Besides being the national capital and a hub of power and politics, Delhi remains a colorful collage of art, architecture, culture, and history, constantly buzzing with wonders of the past and present. Delhi has always enjoyed a geo-politically prominent and convenient location for its residents and rulers. Being close to the Himalayas, Delhi also serves as a central point for travelers to explore the exotic mountain locales in the north, the expansive desert territories in the west, or the lush plainlands of the east. Whether you are seeking some relaxing weekend getaways from Delhi or getting your adrenaline pumping with adventurous activities around the city, you can find it all at an accessible distance from here. The list of places to visit near Delhi is never ending.
And when you avail of Savaari’s car rental service in Delhi, you can easily and comfortably explore all the gorgeous locales around Delhi in no time. Save & share this handy infographic curated by Savaari for a quick weekend getaway from Delhi. The roads are calling where are you?
Savaari’s Curated Places to Visit near Delhi
- Shoghi – A haven of tranquility
- Pangot – A picturesque hill station
- Chandigarh – City Beautiful
- Agra – The long-lost empire
- Vrindavan-Mathura – Dose of divinity
- Neemrana – The heart of the golden triangle
- Nainital – A quaint summer retreat
- Jaipur – The pink city
- Shimla – A complete Himalayan destination
- Dharamshala – A sensory rejuvenation
- Haridwar-Rishikesh – Where nature meets culture
- Varanasi – For the wandering souls
Shoghi – A haven of tranquility
Shoghi is a charming, offbeat hill station in Himachal Pradesh that sits at an elevation of 5700 feet. The little hamlet surrounded by oak trees and rhododendrons is noted for its scenic beauty and serenity, as well as the heartwarming hospitality that the locals extend to visitors.
Why do we recommend visiting Shoghi?
From gorgeous views and fruit-made products to lip-smacking local delicacies, this small hill town has so much to offer. Home to ancient temples and dense foliage, the quaint town is also a haven for trekkers and offers amazing opportunities for trekking and camping.
Why should you travel to Shoghi by road?
A road trip to this splendid location takes you through the belt under a thick cover of oak and pine trees. Its unblemished beauty, picturesque surroundings, peaceful locale and, above all, the awesome weather have given Shoghi an edge over all the other popular hill stations on the Kalka-Shimla belt.
A trip to Shoghi is ideal for?
- Hiking and birdwatching
- You should travel here if you are in a constant search for an elusive, secluded spot of paradise in the hills.
Pangot- A picturesque hill station
Located in the picturesque Kumaon region in Himachal Pradesh, Pangot is a delight at every view. The pleasant climate and scenic landscape charm of Pangot make it among the list of must-visit places near Delhi. Unlike popular tourist destinations in Uttarakhand like Dehradun and Nainital, Pangot is quiet and laid back.
Why do we recommend visiting Pangot?
Located in the Lake District of India, Pangot is a picturesque hill station located about 13 km from Nainital in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. This idyllic community is a birdwatchers’ paradise; a honeymooners’ delight, a nature junkie’s next big exploration and an all-around breath-taking experience. The sight of crystal clear water gurgling down the mountains in Pangot is a sight to behold.
Why should you travel to Pangot by road?
A drive through the thick oak forests to Pangot is accented with pine trees, which provide texture to the beautiful green of nature. The vibrant colour strokes immerse you in the sensory and visual delight of Rhododendron trees in full bloom. The red splattering down the Himalayan roadways is a magical sight to see.
A trip to Pangot is ideal for?
- Camping, Trekking, Birdwatching.
- You should travel here if you are in search of solitude and solace, connecting with nature, and rejuvenating from the hum-drum of life.
Chandigarh – City Beautiful
Also hailed as the City Beautiful, Chandigarh stands as a living example of what and how a planned city should look like. Designed by a Swiss-French architect, the city showcases many man-made wonders, each alluring to its visitors. Also, being closer to the border of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Punjab, Chandigarh offers ample natural beauty.
Why do we recommend visiting Chandigarh?
If your sore eyes need a respite, then a trip to Chandigarh is highly prescribed. With fascinating structures, 22 distinctively themed gardens, and a surrounding hilly landscape, the city is like a breath of fresh air, despite its urban vibes.
[Also read: A detailed travel guide on Chandigarh]
Why should you travel to Chandigarh by road?
Although it’s from one city to another, a road trip from Delhi to Chandigarh sees a real transition in landscape, skyline, and culture, and in no time. On the way, you also get to see the most legendary historical sites like Panipat, Kurukshetra, Ambala, etc. that created and shaped the country.
A trip to Chandigarh is ideal for?
- Weekend trips, nightlife and stopovers for Himalayan road trips.
- You should travel here if: You want to escape the city for a weekend, do a road trip from Delhi in winter but not very far, or you want to explore the Chandigarh food trail.
Agra – The long-lost empire
Agra is the proud home to some of the most iconic historical landmarks of India. From an erstwhile capital of the Mughal Empire, this ancient city is now a modern center of art and artistic communities. It one of the most visited places near Delhi. A lot of tourist travel to Agra from Delhi as it is well connected by all means of transport.
Why do we recommend visiting Agra?
If you want to see the country’s history while also enjoying the modern trappings, Agra is where you should be. Here you can find the right balance of royal vibes and contemporary city life. From history to architecture, generation-old cuisines, and rich heritage, Agra has a lot to offer.
[Also read: A detailed travel guide on Agra]
Why should you travel to Agra by road?
A road trip from Delhi to Agra lets you leave the fast pace of the big city behind and move into the slower-paced life. On the drive, you can pass or stop at the smaller villages, and historical towns of Uttar Pradesh and eastern Rajasthan, making it a tri-state trip.
A trip to Agra is ideal for?
- Long drive, a short road trip from Delhi, weekend getaways from Delhi in four hours.
- You should travel here if you are a serious history or architecture buff or you have never been to Agra and have FOMO about it.
Vrindavan-Mathura – For a dose of divinity
The ancient religious town of Vrindavan sits on the banks of the Yamuna River and is one of the oldest cities in the state. It is regarded as the most sacred site of Vaishnavism and a sought-after pilgrimage destination for Hindus as well.
Why do we recommend visiting Vrindavan-Mathura?
This is a perfect destination for a one-day trip from Delhi. But most importantly, Vrindavan is located in the Braj Bhoomi region, which is said to be the place where Krishna spent most of his growing-up years and hence considered hallowed. The town is dotted with beautifully built temples, coupled with abundant greenery. Also, their Janmashtami celebrations are epic.
[Also read: A detailed travel guide on Mathura]
Why should you travel to Vrindavan-Mathura by road?
A road trip from Delhi to Vrindavan feels like the best respite. From the stifling air of the city to the spiritually and geographically cleaner, purer environment, the drive feels like a cleanse. The twin holy town of Mathura on the way is also a must-visit.
A trip to Vrindavan-Mathura is ideal for?
- Pilgrimage tours, Janmashtami celebrations, family weekend getaways from Delhi within 100 km
- You should travel here if you are spiritual, looking for peace like to try Satvik food, keen on learning about the Hindu religion.
Neemrana – The heart of the golden triangle
An ancient town near Alwar, Rajasthan, Neemrana is most famous for its namesake fort palace which is now a luxurious heritage hotel. The town also offers outdoor adventure options like wildlife tours, zip lining, treks on the foothills of Aravalli, etc. Neemrana is also one of the most popular weekend getaways from Delhi in November and onward, because of the pleasant weather.
Why do we recommend visiting Neemrana?
While the surrounding areas of Neemrana are worth visiting, the cynosure of the town is the 16th-century palace fort, which is said to have belonged to Prithviraj Chauhan’s descendants. The massive structure can captivate you with its rich artistry and expansive spread, especially in the evening lights or on a moonlit night.
Why should you visit Neemrana by road?
A road trip from Delhi to Neemrana will make you feel like you have traveled back in time, in the land of maharajas, surrounded by ancient forts and wilderness. The route cuts through Gurgaon and NCR, and the resort town of Manesar, where you can also stop over for an overnight stay.
A trip to Neemrana is ideal for?
- Long drives, weekend getaways from Delhi within 4 hours, dates, state hopping.
- You should travel here if you want to get a taste of Rajasthan without traveling to commercially popular cities/towns, or if are looking for a luxurious vacation.
Nainital – A quaint summer retreat
One of the oldest towns of Uttarakhand and a summer retreat during the colonial days, Nainital is a city of rich traditions and breathtaking beauty. Sitting at the foothills of the Kumaon Himalayas, with pristine natural surroundings, Nainital is a favorite of every mountain lover.
Why do we recommend visiting Nainital?
If you want to breathe the clean, fresh, and cool mountain air, and escape in the wilderness for just a couple of days, then Nainital is your answer. With an endless expanse of the Himalayas, abundant greenery, sparkling glacial lakes, boutique retreats, and colonial buildings, the town is like a live painting.
[Also read: A detailed travel guide on Nainital]
Why should you travel to Nainital by road?
A road trip from Delhi to Nainital is the best escape from the humdrum of the big city. The route slowly eases you into the cleaner, greener pastures of the Himalayan foothills, passing through some scenic hotspots in the region. As the roads leave the concrete skyline and embark into winding, hilly roads, flanked by pine woods and steep ravines, it will bring you pure joy.
A trip to Nainital is ideal for?
- 3-4 days trip, pet-friendly getaways from Delhi.
- You should travel here if you are seeking a relaxing weekend, a romantic vacation in the hills, or even an adventure-packed holiday.
Jaipur – The pink city
Also called the Pink City, Jaipur is one of those rare ancient cities that perfectly harmonizes the classic and contemporary, with a rosy tinted skyline of marble and red sandstone structures. With a rich cultural legacy and delectable culinary treasures, Jaipur is a pure treat for the true explorer, and exhaustive for those who love to explore.
Why do we recommend visiting Jaipur?
Jaipur is more and beyond the famous literature fest that has put the city on the global map. Here you’ll find luxurious historical monuments, each with its unique legends, artistic structures that ought to be in a museum, vintage cars, and innovations from hundreds of years ago, not known to many.
[Also read: A detailed travel guide on Jaipur]
Why should you travel to Jaipur by road?
A road trip from Delhi to Jaipur is a combination of both historic heritage and rustic vibes. As you cut through the somewhat green zones of NCR and land into the arid and sparse lands of northern Rajasthan, you will find yourself in another era, another world, far from the maddening, modern crowd.
A trip to Jaipur is ideal for?
- Luxurious weekend getaways from Delhi, family trips, wedding trousseau shopping.
- You should travel here if you are a foodie. Or if you want to experience Rajasthan in its complete essence or if you are a big fan of Indian clothing.
Shimla – A complete Himalayan destination
The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is one of the first settled and most popular hill stations in north India. With many colonial structures still standing tall and unfiltered mountain views, the hill town offers a great platform for a wholesome and exciting mountain holiday. No wonder it’s called the Queen of the Himalayas.
Why do we recommend visiting Shimla?
Shimla boasts everything that you think a hill station should have – lofty peaks, snow-capped mountains, alpine meadows, pine forests, and an old-world charm. To add to that is the vibrant local culture, thanks to the multicultural population.
[Also read: A detailed travel guide on Shimla]
Why should you travel to Shimla by road?
Travelers claim that a road trip from Delhi to Shimla is the best road trip from Delhi that you can do. The route/s cut through the foothills of the Shivalik Mountains and moves on to the upper reaches of the Greater Himalayas. With the rising altitude, the landscape, weather, and sight also change. You can sit back and drive through hills, bluffs, and pine forests, or stop at other scenic locales en route.
A trip to Shimla is ideal for?
- 4-5 days vacation, romantic holidays, witnessing snowfall.
- You should travel here if: You want a comprehensive mountain vacation with family or friends or want to go on a ski trip in winter.
Dharamshala – A sensory rejuvenation
One of the oldest and first Tibetan settlements in India, Dharamshala is a popular trekking and spiritual vacation destination in Himachal Pradesh. Located in the Kangra Valley, the town serves as a base for treks to the upper reaches of the Greater Himalayas and offers stunning views of the Dhauladhar Range.
Why do we recommend visiting Dharamshala?
Do you ever feel that only if there’s a place that could please not just your mind and body, but your soul? Dharamshala is that place. With its serene environs and perfect mountainous landscape, the town offers the ultimate respite. You can explore its nature, or find solace in the monasteries.
Why should you travel to Dharamshala by road?
A road trip from Delhi to Dharamshala is unlike anything in the region. Although the terrain and the drive from the city to the higher altitude seem similar to other mountain destinations of Himachal Pradesh, the surrounding landscape is more unfiltered with sparsely populated villages, which makes it more picturesque.
A trip to Dharamshala is ideal for?
- Rejuvenating amidst serene nature, finding peace in the monasteries of McLeodganj, and adventures in the hills.
- You should travel here if you want to do a solo trip and you are seeking some introspective time. Or, you are a regular trekker and want to try some of the popular trekking trails in the region. If you love cafe culture, this place near Delhi should be on your wishlist.
Haridwar-Rishikesh – Where nature meets culture
Haridwar is one of the oldest traditional town destinations of Uttarakhand. The pilgrim town is also one of the most popular religious destinations for Hindus. Sitting on the Ganges, at the foothills of the Himalayas, Haridwar boasts a rich spiritual vibe coupled with a pristine landscape and a long history that ranges from the Buddhist period to the British Empire. Its sister town, Rishikesh, on the other hand, boasts the rich and pure natural beauty of the Shivaliks.
Why do we recommend visiting Haridwar-Rishikesh?
Land for both the faithful and the adventurous, Haridwar is known for its torrential white-water upper reaches of the Ganges and ancient temples. Its environment is a holy mix of nature and culture. A few kilometers away, Rishikesh is a treat for all senses and a place for wilderness lovers.
[Also read: A detailed travel guide on Haridwar]
Why should you travel to Haridawar & Rishikesh by road?
A road trip from Delhi to Haridwar takes you through the sleepy towns of Uttar Pradesh and slowly enters the Himalayan plains, surrounded by pine forests and cool, fresh mountain air, echoing with the faint ringing of the temple bells.
A trip to Rishikesh & Haridwar is ideal for?
- 3-4 days long weekend trip, pilgrimage visit, white-water rafting, outdoor adventure trips, road trip with family & friends.
- You should travel here if you are a mythogloical and historical buff. Also, if you are an avid adventure enthusiast, Rishikeh is the closest all in package for you. If you have some last rites to perform for you loved ones. And if the world famous Ganga aarti is on your list then you Rishikesh is the place to visit.
Varanasi – For the wandering souls
Although Varanasi is conventionally considered a pilgrimage destination, the ancient town is also a cultural destination for the artsy souls. It’s mystical and divine and has an energy that traps the past in a subtle air of artistry. There are also several historical places dotting the town and around that appeal to the true explorer.
Why do we recommend visiting Varanasi?
This old town is a fantastic collage of art, culture, history, spirituality, and religion, and never gets you bored. From the eclectic communities of saints and sadhus to the vibrant quarters of artists and free souls, Varanasi will delight you and your senses at every turn.
Why should you travel to Varanasi by road?
A road trip from Delhi to Varanasi is considered legendary because this route is a part of the iconic Grand Trunk Road drive that many explorers/travelers have traversed in ancient times. The route cuts through places like Mathura, Agra, Allahabad, and Lucknow, each of which is a major landmark of the state.
A trip to Varanasi is ideal for?
- 4-5 days road trip, Holi celebration, temple run.
- You should travel here if you are an artist and want to seek some inspiration from the ancient town. Do visit if you are foodie or if you just want to take a break stay there for a couple of weeks & find you way back to your dreams.
Each of these places around the city of Delhi is iconic and makes for a memorable trip and a great travel experience. With our Savaari car rentals, you can make these road trips more comfortable, where you sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey, while our expert drivers help you discover hidden gems on your trip and make it an exciting experience.