The Only List You'll Ever Need To Plan A Short Trips From Delhi

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Orchha, Madhya Pradesh.

Short trips from Delhi are usually about travelling to the hill towns of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. But at this time of the year, when winters are knocking hard on your door, and the weather in the hills is unpredictable, travellers can go for destinations that are not in the mountains. Here's a list of stunning places near Delhi for weekend trip that can give you a break from the mountains and promise a holiday to remember.

(Skip to point 9 if you are still looking for hill towns for a short trip near Delhi.)

1. Travel to the heart of India in Khajuraho

A convenient place for trip near Delhi, Khajuraho remains a trending destination to visit during winters. Travellers can board a direct overnight train to Khajuraho from Nizamuddin Railway Station, Delhi. The 22 temples constructed by the rulers of Chandela dynasty between 950 AD and 1050 AD still survive and can be your window to learning the cultural nuances that are part of India's rich history.

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Here's a suggested place to stay in Khajuraho.

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2. Spend your weekend in the quaint town of Orchha

Hop down to the sleepy town of Orchha in Madhya Pradesh to make the best of your best places for trip near Delhi. Jhansi is the nearest railhead from Orchha and an overnight train from New Delhi gets you to this spot in a matter of 6 to 7 hours. Take a shared taxi or a tuktuk to Orchha from Jhansi. This erstwhile capital of Bundelkhand, Orchha, awaits you in all its grandeur with forts and temples surrounding the entire town. Rafting down the Betwa river during the sunset and cycling around the Orchha Wildlife Sanctuary promises a rather refreshing experience.

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Here's a suggested place to stay in Orchha.

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3. Explore the sacred land of Pushkar and Ajmer

Short weekend trip from Delhi to Pushkar via public transport costs merely Rs 500. But the luxury of the whole affair awaits at the destination. The Pushkar Lake and the prominent Brahma Temple will leave you immensely awestruck and will prepare you for what is to come ahead. Staying at Ajmer will be a better option since it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the scenic journey from Pushkar to Ajmer, while also finding a better deal for your stay.

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Here's a suggested place to stay in Pushkar.

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4. Experience the Beating Retreat ceremony at Wagah Border

Plan a short trips from Delhi on weekends to the Wagah Border to witness the Beating Retreat Ceremony. A local transport service from Amritsar will take you to Attari. Easy connectivity make Wagah Border one of the cheapest trips from Delhi. Avoid booking local taxis if you are on a strict budget. Remember to be seated not later than 3pm for the 4pm ceremony. Choose tourist guesthouses for the cheapest deal.

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Here's a suggested place to stay in Amritsar.

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5. Enjoy a unique cultural trip through Mathura and Vrindavan

These two religious hubs in Uttar Pradesh have a vibrant culture that reflect what India is all about. Delhi to Vrindavan via Mathura is a short trips from Delhi. It takes just about 3 hours to reach Vrindavan via the Yamuna Expressway. The first pitstop on this route, Mathura, is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and the temples and the Vishram Ghat echoing with the Radhe Radhe chant sure make for a surreal experience. On reaching Vrindavan, spend a morning at the Yamuna Kali Ghat and Banke Bihari Temple in Vrindavan. Later, head to the adjacent gully to enjoy some delicious hot savouries.

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6. Spend your mornings on the ghats of Varanasi

Spend a quiet weekend on the ghats of Benaras, a spot that must be on your Indian travel bucketlist. Travellers can take the overnight train, Swatantrta S Exp, from Delhi to Varanasi. Mata Anandamai Ghat, Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Munshi Ghat and Raj Ghat are some of the river banks you can pick from to walk along and enjoy the morning sun. Take a boat ride on the Ganga river and enjoy the sepia-tinted sunsets in this historical city that inspire beyond measure.

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Here's a suggested place to stay in Varanasi.

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7. Get a taste of the wild at Sariska

The Sariska Tiger Reserve is one of the top picks for a places near Delhi for weekend trip that can bring you closer to nature. You can reach Sariska from Delhi within 4 hours via Alwar-Bhiwadi Road. The tiger sightings are higher during the summer months but other animals within the reserve such as chital, hyena, neel gai, wild boar, hyena, leopard and the rich bird life make it an interesting getaway for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts throughout the year.

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Here's a suggested place to stay in Sariska.

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8. Wonder awaits you at Agra

The most wondrous of the seven wonders, Taj Mahal can be your call for a sweet weekend getaway. A train from Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin to Agra is a joyride for less than 3 hours. Spend, spend, spend and act touristy as you get clicked holding the Taj dome, dance around Mehtab Bagh and visit the Agra Fort. Your minimum travelling expenses leave you with a heavy pocket to enjoy a grand Mughlai lunch. Frequent trains to Agra are always available, which make it the best budget trips from Delhi.

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Here's a suggested place to stay in Agra.

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Still want a mountain fix for your short trips from Delhi? Here are a few hill-towns around Delhi that would make for a perfect budget weekend getaway for you.

9. The Heavenly Hamlet, Chail

This quaint little village on three green hills is a 25 minute (45 km) drive from Shimla. A hi-tech or non-AC Himachal roadways bus to Shimla are not a bad choice when you can breathe in the freshness of the mountains at this ideal places near Delhi for weekend trip. Shimla is the spot to board a bus to Chail via Kufri. Hotel charges won't exceed Rs.1000 a day if you only need a decent place to sleep after you stop stargazing. And you won’t stop. You can’t.

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Here's a suggested place to stay near Chail.

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10. The town of toy train, Barog

Barog is yet another undiscovered traveller haven to drive away the city blues. Deboard from the bus to Shimla just an hour before and take local transport to reach Barog. Watch the beautiful toy train pass through multiple tunnels. Find a hotel of you choice, which can be as cheap as Rs 400 at Barog. Kumarhatti is a good choice to eat, and later get busy digesting the offbeat character of this magical hill station.

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Here's a suggested place to stay in Barog.

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11. Queen of lakes, Nainital

A tight pocket shouldn't make you turn down a call from the hills. Shatabdi Express from Anand Vihar to Kathgodam is the most comfortable traveling experience available for a quick getaway to this town of lakes. Dropping you at the foothills of Kathgodam at 11 in the morning, it gives you ample time to take a local taxi to Nainital. The 11sq/km panoramic view around the Naini Lake is an eyeful of wonder. Trek up to the Snow View Peak or Tiffin Top to get a surreal bird's eye view of this town. The beauty of a touristy short trip near Delhi is that a hotel deal under a grand is actually possible.

Here's a suggested place to stay in Nainital.

Photo of Nainital, Uttarakhand, India by Disha Kapkoti

12. The hiking paradise at Triund

Your hunt for the cheap trips from Delhi ends here. Backpack your way through the hills and reach Mcleodganj through the Himachal Transport services, which promises to be easy on your pocket. Mcleodganj has the best of Tibetan eateries on the two parallel streets, which constitutes the whole of Mcleod marketplace. Start a trek to Triund, a 5-hour hike on the Dhauladhar Range and spend a night inside a tent (Rs600/tent), which is easily available at Triund top. The small chai shop gives a decent dinner enjoyed best under the star-studded sky.

Here's a suggest place to stay in Dharamshala.

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Photo of Triund, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India by Disha Kapkoti

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These pictures are very inspirational and can inspire anyone to visit there. I like travelling but I never visited in Nainital. Yet and planning a trip with next week.
Wed 09 13 17, 02:49 · Reply · Report
It is a great informative blog. I am planning a travel with parents next month and this information is going to be very helpful for me.
Thu 09 07 17, 02:30 · Reply · Report
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Wed 05 31 17, 00:08 · Reply · Report
Nice list of places for weekend getaway around Delhi. Nice article, it was pleasant to read about such amazing spots near Delhi. It is important to take a break between your work life to lift up from daily routine life. These places look amazing to visit with friends and family. Baghaan is also a great place to visit.
Tue 09 20 16, 05:58 · Reply · Report
Hi, Thanks for the help above,U have written places of 600-800rs to stay in chail and barong,but I am not able ti find the same. Can you help me with that@author
Sun 06 05 16, 02:20 · Reply · Report
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