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Weekend Getaways: Unlock Perfect Escape!!

Dreaming of a spontaneous weekend escape that will whisk you away from the everyday hustle and bustle? Look no further! We're here to unravel the secrets of choosing the perfect destination for your quick getaway. While we can't promise an exhaustive list of all the incredible places out there (we'd need an infinite number of blogs and reels for that), we can certainly equip you with a simple approach to make your decision-making a breeze.

Picture this: you and your loved ones, packing your bags, and setting off on an adventure-filled journey, leaving behind the stress of everyday life. But where should you go?

Say goodbye to endless hours of research and confusion. It's time to embrace a simple yet effective approach that will have you jetting off to incredible locations in no time. So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready for a whirlwind adventure of discovery and inspiration!

Lately, we've been sharing our travel experiences, from planning to execution and post-visit reflections. Today, we want to help you streamline the process of picking a destination for a weekend getaway. This blog is the result of our contemplation, aiming to assist you in quickly shortlisting destinations and spending less time on decision-making.

Let's get started with some basic assumptions:

  • You reside in the Delhi NCR region (if not, don't worry, you can adapt the steps to your location).

  • You have a Friday evening to Sunday night window for your getaway (approximately 48 hours, the minimum timeframe for a true getaway).

  • Expect a minimum travel time of 10 hours (round trip). Based on this estimate, we'll focus on destinations within a range of 350-400 km. If you have a dedicated driver, you can consider extending the range to 500 km or beyond.

Seasonal Considerations:

To begin, let's consider the time of year when you plan your trip. If you're in Delhi NCR, you're surrounded by Rajasthan, UP, Uttarakhand, Himachal, Haryana, and Punjab (including Chandigarh). We can exclude Haryana from our weekend visit options, as it offers few worthy destinations beyond a few resorts. Instead, we'll consider it as a midway stop only.

To help you with the first-level shortlisting, here's a breakdown of the potential destinations in each state based on different months:

​Months / State


UP (East)





















Top Choice





Top Choice

Top Choice​

Here's what these choices mean:

  • Okay: You can easily plan a trip to any destination in this state, though you may face minor discomfort due to heat or cold.

  • Prefer: Beat the weather for an amazing time, but expect larger crowds and competition for resources like hotels, restaurants, and popular picture spots.

  • Avoid: Not recommended to visit these locations due to extreme weather conditions or other factors.

  • Top Choice: Best time to visit the location, with great weather and an opportunity to enjoy nature's wonders.

  • Your Choice: If you're particularly fond of a specific season, such as winter or snowfall, feel free to visit a destination of your liking.

Great! With the state-level shortlisting complete, let's delve deeper into each state and explore the manageable distances within our allotted time frame. We've included screenshots from Google Maps to help you visualize the regions.

Chapter 1: Punjab - Unveiling the Possibilities

\The highlighted blue region on the map showcases the area you can cover within a 500 km radius (approximately 8 hours' drive) from Punjab. It presents various destinations worth exploring, including the renowned city of Amritsar. To learn more about Amritsar, check out our blog post at

Area that can be covered in a weekend
Punjab Google Maps

(Image source: Google maps)

Chapter 2: Uttar Pradesh (East) - A Cultural Mélange

The green region on the map signifies a 500 km radius (approximately 8 hours' drive) from Lucknow, covering prominent destinations such as Varanasi, Ayodhya, Prayagraj, and Gorakhpur. These cities are steeped in culture, spirituality, and historical significance.

(Image source: Google maps)

Chapter 3: Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh - A Himalayan Odyssey

This vast region, marked by the purple boundaries, is perfect for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Destinations like Nainital, Mussoorie, Dehradun, Shimla, and Manali are a few highlights within a 500 km radius (approximately 8 hours' drive) from Dehli. Each place offers breathtaking views, serene landscapes, and ample opportunities for adventure activities.

  • Nainital (and nearby lakes, which are now more recommended owing to increasing traffic in Nainital)

  • Almora

  • Dehradun / Mussoorie

  • Kanatal / New Tehri

  • Haridwar / Rishikesh

  • Landsdowne

  • Mukteshwar

  • Jim Corbett / Ramnagar

Area that can be covered in a weekend
Uttrakhand Google maps

(Image source: Google Maps)

Coming to Himachal Pradesh, post-Covid, multiple small destinations have come up offering a "work-from-home" setup at a reasonable price. In our circle, we felt every fourth person sitting in Himachal and working from the mountains for months.

Lets list down places easily coverable over the weekend:

  • Chail (will prefer it over Shimla, due to peace and relaxation)

  • Shimla

  • Kasauli

  • Kufri

Then there are some destinations which are little further like:

  • Jibhi

  • Tirthan

  • Dharamshala

  • Palampur

  • Bir Billing

Planning for Himachal Pradesh over a weekend is a little tricky owing to the distance from Delhi and mostly it will be a journey of more than 8 hours one way. So recommended way of travel is to reach Chandigarh and stay overnight before leaving early morning for Himachal Pradesh.

Area that can be covered in a weekend
Himachal Pradesh Google Maps

(Image source: Google Maps)

Chapter 4: Rajasthan - Unveiling Royal Legacies

In the golden expanse of Rajasthan, marked in yellow, you'll find cities that reflect a glorious past and vibrant culture. From Jaipur to Jhunjhunu, Mandawa, Pattan, Neemrana, Ajmer, Jodhpur; each city offers unique experiences that transport you to a bygone era. All these destinations can be reached within a 500 km radius (approximately 8 hours' drive) from Delhi. Additionally, Ranthambhore (near Sawai Madhopur) is also in the radar.

Area that can be covered in a weekend
Rajasthan Google Maps

In the end:

Armed with our seasonal considerations, state-level shortlisting, and a closer look at specific regions, you can now make an informed decision for your next weekend getaway. Remember, these are just recommendations, and you're free to adapt them according to your preferences. So, pack your bags, hit the road, and embark on an unforgettable adventure that fits perfectly within your weekend schedule.



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