25 Road Trips & Long Drives From Delhi This Summer
It’s quite natural to get tiresome of the mundane regularity in life. Especially when you’re from a busy city like Delhi. Summer in Delhi can be exhausting almost to the level of intolerance. And it’s no sin to crave for a weekend escapade, to go somewhere far from the hustle and bustle of urbanity.
Here’s a list of the places that can offer you a transient yet memorable respite from work; these 25 driving getaways from Delhi will be enchanting experiences to say the least!
Start with Rajasthan, though you may not get the desired relief from the summer heat here, yet, exploring Rajasthan will be worth it!
Top 25 Road Trips From Delhi
- Neemrana, Rajasthan
- Jaipur, Rajasthan
- Bharatpur, Rajasthan
- Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
- Alwar, Rajasthan
- Shekhawati, Rajasthan
- Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
- Agra, Uttar Pradesh
- Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
- Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
- Lansdowne, Uttarakhand
- Nainital, Uttarakhand
- Auli, Uttarakhand
- Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
- Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
- Ranikhet, Uttarakhand
- Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand
- Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand
- Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
- Manali, Himachal Pradesh
- Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
- Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
- Chail, Himachal Pradesh
- McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh
- Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
1. Neemrana, Rajasthan
Situated in Alwar, Rajasthan, Neemrana is a primitive historic town with a blithe spirit that makes it a perfect destination for a summer getaway. This place is a unique coalescence of the bygone era and modernity. A perfectly serene holiday destination during weekend.
Distance from Delhi: 128.7 km via NH 48.
2. Jaipur, Rajasthan
The Pink City as in Jaipur is another getaway from Delhi. An exemplary city in Rajasthan. The city will fascinate you with its fairy tale vibes. The citadels and palaces bestrew the city with the charm and magnificence of the bygone royalty.
Distance from Delhi: 281.2 km via NH 48.
3. Bharatpur, Rajasthan
Drive to this city in Rajasthan for exploring the famous Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, presently known as Keoladeo National Park
Distance from Delhi: 220.4 km via Taj Express Highway/ Yamuna Expy
4. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Ablaze in the beams of the sun, this city is known as the Golden City in Rajasthan, Jaisalmer. Explore the forts and palaces here. Partake in camel safaris, boating at Gadisar Lake.
Distance from Delhi: 826.7 km via NH11
5. Alwar, Rajasthan
This city is another weekend getaway from Delhi, noted for its architectural works along with temples, forts, palaces, lakes enhancing its charm.
Distance from Delhi: 184.5 km via Western Peripheral Expy
6. Shekhawati, Rajasthan
This historical region is well-known as the ‘open-air art gallery’ exhibiting some exquisitely painted havelis. Preserving the heritage of this region, the mansions have carved on them impressive frescos blending religion, mythology, modernity, family etc.
Distance from Delhi: 230 km
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7. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Situated in Madhya Pradesh, Gwalior is a famous historical city to visit from Delhi, on a weekend break. Well-known for its artistic skills, Gwalior is also popular for the several dynasties that ruled here including the 18th century Scindia dynasty. The city is blessed with an antique charm reflected in numerous architectural wonders and exquisite temples that you must explore.
Distance from Delhi: 356.7 km via NH 44.
8. Agra, Uttar Pradesh
One of the most popular tourist destinations in India is the Mughal city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh. Its position on the banks of Yamuna River enhances its charm. Known as the ‘City of the Taj’, Agra’s prime attraction and pride is the Taj Mahal, listed as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The majestic white marble mausoleum built for housing the tomb of Mumtaz, the dearest wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It’s a unique specimen of a blend of Persian, Islamic, Turkish and Indian architecture, exhibiting the glorious Mughal history.
Distance from Delhi: 233.1 km via Taj Express Highway
9. Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
One of the oldest cities in India, Varanasi is a place where life and death merge with each other. The evening aarti by the river is one of the prime attractions of this place. For some calm of mind, you can visit the ghats or go for a boat ride.
Distance from Delhi: 820.6 km via NH19
10. Mathura and Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh
The famous twin cities in Uttar Pradesh. Mathura being the birthplace of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan being his childhood abode –these two cities attract a lot of tourists from all around the globe.
Distance from Delhi: 183 km via Taj Express Highway/ Yamuna Expy
Okay, not going to torment you with the heat anymore. Here’s the list of the hill stations in nature’s lap that you can try!
11. Lansdowne, Uttarakhand
Lansdowne is a picturesque hill station in Uttarakhand. Though not really a famous tourist destination, yet a getaway to this place wouldn’t make you regret. This place has retained its unharmed scenic beauty. If you’re frustrated of your mundane schedule, take a break and visit Lansdowne for some serenity. It is located at an altitude of 1700 m, encircled by thick pine and oak forests. A fine place for relaxation if you want to escape from the scorching summer heat. This place will bless you with its pleasant weather.
Distance from Delhi: is 258.3 km via NH534
12. Nainital, Uttarakhand
Standing at an altitude of 1938 m, Nainital can be added in your list of driving getaways from Delhi. The beautiful lake city is named after Naini Lake. One of the renowned hill stations in Uttarakhand. Noted for its pristine beauty, Nainital is frequently visited by the tourists.
Distance from Delhi: 345.1 km via NH9
13. Auli, Uttarakhand
Well-known as the ‘Skiing capital of India’, Auli welcomes skiing enthusiasts from all around the world. It is encompassed by oak and coniferous forests, the Nanda Devi and Nar Parvat Mountains. It is elevated at a height of 2505 m. During winter Auli gets wrapped with white sheet of snow. Lose yourself in the majestic views of the snow-capped peaks. Ride on the Auli ropeway. Partake in trekking if you’re up for some adventure. Do not miss to visit the mesmerizing Auli Artificial Lake.
Distance from Delhi: 398.1 km via Upper Ganga Canal Road
14. Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
A topnotch place for weekend getaways; situated in Uttarakhand, Jim Corbett Nation Park is a famous wildlife sanctuary. A spectacular abode of varied flora and fauna. Known for preserving Bengal tigers, leopards, buffaloes, sambar deer, hog deer, Himalayan black bears, wild elephants etc.
Distance from Delhi: 244.6 km via Upper Ganga Canal Road
15. Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Known as the Yoga Capital of the World, Rishikesh is famous for offering its visitors thrilling activities such as river rafting and bungee jumping. This hill town must be added to your list of weekend getaways. Also visit the Ram Jhula, Lakshman Jhula, Swarg Ashram, Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh.
Distance from Delhi: 251.3 km via NH334
16. Ranikhet, Uttarakhand
Visit this hill station noted for its Himalayan views and natural beauty. To avoid the scorching heat of summer escape to Ranikhet on weekend.
Distance from Delhi: 401 km via NH9
17. Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand
Another majestic hill station, Dhanaulti, is gaining its popularity as one of the most preferred places for a driving getaway from Delhi.
Distance from Delhi: 289.1 km via Upper Ganga Canal Road
18. Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand
Located at an altitude of 2285 m above the sea level, this town is another tourist attraction in Uttarakhand, surrounded by fruits orchards and coniferous forests. Visit this town for a peaceful weekend.
Distance from Delhi: 391.5 km via NH9
19. Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Take a short trip to Shimla, the famous hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Shimla retains its charms of the British colonial era, reflected in the colonial architecture of the churches and temples. Couples often choose this place to spend their honeymoon. Shimla is also popular in family vacations.
Distance from Delhi: 344 km away via NH 44 and NH5
20. Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Another popular hill station in India, Manali is a famous honeymoon destination. Adorned with dense pine forests and lush mountains, Manali is a perfect summer getaway from Delhi. Visit Solang Valley for thrilling activities such as zip lining, river rafting, paragliding, trekking and rock climbing. Explore the famous Rohtang Pass. You can also go for a snow scooter ride, mountain biking and skiing and camping by the riverside.
Distance from Delhi: Around 537 km via NH 44
21. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Kasol or Kasauli is another hill station from the British colonial era. Abundance of verdant greens, pristine natural beauty, serenity and pleasant weather –this place is an ideal destination for your weekend getaway in summer. Get on top of the Monkey Point to witness an enthralling view of the surrounding. To capture the crimson sunset, visit the Sunset point.
Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanak Ji – a historical shrine visited by many ardent followers of Guru Nanak Devi Ji
Distance from Delhi: 519.1 km via NH 44
22. Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh
A desert mountain valley, the land between Tibet and India. This valley is a cultural and research centre for the Buddhists. Visit the monasteries here –Tabo Monastery, Key Monastery and a few others. Visit the Spiti River, Chandra Taal, Langza village and Pin Valley National Park. This valley doesn’t have much inhabitants, so if you’re looking for some secluded place to get away from your busy life, Spiti Valley is just the place for you.
Distance from Delhi: 733.8 km via NH 44
23. Chail, Himachal Pradesh
Chail can be another weekend getaway from Delhi for you. A tranquil hill station at an elevation of 2250 m. This place is almost similar to Shimla, surrounded by lush greenery and dense forests along with a serenity in the air. Visit the Chail Palace, Maa Kali Temple, Sadhupul Lake in Chail.
Distance from Delhi: 335.4 km via NH 44
Traveling time: 7 hours 11 min
24. McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh
Also referred to as the ‘Little Lhasa’ because of its vast Tibetan population. This is also a centre of Buddhism and harbours Tibetan culture. Perfect place for practicing yoga or meditation.
Distance from Delhi: 478.9 km via NH44 and NH503
25. Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Ladakh is one of the most desired places to visit in India. This is another abode of the Buddhists. Blessed with mountains and lakes, Ladakh is a must visit on your weekend getaway from Delhi. Visit the gompas (Buddhist monasteries) here. A road trip from Delhi to Ladakh would be a romantic and a blissful one. Explore the lakes here –Pangong Lake, Lake Moriri along with the Nubra Valley.
Distance from Delhi: 1011 km via Leh Manali Highway
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