Being a Delhiite, I could understand the craving of a beautiful as well as peaceful place to visit, as our city don’t have much to offer and the famous gateaways we have, have lost their calmness.

I personally consider going away to shimla, Manali, Nanital as a weekend trip is complete waste of time, money and energy as they have become too commercial, crowded with tourists and not to forget too noisy to find peace anymore.

This is why it was important for me to look for alternatives and head out in search of offbeat holiday ideas in India and my unsatisfied quench recently led me to some places I consider to be better travelling options than the more commercial ones . And guess what? There are many unexplored destinations near us that we could now explore. So I thought I’ll list some of them for you so that you no longer have to spend your vacation in some chaotic places of India and you might want to take a couple of days off from work to enjoy what these quiet towns have got to offer.

Here are 5 little known and unexplored weekend gateaways near Delhi/NCR :

Kangojodi (Sirmour district) – 275 kms

Kangojodi – a small village en route to Shimla on the Nahan-Shimla highway has its own spectacles to offer. The distance is unbeatable for a weekend retreat for Delhiites at 275 kms. We travelled long distances before choosing this destination for setting up a offbeat adventure campsite, but found none as good as this one. Here, the pine forests are lush green with comfortable temperatures all year round. If you are planning a trip with your friends, there’s enough to do at camp roxx.

Landsdowne (Pauri Garhwal District) – 279 kms

Landsdowne – a beautiful little setting in itself. It’s not only a favorite corporate destination for team outings but it is also a great place for you to spend with your kith & kin.  This place also comes with an advantage of being only 245 kms away from Delhi which makes it an amazing spot for lazing around on a weekend. You could take a stroll in the oak & pine forests, go for trekking, do bird watching, boating or simply nothing.

Kausani (Bageshwar District) – 417 kms

Kausani – also known as ‘Switzerland of India’ because of it’s uncanny resemblance between the Kausani hills & the Swiss Alps. This hill station stands at a height of aprrox. 6000 ft. above the sea level. The hills Trishul, Nandakot & Nanda Devi are quite clearly visible from here and the mountains seem to touch the sky, making it one of the more picture perfect towns around that district.

Binsar (Almora District) – 380kms

Binsar – located in the Jhandi Dhar hills in Kumaon is a treat as compared to other hill stations in Almora district as it offers fantastic views of the Kedarnath, Nanda Devi, Panchachuli & Nanda Kot. The forests are full of rhododendron & 0ak trees and are home to more than 200 species of birds & wild animals. The temperature all year round is quite nice & tolerable. Truly, a great weekend gateaway near Delhi.

Pithoragarh (Pithoragarh District) – 491kms

Pithoragarh – a quite little city tucked away in the Pithoragarh District (Uttarakhand).  The place is famous because of its location in the valley “Soar”.  The views from the city are compared with those of Kashmir. The town is also known as the gateaway from the North to the Himalays as pilgrims trek through to Kailash, Lake Mansarovar & Om Parvat.

Take some time to cool off at this weekend gateaways near Delhi.




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