Are you thinking of packing in a mini-adventure this weekend? Or just like any other Delhite, are you tired of spending your holidays wandering around Connaught Place, after already paying many visits to Qutb Minar and Akshardham? Also, read our travel guide to Delhi.
This time, do it differently! Ignore that off-season signboard that tags along with the month of September and head for an exciting trail. Take the best advantage of this month’s cool weather and occasional dark skies, to light up your experience. And that’s just one reason, why you absolutely need to check out these amazing travel destinations, lying within 300 km of Delhi. You might have already heard of endless travelogues, speaking volumes of these picturesque places. This time, grab a live view for an authentic experience and well, a great, budget-friendly holiday! Also read about places to visit near Delhi on weekends.
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When it comes to planning for weekend getaways from Delhi or a mini trip, Agra always comes up on the table. The attraction lies not only in the amazing historical marvels it boosts of but also in the cultural chaos this city thrives in. From its colorful markets and street food to the architectural wonder, Taj Mahal, this city is best explored on foot.
And don’t you forget to take that iconic snap in front of the Taj!
Distance from Delhi: 233 km
If traveling to Agra, trains are your best bet with a travel time of approximately 2.5 hours and fares starting from as low as 170 INR. Agra is well-connected through buses, but the travel time goes up to 4 hours, and the fares range between 300 to 400 rupees.
Boosting of a rich history, a vibrant culture, and one of the best bird sanctuaries in the world, Bharatpur should definitely be on your radar this September, if you plan on having fun while soaking in the centuries-old heritage and mesmerizing, aesthetic beauty. This wonder is famous for its religious significance, numerous exotic palaces, forts, and parks, set against the rustic landscape of Rajasthan.
Distance from Delhi: 219 Km
When traveling to Bharatpur, trains comparatively, have a lower run time of 2.5 hours, and the fares start from 110 INR. If traveling by bus, the fares may range anything between 200 to 250 rupees, with a minimum travel time of 5 hours.
You are probably lying if you haven’t before wished to explore this mysterious locale if given a chance. Infamous as one of the most haunted places in India, Bhangarh has for long been associated with a slew of controversies, estranged theories, unaccounted legends, and myths. This site is a favorite among the paranormal experts and the ghost-hunters for its strange occurrences. It, indeed, is a bewitching experience to explore the ancient ruins of a once thriving kingdom; today, lost in the glooms of abandonment and haunt.
Distance from Delhi: 254 Km
There are no direct trains available from Delhi to Bhangarh. A popular choice among tourists, though, is to take the train from Delhi and get off at the Dausa junction, from where one can catch a bus to Bhangarh. While the train fares up to Dausa start from 175 INR, the connecting bus journey can cost anywhere between 200 to 300 rupees. A better option is to travel via bus, with fares starting from 170 INR. One can also rent an SUV for the ride.
A religious center set in the heart of Himachal Pradesh, Paonta Sahib is a Sikh pilgrimage located on the banks of the river Yamuna. The foundation of this picturesque town was laid by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh. The revered guru established a Gurudwara and pen several books whilst living here. Today, an important industrial center as well, the city continues to draw several devotees who head here to seek solace in the auspicious aura it holds.
Distance from Delhi: 243 Km
There is no direct rail connectivity between Delhi and Paonta Sahib. In this scenario, buses offer the best bet with a travel time of 4 hours and fares starting from 160 INR.
An alluring hamlet set amidst green forested mountains and scented valleys, this land was once famous as a prominent battleground among the Indian freedom fighters standing up against their British counterparts. Ironically, today it is popular as one of the quietest hill stations in the country, with several travelers heading here to escape the daily humdrum of city life and enjoy the rare tranquility this place offers.
Well, let’s just say, if you are a nature lover, you’re in for a treat!
Distance from Delhi: 260 Km
There is no direct train from Delhi to Lansdowne. The best option to reach here would be to hire a cab or catch a bus. State buses usually charge anything between 200 to 250 for a journey from Delhi to Kotdwar and 50 to 60 for the connecting journey from Kotdwar to Lansdowne.
Just as the name suggests, the Mehrauli Archaeological Park is an architectural wonder sprawled across an area extending up to 200 acres and dotted with historical ruins, starting from antiquity to the medieval times encompassing several dynasties, numerous unique artifacts and a heritage a speaks volumes of our rich past.
Distance from Delhi: 33 Km
Your best bet is to get on a cab. The travel time is a mere 1.5 hour. Alternatively, one can also take the metro. The nearest metro station from Mehrauli Archaeological Park is Qutub Minar on the yellow line.
Located in the Gurgaon district of Haryana, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and of course, bird watchers. With the monsoon season just off the cards, the month of September sees the park brimming with the choicest of flowers and lush green cover. The sanctuary also boosts of four watch towers to ensure the best views for wildlife photographers and bird watchers.
Distance from Delhi: 60 Km
One can get a bus from Delhi to Gurgaon (15 km). From here, hire a taxi to reach Sultanpur National Park. The run time is approximately 1.5 hours.
Tucked in the Hisar district of Haryana, the city of Hansi is a treasure house of ancient forts, ruins, artifacts and historical anecdotes. This is the city that has preserved the remnants of the bygone eras, in a manner which allows one to literally experience the rich history in every nook and corner of this rustic land. Known as the seat of the Harappan civilization, this ancient town will marvel you with its historical wonders and a well-planned city layout. Established as a fortified city, to protect it from its enemies, the city has five gates of entry; The Delhi Gate is on the east, Hisar is on the west, the Gosain Gate is in the north-west, and the Barsi and Umra Gate are on the south and south-west respectively.
Distance from Delhi: 140 Km
One can reach Hansi via train with a run-time of 3.5 hours and fares starting from 80 INR. Alternatively, one can also reach through several buses that ply in this route with a travel time of 4 hours and fares starting from 100 INR.
The city of Lord Krishna, Vrindavan is a picture perfect, temple town full of religious fervour, tranquility and an auspicious aura that has attracted millions of devotees since centuries and continues to do so, in a rare manifestation of a tradition that refuses to die and a faith that still resounds in every pilgrim’s heart.
Distance from Delhi: 186 Km
There is no direct rail connectivity between Delhi and Vrindavan. One option includes getting off the train at the nearest rail head, Mathura and catching a bus, at Chatikara Road, to reach Vrindavan. The train fares (up to Mathura) start from 170 INR. Alternatively, one can travel via a direct bus with a runtime of 3 hours and tickets costing up to 250 INR. When traveling with family, renting a cab is a more comfortable option costing anywhere between 1500-1700 rupees.
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A name synonymous with both adrenaline junkies and people with a spiritualistic bend of mind, Rishikesh is the land of bewitching landscapes, yoga, adventure sports, and faith. September being the off-season, is not only the road for a cheaper, budget-friendly vacation but also a very good time if you wish to see lesser crowds and enjoy more privacy.
Distance from Delhi: 243 Km
There is no direct rail connectivity between Delhi and Rishikesh. A better option is to get off at the Haridwar station, 22 km away from Rishikesh, and catch a bus from here. Several state-run buses ply in the Haridwar- Rishikesh route. The train fares (Delhi to Haridwar) start from 140 INR and the total travel time is approximately 6 hours. Also, read about weekend getaways from Delhi.
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