The Best Weekend Getaways from Lucknow

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14 Weekend Getaways from Lucknow

Lucknow- the City of Nawabs, has a plethora of weekend getaway options that many people don’t generally know of. From enjoying a relaxing trip to appreciating the art and architecture or enjoying som (Read More)e adrenaline pumping sports, all of these can be explored on a weekend away from the city. Depending on your interest you can go to religious places, explore heritage sites or soak in the natural beauty of this countryside.

Here is the list of 15 The Best Weekend Getaways from Lucknow

1. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - The Spiritual Capital of India

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh - The Spiritual Capital of India
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Known For : Kashi Vishwanath Temple Ganga Aarti, Varanasi Dashashwamedh Ghat

Located at a distance of about 320 kms, Varanasi is a perfect weekend getaway from Lucknow. Also known as Benaras, it is the spiritual capital of India. Spiritually enlightening, the heart of the city pulsates around the ghats, about 80 of which border the Ganges. Be prepared for the sights, sounds and smells! Be sure to not miss out on the hot chaat and cool lassi. After the sunsets, the Ganga Aarti takes place, a ceremony of immense grandeur.

Distance from Lucknow: 305 km

Best Time: October to March

38 Varanasi Attractions

2. Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Agra, Uttar Pradesh
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Known For : Shopping in Agra Taj Mahal Fatehpur Sikri

Famous for the “Taj Mahal”, Agra is visited by tourists from all over the world. The magical impact of this place leaves a considerable imprint on the people coming here who long to visit it again and again. Other picturesque locations here include the Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Itimad Uddaulah and Fatehpur Sikri. Do we even need to convince you about visiting this place?!

Distance from Lucknow: 333 km

Best Time: October to March

20 Agra Attractions

3. Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh

Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh
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Known For : Kamadgiri Gupt Godavari Ramghat

This places situated in Madhya Pradesh is only 236km away Lucknow. Chitrakoot is a beautiful religious town and holds great historical and archaeological significance. Many of its temples and sites find their mention in the Hindu scriptures. According to mythology, Ram, Sita and Lakshman are supposed to have spent their exile years in forests surrounding Chitrakoot. Some prime tourist spots here include Bharat Milap Mandir, Sati Anasuya Ashrama, Janaki Kund, Jagdal Waterfall and Bharat Koop. This place needs to be visited for its Ayurvedic and yoga centres!

Distance from Lucknow: 233 km

Best Time: July to March

13 Chitrakoot Attractions

4. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh - The Architectural Masterpiece

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh - The Architectural Masterpiece
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Known For : Light and Sound Show, Khajuraho Dulhadev Temple Kandariya Mahadev Temple

The city of magnificent temples Khajuraho is situated in the woody planes of Bundelkhand region. This city has a lot to offer to the pilgrim folks but is equally worthy of a visit with friends and family. This place houses architecturally beautiful and centuries-old temples which are aesthetically perfect. This city is the most liked destination by religious travellers and includes places like The Azamgarh Fort, Kalinjar Fort, the Chitragupta Temple and Dulhadev Temple. Soak in the history and culture of our country at this beautiful city.

Distance from Lucknow: 308 km

Best Time: July to March

25 Khajuraho Attractions

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5. Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh - The birthplace of Lord Rama

Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh - The birthplace of Lord Rama
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Known For : Ram Janmabhoomi Hanuman Garhi, Ayodhya Kanak Bhawan

The birthplace of Lord Ram, Ayodhya is situated around 163km away from Lucknow. The place is famous for its Ghats, temples and some Buddhist and Jain shrines. Being a highly revered destination for Hindus, this place has been in the limelight for the last two decades for religious and political reasons. The places of interest here include a massive fort called “Hanuman Garhi”, the Nageshwar Nath temple believed to have been built by Kush, the Ramkatha Museum and the Dashrath Mahal.

Distance from Lucknow: 135 km

Best Time: October to March

16 Ayodhya Attractions

6. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Nainital, Uttarakhand
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Known For : Naini Lake Snow View Point Mall Road Nainital

Nainital, a paradise blessed with beautiful lakes can be a perfect getaway from Lucknow. Surrounded by Kumaon hills, Nainital is divided into two parts Tallital and Mallital. Nanital is named after goddess Naina Devi. One can go for boating, trekking, horse-riding and yachting options.

Distance from Lucknow: 389 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

33 Nainital Attractions

7. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
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Known For : Gwalior Fort Jai Vilas Palace Gujari Mahal (State Archaeological Museum)

This historical place is famous for its medieval hilltop fort. Gwalior is situated in Madhya Pradesh at a distance of 350km from Lucknow. The imposing fort houses a series of beautiful palaces and temples and is a perfect place for history buffs. The city is also home to the grand and intricately carved Jai Vilas Palace, which is the seat of the Scindias, one of the most influential royal families of the country. Take a weekend off and soak in the princely grandeur of this city.

Distance from Lucknow: 339 km

Best Time: July to March

34 Gwalior Attractions

8. Dudhwa National Park, Uttarakhand

Dudhwa National Park, Uttarakhand
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If you are interested in exploring the wild side of Lucknow, Dudhwa National Park is just the place to visit. It is situated at a distance of 300km from Lucknow on the Indo-Nepal border in the Lakhimpur Kheri district. This place has an abundance of flora and fauna and you can spot animals like Tiger, Panther, Sambhar Deer and over 400 species of bird. This place is open from October to May, so be sure of the dates before heading off here.

Distance from Lucknow: 215 km

Best Time: December to Apr

9. Almora, Uttarakhand

Almora, Uttarakhand
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Known For : Zero Point Jageshwar Kasar Devi

Located around 500km away, Almora is the beautiful capital of the Kumaon region in Uttarakhand. It is an ideal summer getaway and is known for its cultural heritage, handicraft, cuisine, scenic life and wildlife. The travellers heading to this place are in for some breathtaking natural beauty and panoramic views of the Himalayas. Head off to Almora and relax in the lap of nature.

Distance from Lucknow: 444 km

Best Time: Throughout the year

16 Almora Attractions

10. Dewa Sharif, Uttar Pradesh

Dewa Sharif, Uttar Pradesh

This place is located around 42km from Lucknow and takes almost one hour to reach. It is situated in the Barabanki district and is the Mazar of Haji Waris Ali Shah who was a Sufi saint. It is in his memory that a fair is organised along the lines of Pushkar in Rajasthan between the festivals of Dussehra and Diwali. A visit to this place is perfect if you are simply looking for a rejuvenating drive!

11. Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh

Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh
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Shravasti is a well know place as it happens to be a very famous Buddhist pilgrimage site. Located around 330km from Lucknow, this place is termed to be the ancient capital of the Koshal kingdom. You will find the famous Stupas known as “Kachhi Kuti” and “Pakki Kuti” as this very place. It also houses the monastery where Lord Buddha stayed for several years. If you are interested in exploring the Buddhist culture from close, this 4-hour drive from the city will be worth it.

Distance from Lucknow: 155 km

12. Nawabganj-Bird-Sanctuary


45km from Lucknow, on the Lucknow-Kanpur highway, is situated the Nawabganj’s Bird Sanctuary. This place is a great relaxing spot away from the mundane life of the city. It houses more than 1000 species of migratory bird in the winter months, i.e. November to January. This one hour drive from the city will help you unwind after a long and tiring week. If you are a bird-lover, you simply cannot miss out on this place.

Distance from Lucknow: 44 km

13. Bithoor


The place where Rishi Valmiki is supposed to have created the Ramayana. The place where life on earth is said to have begun by Lord Brahma. This place is called Bithur and is at a distance of 125km from Lucknow. Situated on the banks of river Ganges, it is 25km upstream from Kanpur. The major tourist attractions here are the Brahmavarta Ghat, the temple of Luv-Kush, Dhruv Tila and the Valmiki Ashram. Being such a revered place according to Hindu mythology, a visit to this place should be on your bucket list.

Distance from Lucknow: 84 km

14. Naimisharnya, Uttar Pradesh

Naimisharnya, Uttar Pradesh

Naimisharanya is one of the lesser known places around Lucknow. Located just 100km away from the city, this place is actually a spiritual and intellectual centre. It finds its place in Hindu mythology. It is believed that the Gods came down here asking for arms to fight the devils. Many believe that the pilgrimage to this part of the country is incomplete without a visit to this place. This place is a good option for people looking for a one day trip from Lucknow.

15. Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh - Prayaga- The city of offerings

Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh - Prayaga- The city of offerings
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Known For : Prayag Kumbh Mela Triveni Sangam Khusro Bagh

Allahabad,  now officially known as Prayagraj, is a city located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Reminiscent of all that is spiritual and sacred in Hinduism, Allahabad is famous for Triveni Sangam or the meeting point of three rivers - the Ganga, the Yamuna, and the Saraswati. Built on the site of the ancient town of Prayag, Allahabad has, since time immemorial, held the largest Hindu gathering on the banks of the Sangam - the Maha Kumbh Mela. While the Sangam city is often passed over for more travel-friendly cities, there is a lot to Allahabad besides just its religion.

Best Time: October to March

23 Allahabad Attractions

Make your weekend count by driving off to these getaways and make some memories to last a lifetime!

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The best weekend getaways near Lucknow to go with family are Agra, Varanasi, Ayodhya, Gwalior, Dudhwa National Park and Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary among others. Click here to read about all weekend getaways near Lucknow.

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