhangarh Fort, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Bala Quila,
Where to Stay- V RESORTS UTSAV CAMP SARISKA
There are times when the prospect of driving, back and forth, on a weekend and joing office on a Monday can seem daunting. For such times, you can think of escaping to Manesar. Just a 45-minute drive will get you here, Manesar has become a the preferred getaway destination from Delhi and is inspired by heritage Rajasthani architecture. Earlier, a village, now there are ample stay options for rest and relaxation. It is quieter, and offers many activities. You can visit the Damdama lake for boating or have a picnic here, go to the Sultanpur bird sanctuary or visit the many well-known spas in the area.
Distance from Delhi- 50km, 45-minutes drive.
Time to visit- September to February
Attractions- Mata Sheetala Devi Temple, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary, Manesar Golf Course.
Where to Stay- V RESORTS FARM STAY DELHI
A very, very popular weekend destination for North Indians, Jim Corbett is divided into five zones, and has retreat, ranging from budget to luxury, tucked in these zones. The river Kosi runs through the Sal forest, and because of its vatsness, usually the tiger remains elusive, but that apart it provides a unique forest experience. Take safaris, go for walks, relax by the pool in resorts, go on a photography tour, engage in adventure activities or just sit by and have tea.
Distance from Delhi- 240 km
Time to visit- November to June
Attractions- Kosi River, Corbett fall, Sitabani Temple.
Where to Stay- V RESORTS KALAGARH