10 Best Getaways Around Delhi

Delhi, being a multi-cultured and multi-linguistic city, lures a large number of people not just from India but also frond around the world. Delhi, as the capital city of the country, shares its borders with major states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. And the influence of these states can also be found in the language and lifestyle of Delhi as well. People of Delhi are usually known as “Delhi-ites”. Delhi-ites are very modern and also open to embracing all the new customs and transformations but at the same time, they are also extremely conscious of their culture. One can find ‘Unity in Diversity’ among the people of Delhi. The diversity in the culture of the city can be seen during the festival seasons where people from different religions come together and celebrate with pure joy and brotherhood. They are not behind in taking trips. They love to travel and there are so many popular places around Delhi for that. Let’s have a look at some of them:

1. Hastinapur

Hastinapur is a city in Meerut district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is described in Hindu texts as the capital of the Kuru Kingdom and is also mentioned in ancient Jain scriptures. It is located on the right bank of an old bed of the Ganga.

Information: It will take about 3 hours to reach Hastinapur from Delhi via NH34. It is about 130 km.

2. Agra

The city of Taj, Agra is located on the banks of the river Yamuna. It is a city in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The imposing main building features a massive dome and intricately carved white marble inlaid with precious stones. This is set behind a reflecting pool inside a courtyard defined by four minarets.

Information: You need to cross 235 km via Taj Express Highway / Yamuna Expressway to reach Agra. it will take around 3.5 hours.

3. Rishikesh

It is the Yoga Capital Of the world. Rishikesh is a city in the northern state of Uttarakhand, in the Himalayan foothills beside the Ganges River. The river is considered holy, and the city is renowned as a centre for studying yoga and meditation. Temples and ashrams line the eastern bank around Swarg Ashram, a traffic-free, alcohol-free and vegetarian enclave upstream from Rishikesh town.

Information: It takes 5 .5 hours to reach Rishikesh from Delhi via NH334 which is about 250 km.

4. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

The Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park was formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan, India and is a famous avifauna sanctuary that sees thousands of rare and highly endangered birds such as the Siberian Crane that comes here during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. It is also a major tourist centre with scores of ornithologists arriving here in the hibernal season. It is a World Heritage Site.

Information: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is 220 km from Delhi via Taj Express Highway / Yamuna Express way. It will take about 4 hours to reach.

5. Alwar

It is the gate of Rajasthan. Alwar is a city in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. The Alwar City Palace blends architectural styles and has marble pavilions on lotus-shaped bases in its courtyard, plus a museum with rare manuscripts. Visit Alwar to see centuries-old palaces, forts, gardens, and the Sariska Tiger Reserve. Alwar is one of the oldest Rajasthani kingdoms.

Information: It take 3 hours 10 minutes to reach via NH48, that is almost 165.8 km.

6. Manali

If you are planning to visit Manali from Delhi then remember it is not going to be a short trip. Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. It has a reputation as a backpacking spot and honeymoon destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It’s also a jump-off point for paragliding, river rafting, and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass.

Information: It will take 12.5 hours and almost 531 km via NH 44 to reach.

7. Nainital

Nainital is the city of lakes. The home of Naini Lake, a popular boating site with Naina Devi Hindu Temple on its north shore. It is a Himalayan resort town in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, a North Indian state, at an elevation of roughly 2,000m.

Information: It is at a distance of 7.5 hrs and at a distance of 345 km from Delhi via NH9

8. Jim Corbett National park

It is the oldest national park in India. The small town near Corbett is Ramnagar which forms the headquarters of CTR. The city is well connected by road or rail with major cities of India like Moradabad, Nainital, Bareilly, and Delhi. Rich in flora and fauna, it’s known for its tigers. Animals, including tigers, leopards, and wild elephants, roam in the Dhikala zone. On the banks of the Ramganga Reservoir, the Sonanadi zone is home to elephants and leopards, along with hundreds of species of birds.

Information: The Jim Corbett National Park is situated at an approximate distance of 260 Kms from the National Capital Delhi via Upper Ganga Canal road. It will take less than 6 hours.

9. Mathura and Vrindavan

Vrindavan is a holy town in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This is the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood and grew up. It is home to temples, most of them dedicated to Krishna and his lover, goddess Radha. In the Banke Bihari Temple, the curtain in front of Krishna’s statue is opened and closed every few minutes. At Radha Raman Temple, a gold plate beside Krishna signifies Radha. Prem Mandir is also another huge white marble temple.

Information: It will take around 3 hours via Taj Express Highway / Yamuna Express way to reach Mathura/Vrindavan and it is almost 185 km away from Delhi.

10. Dhanaulti

Dhanaulti is a hill station situated in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan range, located 24 km from the popular hill station of Mussoorie, and 25 km from Chamba in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand. The charm of nature will make you happy especially for those who are adventure lovers.

Information: Dhanaulti is 301 km from delhi via Saharanpur Road. It will take about  7.5 hours.

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