Top 15 offbeat weekend getaways from Delhi for an essential break

Delhitties live a busy and active life where they hardly have any spare time to make themselves revived and feel stress-free. Spending weekend in Delhi without having any funny activity is nothing less than getting the same torture that you have been facing from Monday to Friday. Just pack your bag and set out on a small trip to any offbeat or popular weekend destination from Delhi. If you are still in doubt and have no idea where to go, then following are some unusual weekend getaways from Delhi that you can choose for saying no to Delhi and taking an essential break. Let’s have a look at what we have in Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh or Madhya Pradesh for getting disconnected from the city life temporarily.

Mandawa (260 km)

Come to Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan and be a part a family or a historical trip at the aesthetically alluring town of Mandawa. This town is known for its expansive mansions, Havelis, and forts, especially Mandawa fort built in 1812 by Thakur Nawal Singh. On the gateway of the fort, you will find images of Lord Krishna and his cows in superb frescoes. Now, this fort has been transformed into a big hotel having all amenities and luxuries. Come to this place for visiting the following attractions:

Mandawa Rajasthan

  • Dundlod Fort, 36 Km from Mandawa, a small town in the Jhunjhunu district
  • Churu Fort, 57 Km from Mandawa, built by Thakur Khushal Singh
  • Murmuria Haveli, built by Balu Ram, has various wall paintings showing a train with a crow flying above the engine of trains, George V, and Venice on the walls
  • Goenka Double Haveli, the fort town of Mandawa in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, is an open art gallery and a grand landmark
  • Castle Mandawa under the rule of Thakur Nawal Singh was a business settlement for trading
  • Bar, 40 Km from Mandawa, is famous for painted Havelis

Come to this weekend destination from Delhi to have a sojourn with the Rajput history.

 

Shoghi, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh (343 km)

 

13 km from the Ambala-Shimla national highway, Shoghi is a small settlement as an ideal place for nature lovers. Shoghi simply delivers Delhitties looking for a weekend destination the right tranquility with a number of travelers’ destinations, such as Jakhoo Hill, Viceregal Lodge, Kurfi, and Kandaghat. Come to this place which is quiet and composed and have an essence of beauty needed to be discovered. This is the right place you can visit 365 days and enjoy the widespread beauty of wooded walks, reserve forests, and lush green valleys. This less crowded and known tourist space is known for various adventure sports, such as snow sports, camping, trekking, and bird-watching. Snow in winter is a boon for all visitants. That is why you need to be a part of this unusual place.

Shoghi Himachal

Surajkund, Haryana (30 km)

Surajkund means the Lake of the Sun is an ideal weekend getaway destination for all Delhitties. Existed at just a stone’s throw, this place is best for family and historical trip to unwind and relax. Located just 8 kilometers from South Delhi, it is an artificial Kund built by the Tomar king Suraj Pal of Tomar dynasty in the setting of the Aravalli hills. Came into the existence in the 10th century, Surajkund is an ideal picnic spot now. It is also famous for hosting the world renowned Surajkund International Crafts Mela where Indian handicrafts, handlooms, and folk traditions are displayed.

With a rich rural backdrop, the mela delivers lots of fun, entertainment, and shopping opportunities. Not only exclusive ethnic items but also a selection of mouth-watering Indian cuisines are also available at the Food Court. Come to this place to experience the village life in rural settings and have compelling natural views around.

 

Naukuchiatal, Nainital, Uttarakhand (300 km)

A perfect destination for adventure seekers, hill station lovers, and couples, Naukuchiatal or ‘lake of nine corners’ is a small hill station known as ‘Paraglider’s Paradise’. With lots fun and entertainment activities, such as rowing, paddling, and yachting, Naukuchiatal near Nainital enjoys its lush green forests, tranquil lake, enchanting valley, underground spring, and much more. This place is literally an ideal weekend tourist destination for all travelers from Delhi, Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, or Gurgaon. Come to this place for enjoying the following ones:

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  • Lake Naukuchiatal that is never short of water
  • Fishing and boating at Bhimtal Lake
  • Subtropical weather: Warm in the summer and cool in winter
  • Lord Hanuman temple with a 52-feet high statue
  • Sattal and Nainital Lake
  • Jungliagaon as a great spot for photographers
  • Shopping, food, and Escape festival

 

Chail, Himachal Pradesh (337 km)

Chail is getting momentum as an upcoming weekend getaway destination for Delhitties, looking for a calm sojourn with compelling outlooks, away from city’s hustle- bustle. Chail is almost an unexplored and untrodden. This beautiful hill station has lots of offbeat locations where you can kick the boredom away, sitting under deodar and chir pine forest. This hill station is hikers’ paradise which offers exciting trek and horse rides to the divine Mahasu peak. Following are some strong reason why Delhitties would like to throng to this place for a fuss-free weekend:

Chail himachal

  • Dining at a lake restaurant at Sadhupul Lake
  • Walking on the highest cricket ground
  • Listening to the chirping of birds
  • A visit to the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Chail Palace Hotel and Himalayan Nature Park
  • Kali ka Tibba and Siddh Baba Mandir

 

Ranthambore, Rajasthan (380 km)

If you are searching for a hot place as the weekend destination, try Ranthambore a tiny village in Rajasthan that is just an ideal place for the wildlife lovers, nature lovers, shutterbugs, and peace seekers. Ranthambore in Rajasthan is simply a surprise element for the tourism industry as it is perched on the border of the famous Thar Desert. This wonderful place allows you to observe violent Tigers and take pleasure in the natural beauty around. Come to this unique destination for following attractions:

Ranthambore

  • Ranthambore national park and Ranthambore Fort
  • Padam, Raj Bagh, and Malik Talao
  • Ranthambore wildlife jeep safari
  • Rajiv Gandhi Regional Museum of Natural History
  • Kachida Valley, Dastkar Ranthambore, Ranthambore School of Art
  • Rent a Guide in Ranthambore National Park

 

Dundlod (265 km)

In the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan, Dundlod is a historical fort built by Keshari Singh in 1750. The 17th-century old fort is a popular tourist weekend destination for Delhitties in Rajasthan that takes you to a bunch of Forts, Havelis, and baoli. Built by Kehsri Singh, this 17th Century Rajputana Fort is associated with a clan of warrior Rajputs, Shekhawats.  The fort depicts Rajasthan’s cultural heritage and a mix of the art and architecture of Rajputana and Mughal schools. The weather around the fort is of the tropical type which is hot in summers and cool in winters. Inside the fort, you will find following ones:

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  • The Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of private audience)
  • Duchatta (women’s gallery)
  • Zenana (women’s courtyard
  • Thakurani (noblewoman) room
  • Hand-carved wooden writing table

 

Kufri, Himachal Pradesh (367 km)

One of the most sought after weekend destinations for travel enthusiasts, Kufri is a surprising hill station perched well on the foothills of the Himalayas. People from all walks of life come to this natural place during the winter season for tobogganing and skiing. Trekking in snow-clad mountains through the lush green forests allows tourists explore the picturesque beauty around.  Come to this perfect summer weekend getaway to have a rendezvous with stunning natural beauty. Following are the reasons why this hillside hamlet matters the most:

Kufri

  • Horse Ride to the Mahasu Peak
  • Skiing competition at Kufri Fun world
  • Indira Tourist Park for a calm ambiance
  • Himalayan National Park for rare mammals and bird species
  • Take a part in annual winter sports festival
  • Local and exotic cuisine at top hotels and resorts

 

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary (48 km)

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

In Gurgaon on the Gurgaon-Farukh Nagar Road, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is a perfect weekend destination for Delhitties who like to watch a perfect mix of the local and migratory bird species in the National Capital Region (NCR). This national park and bird sanctuary is thickly populated with trees, shrubs, and bougainvillea plants. Don’t forget to carry a good pair of binoculars to have a close monitoring of the wildlife from a safe distance. There are four towers (machans) in the park that you can use for watching birds. With adequate parking, toilet, and drinking water facility, the sanctuary makes things quite easy for all. There is an Educational Interpretation Center and a Tourist Complex equipped with all modern amenities. With a travel of hardly 1-hour, Delhitties can reach this bird watcher’s paradise and watch birds wading, swimming or flying.

 

Shoja, Himachal Pradesh (500 km)

69 KMs from Kullu in Himachal Pradesh, Shoja is a small village and hidden weekend destination for nature lovers. There, travelers will find a beautiful wooden guest house, a slow flowing stream, star-lit sky, and a waterfall make a perfect mix of natural gifts for travelers.  This place is good for trekking and also invites nature lovers for the following attractions:

Feel the gurgling sound of Waterfall Point

  • Amazing wildlife and fishing Tirthan Valley
  • Jalori Pass for an everlasting memory
  • Clean Serolsar Lake and deserted Raghupur Fort
  • Visit Dough Thatch, a lush green grass meadow

 

 Kanatal, Uttarakhand (310 km)

In Uttrakhand, on Mussoorie-Chamba Road, you will find an offbeat tourist location for camping enthusiasts. We call this less traveled offbeat weekend getaway from Delhi ‘Kanatal’. This calm and natural place is a fit for enjoying the weekend activity. There, all visitors will be able to have deluxe, standard, and super deluxe Alpine and Swiss tent for couples. Come to this quiet place to have a sojourn with the widespread Garhwal Himalayas and get indulged in the following activities:

Kanatal Weekend getaway from delhi

  • Bonfire with light music and gaze the starry sky
  • Jeep ride to go far in the Kodia range forest
  • Drink water from the natural springs
  • Adventure sports activities—Rock climbing, rappelling, valley crossing
  • Visit Surkunda Devi Temple and Kanatal Eco Park

 

Rohru, Himachal Pradesh (493 km)

In Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh, Rohru is a small and busy town known for its world famous apples and fishing options. For Delhitties, Rohru is simply a prime location in hilly areas to take a break from stressful and maddening city life. This place has lots of attractions that tempt travelers to this quiet place. Once you are in Rohru, you better go for the following activities to add more fun and excitement to your memories:

  • Try popular trout fishing option
  • Pluck apples from apple gardens
  • Trek at Pabbar Valley—Chanshal Trek and Kuper Valley Trek
  • Try slope skiing at Chanshal Range
  • Hatkeshwari Mata Temple Complex
  • Chirgaon village, Dodra village, and Kwar Village
  • A surprise visit at Sunpari hills

 

Orchha, Madhya Pradesh (463 km)

In Madhya Pradesh on the banks of Betwa River, there is an interesting weekend getaway from Delhi and we call this place Orchha which is quite famous for carved temples and striking forts with a medieval architecture and historical significance. This place is simply photographers’ paradise with lots of attractions for visiting travelers. With classic mural paintings and frescos, all Havelis, forts, and temples offer breathtaking magnificence. Come to this serene place for the following attractions:

 Orchha

  • Jehangir Mahal and Raja Mahal at Orchha Fort
  • Chaturbhuj temple and Chattris
  • Raja Ram Temple, Rani Mahal, and Phool Bagh
  • Rafting and boating in the Betwa River
  • Swimming near the Bundelkhand Riverside
  • Nature trail in the Orchha Natural Reserve
  • Dauj ki haveli and Sunder Mahal
  • Go for shopping in the city

 

 Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh (637 km)

Interested in visiting beautiful sculptures that have been a hotbed of ancient history? If you answer is yes, it is high time to reach a new weekend destination in Madhya Pradesh. Come to Khajuraho which is simply known for its erotic carvings depicted in sculptors. Built between 950 AD and 1050 AD, Khajuraho temples of Hindu and Jain styles offer an architecture that is a symbol of the innocent form of love. These temples have been declared world heritage sites by the UNESCO. The erotic carvings, sculptors, and architecture are beyond description. Come to this unusual weekend getaway to do the following things:

  • Lakshmana Temple and Ajaigarh Fort
  • Panna national park and Archaeological Museum
  • Beni Sagar Dam and Jain Museum
  • Kandariya-Mahadev Temple
  • Vishwanath temple and Khajuraho Dance Festival
  • Light and sound show

 

Rajaji National Park, Uttarakhand (213 km)

Rich in flora and fauna, Rajaji National Park is simply a great weekend holiday destination for Delhitties who are nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. This place is also a paradise for shutterbugs who want to capture wildlife gems in their cameras. With Chilla, Motichur and Rajaji sanctuaries, this park lies in the foothills of Shiwalik ranges and this park has the status of a tiger reserve. This park is spread over three districts of Uttrakhand—Dehradun, Haridwar and Pauri Garhwal. There are also several restaurants where you can have both veg and non-veg food. There, you will find lots of local and migratory birds. Come to this place for enjoying wildlife by enjoying 34 km jungle track covered by jeep or elephant safaris.

 

All these weekend destinations are not so crowded and less explored by travel enthusiasts. That is why these unusual destinations can be a surprise pack for spending a quiet but fun-filled weekend with friends and families. Choose any one of them and set out on a short trip that you can cover within 48 hours and get back to the office on Monday.

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