Delhi is the not only the capital of India but also a central point which makes it an ideal place for starting your tour across India and for excursions especially towards the northern parts of India. Today, north India is considered as a treasure-trove with travelers visiting India, from snow covered mountains to desert palaces and from urbanized cities like Jaipur and Agra to countryside villages, you can tour it all.
Following is a list of few places that are near Delhi and can be reached fairly easily. Be it National Parks, Lakes, Rivers, Religious circuit or the famous golden triangle, we got it all covered.
Bharatpur Birds Sanctuary
Distance: About 180 km from Delhi.
Spread over an area of 28.73 sq km, this sanctuary was created in 1956 by the efforts of Maharaja of Bharatpur. In the year 1981 it was declared as a national park. This sanctuary is also known as Keolodeo Ghana National Park, which means ‘temple of Keoladeo'(Shiv) and ‘Ghana’ which means dense, implying to the type of the vegetation. This park is an important international biosphere known for its large and varied avifauna, both local and migratory which is a delight for bird watchers coming from all over the world. There are over 300 species of birds found in this park, which is partly marshy while the rest of the park is shrub-land and grassland. An early morning boat ride is an amazing and unforgettable experience as you get a glimpse of rare species of birds chirping and flying around in large numbers. Every year during the winter season the arrival of the Siberian cranes and Indian Sarus add to the excitement of tourist visiting Bharatpur. Apart from birds, this sanctuary is also home to mammals like Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Golden Jackal, Fishing Cat, Nilgai, wild Boar, Sambar and Black-buck. During the cool winter months it is common to see large Indian Pythons warming themselves up in the open. This sanctuary is open to visitor’s all round the year.
Corbett National Park in Ramnagar, Uttarakhand
Distance: About 265 km from Delhi.
Corbett National park is the oldest and the first national park of India named after the fabled hunter ‘Jim Corbett’. It is famous for its wide variety of flora and fauna and above all it is beautifully located at the foothills of the Himalayan range along the Ramganga River. Spread over an area of 1318.54 sq. km. this park is well known for its varied wildlife, and as the venue for the launching of Project – Save the Tiger in India. The major wildlife found in this park include the Tiger, Elephants, variety of Deer’s, Bears, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Gharial, King Cobra, Hedgehog, Flying fox, Common musk shrew, Indian Pangolin and nearly 600 species of birds. Every year thousands of visitors visit this park and there is a variety of facilities available to lodge tourists within and outside the park. This park has 5 entry gates Dhikala, Bijrani, Jhirna, Durgadevi and Sitabani. While exploring this park the experience one gets is real and thrilling, since you get to see animals in their natural habitat and from close. Corbett National park also endorses Jeep safari, Elephant safari, Bird Safari, Horse safari, Fishing safari and Nature walks. This incredible park is a must visit for all adventure seekers, wildlife buffs, photographers and anglers to experience nature in its truest state.
Ranthambore National Park
Distance: About 365 km from Delhi.
Spread over an area of 392 sq km, Ranthambore National Park is famous for its tiger reserve and it is one of the best locations in India to see the royal predators in its natural habitat. Unlike other wildlife sanctuaries and parks the tigers can be easily spotted here during the day time busy hunting or taking care of their young cubs. Ranthambore is also considered as a heritage site because of its age old pictorial ruins that dot the wildlife park. Undoubtedly, a visit to the National Park is a treat for every wildlife enthusiast and nature lover. The time spend on watching tiger’s freely roaming around, lush greenery, a variety of other species of chirping birds and animals is priceless and really worth being explored at least once in a life time. Today, it is a major tourist destination and offers wildlife safaris and jeep safaris to tour and watch wild animals in their natural habitat from a close range. Tourists can stay near the national park as the lodging facilities here are excellent. The park gates open half hour before sunrise and close half hour after sunset and the park timings are strictly followed with no exceptions to the rule.
Naukuchia Taal in Uttarakhand
Distance: About 300 km from Delhi.
Naukuchiatal is a beautiful lake village situated at an altitude of 1,220 meters and its name literally means a nine cornered lake. The beauty of the lake and its surroundings make it ideal for adventure activities and a perfect holiday destination. Holiday makers can enjoy activities like boating, swimming and angling in Naukuchiatal Lake, and indulge in adventure sports like mountain biking, paragliding in the surroundings areas of the lake which offers them an opportunity to explore the virgin areas of Naukuchiatal. Holiday makers can plan a trip anytime during the year, but summer and winter seasons in India are the best time to visit this region as the climate is pleasant and perfect for relaxing, sightseeing and for nature walks. Naukuchiatal can be easily visited by tourist with their Nainital tour package as this small little town is just 22 km from Nainital.
Nainital in Uttarakhand
Distance: About 280 kilometers from Delhi.
Nainital is one of the most popular hill destinations of North India, it is known as a sparkling jewel of the Himalayan necklace, blessed with picturesque natural surroundings, dotted with lakes and rivers, and it has earned the nickname ‘Lake District of India’. Naini Lake is amongst the most prominent and it is surrounded by seven hills, which houses many beautiful villas and resorts. There is a lot for tourist to explore in Nainital, starting from the Naini Lake they can enjoy yachting, boating and paddling in the calm waters. Later they can visit the St John Church in the wilderness, Tiffin top, Naini peak, Pant High Altitude Zoo and many other places. An evening stroll on the Mall Road is a must; with cool breeze blowing across the lake it definitely has its own charm. Nainital’s breath taking beauty and pleasant climate attracts thousands of tourists all round the year. Also its proximity to other beautiful destinations like Mukteshwar, Bhimtal, Ranikhet, Kausani etc makes it a much sought out destination with every traveler.
Bhimtal in Uttarakhand
Distance: About 300 km from Delhi.
Bhimtal is a quaint little town in the beautiful hills of Nainital district. It is similar to Nainital in terms of natural beauty, but is less crowded and peaceful, which adds charm to the tourist life. This uniqueness and religious links makes the town of Bhimtal worth exploring for both tourist as well as pilgrims. The weather in Bhimtal town is pleasant round the year and the major attraction here is the picturesque Bhimtal Lake, which has a small island in the center of the lake with an aquarium that has a variety of rare fishes from countries like South Africa, Mexico and China. Other popular activities tourist can enjoy in Bhimtal are boating, angling, trekking, rappelling and rock climbing. Tourist can also visit the ancient Bhimeshwara Mahadev Temple on the banks of Bhimtal Lake, which is popular with pilgrims and travelers. The Mall road is an ideal shopping place during the evenings as you can buy a variety of souvenirs from the local shops and enjoy the view and light breeze coming from the lush green mountains of Bhimtal.
Religious / Rivers / Spiritual getways
Distance: About 210 km from Delhi.
Haridwar is an ancient city and is considered as one of the most sacred cities in India by the Hindus. Being one of the seven holiest places for pilgrimage, Haridwar means ‘Gateway to God’. Every year visitors from all across India and abroad come for a dip in the holy waters of the Ganga, and it is believed to wash away one’s sins forever and help attain salvation. Several temples and ashrams dot this town and tourist from foreign countries have been attracted to Haridwar since ages, because, it’s here that they get to understand and experience India’s culture, various rituals and the ancient civilization of India. It is here every 12 years the great festival of Kumbha Mela is held and every 6 years an Ardh Kumbha or Half Kumbh. Millions of pilgrims and saints flock to Haridwar from every corner of India during this period. Apart from its religious significance, Haridwar is also an ideal place for learning different arts and culture of India and it is a well known center for Ayurverdic medicines and herbal remedies. Tourist can visit Haridwar throughout the year as the climate is pleasant, and during their visit they can visit ‘The Rajaji National Park’ which is about 10 km from Haridwar and it is an ideal destination for viewing wild life and for adventure lovers. Since Haridwar is considered as a holy city in India, non-vegetarian food and alcohol is not available and is neither allowed.
Distance: About 230 km from Delhi.
Abounding with natural beauty the town of Rishikesh is located in the foothills of the Himalayas, and is dotted with many ancient temples and ashrams. It is an ideal destination for foreign tourists interested in pilgrimage travel and adventure sports. The ashrams of Rishikesh are renowned all over the world for their study on spiritualism and meditation. Rishikesh shot to fame in the West when ‘The Beatles’ dropped by here for a visit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Ashram. Today, Rishikesh is being recognized as the Adventure Capital of India for the adventure seekers as Rishikesh is the suggested place for starting trekking expeditions to the Himalayan Peaks and for the White River Rafting. In spite of the growing number of visitors each year, the town’s lanes and alleys retain an old world charm, and it still remains a wonderful place to relax and unwind amongst nature. Rishikesh enjoys a favorable climate throughout the year, although June can be hot, Rishikesh is a beautiful destination and has charm in all seasons. Being a sacred place for the Hindus, Rishikesh is a vegetarian and alcohol free city by law and use of plastics bags is completely prohibited.
Distance: About 160 km from Delhi.
Mathura city is known among tourists as the birth place of Lord Krishna, it is an important pilgrim destination for Hindus and Krishna followers from all over the world. Located on the western bank of river Yamuna, this ancient city is one of the seven sacred cities in India having a history of more than 3000 years. The present day Mathura abounds in place of religious and historic interest, the holy city has many sites that are connected with the legends and stories related to the childhood of Lord Krishna and all round the year a large number of festival and fairs are held in Mathura city and in the adjoining areas. Mathura city is dotted with beautiful ghats, archways and holy temples stretching along the banks of the river Yamuna. The main tourist attraction in Mathura city is the Shri Krishna Janambhoomi temple, Dwarkadheesh temple, Gita Mandir, and Jami Masjid. Tourist with keen interest in history will enjoy exploring the archaeological museums of Mathura which has some amazing collection of rare items from Gupta and Kushana period.
Mussoorie in Uttarakhand
Distance: About 270 km from Delhi.
Mussoorie is a beautiful hill station in Northern India surrounded by snow covered mountains and thick green forests. Due to its scenic beauty and varied flora and fauna it is often dubbed as the ‘Queen of the Hills’. An excellent climate throughout the year makes it an attractive holiday resort. Thronged by holiday makers, Mussoorie vibrates with gaiety and merry making during the summer. The mountain ranges in this region do not have steep inclines so this is an excellent opportunity for adventure seekers to undertake enjoyable excursions to various beauty spots in the vicinity. There are many fantastic tourist attractions in and around Mussoorie. Beautiful plains, lush green forest ranges, waterfalls, well laid gardens, and natural beauty takes you another world where you will see natural beauty only. For honeymooners, it is a paradise on earth where they can enjoy their holidays in the most memorable way. Trekking and waters sports are one of the main adventure sports for tourist to enjoy and there are several other places where excursions can be planned from this beautiful hill station.
The famous Golden Triangle
Distance: About 210 km from Delhi.
Known as India’s most famous and ancient city, Agra offers its visitors unlimited fun filled activities while exploring the city, and it is renowned worldwide for the famous monument of love – ‘The Taj Mahal’, which was constructed by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. There are very few cities in the world that can match the history and heritage of Agra, as this city is home to no less than three designated world heritage sites ‘The Taj Mahal’ the neighboring ghost city of ‘Fatehpur Sikri’ and the red sandstone ‘Agra Fort’. Established as the Mughal capital in the year 1526, it is known for its chaotic and vibrant marketplace, souvenir vendors, temples and many grand ancient monuments and tombs. Agra is not only a famous tourist destination but it is also a shopper’s paradise. There are plenty of old markets and newly built shopping malls, where travelers can buy the local specialties. Agra is also famous for its leather goods, handicrafts, sandal and rose wood items, brass decorations, stone carvings and embroidery work.
Distance: About 265 km from Delhi.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan is popularly known as the ‘Pink City’ of India, this ancient city is situated in a semi desert territory, and over the centuries the people of Jaipur have preserved their rich Rajputana culture in form of their royal architecture that gives a wonderful insight into the culture and customs of Rajasthan. Jaipur, is famous for its palaces, forts and old havelis, which attract tourists in large numbers from all across the globe. The Amber Fort, City Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Sheesh Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Ganesh Pol, and the Jal Mahal are some of the most popular tourist attractions of Jaipur. Adventure buffs can enjoy sports such as horse-riding, camel-riding, paragliding, hot-air ballooning and rock-climbing in Jaipur, while explore enthusiasts can take excursions to places like Karauli and Ranthambore National Park. Tourists, who love shopping, will enjoy it here as there are several markets offering a wide array of antiques, carpets, jewellery, pottery, artifacts, apparel, designer clothes and other handicraft items.
There are many other places that dot the landscape around Delhi, this list is a small indicative list of places where you can go on short excursions from Delhi. Hope you enjoyed reading this post. they say “Sharing is Caring”, if you would share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Social Media, it will be great for spreading awareness.