In the ever-moving urban life, the open road stands as a welcome escape, beckoning to those in search of uncharted experiences. Long weekends offer the perfect opportunity to embark on a journey beyond Delhi’s limits, and in this guide, we’ll explore a range of enchanting destinations accessible by road. We’ll take you on a journey through a carefully curated list of destinations, spanning from the nearest retreats to those that push the boundaries of possibility. Each destination represents a unique chapter in the grand story of road trips from Delhi.
Kasauli: A Colonial Charmer (Approx. 290 km, 6-7 hours)
Our journey begins with the most cherished hill station of all. Kasauli is a delightful destination in our list of road trips from Delhi, mere 290 kilometers from the metropolitan. This charming town captivates visitors with its colonial-era charm and tranquil ambiance. The journey to Kasauli leads through winding roads that reveal lush landscapes, creating an experience that’s almost poetic in its beauty.
As you arrive in Kasauli, you’ll be greeted by the town’s old-world charm, reminiscent of the British colonial era. The Mall Road in Kasauli invites leisurely strolls and offers a glimpse into the town’s history through colonial architecture. The Christ Church, with its magnificent stained glass windows, stands as a sentinel to the town’s past. A visit to Monkey Point offers panoramic views that seem to stretch beyond time itself.
Kasauli, with its pleasant climate, creates a sense of timelessness that makes it a perfect start to your road trips from Delhi. This quaint town is a testament to the enduring allure of the Himalayan foothills and is sure to leave a lasting impression on your journey through time.
Our newly launched Kasauli Estate: Royalty – almost a century old heritage home is perfect for your group, while Kasauli Estate: Legacy makes a perfect getaway for you and your beloved to experience the history and beauty of this town. Chalet vie and Summer Estate also make for a truly special stays in this truly special town.
Shimla: The Ridge, The Mall, and Memories (Approx. 350 km, 7-8 hours)
Around 350 kilometers from Delhi, Shimla welcomes you. Nestled in the grandeur of the Himalayas, the journey weaves through lush landscapes and wooded hills, offering a glimpse into a colonial past that’s forever etched in time.
Shimla, the erstwhile summer capital of British India, exudes colonial elegance. The Ridge and the Mall Road are perfect for leisurely strolls, and the Christ Church stands as an epitome of neo-Gothic architecture. Don’t miss the chance to ride the Shimla-Kalka toy train, a UNESCO World Heritage site, for a complete time-travel experience.
Shimla is the hill station of India (not to brag!), so it does come with the little shortcoming of being too populous in the holiday season. To ensure you can relish the tranquility of the hills while remaining close to the bustling center, we offer Saanjh Luxury Suites & Attic Abode and Sherni House, both mere steps away from the heart of the action.
Dehradun: Gateway to Garhwal (Approx. 250 km, 5-6 hours)
Nestled amidst the serene Himalayan foothills, the picturesque city of Dehradun is a mere 5-6 hours away from Delhi, covering a distance of approximately 250 kilometers. Dehradun is more than a destination; it serves as a gateway to the pristine treasures of the Garhwal region. As you navigate the roads leading to Dehradun, you’ll encounter a blend of historical landmarks and natural wonders.
Robber’s Cave, a geological marvel, invites exploration, while the majestic Forest Research Institute showcases the city’s rich heritage. Sahastradhara, with its shimmering waters, offers respite and a glimpse into Dehradun’s historical and geographical significance.
Check out our collection of villas in Dehradun to complete your Garhwali journey. We have also recently launched our first signature villa – Doon Mansion and our first swimming pool villa in the city – Baramasa too!
Rishikesh: A Spiritual Adventure (Approx. 240 km, 6-7 hours)
A brief 240-kilometer drive, spanning around 6-7 hours, leads to Rishikesh, a spiritual and adventure oasis on the banks of the Ganges. The journey along the winding roads immerses you in the timeless symphony of nature.
Rishikesh invites you to participate in the age-old tradition of the Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat, where spirituality transcends time. Thrill-seekers can explore the thrills of white-water rafting on the sacred Ganges or take a leap into the world of bungee jumping. Rishikesh is a sanctuary for spiritual and adventurous souls, set against the timeless backdrop of the Himalayas.
SaffronStays Solana stands just an hour from Rishikesh, ensuring that you experience the lively city while also enjoying a stay away from the bustle of this historic land.
Mussoorie: The Queen of Hills (Approx. 290 km, 7-8 hours)
Nestled about 290 kilometers away from Delhi, Mussoorie, often referred to as the ‘Queen of Hills,’ is a picture-perfect hill station with colonial charm. The journey to Mussoorie unveils breathtaking vistas at every turn, making it an integral part of our road trip adventure.
In Mussoorie, colonial elegance adorns the Mall Road, and Kempty Falls offers a refreshing escape. A cable car ride to Gun Hill promises panoramic views of the Himalayas. Mussoorie’s pleasant climate and colonial charm add a poetic touch to our journey.
And once again, to give you the best of the destination, SaffronStays stands there with The Cinnamon House, a homestay to cater to all your whims and fancies.
Ranikhet and Bajkhet: Past, Pride and Peace (Approx. 360 km, 8-9 hours)
Approximately 360 kilometers from Delhi, you’ll reach the idyllic hill station of Ranikhet. Known for its lush golf courses, ancient temples, and captivating Himalayan views, Ranikhet promises a serene retreat. As you navigate the winding roads leading to Ranikhet, you’re transported to a place where time appears to stand still. Ranikhet offers golf courses where you can indulge in the sport or simply relish the tranquil surroundings. The Jhula Devi Temple and the Kumaon Regimental Centre Museum, both steeped in history, invite exploration.
Nearby, Bajkhet offers a tranquil hillside haven, and the journey between Ranikhet and Bajkhet is a passage through undisturbed natural beauty, a testament to the diverse experiences road trips from Delhi offer. I recently had the opportunity to soak in the beauty that is the roads between Ranikhet and Bajkhet, and when I say it was the best introduction to the Uttarakhandi flora versatility I could have, it is not an overstatement.
By now, everyone’s favorite and the ever-so-fascinating, The Glasshouse Celeste, becomes a really good base to explore Ranikhet. And to enjoy the everlasting peace and beauty of the off-the-beaten Bajkhet, Friendship Lane will surely win over your hearts.
Naukuchiatal: Calm by the Lake (Approx. 320 km, 7-8 hours)
A 7-8-hour drive covering approximately 320 kilometers brings you to Naukuchiatal, a town situated in the Kumaon region. This picturesque destination, often referred to as ‘the lake with nine corners,’ exudes tranquility, and the journey to reach it showcases serene landscapes.
Naukuchiatal offers a serene ambiance, with its pristine lake serving as a perfect spot for boating and quiet contemplation. Nature walks around the lake and in the surrounding forests provide a timeless connection with nature. The harmony between nature and culture in Naukuchiatal makes it a must-visit destination.
Zephyr by Naukuchiatal is a lovely place to stay if you want to soak in the beauty of the tal while also beckoning for the adrenaline seeker in you to a paragliding adventure.
Bhimtal: A Scenic Lake Retreat (Approx. 320 km, 7-8 hours)
Bhimtal, located in close proximity to Naukuchiatal and about 320 kilometers from Delhi, is another scenic lake retreat. The drive between these sister towns offers ever-changing vistas and a peaceful journey.
Bhimtal’s beautiful lake beckons you to embark on a boating experience that captures the timeless beauty of the region. The Bhimtal Island Aquarium adds a touch of wonder, while treks and nature walks allow for a deeper immersion in the local environment. Bhimtal offers a landscape that is a testament to serenity and natural beauty.
The Bhimtal Lake is a sight to behold – so what happens when it’s the first thing in the morning you see? SaffronStays’ Gardens on the Lake is exactly what it’s named, a garden villa on the lake. Farsouli 1° is another fantastic choice if you’re looking for the perfect Bhimtal odyssey.
Mukteshwar: High up the Hills (Approx. 360 km, 8-9 hours)
A further drive of around 360 kilometers from Delhi leads to Mukteshwar, a quaint hill station nestled in the Nainital district. The journey offers mesmerizing views of the Himalayan range, and Mukteshwar stands as a destination that encourages you to slow down and embrace the simplicity of life in the hills.
Mukteshwar invites exploration of landscapes of mountains and forests and a visit to the revered Mukteshwar Temple. Nature walks through dense forests create a direct connection with the environment. Mukteshwar isn’t just a destination; it’s a harmonious extension of the natural beauty found during road trips from Delhi.
SaffronStays has marked its presence in this quaint town with some of the best homes the place has to offer. From mountain and valley views, to huge floral lawns, we have it all! Check them out here. Our Newly launched Hydrangea Hills Villa and Garden are an artist’s perfect muse. Mere 10 minutes ahead of Mukteshwar, The Clairmont Cottage in Dhanachuli opens up to a masterpiece of nature’s artistry, offering views of the valley that inspire a sense of wonder and peace.
Manali: An Alpine Paradise (Approx. 500 km, 10-11 hours)
A little farther away than other destinations but totally worth the drive, around 500 kilometers from Delhi, Manali awaits. The journey to Manali is a transformative odyssey into an alpine paradise nestled in the Himalayas. The road leads through meandering valleys and towering peaks, with adventure hanging in the air.
Manali, known for its charming old town, offers the opportunity to traverse cobbled streets and bustling markets. Adventure enthusiasts can indulge in trekking, paragliding, and other thrilling activities. The tranquility of Solang Valley and the breathtaking vistas of Rohtang Pass are timeless reminders of the mesmerizing beauty that road trips from Delhi offer.
Hoshiarpur: Nara Dam and Forest (Approx. 250 km, 5-6 hours)
Hoshiarpur, located about 250 kilometers from Delhi, is known for its Nara Dam and Forest. This offbeat destination offers a pristine retreat into nature, making it a unique and underexplored facet of our journey.
In Hoshiarpur, Nara Dam stands as a tranquil oasis where time is measured by the gentle sway of the water. The Nara Forest, which encircles the dam, is an emblem of untouched beauty. As you embark on nature walks and encounters with the local flora and fauna, you’re reminded that time can indeed stand still in the embrace of nature.
The Lodge at Dalewal – just on the outskirts of Hoshiarpur – is a beautiful pet-friendly British farmhouse surrounded by huge farms, and will definitely capture your heart.
The open road beckons, offering a multitude of destinations, each with its unique charm, experiences, and timeless moments. These road trips from Delhi take you on a journey through landscapes that reflect the passage of time, from serene hill stations to tranquil lakeside retreats, and adventurous spiritual oases. As you prepare for your next long weekend adventure, fasten your seatbelts and embark on a memorable journey that will leave you with lasting memories. The road is calling, and the world awaits your exploration. It’s a journey through time, where every destination unfolds a chapter that will forever be etched in your memories.