There're mostly two kinds of people-one who find peace in the mountains and one on the beaches. If you're a mountain person like us and Delhi's heat stroke and dust storm is sucking the life out of you every single day, you deserve a weekend getaway to breathe some fresh air and see what real sky looks like. Talking about escapes, these offbeat mountain getaways from Delhi are all you need to calm your soul down and flee to one of these beautiful places. Remember jobs fill your pocket and adventures fill your soul - these destinations have got it all it takes for you to explore the most mesmerizing places in town!
1. Pangot - Uttarakhand
Situated in the Nainital district of Uttaranchal, Pangot is a small peaceful hill town perfect for nature lovers to indulge in bird watching. There are around 580 species of birds in this area that share its boundaries with the dense forest of Cheena Peak Range. It's a perfect destination for birdwatching, trekking, exploring wildlife and camping - sounds like a trip right? Pack your bags and head to this beautiful town filled with scenic views to soothe your wandering soul.
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Distance From Delhi: 310 Km
Highlights: Bird-watching, Trekking, Scenic Views, Camping, Flora And Fauna
2. Binsar - Uttarakhand
The Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is yet another paradise for bird watchers and fairly offbeat destinations around Delhi that's not been stormed by commercialization and tourists. The Sanctuary is home to around 200 species of birds along with various reptiles. The 360-degree view of Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Shivling and Trishul from Binsar Zero Point is breathtakingly surreal. It's one of the beautiful and scenic places near the Kumaon region and offers jaw-dropping views of some amazing Himalayan peaks like Kedarnath and Nanda Kot. Be a part of the Nanda Kot Festival to know more about their culture and richness of traditions.
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Distance From Delhi: 400 Km
Highlights: Heritage Tourism, Bird Watching, Trekking, Himalayan Peak Views
3. Pithoragarh - Uttarakhand
Situated in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Pithoragarh district satisfies the adventurer in you by offering sports like river rafting, paragliding, and skiing. It is bound to steal your heart with its snow-clad peaks, alpine forests, green valley, and perennial rivers. This one is also called "Little Kashmir" and we totally agree. Historians would love to dig a destination like Pithoragarh as it has many significant places to explore and know more about this beautiful town. There are various shrines and temples which you've to visit such as Nakuleshwar Temple and Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple. One should definitely pay a spiritual tribute at these beautifully build temples.
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Distance From Delhi: 460 Km
Highlights: Trekking, Paragliding, Village Tourism, Temples
4. Kausani - Uttarakhand
Kausani is another unknown Kumaon beauty offering surreal sights of the snow-clad peaks of Nanda Devi, Trishul and Panchachuli - they are one the tallest peaks of the Himalayan region. If you love to walk then you'll see a line of pine trees follow you wherever you turn. Pay a visit to the Gandhi Ashram where Mahatma Gandhi stayed in 1992 - it should definitely be on your checklist. Apart from that few km away are Rudradhari Falls and Caves - one of the famous tourist attractions you've got to visit. Also, pay a spiritual tribute at Baijnath Temple which is an hour away from Kausani. The best part about these mountain getaway destinations is they offer so much more than just scenic views but endless places and things you've got to explore.
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Distance From Delhi: 398 Km
Highlights: Trekking, Temples, Caves, Tea Estates, Bird-watching, Apricot Farms
5. Fagu - Himachal Pradesh
In the Kufri region of Shimla, the stunning view of Himalayan summits is visible from this charming little hill town of Fagu. This place is a perfect summer retreat especially for those coming from Delhi. It's a go-to place for people interested in trekking and exploring the flora and fauna of this beautiful place. You'll be awestruck to witness the most scenic views of mountain ranges, flower fields and apple orchards. The beauty of Fagu extends way more than this as it offers sightseeing of the rural area - Fagu Village famous for its agriculture and Banthia Devta Temple which is beautifully built and is one of the prime tourist highlights.
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Distance From Delhi: 380 Km
Highlights: Temples, Rural Side, Flower Fields, Fruit Orchards
6. Darang - Himachal Pradesh
A little ahead of McLeodganj, Darang comes on the way to Palampur and boasts of a majestic view of the Dhauladhar range. If you're a tea lover, then you must visit the tea gardens here which are a sight to behold and take you on a sensory journey. You'll witness breathtaking tea plantations spread over acres of land - it's worth a sight. This place is nothing like your usual mountain getaway as it offers so much more than that. A few km away you'll be able to explore places like Dal Lake, the Baijnath Temples, the Kangra Fort and the Bhagsunath temple. Sounds like a plan right?
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Distance From Delhi: 435 Km
Highlights: Tea Estates, Panoramic Views
7. Munsiyari - Uttarakhand
Fond of witnessing snow-capped peaks? This is the place to go then - you just can't miss out on this one. It should definitely be on your list of offbeat mountain getaways from Delhi as it will offer you a perfect escape to the land of beautiful scenic views. To get an adrenaline rush, Trek to Milam Glacier, Namik Glacier, and Ralam Glacier. One can also shop for some hand-woven carpets - as the localities specialize in woving the best of them.
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Distance From Delhi: 572 Km
Highlights: Treks, Temples, Panoramic Views, Bird Watching, Rural Tourism
8. Kanatal - Uttarakhand
Looking for a place with absolute tranquillity and solitude? Located between two extremely popular and commercial hill stations Mussoorie and Chamba, is this small town called Kanatal which is one of the most offbeat places near Delhi. It's an ideal place for nature and adventure lovers as it has got a lot to offer such as hiking, beautiful temples, eco-parks, lakes and nearby weekend getaways. Nearby tourist attractions include Chamba, Tehri Lake, Tehri Dam, Dhanaulti Eco Park and so much more. If you're into photography then it's the best destinations to click the most breathtaking pictures.
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Distance From Delhi: 317 Km
Highlights: Ideal Winter Destination, Temples, Trekking, Hiking, Ayurveda Spa
9. Kheerganga - Himachal Pradesh
Located in Parvati Valley (Kullu Valley), Kheerganga has a lot to offer including amazing cafes, hot water springs, tricky passages for trekking and endless activities for adventure to fill your traveler soul. It's a perfect offbeat mountain getaway from Delhi when it comes to sightseeing and exploring the unexplored. Visit the most magnificent glacier valleys, never-ending rivers, and authentic rock formations to amaze you. You'll be awestruck by the beauty of this place! What are you waiting for? Pack your bags now! Mountains are calling you.
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Distance From Delhi: 350 Km
Highlights: Trekking, Panoramic Views, Scenic Routes, Parvati River, Mesmerising Hilltop views
10. Sangla - Himachal Pradesh
You've got to visit the Sangla valley to explore the Bering Nag temple, Sangla Meadow, Baspa Dam Reservoir, Saffron and Trout farms and so much more - Sounds exciting right? That's not about it. Sangla is located in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh - it's all known as one of the most beautiful valleys in India. One can be a part of so many adventure activities here such as trekking, camping, rock climbing, yoga and angling. It's an ideal place to practice yoga and meditation as well.
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Distance From Delhi: 567 Km
Highlights: Camping, Nature Walks, Temples, Valleys, Rock Climbing
11. Barog - Himachal Pradesh
Nestled amidst the mighty Himalayan ranges, away from the crowd and hustle bustle of famous destinations lies this quiet little village. Barog! Coziness and tranquility are what defines it the best even perfect for that laidback holiday away from urban life. Silence! Punctuated every once in a while by the rustling of leaves and the excited calling of birds. Blue skies and seemingly endless views. Vast playgrounds for wispy, puffy white clouds to play hide and seek in. Tall trees, where shadows and sunlight happily share space. A feeling of joy takes over and curious creatures spend days and nights free and happy. This is the life in Barog - lazy and calming. Welcome to life’s little pleasures! Ideal getaway for couples or people looking for a break from the mundane life, this is a place you can call true heaven on earth. Well... You've got to visit it - to experience it.
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12. Kotkhai - Himachal Pradesh
How about experiencing Shimla but not oh-so annoying crowd? Yes, such a tranquil and peaceful place does exist just near Shimla! The secluded village of Kotkhai, about 58 km from Shimla, is the place you got to visit to experience the new Winter in you. Known for its apple orchards and the famous Kotkhai Fort, the village is also home to stunning natural beauty and utterly peaceful environs, which make it a great holiday alternative to Shimla.
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Distance From Delhi: 400 Km
Highlights: Camping, Trekking, Apple Orchards, Kotkhai Fort
13. Ravangla - Sikkim
Sitting cozily on a ridge between Tedong and Maenam hills, Ravangla, also known as Rawangla, is a quaint little hill station located in the southern region of the northeastern state of Sikkim. At an elevation of 8,000 feet, Ravangla flaunts the wonderful views of the great Himalaya and is a gateway to many popular destinations in the north Sikkim. While you might not be able to visit the upper reaches of Sikkim in winter, it still wouldn't be a bad choice to spend a few days here in this beautiful place.
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Distance From Delhi: 1,575 Km
Highlights: Buddha Park, Ralong Monastery, Ralong hot springs, Kheunpheling Carpet Centre, Mangbrue Gompa and Samdruptse Hill.
14. Karsog - Himachal Pradesh
Nestled in the Pir Panjal range at an altitude of over 1,400 meters, Karsog is a quint and beautiful hill town that continues to remain in the shadow of Shimla. Narrated in the Hindu folk tales as the place where Bhima — one of the five Pandavas — killed a demon who used to kill the innocent villagers in the ancient times, Karsog now holds major religious and cultural significance for the locals. Thick fields, lush green fields, vast apple orchards, and free-flowing streams, with cozy settlements, and almost no crowd, isn't that the kind of hill station you'd want to spend a day or two in?
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Distance From Delhi: 415 Km
Highlights: Hiking, Photographing, Ancient local temples
15. Chaukori - Uttarakhand
Imagine yourself amidst the lush green expanses of aromatic tea and picturesque fruit garden with a thick cover of forest in the distance with the imposing snow-clad Himalayan peaks against the perfectly blue backdrop of the clear sky. Yes! that's Chaukori for you. This small fairyland sitting peacefully in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand is not your usual hill station instead it's a place straight out of a fairytale. It's one of the rare places which offer majestic views of Nanda Devi, Panchachuli, and Trishul which make for a perfect destination for those who are ready to trade luxury for natural beauty.
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Distance From Delhi: 470 Km
Highlights: Arjuneshawar Shiva Temple, Ghunsera Devi Temple, Kapileshwar Mahadev Temple, Hiking, Nature Walk
With so many options to choose from, a trip away from Delhi NCR is bound to be enjoyable. So, where are you heading to?