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Top 12 Destinations near Delhi To Chilling Over A Long Weekend!

Posted on :
24 October 2018
Posted on :
24 October 2018

Well, living in Delhi itself showers you with an ample number of weekend visit options within this heritage city. In fact, those places can fit into your lists for introspection or simply revisiting the historical witnesses of the city. Yet, a different place, a little much of travel (maybe a road trip), some anticipation for a never-visited-earlier destination - the combo cannot be beaten by anything else when it comes to refreshing yourself washing away all the weird things that you had to deal with in the past week. All the alibis that you could think of framing to escape the next trip planned by your friends or family will no more be there in your minds with this list of long weekend getaways from Delhi.

1. Trek to Tirthan Valley:

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It would take you about 10-11 hours to reach Tirthan from Delhi, and the overnight Delhi-Manali Volvo route can be taken, midway of which you will find the Aut tunnel nearest spot to Tirthan. It is a three days long trek including a visit to Jalori Pass, Serolsar Lake, and Nagini Waterfalls. It is mostly rated as moderate apart from a few stretches. Being counted among the world heritage sites of UNESCO, your trail to the Tirthan valley presents you with several less crowded landscapes strewn beautifully one after the other wrapped in the hues of nature in the snowy white mountains, lush green valleys, and the star-studded blue sky.

2. Chandrakhani Pass Trek:

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Trek fanatics out there! This one’s a must-visit for you. The trail to Chandrakhani Pass starts from a small settlement Naggar that’s approximately at 21kms from our ever-loved Manali. For the long weekend of yours when neither staying tucked in your bed nor an utterly expensive trip is an option, book this trek to revive your soul in the lap of nature. Once you reach this 3660m high spot, your view of the horizons will be packed with mountain peaks. Pir Panjal, Deo Tibba peak and the range of Parbati mountains grace the view from the Pass.

3. Pabbar Valley:

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Another hidden gem of Himachal Pradesh is the Pabbar Valley. At about seven and a half hours drive away from Delhi awaits you this enthralling place. This one’s the ultimate beat-the-crowd place wrapped in the arms of seclude. A little ahead of Shimla, this valley lies at the foothills of Chansal range of mountains offering trails to Kuper and Chansal Pass, this beautiful valley takes you a step closer to nature. Enjoy the apple orchards, the view of virgin forests of Oak and Deodar, the sparkling yet calm lakes and the narrow streams- nature’s bliss on your long weekend at Pabbar Valley.

4. Spituk and Stok:

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Talking about long weekend getaways from Delhi and Leh be missed in it- no, we are not out of our minds. The Trekkers’ ultimate destination Leh has a bunch of places tucked up in her its sleeves for your best ever long weekend. Head straight to airport from your office and take the flight to Leh before your long weekend begins and (preferably) drive your way to the village of Spituk, located 7kms away from Leh. Your first trail of about 4-5hours will be to the greener parts of Zingchen valley through the barren, dry paths from Spituk. Camping by the Rumbak River is a pretty good idea for halting. Enroute to the lively village of Stok, your list of halts goes on with the national park of Hemis, Rumbak village, Stok La and Mankarmo. The vintage Stok Palace steals the show when you reach the village.

5. Markha Valley:

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Can you recall any scene with rocky uphill and lush green grass beneath from the Hollywood animation movie of The Lion King? Well, you don’t need to travel far to live it. Markha valley trek takes you right there. A little longer than a long weekend can accommodate this trek plan, that is about 8 days it takes for this trail. Post the Spituk-Zingchen trek, branch out your route to Yurutse. Trek up to Ganda La pass and then to Skyu. Following the criss-cross course of Markha River, trekking towards Markha valley, you will arrive at Thachungtse. Your next stop will be at the highest camp of Niamling. With the splendid views of Zanskar mountain range, your way will take you through Kongmaru La pass. Camping at Shang Sumdo village and visiting the Thiksay monastery are the few last things of the trek.

6. Manali:

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Perhaps the most popular choice of spending a weekend outside of Delhi zeroes down to Manali. An overnight journey will land you up at your destination, thereby cutting down the travel time. Though the number of places is too many to visit over a long weekend, a couple of things to rejuvenate your work-ache can be certainly listed down. Camping at Solang Valley is one of those. Beginning from the rides to the sight-seeing and temple visits at Manali- choose all you like the most for the daytime. The beauty of Solang valley is not unknown but, how about the star-studded sky and the chilly weather doing the rounds? A tip for a perfect treat to your mind at this camping experience: pack a good deal of woollens.

7. Hampta Pass Trek:

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This trail is dotted with enchanting valleys of Lahaul and Kullu. Trekking through the small secluded settlements, you will be showered with the views of alpine forests and the rarest of bird species. Your path to Hampta Pass will be lined with rare beautiful Himalayan flowers like orchids taking you through glacial valleys, paddocks, rock-lined waterways, and of course, the shimmery Chandratal Lake.

8. Tosh Valley:


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One of the best fitting long weekend getaways from Delhi is the Tosh valley. Your trail to this enthralling small settlement of Tosh starts from the city of salvation, as they call it, Kasol. Post an overnight journey to Kasol, you have to walk down by the river Tosh for about 9kms. Once you arrive at the narrower rivulet of Parvati River, a steeper trek to the village begins. While you walk in the lap of nature, the views of the Himalayas will never stop mesmerizing you at any point, the best part being the less crowdedness of the place. It is bliss for secluded lovers.


9. Kasol and Kheerganga:

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Though you can cover up Kasol-Tosh-Kheerganga in about 4days, yet for the group of people who want an escape from the hectic city life, it is preferable that you pause to admire nature. It is an overnight journey to Kasol from Delhi. The rare and rawness of this beautiful city washes away all your troubles. Trek to Kheerganga and the riverside camping are the must-dos when you’re in Kasol. Travel solo or in a group, this place carves your weekend to the best.

10. Dalhousie:

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At around a distance of 560kms from the city of Delhi, lies the ’Switzerland of India’- Dalhousie. The misty mornings on the five hills, the breathtaking waterfalls, lakes and the view of beautiful mountains- all that you get here will certainly heal your digital-scarred eyes and mind. The Kalatop Wildlife Reserve is another popular attraction of the tourists.

11. Rishikesh:

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For the adventure freaks out there- this is absolutely your dream destination. The land blessed with holiness, Rishikesh, also nestles some of the finest spots of river rafting, trekking, hiking, Bunjee jumping, and camping. All can fit in a weekend along with a few sacred halts for your long weekend.

12. Rann of Kutchh:

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No matter how cliché it may sound, but ‘pristine’ is the word that sums up the shimmery silver sands and a crimson-draped sky. Yes, this is absolutely what you can anticipate about while fixing your long weekend plans on Delhi. A delectable array of food and a colourful treat to eyes are the bonus if you visit this place during the Kutchh festival that is held from November and February.


‘Solo trips’ or ‘Groupfie destinations,’ ‘Budget trips in the last weekend of the month’ or ‘travelling in the lap of luxury’- these getaways near Delhi are cut-out for any and every long weekend of yours.