September 12th, 2018 by Lipika Sharma


In addition to being the capital city of India, Delhi’s appeal also lies in its fabulous location. With this town as the base, there are a whole range of romantic getaways for loved-up couples nearby that can be your perfect haven this weekend.

Sohna, Haryana

Easily accessible and a popular weekend destination from Delhi, Sohna is situated on the highway from Gurgaon to Alwar. This place lies in the foothills of the Aravali ranges and is surrounded by a hilly terrain. You can visit the Damdama Lake which is a common spot for boating, go to Sohna Lake and hot water springs that have been modernised with a sauna and spa complex providing steam bath facilities. Bharatpur Hill Fort situated on the hilltop near the town makes for a perfect spot for an evening outing. The Kamboj Ruins of Sohna are also an interesting place for history buffs.

Traveller Tip: Make bookings for spa and sauna at Sohna water springs beforehand.
Distance from Delhi: 65 km
Best Time To Visit: Winters – October to March
Go for: A relaxing getaway

Kuchesar, Uttar Pradesh

In close proximity to Delhi, the Mud Fort in Kuchesar is a great place to connect to your roots. This 18th-century fort transformed into a heritage resort is reachable from Delhi via road. The fort has spacious rooms decorated with royal paraphernalia and antique furniture that take you back in time to the days of royalty. Delicacies come straight from the royal kitchen and are served buffet-style. Fun bullock-cart rides take you through the sugar-cane strewn village that retains its vintage charm.

Traveller Tip: Make a visit to the Jaggery making factory nearby.

Distance from Delhi: 99km
Best time to visit: Winters – September to March

Go for: A relaxing getaway

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Known as the ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’, Rishikesh is the closest place near Delhi to try out adventure sports with your partner. Sitting in the Himalayan foothills beside the holy river Ganga, the place offers mesmerising views of the hills. Do not miss River Rafting in Shivpuri about 20 kilometres from the town apart from exploring the multitude of options including Bungee Jumping, Flying Fox, Mountain Biking, etc.

Traveller Tip: Order a ‘Thali’ to enjoy the best offerings of the area.
Distance From Delhi: 242 km
Best Time To Visit:
For river rafting – Late August to mid-November
For other places – Early March to the first week of May

Go for: An adventurous getaway

Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand

Nestled in the thick of the dense and rugged settings of Nainital district in Uttarakhand, this wildlife abode is not just another weekend getaway on the list. Famous for spotting tigers in the country, the park serves as an ideal abode to a kaleidoscopic range of flora and fauna. One of the most sought-after locations for the wildlife safari, do not miss going on the exciting elephant safari or jeep safari that allows you the closest encounter with the fascinating charm and the inhabitants of the jungles.

Traveller Tip: Morning safaris are said to have higher chances of spotting a tiger.

Distance from Delhi: 248 km
Best time to visit: October to June
Go for: An adventurous getaway

Landsdowne, Uttarakhand

This quaint little town in Uttarakhand is a hidden gem that is apt for an amazing retreat time. The weather here remains misty for the most part of the year. This place is extremely peaceful, serene and panoramic. The kind of place you read about in books, this place is a far cry from city life. Rather, the only sounds you will hear is of the chirping birds and rustling leaves with complementing views of parading soldiers and stunning vistas.

Traveller Tip: Make it a point to carry your warm clothes along.

Distance From Delhi: 260 km
Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year

Go for: A relaxing getaway

Jaipur, Rajasthan

At a distance of 268 km from Delhi, the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur is the gateway to the royalty of Rajasthan. Home to spectacular architecture which is a blend of Mughal and Rajputana styles, this city is unparalleled in its beauty and experience. Boasting of a culture so vibrant, a place so larger than life and food so ethnic, this town offers hospitality that feels warm and welcoming. Dominated by its regal history, Jaipur is a time travel portal to the charms of the Rajahs and their lavish lifestyles. The striking hills and lakes, magnificent forts including Amber Fort, Nahargarh, Jaigarh Fort and the City Palace build up a very romantic ambience for you and your partner.

Traveller Tip: Enjoy candlelight dinner at the 1135 A.D. restaurant at Amber Fort.

Distance from Delhi: 268 km

Best time to visit: October to March (Summers are hot)
Go for: A sightseeing getaway

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

The picturesque town of Mussoorie is one of the most revered places for weekend getaways for couples in India. The lovely views of valleys and the snow-clad Himalayas will leave you spellbound. You can camp right by the streamside and trek in the dense forests. Kempty Falls, Bhatta Falls, Jharipani Fall, Gun Hill are prominent tourist spots. Watching the sunset between the mountains at Camel’s back road is one of the best views to catch here.

Traveller Tip: Bhaang Ki Khatai and Kappa (a green curry) are local preparations.

Distance From Delhi: 279 km
Best Time To Visit: September to June

Go for: A relaxing getaway

Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

Ideal for couples wanting to go someplace hilly without the exhaustion of a long travel time, Kasauli is a hilly cantonment town nestled amidst beautiful woody forests of pine and cedar trees. Kasauli has lavish Victorian buildings built by the Britishers making it look mystical and serene. Its enchanting calmness will make your together time perfect.

Traveller Tip: Try out Peach wine, Plum wine and Apple wine.

Distance From Delhi: 287 km
Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year

Go for: A relaxing getaway

Naukuchiatal, Uttarakhand

A small lake village near the hill station of Nainital, Naukuchiatal is an offbeat holiday location, away from the rush. This place is ideal for couples seeking quietude and tranquillity amidst pure nature. Renowned for its nine cornered lake which measures up to 1 km in length, this destination will lend you ample opportunities to rejuvenate your body and soul. Although peaceful, this place never gets boring because of attractions like paragliding and boating.

Traveller Tip: Try your hands on fishing at a nearby place called Jungligaon.

Distance From Delhi: 300 km
Best Time To Visit: April to June, September to November

Go for: A relaxing getaway

Landour, Uttarakhand

6km far from Mussoorie, this is a place where you will lose track of your time. There are bungalows and churches with Irish touches burgeoning on the hillside. This Cantonment town is a quiet nook in the Himalayas named after a village called Llanddowror in south-west Wales. Views of hills and beautiful meadows clothed in the red colour of rhododendrons & thick deodars remind you of the British Raj. At Landour, you will enter a different world of peace and lush views.

Traveller Tip: Do visit the restaurant Rokeby, one of Landour’s landmarks

Distance from Delhi: 309 km
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Go for: A relaxing getaway

Pangot, Uttarakhand

At a distance of just 15 kilometres from Nainital, Pangot is a small and scenic hamlet. With all its greenery, flowers and birds, this little village feels like a place out of some novel. The special thing about this place is its exotic variety of birds. You will be able to spot species like Rufous-bellied Woodpecker, Spotted & Slaty-backed Forktail, Himalayan Griffon and Khalij Pheasant. The streams flowing by add to the breathtaking beauty of this hamlet. This remote Himalayan village is apt for a weekend getaway from Delhi when you just wish to lay back and relax.

Traveller Tip: Aloo ka gutka, gahat, chainsoo and kaapa are must-try dishes from the local Garhwali and Kumauni cuisines.

Distance from Delhi: 310 km
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Go for: A relaxing getaway

Kanatal, Uttarakhand

Looking lovely in its untouched beauty, Kanatal is a quaint hamlet with a bountiful presence of nature. When you are here, you will see the pleasing sight of the grand hills, fruit trees, apple orchards and thick forests. It has lush green forests, a plethora of wildflowers and small temples in proximity which will be enough for a peaceful weekend spent in good company.

Traveller Tip: Camping in the hills under the stars will give your romantic vacation the extra zing.

Distance from Delhi: 321 km
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Go for: A relaxing getaway

Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

Translating into Queen’s farm, Ranikhet was developed by the Britishers around undulating Himalayan hills and forests. A town existing in the simplicity of its natural beauty, this place will lift up your spirits. Ranikhet is well-known for its views of the Nanda Devi Peak, trekking ranges, mountainous climbs, golf courses, orchards and temples serving as an ideal destination for nature lovers.

Traveller Tip: Bal Mithai and Ram Mithai are local sweets worth trying.

Distance from Delhi: 357 km
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Go for: A relaxing getaway

Binsar, Uttarakhand

Binsar is a small town located in Uttarakhand which has Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary as its central attraction. You will see a lot of oak, pine and deodar trees standing tall against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. The contrast of green meadows and snow-laden peaks looks very surreal. Inside the sanctuary, there is the Binsar- Zero point which will give you a flattering view of the Himalayan ranges draped in snow.

Traveller Tip: Make sure to catch the sunrise or sunset from Zero-point in the Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Distance from Delhi: 380 km
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Go for: A sightseeing getaway

Fagu, Himachal Pradesh

At some distance away from Shimla, Fagu is a sparsely populated village. Reach here through convenient roads from Delhi, do nothing and just indulge yourself in the alluring sight of apple orchards and terraced fields. Cattle grazing in the green fields as the sun goes down makes for a rather angelic picture. You will be able to see the vivid dales and snow-covered peaks from this place painting a very romantic view of the Himalayas.

Traveller Tip: Fagu is also a skiing site and you can also visit Kufri which is nearby.
Distance from Delhi: 380 km
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Go for: A relaxing getaway

Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh

Mcleodganj is a popular hill station with a splendid view of the Dhauladhar range. It boasts of a lovely culture that is a blend of Tibetan along with a touch of British. The town of Mcleodganj draws its worldwide popularity from being home to the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama. There are options for numerous treks that you can go for, the most popular being the Triund Trek. To experience the real Tibetan culture, you should visit the Namgyal and Tsuglagkhang Monasteries. The sight of the tea gardens and the aroma of tea leaves in the air will soothe your senses.

Traveller Tip: Indulge in specialities like brownies, pies and honey ginger lemon tea.

Distance from Delhi: 474 km
Best time to visit: October to June

Go for: A sightseeing getaway

Pithoragarh, Uttarakhand

Bringing the beauty of Kashmir to Uttarakhand, Pithoragarh is perfect for you to spend your weekend in solitude. A small valley sitting in disguise amidst the stunning Kumaon Himalayan ranges, the serene ambience and divine landscapes of this little town will offer you a beguiling experience. Blessed with a natural charm, awe-gaping vistas and waterfalls, this town will make for a very romantic place for your vacation. A number of temples and forts narrate the story of its rich history. Treks to Dhwaj Temple and a short drive to Nakuleshwara temple will complete your amazing trip here.

Traveller Tip: Begin your mornings early with a walk in the wilderness, a nice warm breakfast followed by sightseeing at the Pithoragarh Fort to call it a romantic day.

Distance from Delhi: 475 km
Best time to visit: April to June and October to December (Avoid monsoons)

Go for: A sightseeing getaway

Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand

This flower carpeted valley is a charming part of the Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This valley is at the point where the Zanskar, Western and Eastern Himalayas meet. Home to impeccable views, the sight at this place is nothing less than utopian. You can laze around the umpteen number of Himalayan water-falls, streams and paddocks, reach for the clouds with your hands and let the beauty of the place sink in.

Traveller Tip: The trek to Valley of Flowers can be skipped as pony, helicopter, palanquin rides are available from Govindghat to Ghangaria.

Distance from Delhi: 513 km
Best time to visit: May to October

Go for: An adventurous getaway

Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

A weekend getaway destination bestowed with a unique culture, forested scenery and pristine river, Kasol has a touch of mystery and magic woven together. The populace includes Israeli inhabitants with signs of various cafes and restaurants in Hebrew serving amazing food. Lying snugly in the lap of Parvati valley alongside the gurgling Parvati River, this remote village is a blessing for adventure buffs, trekkers and backpackers. A trip will make you take back an unforgettable experience.

Traveller Tip: Do taste Shakshouka, a local favourite made with poached eggs dipped in tangy tomato curry served with hummus and pita bread.

Distance from Delhi: 517 km
Best time to visit: October to June

Go for: A relaxing getaway

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Munsiyari, Uttarakhand

Apt for a vacation filled with relaxation and adventure in one, Munsiyari is a small village where panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayan Range will leave you in awe. The romantic weather throughout the year and the stunning backdrop of the Panchachuli peak coupled with its maiden natural beauty will make your stay a memorable one. Apart from its captivating beauty, this place is famous for some highly adventurous and nerve-wrecking trekking trails.

Traveller Tip: Shop for handwoven Pashmina shawls at Darkot and try their delicious local delicacy called Kulka which is made with flour and potatoes fried in dhungar (a local herb).

Distance from Delhi: 561 km
Best time to visit: April to June and October to November

Go for: An adventurous getaway

Udaipur, Rajasthan

A top deserver on the list, Udaipur, also called the City of Lakes, is one of the most romantic places in India. The city looks breathtakingly beautiful with its lakes, palaces and forts. The top places to visit are Lake Pichola, Udai Sagar Lake, Bagore Haveli, Fatehsagar Lake and Nathdwara temple. The City Palace of Udaipur is an architectural marvel on the banks of the lake. Boat ride in Lake Pichola is the most romantic thing you can do here. The grandeur of this enchanting city will flatter you because this one has a charm that no other place can come close to.

Traveller Tip: Add some authentic flavour to your romantic holiday with Kachori Chaat and traditionally made jalebis.

Distance from Delhi: 673 km
Best time to visit: October to March

Go for: A sightseeing getaway

So, get your travel gear in order and travel to any of these romantic getaways near Delhi to make the most of the coming weekend.

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About Lipika Sharma

Fast learner, slow eater with an itch for travel and fashion. Always ready for long drives, offbeat destinations and cake. Often sarcastic, mostly joking. Still learning how to be a morning person.