Getting up every morning and setting out to your workplace, meeting targets and working around all the problems throughout the day, sometimes make you feel the urge to just leave the hustle and head out to a peaceful place away from all the noise. You want to feel the cool breeze running through your face as you drive to your destination and let go of all your worries. That’s what a great road trip does to you. The sounds, the smells and the sights you experience revive you and make you forget everything else. You are just there in the moment, enjoying all the things around you. So, we present you the best places for a 2-day trip near Delhi that you can easily explore over the weekend.
Just 165 kms away, Alwar is one of the best places to visit near Delhi within 200 kms during a short weekend and is perfect for 2 days trip near Delhi. Being one of the oldest cities of Rajasthan, Alwar has that old-world charm to it with it’s Royal Palace and forts of the bygone era. The roads are perfect for a great driving experience as for half the distance you travel on the NH-8 until Behror and then take the Behror to Alwar route which is quite scenic taking you along the Aravalli’s with beautiful forts on either side. Hire car rental in Delhi and take a driving trip to Alwar.
Distance: 165 Kms from Delhi. Time taken to reach Alwar is approx. 3.5 hours.
Places to visit in Alwar: Alwar Fort, City Palace, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Bhangarh Fort, Vijay Mandir Palace, Bala Qila.
Named after a Queen who once ruled this hilly area a few thousand years back, Morni hills is a not so popular getaway spot the Panchkula district of Haryana. Just 5 hour drive away from Delhi this destination is quite a peaceful and small hill station with not much footfall making it the ideal weekend destination from Delhi. So, you can leisure away your day without the hustle bustle of a popular tourist destination. The most famous place of Morni hills is the Tikkar Taal located 7 kms away which boosts of 2 manmade lakes. It also provides a splendid view of the surrounding hills. It also has an adventure park set up by the Haryana govt. that offers zipline, Burma bridge and net climbing facilities to the visitors.
Distance: 254 kms from Delhi, time taken to reach Morni Hills from Delhi is 5 hours.
Best places to visit in Morni Hills: Tikkar Tall, Adventure Park, Morni Fort
The name of this hill station invokes a sense of curiosity every time one hears about it. It is an old, rustic cantonment hill town that is now controlled by the Garhwal Rifles of the Indian Army who have their command here. As you reach this town you will instantly feel the Military vibes as it is well maintained by the army. The roads are well paved and clean. The trees are lined neatly parallel to the streets. Although there is not much to see in Lansdowne, you will still love this place for its quietness and natural beauty it has to offer. There is a small hilltop viewpoint called the Tiffin Top which gives a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and the valley. There is a Bhulla lake where you can enjoy boating. You can reach Lansdowne via Kotdwar for a 2 days trip near Delhi. The roads beyond Kotdwar are climbing roads that wind around the mountains and giving a splendid view.
Distance: 270 kms from Delhi, time taken to reach Lansdowne from Delhi is 6 hrs 50 mins.
Places to visit in Lansdowne: Tiffin Top, Bhulla Lake, St. Jhon’s Church, Darwan Singh Regimental Museum.
Offering an authentic rural Rajasthani experience, this town is situated 55 kms away from Jaipur and takes just 6 hrs to reach from Delhi and is one of the top places to visit near Delhi within 300 kms. It is home to the famous Chand Baori that has 1000 steps and is 13 storeys high. It is one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India and was featured as ‘The Pit’ is the movie ‘The Dark Night Rises’. It also has some forts and famous temples like the Mehendipur Balaji, Harshat Mata Temple or the Lotwara Fort. You can hire a car rental in Delhi and drive to Dausa via NH-48. The condition of the road is good, and it will give great pleasure while driving towards Dausa as the road’s winds along the Aravllis and you are surrounded by hills dotted with forts as well as palaces.
Distance: 300 kms from Delhi, time taken to reach Dausa from Delhi is 5 hours 30 mins
Places to Visit in Dausa: Chand Baori, Lotwara Fort, Harshat Mata Temple, Jhajhirampura, Bhandarej, Bandikui, Mehendipur Balaji
A small British-Era cantonment town, Landour is a sister town of Mussoorie and highly underrated. People tend to travel to Mussoorie more, often not visiting Landour. Walking past the bylanes of Landour you may even bump into the legendary writer Mr. Ruskin Bond. It is a town that will still give you a very British and vintage feeling. Visit the famous Landour Bakehouse, grab the window seats overlooking the pine lined mountains and savour the one of the best desserts you will ever have. We would also recommend you visit the Prakash and Co. which is famous for its iconic preserves and cheese. You can take the Delhi to Dehradun highway and take the road to Landour from there.
Distance: 303 Kms from Delhi, it will take 7 hours to reach Landour from Delhi
Places to visit in Landour: Laal Tibba, Church of St. Paul, Kellogg’s Church, Landour Bakehouse, A Prakash and Co. shop, Chaar Dukan Area.
Being approx. 400 kms away from Delhi makes Ranthambore the perfect weekend getaway destination from Delhi. Th route via Alwar and Dausa is ideal for a wonderful self-driving experience as the roads along this route are in good condition and offer scenic views as you travel along the Aravalli hills. One of the most famous places in Ranthambore is the National park and the fort, both of which are surrounded and complimented by many lakes. The park is mostly famous of Tiger spotting and jungle safari. The park is also a haven for the bird watchers as one can spot many exotic birds like the Kingfishers, Herons, Ibis, Storks, Cranes and many more. The Indian Hyenas and Sloth Bear can also be spotted in the Lakarda & Anantpura region. To get a good feel of the forest one can also stay in several of the small villages around the park offering homestay facility.
Distance: 394 kms from Delhi, it takes 8.5 hours to reach Ranthambore from Delhi Via NH-48.
Places to visit in Ranthambore: RanthamboreNational Park, Ranthambore Fort, Surwal Lake, Padam Lake, Kachida Valley, Jogi Mahal, Raj Bagh Ruins, Lakarda &Anantpura.
Situated 2708 meters above sea level it is a small hamlet situated 65 km from Shimla. If you are up for some adventure, then this is the place for you as it is turned into a skiing destination during the winters. You can also take a detour to Kotgarh which is 16 km from Narkanda and is famous for its apple orchards. The roads leading to Narkanda are exquisite meandering through the dense forests lined with beautiful Pine trees on both sides. You can take the Delhi Chandigarh highway till Ambala and just before Chandigarh take the Himalayan Expressway till Shimla. From Shimla take the route to Narkanda.
Distance: 400 kms from Delhi, time taken to reach Narkanda from Delhi is 9.5 hours
Best places to visit in Narkanda: Hatu Peak, Hatu Temple, Stokes Farm, Mahamaya Temple, Apple orchards in Kotgarh, Tanni Jubbar Lake, Jau-Baug, Kacheri