Looking for short trips around Delhi for the long weekend that’s coming up? Here are our hand-picked 10 short trips perfect for Delhites that can be done economically!
Have the monsoons been urging you to go out and enjoy the blessed weather but couldn’t get days off work? Well, here’s your chance. This year, the Independence Day falls on a Friday, which means you get a three day weekend to get your fill of the monsoons. In our previous post, we covered quick monsoon getaways around Delhi, this time we bring you these combination of places to explore in this extended weekend! While Uttarakhand remains largely inaccessible due to heavy rains and the ongoing reconstruction and restoration, we have covered some high ground to spoil you with these compelling choices to plan your extended weekend from!
If you are looking for a touch of royalty, head out to Rajasthan for a short trip from Delhi. The mighty palaces and forts take on a rustic hue in the monsoons, head for Udaipur to experience how the Royalty lived. Explore the Monsoon Palace, Bagore ki Haveli, the Lake Palace, take a horse ride around the city or indulge in some shopping in the variety of flea markets. If the city feels a little overwhelming, take a road trip to Mount Abu, the only Hill station here complete with beautiful lakes and gushing waterfalls.
Possible Itinerary: 3 days/2 nights Delhi – Udaipur -Mount Abu – Delhi:
Thursday night: Delhi to Udaipur ( Friday Morning) by Chetak Express / Mewar Express or by bus.
Friday: Spend the day in Udaipur
Sunday: Sightseeing in Mount Abu
The sprawling desert land of Jaisalmer covers itself up in shades of green during the monsoons while Jodhpur, the blue city of Rajasthan accentuates its colors in the rains. These rain washed cities look picturesque dotted with ancient forts like Mehrangarh Fort or Jaisalmer Fort; Palaces like Patwon ki Haveli and Umaid Bhavan Palace are just some of the many culturally and historically significant sites to see. If architectural beauty, history and culture are your calling then this makes for a perfect short trip from delhi for the long weekend.
Possible Itinerary: 3 days/2 nights: Delhi – Jaisalmer – Jaipur – Delhi:
Friday) Spend the day in Jaisalmer, Explore Sand dunes nearby and the Golden Fort
Sunday: Sightseeing + Food tour +Shopping in Jodhpur
The holy cities of Pushkar and Ajmer together house two of the most revered holy sites in India. The 14 century Temple dedicated to Brahma is surrounded by numerous ghats and the Pushkar Lake which owes its existence to a legend. Ajmer on the other hand is known for the Shrine of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chistri, Ajmer’s Dargah Shariff is an important pilgrimage site. Akbar Fort Museum in Ajmer is another place to visit or you can also go shopping in the small colorful markets of Pushkar for handicrafts.
Possible Itinerary: 3 days/2 nights: Delhi – Ajmer - Pushkar – Delhi:
Sunday night: Ajmer to New Delhi (Monday morning) by Chetak Express by bus/taxi to round up this short trip
You can start your day with Gwalior by visiting Gwalior Fort one of the largest and majestic forts in India along with the Saas- Bahu Temples and Teli ka Mandir – a 300 metre high temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Spend the next day at Orchha exploring the architectural excellence of the Bundela Rulers of 16th-17th century. You’ll need a full day to see Khajuraho, to marvel at the unique architecture of the numerous temples of the ‘Garden of Dates’ as it was known then. Go here on a short trip from Delhi for a unique experience.
Possible Itinerary: 3 days/2 nights: Delhi - Gwalior – Orchha – Khajuraho- Delhi:
Sunday: Enjoy the day in Khajuraho exploring erotic architecture
This one is one of the most beautiful short trips from Delhi that you can undertake. Lush greenery, misty mountains and clouds descending on the hills, if this is what you want for your weekend then head straight to Dalhousie and Khajjiar for a weekend among the mountains. The Pir Pinjal mountain range of Dalhousie is as overwhelmingly gorgeous as that of the vast meadows of Khajjiar. Uninterrupted breeze with drizzling rains and the scenic view makes for quite the picturesque setting.
Possible Itinerary: 3 days/2 nights: Delhi - Dalhousie – Khajjiar – Dalhousie – Delhi:
Friday : Spend the day in Dalhousie
6. Jammu + Katra + Vaishno Devi
The Himalayan Valley of the North, Jammu has nature’s distinctive traits that are unparalleled to any other place. Lakes, Forts, ancient and holy temples, are just some of the many attractions of Jammu you will be treated to. Further from Jammu you’ll find Vaishnodevi – one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in India. But apart from its religious status, Vaishnodevi has many tourist attractions like the holy cave of Shiv Khori, Salal Dam, Baba Dhansar which features a huge spring coming through the rocks that flows and merges into the Chenab River. For the adventure seekers, Patnitop has all the amenities for adventure sporting activities. This circuit is one of the best options for a short trip from Delhi for a long weekend.
Possible Itinerary: 3 days/2 nights: Delhi - Katra – Vaishno Devi – Jammu- Delhi:
Friday : Get back from Vaishno Devi to Katra by night or by Saturday morning.
7. Kasauli (via Chandigarh) + Shimla
A old favorite, this short trip from Delhi takes you across the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh through Chandigarh, Shimla and Kasauli, these places receive decent to moderate rainfall which makes them quite pleasant in this weather. A road trip through the valleys and mountains is the perfect way to enjoy the monsoon!
Possible Itinerary: 3 days/2 nights: Delhi - Kasauli- Shimla- Delhi:
Sunday: Enjoy the day in Shimla and leave in the evening and reach New Delhi by morning by a bus or a cab
Sanasar is one of the remotest regions in India; it is a hill station in Jammu and Kashmir surrounded by tall conifers trees and a wonderful destination for adventure sports. Paragliding, Horse Riding, Parasailing, Hot Air Ballooning are some of the activities particularly famous here. You can spend time relaxing at Srinagar after all the adventure activities, the beautiful lakes surrounded mountains and blossoming gardens will rejuvenate you before you head back home.
Possible Itinerary:3 days/2 nights: Delhi - Srinagar- Sanasar – Srinagar- Delhi:
9. Palampur + Dharamshala + Mcleodganj
Palampur and Dharamshala (Mcleodganj) of the Kangra Valley are towns blessed with natural beauty. Palampur has the majestic mountains of the Dhauladhar range forming a picturesque backdrop while the town itself is laced with tea plantations and pine tree forests which leaves the air around here scented with pine fragrance. Dharamshala is located close to the Dhauladhar range which makes it a starting point for many trekking trails towards the mountains. It also has a lot of waterfalls, lakes, scenic points and ancient temples to see around here. Upper Dharamsala (Mcleodganj) is also known as Little Lhasa as the home to the Tibetan government in exile. This is the most bang for the buck that you can get for a short trip near Delhi.
Possible Itinerary:3 days/2 nights: Delhi - Palampur- Dharamsala- Mcleodganj- Delhi:
Friday: Enjoy the day in Palampur
Sunday: Explore the monasteries, cafes and Tibetan culture in Mcleodganj, leave for Delhi by a bus or by a cab in the evening and reach by Monday morning.
10. Lucknow + Varanasi
Lucknow receives some good rainfall around this time making the place quite cooler. It is a historically important city also known for its manners and hospitality. Places like the Bara Imambara and its Bhool Bhulaiya, Rumi Darwaza and Sankat Mochan Temple are some of the important sites here. Likewise, Varanasi is the holy city of the Hindus, with the sacred Ganga flowing here. This city is filled with numerous ancient temples, fort, etc but the main attraction here is the sight of thousands of pilgrims taking a dip in the River Ganga against the backdrop of ancient temples is a sight not to miss. Club these two cities for a perfect short trip near Delhi.
Possible Itinerary: Delhi - Lucknow- Varanasi- Delhi:
Sunday: Explore the eateries, temples, lanes and the Ghats in the day time, leave for Delhi by a train in the evening and reach by Monday morning.