New Delhi, the capital city of India, is one of the most well-connected city for travellers to begin their travel journeys. It has lots of things to see, both in the city and around it alike. It is surrounded by a picturesque landscape and awesome attractions, many of which can be explored on road trips from Delhi, leading miles away from the city.
With precise google maps and a full fuel tank, a journey to an unknown destination may become a smooth affair, right? Here are five destinations you can drive down to with your family or friends on weekend road trips from Delhi.
1. Delhi to Jaipur
Also known as the pink city and the capital city of Rajasthan, Jaipur is one of the best-known in Western India for a quick getaway, especially for travellers living in Gurgaon and New Delhi. As a pretty bustling and planned city, the atmosphere is spectacular with hilltops and stunning royal surroundings. There are ample places to visit and experience its rich slice of history and culture. While you are there, explore the magnificent art and traditions, forts, artefacts, beautiful havelis, marvellous landscapes and picturesque views. About 280 km, it is an ideal destination for a day or two, and the drive on the Delhi-Jaipur highway road is fun to encounter!
2. Delhi to Agra
A city that is home to the iconic Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan, Mughal ruler for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal is the main attraction for a lot of tourists and locals alike. The city is located in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh and is only 233 km away from Delhi. The drive through the Delhi-Agra expressway is said to be one of the best due to its good motor-able roads. In the city, you can explore other attractions such as Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Itmad-ud-daulah’s Tomb and Jehangir’s Palace.
3. Delhi to Nainital
If you want to wake up to the scenic mountain range, chilly weather, then it’s best to drive down to the most exquisite attraction in the state of Uttarakhand – Nainital. A paradise for nature lovers, it lures in many domestic and foreign tourists alike. About 299 km away from Delhi, Nainital shines amidst the Himalayan Mountains and is surrounded by lakes and nature’s bounty. Referred to as ‘the queen of lakes’, the Nainital Lake offers a mesmerizing and enthralling experience with a background of the hills on all sides. There’s also a zoo which is a famous tourist spot.
4. Delhi to Mussoorie
Situated in the Dehradun district, Mussoorie is a hill station and quite famously known as the ‘queen of hills’. A short drive from Delhi (291 km), if you want to enjoy amidst waterfalls, majestic green hills and the view of the mountain ranges, heading here is not a bad idea. There are plenty of interesting places to visit. The Mall Road, Cloud End’s and Gun Hill are just a few. The place also offers sheer tranquillity; so if you simply want to relax, stay indoors at an awesome resort and have a great time, this is your go-to destination.
5. Delhi to Rishikesh
Best known for adventure, Rishikesh which is 242km from Delhi has also been home to many yoga enthusiasts seeking enlightenment. A weekend getaway, there’s a lot to discover from the less perceiving side of the city. A full retreat, you can enjoy the best views from Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula; feast on some delicious food, and experience a pleasant ritual of worshipping River Ganga. Rishikesh will be hosting its 7th International Yoga Festival from 1 – 7 March. This is a great opportunity to introduce yoga in your life.