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30 Best Places to Visit near Delhi

 

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  • Delhi is a city steeped in rich Indian history, culture and heritage and the people who hail from this tough little city are explorers and adventurers in their true right and spirit! So the next time you wish to plan a quick getaway from the heat and agony of Delhi’s traffic, then you need not worry! There are several options for the excited traveler to head to on his next vacation and this time you should grab your family and friends along!

    India happens to be one of the few countries out there where you will find something exciting and new in every place and town, with stories etched onto the walls boasting of our glorious past when the Moghuls ruled and the Brahmins prayed in temples made of gold. For those who seek solace from the toiling heat of Delhi, there are lush, green and snow peaked hills you can escape into such as Kullu, Manali, Kasauli and simply relax in the comfort of misty clouds and mountains, forgetting the smoke filled nuisance you endure otherwise. 

    Delhiites love adventure, so for those who wish to explore wildlife on your next trip can head to Jim Corbett National Park or the Ranthambore National park on their next holiday! Adventure, history and misty hills await you to explore them soon with your friends so make plans now!! 

    Here is a list of some of the best places to visit near Delhi:

  • 01Manesar

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    With laid back surroundings taking you to a whole new world beyond the clear blue skies of Delhi, Manesar is home to several sleepy villages and natural scenic beauty that you can enjoy over the weekend in a day! For those who love shopping, there are several cultural handicrafts that you can buy while on your visit here with your family and friends and carry a hoard of exciting souvenirs for your trip back home. Manesar is one of the best places you can visit near Delhi on a one day weekend to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    How to reach: Manesar can be accessed by road and is located along the Delhi-Jaipur highway on NH-8. You can rent a private cab to go to Manesar and for those who wish to travel by bus there are state run buses from Delhi to reach Manesar.

    Distance from Delhi: 58km

    Best time to visit: September to May

    Attractions in Manesar: Sultanpur bird sanctuary, Amusement parks, Scenic landscapes and plains, Damdama Lake, Tau Devi Lal Park

    Activities: Local market shopping, Nature sightseeing, Hiking and trekking 

  • 02Sohna

    A small, quaint little town situated 64km from Dehi, Sohna is a quiet, lush green town in Haryana and a nice weekend getaway for those who seek peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of city life. The town is well known among tourist for its medicinal water springs and has often been termed as one of the best places to visit around Delhi for a quick weekend trip. There is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva around the area and several other tourist attractions that you will love and enjoy. Escape into this hilly heaven with your friends for a quick and short getaway and enjoy the scenery to the maximum. 

    How to get there: Sohna hills and Delhi are pretty close to one another and lies on the Gurgaon-Alwar highway. You could rent a taxi to reach the place or avail the state run buses as well.

    Distance from Delhi: 64km

    Best time to visit: September to May

    Attractions: Shiva Temple, Sulphur Springs, Village excursions, Nature sightseeing

    Activities: Nature sightseeing, Adventure camps, Trekking 
  • 03Sariska

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    If you love wildlife and the great outdoors, then head to the intimidating and beautiful forests of the Sariska Tiger Reserve and whip out your cameras to get your best click! Sariska Tiger Reserve is perfectly located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. Comprising of lush sandy gold and green plains and forested terrain spread across 866 sq km, this is one of the few weekend getaways near Delhi that is known for its large population of Tigers, Leopards, Wild Boar, Striped Hyena and several others wildlife species. For those who wish to see a few wildlife species in their natural habitat, this is the place for you to go on your next weekend holiday.

    Distance from Delhi: 216km

    Best time to visit: October to June

    Attractions: Royal Bengal Tigers, Leopards, Antelopes, Chital, Nilgai and different flora

    Activities: Wildlife Safari, trekking 

  • 04Bharatpur

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    Known otherwise as the land of the Jatts, this town is now famous for its rich cultural heritage and history that is so well known over India. The region perfectly blends in both Rajput and Mughal architecture and is also famous for the Keoladeo Ghana National Park, which offers a wide variety of species of birds that throng the area.

    Distance from Delhi: 182km

    Best time to visit: July to April

    Attractions: Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, rich flora and fauna

    Activities: Bird Watching and Nature Photography 

  • 05Neemrana

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    History and culture, at its luxurious best! The Neemrana town is located in the popular Alwar district of Rajasthan on the Delhi-Jaipur highway and is famous for its historic and beautiful Neemrana Fort Palace. The fort is now converted into one of the Rajasthan's oldest heritage luxury hotels. This 15th century relic has been restored and developed for the people to enjoy an amalgamation of history and modernity. The area located around here has been termed as the ‘ Raath Region’ due to the dry sand around.

    Every silent grand wall in Neemrana has a historic tale embedded in it and enthralls tourists and visitors from all around! This is the perfect place to visit around Delhi during your holidays and stay in some of the best resorts and offbeat stays. Neemrana is very popular among the adventurers of Delhi to visit just for a day to enjoy the heritage resort and other exciting activities!

    Distance from Delhi: 129km

    Best time to visit: October to March

    Attractions: Neemrana Fort, Vinay Vilas Mahal, Bala Quila, Siliserh Lake

    Activities: Nature sightseeing, historic walk, heritage tours, hiking, swimming, offbeat stay 

  • 06Nainital

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    If lush green plains and misty clouds allure you to nestle in a hammock and read a good book, far away from the city life then you need to head to Nainital, a stellar getaway place near Delhi for trekkers and nature lovers alike! Situated in the Kumaon foothills of the Himalayan ranges, Nainital is also known as the 'Lake District' of India.

     It has also been termed as a pious place for Hindus and is one of the most popular hill stations near Delhi due to its fascinating hills, picturesque plains, enjoyable climate and stunning lakes.  Adventurers engage in trekking activities and hike to the top of the beautiful hills just to witness the beautiful view and the wispy sky.

    Distance from Delhi: 278km

    Best time to visit: March to June and October to February.

    Attractions: Nainital Lake, Governor's House, Eco Cave Gardens, Naini Peak and Snow View Point

    Activities: Lake Visits, Village and Wildlife tours, Cable Car Rides, Rock Climbing and Trekking

  • 07Corbett National Park

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    Expanded over an area of 308 sq km, Jim Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936 and is one of the oldest national parks in the country. Situated at the base of the magnificent Himalayas, it is the first Tiger Reserve in the country and stands to be one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. Though visitors are allowed to certain parts of the reserve, the park makes for a fun and exciting wildlife tour.

    The national park is the perfect place for those wildlife species that seek refuge in its wonderfully green thickets. As the first national park to introduce and execute the ‘Project tiger’ campaign, Corbett national Park has been repeatedly termed as one of the best national parks in the country! So get your cameras and binoculars ready to go wildlife exploring soon!

    Distance from Delhi: 254km

    Best time to visit: November to June

    Attractions: Bengal Tigers, Indian Elephant, Wild Buffaloes, Leopards, Crocodiles and Gharials

    Activities: Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari, Wildlife Tours and nature photography

  • 08Agra

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    Located around 219km from Delhi, Agra is one of the most historic places you can visit on a long weekend away from Delhi. Known for most as the city that is home to the world famous Taj Mahal, Agra is also the place wit hrich cultural heritage steeped in centuries of Indian royal stories and tales. This medieval city has had an amazing progress with hospitality and infrastructure. There are market places for you to sight see with your friends and amazing photos that you can click while you’re there.

    Distance from Delhi: 209km

    Attractions: Taj Mahal, Jama Masjid, Saami Bagh, Delhi Gate Agra, Mughal Heritage Bagh, Tomb of Akbar the Great

    Activites: History sightseeing, Bicycle tours, Jeep safari, Local market visits, Historical walks 

  • 09Jaipur

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    The capital of Rajasthan and the land of the royals themselves, Jaipur is an elegant city painted in pink and a photographers delight! There is no better place around Delhi that you could think of when it comes to rich history, the birthplace of the royals themselves! Founded in 1727, Jaipur is one of the oldest cities designed as per Vastu Shastra! Built by Sawai Jai Singh, Jaipur houses various forts, palaces and architectural marvels worthy of a royal visit!

    Distance from Delhi: 264km

    Best time to visit: October to March and July to September

    Attractions: Amber Fort and Palace, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Gaitore, Jaigarh Fort and Jantar Mantar

    Activities: Camel Safari, Hot Air Ballooning, Elephant Rides, Desert Safari, Jeep Rides and Cycle Tours

  • 10Dehradun

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    A hilly paradise in every sense, this lovely town located in Uttarakhand is an ideal weekend getaway for those who seek solace in the hills! Located around 2250 feet above sea level and 34km from Mussoorie, Dehradun is a picturesque hill station in the charming Doon Valley. This hilly heaven has a close connection with Indian mythology and has buried deep within its hills, rich stories from Indian heritage.

    Dehradun is perfect for its amazing weather as it’s never too hot or too cold at any time of the year. There are several places that you can visit while in Dehradun and enjoy the amazing scenery and interact with the locals as well. The haven awaits you and ytaour friends this weekend so get going!

    Distance from Delhi: 239km

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Attractions: Robber's Cave, Central Braille Press, Forest Research Institute and Malsi Deer Park

    Activities: Temple Visit, Trekking, Wildlife Tours, Educational Trips, Ice Skating and Sightseeing

  • 11Kasauli

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    A charismatic hill station located in the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh, Kasauli is a favourite amongst Delhiites as one of the most popular places to visit near Delhi. Its stunning surroundings and exotic environment has led many Delhiites who tire of the brutal Delhi heat to run and escape into the hilly glory of the hills in Kasauli!

    The enchanting Victorian mansions will take your breath away and the backdrop of the serene hills will make you feel like you are in paradise! An ideal destination for honeymooners and for families alike, Kasauli has developed to become a holiday hotspot for travelers of all types and ages. There are numerous evergreen trees in and around this tourist destination including firs, oaks and willows, making for a storybook landscape for all to enjoy and explore!

    Distance from Delhi: 286km

    Best time to visit: All through the year

    Attractions: Manki Point, Sunset point and Gilbert Trail

    Activities: Trekking, Nature Sightseeing, Night Treks, Hiking 

  • 12Rishikesh

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    Visit the adventure capital of India, the marvelous and thrilling city of Rishikesh on your next vacation with your friends and family!  The 'Gateway to the Garhwal Himalayas', Rishikesh is located at the base of the Himalayas and is blessed with the gorgeous, thundering river of Ganga, the popular trek friendly rugged terrains, challenging peaks, strenuous rapids and dense forests! If you are an ardent traveler, then Rishikesh makes for one of the most ideal weekend getaways near Delhi.

    Being one of the holiest cities in India, Rishikesh is quite famous for its scenic landscape and serves as a gateway to other important religious centers such as Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. The adventurer paradise is a happening hub of many ancient temples and attractions such as Gita Bhawan, Laxman Jhula, Bharat Mandir, Neelkanth Mahadev, Swarga Ashram, Triveni Ghat amongst others! Grab your cameras and adventure gear and head to Rishikesh for an adventure packed holiday!

    Distance from Delhi: 228km

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Attractions: Triveni Ghat, Ram and Lakshman Jhula, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple and Vashista Cave

    Activities: River Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Camping, Rappelling, Rock Climbing and Trekking 

  • 13Mussoorie

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    Known as the ‘Queen of the Hill Stations’, Mussoorie is situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and was discovered by Captain Young in the 18th century. It serves as a perfect getaway to escape from the heat of Delhi summers and is located at an altitude of 2000m above sea level. Mussoorie has its emerald hills enveloped in thick, rich greenery and attracts tourists from all over the country!  You can explore the quaint marketplaces in Mussoorie and sightsee some of the popular landmarks in the area such as Landour Bazaar, Lal Tibba, Chaar Dukkan, Gun Hill, the Mussoorie Library and the Savoy Hotel.

    Mussoorie is undoubtedly one of the best hill stations in the country. Home to some of the most stunning waterfalls in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie offers the most enchanting panoramic view of the Shivalik Ranges and the Doon Valley.

    Distance from Delhi: 270km

    Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

    Attractions: Gun Hill, Waterfalls, Lakes, Benog Wildlife sanctuary, Tibetan Buddhist temple,  Sir George Everest's House and Nag Devta Temple

    Activities: Trekking, Nature Walks, Bird Watching, Boating, Ropeway Rides and Temple Visits

  • 14Lansdowne

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    Nestled comfortably in an isolated corner of the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, Lansdowne is a picture-perfect weekend getaway near Delhi. As one of the recently popular destinations to visit near Delhi, Lansdowne is situated at an elevation of 1,700m and boasts of rustic terrains and a perfect blend of bronzed earth and emerald green hills shielding the rest of the world from the beauty of the lovely hills. An ideal weekend spot for those who love trekking and hiking, Lansdowne is easily one of the most popular places you can visit within 300km from the city of Delhi with your family and friends!

    Distance from Delhi: 249km

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Attractions: War Memorial, Tip n Top View Point, Santoshi Mata Temple and St. Mary's Church

    Activities: Trekking, Mountaineering, Bird Watching, Boating, Paddling and Jungle Safari 

  • 15Haridwar

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    Known as one of the most ancient and sacred cities in India, Haridwar is situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga River and is one of the few places near Delhi to visit at any time during the year, and if you are an ardent devotee, then there are specific times during the year that you can visit this place.

    Revered by Hindus all over the country, Haridwar is one of the seven holiest cities of India and widely known as home to the Panch Tirth (five pilgrimage destinations) and three Siddha Peetha (a place where desires get fulfilled). A pious and holy place, Haridwar is a haven for photographers who can capture the deep beauty of the place and raw Indian culture.

    Distance from Delhi: 208km

    Best time to visit: February to March and August to October

    Attractions: Har Ki Pauri, Holy Ganges, Shantikunj, Chandi Devi and Mansa Devi Temple

    Activities: Rafting, Temple Visits, Cable Car Ride, Boat Rides and Ghat Visits 

  • 16Bhimtal

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    Bhimtal is a beautiful lakeside getaway located about 4000ft above sea level in Uttaranchal near Nainital and is a popular part of the lake district of Uttarakhand. This idyllic and picturesque lakeside destination is a complete contrast to the touristy and crowded Nainital.

    The emerald green hills around Bhimtal are good for long nature walks, treks and bird watching for those who love photography. This lakeside paradise is set at a lower height as compared to Nainital and therefore enjoys a pleasant climate all round the year. Being less crowded as compared to Nainital, this place is recommended for honeymooner and getaway seekers.

    Distance from Delhi: 296km

    Best time to visit: February to April and August to November.

    Attractions: Pine Rivera, Mall Road

    Activities: Bird Watching, Nature sightseeing, Boating

  • 17Shimla

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    The perfect blend of rivers and hills set against a beautiful rustic landscape, India's summer capital during the British Raj is now a popular skiing destination! Shimla is a tourist hot-spot for the avid trekker and adventurer. This picturesque capital of Himachal Pradesh is perfectly located at a height of 2,205m above sea level and is known for its fascinating hills and peaks, mesmerizing valleys and enchanting persona. Shimla is also home to one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site railway tracks in the world.

    A recently favorite honeymoon destination because of its seclusion from the rest of the world, the picturesque locations around Shimla is covered with alluring hills and a wide expanse of forests. For adventure lovers also, Shimla is a favorite destination because tourists can indulge in ice-skating, ice-skiing, mountain trek, mountain climbing and various other adventure sports.

    Distance from Delhi: 358km

    Best time to visit: October to June

    Attractions: Christ Church, Summer Hill, Anand Vilas, Chadwick Falls and State Museum.

    Activities: Sightseeing, Ice Skating, Toy Train Ride, Church Visit, Hiking and Local Shopping

  • 18Mukteshwar

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    Mukteshwar is a hilly region located in the Nainital district of Uttaranchal and is surrounded by coniferous forests and fruit orchards on all sides.  For those who love exploring religious places as devotees or explorers, the famous ‘Mukteshwar Temple’ is a must see! The main deity is Lord Shiva and is a famous attraction here. Besides Mukteshwar Temple, there are several attractions in Mukteshwar such as Chauli ki Jali, where few have explored!  The town is well adorned with fairytale houses of reddish hues and ancient style window frames and picket walls, much like a childrens book! Visit this town on your next holiday and enjoy the sprawling beauty of the place with your loved ones!

    Distance from Delhi: 310km

    Best time to visit: March to June, October to November

    Attractions: Mukteshwar Temple, Chauli ki Jaali, Mukteshwar Bungalow, Methodist church,

    Activities: Nature sightseeing, Pilgrimage tours, Heritage walk 

  • 19 Chail

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    The picturesque hill station is aptly located amidst tall, green forests of Chir Pine and the well scented Deodars. Chail has several exciting and mystical places to visit such as the palace on Rajgarh Hill, the Residency Snow View once occupied by British resident which is on Pandhewa Hill and Sadh Tiba Hill where Chail is situated. The lovely hilly town overlooks the Satluj Valley, and the famous towns and cities of Shimla and Kasauli are easily visible at night from here.

    For the ardent traveler who seeks new discoveries and has a fascination for sports, Chail has also the highest cricket ground in the world. On the other side of the town are the massive Himalayan ranges that reflect off the snow that adorns its peaks!

    Distance from Delhi: 352km

    Best time to visit: April to early July and November to December

    Attractions: Chail sanctuary, Palace hotel, Maharajas Palace, Cricket Ground

    Activities: Trekking, Hiking and Nature Sightseeing

  • 20Shoghi

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    Shoghi is located at an altitude above 5,700 feet and is a small hamlet located at a distance of 13km on the Ambala-Shimla national highway. The lovely hill station is surrounded by oak and rhododendron trees all year round and is a haven for the nature lover to visit!  The verdant green valleys around Shoghi offer a beautiful type of seclusion and tranquility to backpackers and trekkers.

    A major attraction in Shoghi is a village resort known as Park Woods. The other popular tourist destinations include Jakhoo Hill, Viceregal Lodge, Kurfi and Kandaghat. Shoghi is also famous for fruit products, locally made pickles, juices, syrups and jellies and is an ideal place for trekking, camping and bird watching.

    Distance from Delhi: 339km

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Attractions: Hanuman Temple, Kali Temple, Tara Devi Temple

    Activities: Pilgrimage Tours, Heritage walks, Nature sightseeing

  • 21Kufri

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    The beautiful hill station of Kufri is located at a very high elevation above sea level and is home to several different species of Wildlife. There are breeds of rare antelopes, Birds and different types of felines who, much like the traveler in you enjoys the beauty of the place and the serenity that it offers.

    The Himalayan Monal is a popular bird here, otherwise rarely found in other places. Explore the different potato plantations around the area and click amazing photographs! Adventurers true to their spirit can embark on skiing trips around the place during the seasons for skiing, apart from other exciting activities!

    Distance from Delhi: 380km

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Attractions: Mahasu Peak, the Himalayan Nature Park, Indira Tourist Park

    Activities: Trekking, Hiking, Sightseeing

  • 22Solan

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    Solan is located in the lovely land of Himachal Pradesh and has been proven to be a favourite amongst trekkers. It is located in between Kalka and Shimla on NH-22 and is also known as the "Mushroom city of India" all over India because of the high production of mushrooms in the city.

    Solans climate remains pleasant all year round. The innate beauty of the place and the rich heritage ebbing from the very soil has left many a traveler in awe!  Some of the popular places of the city include Kuthar Fort, Gurkha Fort, Jatoli Shiv Temple, Shoolini Mata Temple, Yungdrung Tibetan Monastery and Chail etc. Solan is a perfect tourist destination for adventurers and an apt place to enjoy the vacations with family and friends alike!

    Distance from Delhi: 316km

    Best time to visit: February to November

    Attractions: Kasauli brewery, Hawa Ghar, Mughal Garden, Monkey Point, Timber Trail Resort, Sunset Point

    Activities:  Trekking, Pilgrimage tours, Hiking, Sightseeing, Market visit

  • 23Ranthambore

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    Ranthambore National Park lies on the edge of a plateau and is sandwiched between the Banas and Chambal Rivers. Known for its wilderness and rustic golden hued natural beauty and appeal, Ranthambore is also home to some of the country’s most endangered wildlife and flora! It is indeed one of the best national parks and habitats for the stunning tigers and other similar wild species. Those who camp here for a longer period of time can gaze at the stars and also embark on a night safari with friends and family!

    Distance from Delhi: 364km

    Best time to visit: October to June

    Attractions: Tigers, Ranthambore Fort, Leopards, Indian Flying Fox and Marsh Crocodiles

    Activities: Safari Rides, Fort Visits, Wildlife Spotting and Nature Photography

  • 24Malana

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    The lands that hold the strongest relics of adventure are often not spoken about, and that is why you need to head to the mysterious hills of Malana for an adventure you can never forget! Malana is an ancient village that lies to the north – east of the Kullu Valley and this solitary village is located at an altitiude of 9,938ft above sea level. The village of Malana is connected to Kullu by three mountain passes. Many trekkers have traversed these mountains in search of adventure and discovered wonders that they have brought back home with them.  So grab your gear and head to this oldest democracy in the world and trek up the famous and intimidating Chanderkhani Pass and Rashol Pass.

    Distance from Delhi: 543km

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Attractions: Chandrakhani Pass, Kais wildlife sanctuary, Parvati Valley, Shiv Mandir, Hot Springs

    Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing and Hiking 

  • 25Kausani

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    Kausani is one of the most breathtaking hill stations in India, located 53km north of Almora in the state of Uttarakhand. This alluring sea of hills and valleys is located 1890 meters above sea level and offers a 350km view of the Himalayan peaks like Trisul, Nanda Devi and Panchchuli. Kausani is frequently visited all year round for its Tea Garden and the massive wide panoramic view that it offers the ardent trekker and photographer of the mighty Himalayas. There are many other attractions near Kausani such as Rudradhari waterfall, Sumitranandan Pant Gallery and anashakti ashram among many other well known places you can see with your loved ones on your next trip here!

    Distance from Delhi: 407km

    Best time to visit: March to May

    Attractions: Baijnath Temple, Kausani tea estate, Someshwar, Ridhradhari falls and caves, Pinnath

    Activities: Ashram visit, Heritage walks, Trekking, Sightseeing

  • 26 Manali

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    Situated on the Beas River Valley, Manali is one of the best skiing destinations in India. Reaching up to a height of 6,260ft, it is the highest point of the Kullu-Manali Valley. An ideal place for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts to hang out, Manali has become one of the most popular destinations for many who seek the company of nature and snow capped hills.

    Located along the Beas River, the valley is home to a large number of friendly inhabitants and has state of the art resorts and luxury amenities. There are rapids in Manali during the monsoon that make for an exciting white water rafting experience and kayaking; among other activities! In terms of adventure, Manali has a lot to offer which include skiing, mountaineering, trekking, rock-climbing and river rafting.

    Distance from Delhi: 550km

    Best time to visit: September to June

    Attractions: Rohtang Pass, Old Manali, Tibetan Monasteries, Solang Valley, Naggar Castle and Beas Kund.

    Activities: Paragliding, Zorbing, Mountaineering, Trekking, Monastery Visits, Temple Tours

  • 27Mcleodganj

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    Travelers who make plans for holidays to visit the Dharamsala need to visit the pious lands of Mcleodganj for an amazing religious experience. Located around 4km north of Dharamsala town, the religious land of beautiful scenery in McLeod Ganj is the residence of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the site of the Tibetan exile community's main temple.

    McLeod is home to a large Tibetan population, primarily monks and nuns. Along with Manali, this beautiful town is one of the two big traveler hang-outs in Himachal Pradesh, where several people come each year to volunteer with the Tibetan community, take courses in Buddhism, meditation or yoga, trek in the pristine and evergreen Dhauladhar Mountains and enjoy the low-budget spiritual vibes of the place. The monsoon (late June to early September) is particularly wet here, and warm clothes are useful between November and March. Many shops and businesses close on Monday. So why wait, grab your bags and head to the cool, calm land of Mcleodganj on your next weekend!

    Distance from Delhi: 496km

    Best time to visit: September to December and Mid March to Mid July.

    Attractions: Tsug La Khang, Masroor Temple, Tibet Museum, Dal Lake, Triund, Tushita Meditation Centre, Bhagsu Waterfall

    Activities: Nature sightseeing, trekking,

  • 28 Manikaran

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    Located in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh, Manikaran is a quaint, peaceful religious visit for both the Hindu and Sikh communities who wish to spend a weekend seeking the blessings of God. However, this place doubles up as a perfect destination around Delhi to visit with adventure lovers and photographers as well. You can see large number of pilgrims in this area at any time of the year.

    The main attraction of Manikaran is its hot springs that are located all around the place. It is believed that a holy dip in these hot springs can eliminate sins of the lifetime. Owing to its location close to Kullu and Manali, Manikaran makes for a popular excursion and is lucky to have a canopy of clouds and hills around it. Some of the popular and most religious Hindu temples here are dedicated to Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and Lord Vishnu and gathers devotees from all over the country.

    Distance from Delhi: 540km

    Best time to visit: 539km

    Attractions: Hot Springs, Kulant Pith, Lord Ramchandra Temple, Lord Shiva Temple, Manikaran Gurudwara.

    Activities: Trekking, religious walk, nature sightseeing