Lesser-known Places to visit near Delhi

Residing in the capital city of India can give you a lot of advantages in terms of advancement and infrastructure, however, it can also be quiet exhausting with its overwhelmed lifestyle and commute woes. Want to get away from your unending routine chores and relax in the lap of natural beauty and tranquility? Take some time off and visit the picturesque places near Delhi. The surroundings of Delhi are blessed with abundance of natural beauty.
While most would recommend the regulars like Agra, Dehradun, Chandigarh etc. We bring you some of the lesser known but magnificently beautiful places to visit near Delhi that will refresh, rejuvenate and revitalize you with its natural charm.

Here’s a list of best places to visit near Delhi for you:

Nahan, Himachal Pradesh
Renuka lake Nahan
This small but beautiful town is at a height of 932m above the sea level. It is situated in the shivalik hills surrounded by lush green forests and mountain ranges covered with sparkling snow. The clean and dirt free town serves as a perfect getaway for a romantic and relaxing trip. The aura of the place instantly grips you with its magical charm.
Places to visit:

  • Nahar Fort
  • Rajbans
  • Renuka lake
  • Renuka wildlife Park
  • Jagannath temple
  • Suketi Fossil Park

Distance from Delhi: 267km by road
Best time to visit: All year round, especially during September to December

Neemrana, Rajasthan

Neemrana Fort Palace
Neemrana is a historically rich and beautiful place to spend a relaxing time. The place is full of historical forts and monumental ruins that take you back in to the medieval times. The oldest historical site of Kesroli is also at a small distance of just 22kms from Neemrana. The calm and quite surroundings beckon you to spend some time with yourself without any worries of the world.
Places to visit:

  • Neemrana Fort Palace
  • Siliserah lake
  • Sariska National park
  • Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary

Distance from Delhi: 117kms by road
Best time to visit: September to February. Monsoon months are picturesque too.

Lansdowne

Lansdowne
The Pauri Garhawl district of Uttarakhand houses a cantonment town of Lansdowne located at 1700meters above the sea level. The picturesque town is surrounded by blue pine and oak forests and is a great place to carry out many adventurous activities like trekking, hiking, paddling and boating etc. Bird watching is also a favorite activity of Lansdowne.
Places to visit:

  • Tip n Top Viewing
  • Santoshi Mata Temple
  • Regimental Museum
  • Bhulla Taal
  • St. Mary’s Church
  • Lover’s lane
  • Tarkeshwar Mahadev temple
  • Bhairav Garhi temple
  • Bhim pakora

Distance from Delhi: 270kms by road
Best time to visit: March to October

Ranikhet

Ranikhet
Situated at 1869meters above the sea level, the beautiful town of Ranikhet brings you right in the lap of nature, relaxing and rejuvenating. The climate is moderate all year except for winters when it gets very chilly. Exceptional quality of wildlife can be witnessed in the lush green and thick forests of Ranikhet.
Places to visit:

  • Army Museum
  • Jhula Devi temple
  • Rama Mandir
  • Chaubatia Gardens

Distance from Delhi: 347kms by road
Best time to visit: All throughout the year

Pangot

Pangot Nainital
Located in the beautiful district of Nainital in the Uttaranchal state of India, Pangot is a small mesmerizing little hill town that boasts of abundant natural beauty and the most exotic varieties of birds. A mention of 580 different species of birds is already recorded in the area and there still remains many more yet to be counted. A paradise for bird watchers, you can spot many magnificent birds fluttering their colorful long feathers while you roam in the wooded walks of around its streets.
Places to visit:

  • Pangot Lake
  • Dorothy’s seat
  • Nainital (14kms)
  • Snow view point
  • Jeolikote (30kms)

Distance from Delhi: 310kms
Best time to visit: September to June

Kausani

Kausani
Located amidst lush green valleys and surrounded by the great Himalayan Mountains, Kausani boasts of snowcapped peaks, silent valleys and beautiful birds. It is a preferred by honeymooners and nature lovers from all across the world. Visit Kausani to enjoy a blissful holiday in the lap of nature.
Places to visit:

  • Anasakti Ashram
  • Rudrdhari Waterfall
  • Lakshmi/Sarla Ashram
  • Sumitranandan Pant Gallery

Distance from Delhi: 398kms
Best time to visit: September to June

Naukuchiatal

NaukuchiatalCredits: Sandeepachetan Flickr

The small but abundantly beautiful Naukuchiatal offers a surreal beauty with hills all around and Nainital and Bhimtal as its neighbors. The small but picturesque hills station has the deepest lake with nine corners (the name Naukuchiatal is inspired by the lake’s nine corners). It is the place for various exhibitions and music festivals every year and is perfect for those who want to escape in a paradisiacal fantasy land.
Places to visit:

  • Sattal Lake
  • Bhimtal (5kms)
  • Nainital (25kms)
  • Dhanachuli (31 kms)

Distance from Delhi: 320 kms
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Hansi

For the ones interested in ancient forts, mosques and heritage architecture, escape to Hansi. Located quietly at a distance of just 150 kms from Delhi, it is home to various tombs and shrines. This is the very same place where the murderous eruption happened during the Mutiny in 1857. Tourists interested in knowing about the history dating back to the 16th century in a quiet and calm small town come here for a weekend getaway.
Places to visit:

  • Sheikhpura ki kothi
  • Dargah Char Qutub
  • Barsi Gate
  • Gujari Mahal
  • Asigarh fort

Distance from Delhi: 150 kms
Best time to visit: October to May

Dausa

ChandBaori Dausa
To stay amongst the historical stepwells, palaces and feel the royalty that existed centuries ago, escape to Dausa. It is a perfect heritage getaway that is quiet, calm and allows you to soak in the feel of the ancient royalty in the now empty palaces, forts and entertainment centers. The famous Mehandipur Balaji temple is also one of the major tourist attractions here. The famous ‘Pit’ well featured in the Hollywood movie “The Dark Knight Rises” is situated here.
Places to visit:

  • Fort Madhogarh
  • Chand Baouri
  • Bhadrwati Palace
  • Harshat Mata temple
  • Chawand
  • Khawaraoji

Distance from Delhi: 268 kms
Best time to visit: October to March

Bharatpur

Deeg Water Palace Bharatpur
Located in the state of Rajasthan, Bharatpur is a perfect place to visit with family and friends and get a chance to get up close and personal with the wildlife at the Keoladeo bird sanctuary and National Park. It is famous as a heaven for bird watchers. There are many ancient architectures as well that speak volumes of its rich history. Visit Bharatpur to get lost in the quiet life of a small city that once was of big historical importance.
Places to visit:

  • Keoladeo National Park
  • Ganga Temple
  • Deeg water palace
  • Deeg fort
  • Lohagarh fort
  • Gopal bhavan
  • Bankebihari temple

Distance from Delhi: 197 kms
Best time to visit: November to February

Dundlod

Goenka Haveli dundlod
If you want to go to a place of great historical importance and witness exquisite work of art, mirror work and intricate designs, the forts and palaces in Dundlod is the perfect place to visit. The place offers a peep in to the lives of the royals and takes you back to the historical times.
Places to visit:

  • Dundlod fort
  • Diwan Khana
  • Badalgarh Fort
  • Haveli of the Goenkas

Distance from Delhi: 240 kms
Best time to visit: Throughout the year

Binsar

Binsar UttarakhandCredits: ghumakkar.com

A small hill station in Uttarakhand with exceptionally good weather and Binsar wildlife sanctuary as the major tourist attraction, Binsar witnesses a lot tourists all year round. Situated 2400 meters above the sea level, it boasts of being one of the highest hill stations of Kumaon and an ideal getaway from Delhi. A tranquil and quiet small Himalayan destination, Binsar is surrounded with dense thick forest on all sides.
Places to visit:

  • Zero Point
  • Binsar Wild life sanctuary
  • Kasar Devi temple
  • Golu devta temple
  • Khali estate
  • Bineshwar Mahadev temple
  • Pariyadeva Pashan

Distance from Delhi: 270 kms
Best time to visit: September to June

Kasauli

Christ Church Kasauli
At a height of 1927 meters above the sea level, the Kasauli town is located in the Solan district of the picturesque Himachal Pradesh state of India. It has a moderate and pleasant climate even when it’s irritatingly hot in Delhi, thus, making it a perfect place to take a break. Kasauli is one of the most underrated scenic places to visit near Delhi.
Places to visit:

  • Baptist Church
  • Central Research Institute
  • Christ Church
  • Manki Point
  • Hangout Kasauli Regency
  • Kasauli Brewery
  • Kasauli Club.

Distance from Delhi: 304kms by road
Best time to visit: All throughout the year

Solan

solan himachal pradesh
Nicknamed as the ‘Mushroom city of India’, Solan is located at a height of 1600mtrs above the sea level. It is also known as the ‘City of Red’. Both these names are derived from its vast mushroom farming facility and the heavy production of tomatoes in the region respectively. Visit this beautiful place for rich cultural history and sumptuous local cuisine.

Places to visit:

  • Arki Fort
  • Shoolini Devi temple
  • Hari Mandir
  • Solan railway station (one of the highest railway stations in the world)
  • Mohan Shakti National Heritage Park/
  • Dolanji Bon Monastery

Distance from Delhi: 319kms by road
Best time to visit: February to May, September to November

Mukteshwar

Mukteshwar Temple
Located at an altitude of 2286 meters above the sea level, Mukteshwar is a pristine blessing of Mother Nature. Its lush green environment with mountains and valleys as long as you can see, makes the place like a paradise. It is still untouched by commercialization, and this is exactly why it has the nature’s priceless charm of originality.
Places to visit:

  • Chauli ki Jail
  • Mukteshwar Dam
  • Indian Veterinary Research Institute
  • Kilmora Shop
  • Brahmeswara Temple

Distance from Delhi: 330kms by road
Best time to visit: All round the year, you can avoid winters due to road blockage by snow

From beautiful mountains to majestic valleys, the presence of surrounding states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan gives people of Delhi a perfect chance to unwind and refresh throughout the year. There’s something for everyone across all weathers. The city of Delhi is surrounded by the most popular hill stations and is in a close proximity of picturesque places.

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