When it comes to connecting with mother nature, North Indians must take utmost pride and joy for perfectly being located geographically. People in the north are close to regions like the Himalayas that are indeed the dream destinations for many travellers.
There are not just four, five but end number of destinations to choose from for every weekend that is perhaps not even heavy on the pocket!
Here’s a list of ten destinations you can spend ten weekends at with absolutely no regrets! They are easily accessible, within five to six hours of distance and are a treat for true nature lovers.
1. Mathura and Vrindavan
Also referred to as “Brajbhoomi, Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna is situated on the banks of river Yamuna and is a perfect cultural and religious weekend getaway. It is just 160 km away from the country capital and must be visited at least once by all. Moreover, Just 12 km ahead of Mathura is Vrindavan where Lord Krishna is believed to have spent his childhood.
Best Time To Visit- Holi, in the month of March, is best celebrated in Mathura and Vrindavan and makes it the ideal time to visit.
Another pilgrim place, Haridwar attracts lakhs of people every year to the largest religious gathering called Kumbh Mela. Moreover, Hari ki Pauri, Manasa Devi temple, and Chandi Devi temple are some other tourist spots that cannot be missed at your visit to Haridwar. This place is also the birthplace of Holy river Ganges and is 208 km from Delhi.
Best Time To Visit- Kanwar Haridwar Mela that is celebrated in the months of July-August is the best time to make the most of your trip to Haridwar.
Taj Mahal, one of the most visited tourist destinations in India is 209 km from Delhi. The historic city is home to many other landmarks like Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, Itimad-Ud-Daulah, Jama Masjid and Mehtab Bagh.
Best Time To Visit- Usually, March is when the city celebrates Taj Mahotsav and makes it the best time to indulge in Agra lifestyle.
If you’re a thrill seeker, this is exactly where you should be! Rishikesh is blessed with rugged terrains, breathtaking peaks, and some popular trek points. It is also called as the ‘Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas’ and can be visited any time throughout the year. The adrenaline destination is 228 km from Delhi.
Best Time To Visit- The best time to visit Rishikesh for River Rafting is from late September – October to mid-November. Or, early March – April to the first week of May.
5. Jim Corbett National Park
Approximately 250 km from Delhi, Jim Corbett National Park is a perfect destination for nature and wildlife admirers. Moreover, The Forest has 5-star jungle resorts nearby and is spread across 520 square kilometers with different zones.
Best Time To Visit as per each zone-
Jhirna Zone- Throughout the year
Dhikala Zone- 15th November to 15th June.
Bijrani Zone- 1st October to 30th June
Sonanadi Zone- Throughout the year
Durga Devi Zone- 15th November to 15th June
With picture perfect views, oak forests, and mesmerizing snow peaks, Lansdowne is one of the best hilly towns from Delhi. One can enjoy mountaineering, bird watching, boating, paddling, trekking and jungle safari here. The hill station is located at a distance of 250 km from Delhi.
Best Time To Visit- You can be a part of the annual Sharadotsav that is held in the month of October which is celebrated with grand fervor. Or, Jwalpa Devi, another place that attracts a lot of tourists for pilgrimage, especially during Ashtami in the months of April and October.
Mussoorie, a hill station situated 2005 meters above sea level and 35 km ahead of Dehradun is a known as the queen of hills.The destination is just 275 km from Delhi and is famous for varied flora and fauna, majestic view of Shivalik ranges and the Doon valley.
Best Time To Visit- September-June is the time when you can make the most of a trip to Mussoorie.
Pink City of India, Jaipur, is a drive of about 5 hours, covering a distance of 285 km from Delhi. Forts, palaces, and museums make the city a must visit destination and never miss on making one feel the aura of royals.
Best Time To Visit- The best season to visit Jaipur when the city meets a number of tourists is during the winter months, from early November through to February.
Kasauli has been attracting tourists from all over the world for its majestic views. Away from the noise of cities, this town, 293 km from Delhi, is where you must go to take long stargazing walks, enjoy nature’s beauty and hear the birds singing.
Best Time To Visit- Monsoons in Kasauli is the best time for outdoor activities.
If you’re looking for some relaxing time, a cable car that runs to snow and spectacular views, Nainital, is one of the best options that are is 300 km away from Delhi. The town is set around the famous Naini lake and is famous for its pleasant weather.
Best Time To Visit- March to May when the temperature ranges between 10 degrees to 27 degrees is an ideal time for site seeing and outdoor activities.