14 Epic Road Trip Ideas from Delhi
It’s common knowledge that going on a trip takes a good amount of planning and at least a couple of days off, apart from a decent amount of savings, doesn’t it? But still don’t we sometimes get the sudden urge that makes us want to enjoy the weekend outdoors? At such times the idea of a road trip often pops up in our brains but because of our lack of ideas, we generally tend to suppress this desire.
Well from now on the people of Delhi won’t have to do that. Because in this article, Delhiites will find 14 Epic road trip ideas that will make them go through bustling cities, calm villages, small towns, and dense forests. And it is guaranteed that they won’t be able to stop themselves from falling in love with these places.
Here are 14 Destinations that are perfect Road Trip getaways from Delhi.
Distance: 145 km
Neemrana town is an excellent destination for history lovers, as every corner of this town is packed with history. In fact, the most famous place of this town, the Neemrana Fort Palace, built-in 1464 AD. is known for being the palace of Rajput Maharaja Prithvi Raj Chauhan III.
Distance: 201 km
Rajasthan’s Bharatpur is a historically rich city that is also a part of the Golden Triangle. Bharatpur or Lohagarh is home to the Keoladeo National Park where one gets to spot over 370 species of birds and animals.
Distance: 221 km
A go-to place of most Delhiites is Agra, isn’t it? Agra, as we all know is abode to Taj Mahal – One of the seven wonders of the world. But apart from this Agra is also an important part of the famous tourist circuit – The Golden Triangle. Agra is also home to a couple of other World Heritage Sites like- Fatehpur Sikri and the Agra Fort, making Agra one of the Go To Destinations, while taking a Road Trip from Delhi
Distance: 246 km
Rishikesh – The Adventure Capital of India, needs no introduction. Proximity to cities like Delhi and Haridwar, and the fact that, one can indulge in different Adventure Sports, be it white water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, or heading out for hikes and treks; apart from spending time in search of peace in the land of Yoga, has led to the crazy popularity of Rishikesh. Rishikesh is the gateway to The Char Dham Yatra, and to many popular treks, and is also one of the best places to be in if you are looking for a Yoga Retreat.
Distance: 268 km
Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan, which is also known as the “Pink City” that showcases the beauty of Rajasthani heritage through its beautiful and well-known tourist spots like- Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, and others. Along with all these, Jaipur is also famous for as a foodies paradise, due to the plethora of local delicacies on offer.
Jim Corbett National Park
Distance: 280 km
If you are looking for a wildlife getaway, that too under 6 hours, then this place is perfect for you. Jim Corbett National Park, which is also one of the Best National Parks in India comes out as a perfect getaway place where wildlife enthusiasts get to see over 50 species of mammals, including the Royal Bengal Tiger, Elephant, Deer and around 580 species of birds. One of the best thing you can do in Corbett National Park is go for the Tiger Safari, and the second best thing to do in Corbett National Park is staying somewhere like Aahana – The Corbett Wilderness, where you can relax and rejuvenate, soak in the freshness of Nature, and take the much needed break from Delhi.
Distance: 291 km
Famous for Naini Lake – Its in the form of a teardrop, when observed from up above; Nainital is another popular Weekend Getaway Destination from Delhi. However, our recommendation would be to make Nainital as your base, and explore quainter destinations like Pangot, Bhimtal, Naukuchiatal, Sattal, Almora and Ranikhet among others.
Distance: 349 km
Shimla is one of the top Himalayan weekend destination for many tourists! As a colonial hill station, Shimla offers an insight into the colonial life and is still infused with colonial architecture. Known as the ‘Queen of Hills’, Shimla offers wide range of sporting adventure- from paragliding to Skiing! It is also the best destination for those who are travelling in the Himalayas for the first time. Shimla is also the gateway to Spiti Valley, which is also known as the Middle Land.
Distance: 450 km
Amritsar is mostly known for being the abode of the magnificent Golden Temple, which is considered one of the most sacred place of the Sikhs. Apart from this, Amritsar is also important from a historic point of view, as it is home to sights such as Jallianwala Bagh and the Partition Museum. One of the most memorable experiences that you can have in Amritsar is witnessing the Beating Retreat Ceremony at the Wagah Border, which is just 30 odd kms from Amritsar. Apart from this, Amritsar is also a foodies paradise, so make sure you go with an empty stomach.
Distance: 517 km
In the last 3-4 years, Bir has become home to plenty of Digital Nomads and plenty of amazing Cafes have opened up through out Bir. Bir is a budget friendly destination that has the potential of making every adventurer tick off Paragliding from their bucket list. This place is also known as the “Heaven for Paragliders”. And, apart from that Bir is also famous for being the abode to numerous Tibetan Stupas and monasteries. Apart from Paragliding and visiting the Monasteries, one thing you should definitely do in Bir is Cafe Hopping. And if you’re wondering What to Eat or Where to Eat in Bir Billing, then this Bir – Billing Food Guide is just for you.
Distance: 537 km
Not a weekend destination from Delhi, per say. However, Manali makes for an excellent destination for a Long Weekend Getaway. Manali is one of the most well-known hill stations in India that offers its visitors picturesque locations, and serene surroundings, and is also the gateway to Lahul and Spiti Valley. Here, people get to see beautiful mountains, crystal clear rivers, dense forests, and others. Trekking, paragliding, skiing, and rafting are some of the most loved activities among adventure lovers. If, however you want to explore Manali like a local, then you got to check out these Non Touristy Things to do in Manali. If you find yourself in Manali, then this 7 Day Manali Travel Itinerary will definitely help you plan out your Manali Vacation.
Distance: 652 km
Want to feel like royalty this weekend? Then this “City of Lakes and Palaces” is a perfect long weekend destination for you. Udaipur is a perfect destination for history lovers and shoppers, for, this city along with being known for its rich history is also a place filled with colourful and vibrant knick-knacks that don’t fail to attract people of every age group from every part of the world.
Attractions like Udaipur Palace | Lake Palace | Jaisamand Lake | Fatehsagar Lake | Crystal Gallery and The Vintage Car Collection should definitely be there on your Udaipur Travel Itinerary !
Distance: 957 km
Again, not a weekend destination, However, driving from Delhi to Leh is definitely a weekend well spent. What will follow is, a minimum of 7 Days in Ladakh, which is the bare minimum required to cover the major attractions of Ladakh. This Buddhist ex-kingdom is a region with beautiful arid mountains. You’ll find Buddhist Stupas and Monasteries and whitewashed mountains, anywhere and everywhere in Ladakh.
Highlights of Ladakh – Shanti Stupa | Thiksey Monastery | Pangong Tso | Khardung La | Nubra Valley | Diskit Monastery | Uming La | Hanle | Puga Valley
Where to Stay in Ladakh? – The Grand Dragon Ladakh | Ladakh Eco Resort | The Indus Valley | Gomang Boutique Hotel | TIH The Zen Ladakh | Shaolin Ladakh | Tushita Ladakh | Beyond Stay – The Leh Berry Boutique – Leh
The Jungle Trail
Distance – 2500km
Another beautiful Road Trip that you can do from Delhi is going on a Tiger Trail through the National Parks in the Heart of India, where you’ll also be able to tick off, not only some of the Best National Parks in India, but also, destinations like Jhansi, Khajuraho, Bhopal, among others.
The ideal circuit will look something like this, covering a distance of roughly 2500 kms, through the Heart of India
Delhi – Jhansi – Khajuraho – Panna National Park – Bandhavgarh National Park – Kanha National Park – Pench National Park – Satpura National Park – Panchmarhi – Bhopal – Gwalior – Delhi
There are plenty of amazing boutique properties that you can stay while doing the Jungle Trail, such as the Ken River Lodge in Panna National Park, Renest Bandhavgarh Meadows in Bandhavgarh National Park Pench Jungle Camp in Pench National Park , Banjaar Tola Kanha National Park – A Taj Safari Lodge in Kanha National Park, Jehan Numa Palace Hotel in Bhopal, Dera Haveli- Heritage homestay in Gwalior, among others.
Did you ever think, there are so many locations near you that allows you to have a quick getaway? Well, now the answer doesn’t matter, because this above-given list has for sure already made you decide where you would like to spend your next Extended Weekend or Road Trip Vacation from Delhi. Don’t hold yourself back anymore and let yourself feel rejuvenated.