One of the best things about Indian culture is the number of festivals and occasions that takes place through the year. More the festivals, more the number of holidays adding to the calendar. And with most of the corporate in India today following the 5 days working model, it gives ample opportunities to plan a quick weekend getaway with your friends or family; or even solo.
And, if there’s one city which tops the charts in providing numerous options for planning a long weekend trip, that too on a budget, it’s undeniably the capital city Delhi.
The geographic placement of Delhi makes it a center point to visit many famous tourist destinations in India; especially, for those who prefer mountains, valleys, hills (I am one of them btw!).
So, if you have recently shifted to this chaotic yet magnum opus city, or have a layover for a few days, and are looking for some of the best budget weekend getaways from Delhi, we give you 5 options to choose from. Take a look:
It is hard to find a list of weekend getaways from Delhi which does not include Rishikesh; actually, there are none (if you find one, do let the writer know that their list is incomplete). The point here is, when in Delhi and looking for a budget weekend trip, Rishikesh is one of the top choices… handsdown! This place will give you a mix of all travel experiences; such as, adventure, solace, cultural bliss, palate trip, etc.
Distance from Delhi: 6-hour drive (240kms)
How to reach: There are many bus services which operate from Delhi to Rishikesh. One can, also, take a train to Haridwar and then hire a taxi for Rishikesh. The nearest airport is at Dehradun (Jolly Grant Airport) which is around 35kms from Rishikesh.
Things to do: River rafting, bungee jump, river camping, visit the famous Lakshman Jhoola.
Possibly the only city in India which will give you a royal travel experience on a budget. Fondly known as the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is the capital city of the royal state of Rajasthan. With its rich heritage and colossal monuments, Jaipur is certainly one place you can’t afford to miss when planning a weekend trip from Delhi.
Distance from Delhi: 5- hour drive (270kms)
How to reach: Reaching Jaipur from Delhi is no challenge at all. There are several buses, trains, as well as Flights that run between these two cities on regular intervals.
Things to do: Visit the Amer Fort, experience elephant ride, enjoy the rich and colorful heritage, engulf in a cultural dinner at Choki Dhaani.
There are some handful of tourist destinations around Delhi which become the epicenter of major tourist footfall during long weekend holidays. Manali is on such tourist destination. Manali is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India, and witness a lot of tourism throughout the year. However, summer season is the peak time when several groups of families, friend, and couples (it is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in India as well) visit this place. However, visiting this place during winters, too, has its own charm; especially, with the view of snowcapped mountains.
Distance from Delhi: 12-hour drive (540 kms)
How to reach: Being a popular tourist destination, there are number of bus services running non-stop between Delhi to Manali. Being a hill destination, there are no train services to Manali from Delhi, and the nearest airport is at Bhuntar which is around 53kms from Manali, with limited flight frequency.
Things to do: Relish the natural beauty all around, enjoy adventure activities, visit temples & Bodh stupas, etc.
Jim Corbett National Park
As you would have figured it out from the name itself, Jim Corbett National Park is a clear jungle safari experience. Once a nature reserve for tigers, Jim Corbett has evolved into one of the most popular national parks in India. With a plethora of agencies and resorts offering luxurious stays bundled with safari options, it has become all the easier to plan a weekend trip to Jim Corbett.
Distance from Delhi: 7-hour drive (245kms)
How to reach: One can easily find rental taxis for Jim Corbett as well as many bus services running between the two destinations on a regular basis. Ramnagar is the nearest railway station from Jim Corbett located around 12kms from the park. One can find trains between Delhi and Ramnagar on regular intervals.
Things to Do: Jungle safari, forest exploring, bouldering, camping
A tiny little hamlet located on the banks of river Parvati, Kasol is one place you’d really want to visit at least once. Surrounded by the lush green and magnificent Parvati valley, Kasol is a go-to destination for those who crave for some hardcore and adventurous trekking options. It is an apt location for a group of friends planning a quick weekend getaway from city’s chaos and get ‘high’ on the serenity of greenery all around.
Distance from Delhi: 12-hour drive (520 kms)
How to reach: There are several bus services that run from Delhi to Kasol on regular intervals. Being located on high altitude, there are no train services to Kasol, and the nearest airport is at Bhuntar which is around 30 kms from Kasol.
Things to Do: Go on adventure treks (read my story on trekking to Kheerganga), gorge some really authentic and lip-smacking Israeli cuisine, dip in to the relaxing hot water springs in Manikaran, explore the unchanged village lifestyle in Malana (people of this village like to consider themselves as the descendants of Alexander the Great).
While, there are plethora of options to plan a quick weekend getaway from Delhi on a budget, we have given you the 5 most popular ones to choose from. Hope this would help you plan your upcoming weekend trip better.
Have you been to any of these places before? Do share your experiences in the comment box below.