Fancy a one day trip from Delhi? Why go to clichéd pubs and bars, or shopping malls when you can explore and unearth magical places in a short time? If you are tired of your busy life, taking a break is not going to harm anyone. So why ponder over whether it would be worth taking an off from work or college when impressive places are waiting for you? Here are the best places you can cover in a day from Delhi that will simply either blow your mind or calm it.

  1. Damdama Lake

Want to spend your day doing nothing but laying in the lush green grass and gazing at the panoramic view of lake reflecting different shades of the sky? Head to Damdama Lake in Gurgaon and lose yourself in the rocky surroundings of Aravalli hills. You can also get yourself involved in numerous activities involving bird watching, boating, camping, nature walks, and picnic with your loved ones. Damdama Lake is one of the closest weekend getaway spots from Delhi.

  • Neemrana Fort

The grandeur of Neemrana fort in Rajasthan will pull you towards it if you are seeking a one day trip from Delhi. The 15th century heritage hotel has everything to offer for those who wish to experience Rajasthani culture and taste authentic cuisines. Adorning the hills, the fort has 7 wings built over 12 layers and having luxury amenities such as ayurvedic spa, swimming pool, gardens, and plenty of adventurous activities to get involved in. Drive through NH-8 to experience the romantic aura surrounded by the fort.

  • Agra

Agra is less than 4 hours of drive away from Delhi and is one of the most precious places to spend a romantic day with your beloved. Head to Taj Mahal, the epitome of beauty and love and snap some candid shots on a camera, devour drool-worthy local food, or surprise your precious with a candlelight dinner against the eternal backdrop of Taj Mahal. No matter what you do, you cannot get enough of Agra. Despite that, the place is worth a visit even when you feel too lazy to drive. Simply, book a cab and watch your fatigue disappear on your way to Agra.  

  • Vrindavan

Popular as Lord Krishna’s Childhood Abode, Vrindavan is a nice place to get spiritually awake and feel connected with our maker. The tranquil aura of Vrindavan is known to heal mental wounds and make one stronger. So if need to escape the chaos of Delhi, rushing out to Vrindavan is the best thing to do. Located on the banks of holy river Yamuna, Vrindavan is a perfect place for a  one day trip from Delhi. Visit Bankey Bihari Temple and famous Nidhi Van (where the lord is said to dance throughout the night with his consort) for unforgettable spiritual experiences and to attain peace of mind.

  • Murthal

On hearing Murthal, images of Sukhdev Dhaba or Haveli Restaurant must have appeared in your mind. If not, you need to come out of the shell and taste the best food ever here. Delhiites go to Murthal only to gorge upon the yummiest paranthas by Sukhdev and the traditional food of Haveli. Sukhdev Dhaba has become a landmark of the place where one cannot resist tasting the delicious food served. You will find youngsters (mostly college-goers), couples and families eating the hot served meals to their heart’s desire. Murthal is your go-to spot for day trip from Delhi even if you are not a foodie. The place is hardly 2 hours of drive away from the capital.

  • Jaipur

Less than 4 hours of drive away from Delhi, Jaipur is a welcoming place to rekindle the romance and spend a laid-back holiday embracing the heritage and modernity of Rajasthan. The place is adorned with opulent palaces boasting the tales of brave and mighty Rajput royals, and warriors, vibrant bazaars and mesmerizing lakes to captivate one’s eyes. The real jewels are iconic Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Nahargarh Fort and Birla Mandir that mustn’t be missed no matter what.

  • Akshardham

Built-in 2005, Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is a place where peace and spirituality come alive. Don’t confuse the colossal architecture of the temple to the ancient one. The temple is built with red sandstone and is an architectural marvel in the country that witnesses thousands of tourists every day. The delicate carvings on the temple depict the past of ancient India and the miracle stories of Swaminarayan. The only drawback you’ll find here is that you cannot use the camera on the temple premises. Apart from that, there is an underground boat ride that walks you through different phases/centuries India has seen. Then there is spellbinding musical fountain show scheduled in the evening which will take you to a place you won’t ever want to come back.

  • Ranthambore National Park

If you feel like stepping into the unknown territories to unleash your adventurous side, Ranthambore national park is the place that won’t bore you at all. Take a jeep safari and catch tigers, leopards and other wild animals in their natural habitat. The park is barely 7-8 hours drive away from the capital and a great escape to spend an exciting day with friends or beloved. The park is one of the best ideas for one day trip from Delhi where you can not only spend time amidst nature but capture fascinating wild creatures on your camera lens too.

  • Haridwar

The busy pace of life can drain your energy and what’s best to recharge yourself than visiting the holy land of Haridwar? Barely 5 hours drive from Delhi, Haridwar is a perfect place to cleanse your body, mind and spirit. Take a dip into the holy river Ganga and feel blissful or simply enjoy the splendid view river Ganga makes while passing through the valley. Join Ganga aarti in the evening or visit Mansa Devi temple nearby to soak the feeling of tranquility and happiness.

  1.  Noida

Noida has joined the bandwagon for being one of the most visited places by those seeking adventure, good food, and tons of places to shop from. Studded with malls, adventure parks, shopping bazaars, food joints, Noida is a quintessential getaway from Delhi to have an exciting day. Visit The Great India Place, DLF Mall of India, Grand Venice Mall, World of Wonders, KOD and you’d forget track of time. For a laid-back day, you can go for a long drive at Yamuna Expressway and enjoy the moment (ride safe when you do that as the place is prone to accidents).

  1.  Parwanoo

Located 5 hours drive away from Delhi, Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh is the one-day retreat you’ve been searching for. The lush greenery, mighty mountains, glittering streams, blooming flowers will welcome you to the land. A road trip to Parwanoo is something you’d always cherish in life. The journey alone is worth in gold than the destination. Nonetheless, Parwanoo is an absolute treat to the eyes if you wish to snuggle into the lap of nature and revel in the calmness. 

  1.  Kuchesar Fort

Nestled in Bulandshahr, Kuchesar is a heritage village popular for its mud fort built by Jat rulers. The fort is sealed off by magnificent gardens constructed to prevent British attacks. Nearby you can spot mango orchards and might even taste a ripe one to tingle your tongue. Kuchesar is an offbeat destination that undoubtedly gives you the serenity and peace you yearn for. Visit the local markets and try out the yummiest food to complete this experience.

  1.  Chandigarh

Rush to the first planned city in the country for a memorable day filled with laughter, adventure, shopping, sightseeing and mouthwatering Punjabi cuisine. Chandigarh will embrace you like anything no matter you’re looking for solitude or fun. Do check out Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden and Rose Garden when exploring this well-maintained city.

  1. Nuh

If your love for historical monuments, ancient ruins, shaking minarets exceeds beyond anything, you should head to Nuh, a tiny village settled in Mewat district of Haryana. The hauntingly beautiful mosque and tombs depict the tragic ending of once flourishing empire. Nuh is a great place for spending one day trip from Delhi. Celebrate your love beneath the twinkling sky enjoying candlelight dinner. The place will freshen up your mood.

  1.  Morni

Morni is located nearly 5 hours of drive away from the country’s capital. Those who seek an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city will find Morni hills a perfect destination to rejuvenate themselves. There’s so much to do in Morni hills that you won’t even realize how time flew by. From sightseeing to enjoying the picturesque views of Shivalik adorned by lakes, trekking to camping, cycling to boating, Morni hills have got you all covered. You can also savor delicious meal from Amrik Sukhdev en route to Morni hills.

  1.  Sariska National Park

Sariska wildlife sanctuary is indeed a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers where they can catch fascinating animals in action. The place is famous as a tiger reserve where you can take a jeep safari to capture magnificent beasts on your camera. Nestled in Aravalli hills, Sariska national park is an ideal spot to enjoy a day away from the noise of the city. No matter if you visit the place with your friends, family or special someone, the charm of Sariska is bound to cast its magical spell on you.

  1.  Noor Mahal

For the love of history and architecture, if you had never got a chance to visit Noor Mahal in Karnal, then this is the right time to do so. Noor mahal portrays the elegance and opulence of the royals. Now turned into a 5-star hotel, the palace is as beguiling as ever and continues to treat guests like royals. If you wish to step-into a royal’s shoe, Noor mahal is the best place there is. The interesting blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture will take your breath away. Make sure to click some candids here for unforgettable memories.

  1.  Mussoorie

Talk about the nearest hill stations near Delhi and we have mussoorie to travel to. Tucked in the lap of Himalayas, this quaint queen of hills is a popular tourist destination that offers a quintessential experience of being surrounded by nature with tall mountains, cold river, frosty mornings, unpredictable weather, and tiny houses scattered over the hills. Not only the place is eye-pleasing but also gives a soothing feeling to heart and mind. Once you reach there, lethargy of 7 hours of drive will wear out. Mussoorie is one of the best road trips you will ever take in life.  

  1.  Kasauli

Kasauli is a less-crowded paradise nestled in Himachal Pradesh that is barely 6 hours of drive away from Delhi. If you wish for a hidden getaway where you can simply chill and relax, Kasauli is the place to be. The journey to Kasauli itself is filled with adventures and thrill that you would not believe your eyes when you reach the destination. With ethereal atmosphere, dewy mornings, bone-shattering nights, roaring of rivers, the place soothes one’s soul even if staying there for a day or two.

  •  Rishikesh

The spiritual paradise for soul-seekers, Rishikesh is probably the best spot to connect with nature and oneself surrounded by nothing but the tranquil environment. Visit ancient temples, yoga gurus, spiritual leaders, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views the place offers that are calming enough to lose track of time. Apart from this, adventure seekers can unleash their inner beast by participating in sports like white river rafting, zip-lining, paragliding and rock climbing to name a few. For a one day escape from Delhi, Rishikesh is certainly not a bad choice.

  •  Kurukshetra

Narrating the epic Mahabharata, the land of Kurukshetra takes you back to the time when the great battle of Mahabharata was fought.  There are plenty of pilgrimage spots, temples, gurudwaras, holy shrines, sacred ponds to see that are linked to the Hindu mythology. History and Hindu mythology lovers must visit the place for once in their lifetime. Kurukshetra is also the sacred land where Lord Krishna sermonized the sacred Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna. For an unusual getaway, exploring Kurukshetra is the best thing to do for a one day trip.

  •  Mukteshwar

Sitting high in Kumaon hills of Uttrakhand, Mukteshwar is an absolute treat to one’s eye. The place boasts of pleasant weather, breezy ambiance, tiny huts acting like jewels to the mountains, glittering streams tearing the mountains and soothing lush greenery. For a one day getaway, Mukteshwar is your best chance to soak the soul of nature into your body and rejuvenate yourself. Away from the noise and chaos of cities, Mukteshwar is a welcoming change to rekindle romance with your beloved or have fun time with friends.

  •  Barsana

Typically 3 hours away from Delhi, Barsana is a popular place known to be the birthplace of Krishna’s consort Radha. The quaint town is also popular for its ‘Lathmar Holi’, a unique tradition of playing Holi. Barsana is an ideal destination for those who wish to get some peace of mind and connect with god. The air of spirituality here is regarded to transform the life of an individual. Want to test that? Head to Barsana and experience the magic of place changing your spiritual consciousness and perspective on life.

  •  Lansdowne

If you think Nainital has lost its charm, then rushing to Lansdowne is going to remind you of good old days of Nainital. Hidden by dense fog, this tiny hill station snuggled between mighty mountains will give you the breather you need in life.  The hill station is counted among the untouched destinations in the country and is perfect if you need to spend quiet time in a less-crowded place. The magnificent sceneries of Lansdowne will work its magic on your mind and you’d forget all worries of life so much so that you’d not want to leave the place.

  •  Manesar

Once a lost town, manesar has now reclaimed its glory as a luxurious weekend getaway destination nearest Delhi. It is one of the fastest-growing industrial towns in the country and also a place for couples, families and friends to spend quality time with each other. There are luxurious hotels providing all sorts of amenities to keep you occupied for the day. You can enjoy camping, bonfire, adventure sports, play golf, or simply sit back near swimming pool and soak vitamin D in your body. Manesar is undoubtedly a peculiar yet interesting place to bond with loved ones.  The rugged rural landscape of Manesar will leave its footprints in your heart.