India’s most popular city, New Delhi is home to one of the most exotic collections of cultural sites and locations. Almost all of India’s ethnic culture and tradition can be reached from the capital city of the country. Here is a list of the 61 top places for you and your friends to visit near Delhi.
1. Taj Mahal, Agra
One of the seven wonders of the world, Taj Mahal is without doubt the first on the list. Built by Shah Jahan during the Mughal Era, the place is a symbol of undying love and dedication. Its ivory white walls make it one of the most beautiful monuments in the world.
2. Jim Corbett National Park
A beautiful experience to explore the wilderness is just 300 km away from Delhi, in Uttarakhand. The park has amazing resorts and is home to the ferocious Bengal tiger.
One of the most religious cities in the world, Rishikesh is situated at the foothills of the Himalayas. The city is also at the banks of the river Ganga and thousands of people visit the place to perform funerals and wash off their sins.
A hill station in the heart of Himachal Pradesh, the beautiful views and serene climate of Shimla attracts thousands of tourists to its foothills. The toy train in Shimla sums up the city altogether.
The birthplace of the Hindu God, Krishna, Mathura is a city of colours. The city is home to many temples and is located at the banks of the mighty Yamuna.
Known for its Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, Bharatpur is a small town in Rajasthan. The city is home to a unique collection of birds who can be spotted throughout the year,
7. Golden temple, Amritsar
The temple of gold is a place of worship for the Sikhs. The golden lights of the massive temple reflecting on the reservoir surrounding it, is truly a beautiful sight.
One of the most beautiful hill stations in the country, McLeodganj is a great place to experience the aftermath of the 250-year British rule in India.
A city of great cultural and historical significance, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. The city has some of the most amazing monuments such as the Hawa Mahal.
A beautiful and scenic trek is waiting for you at the footsteps of the hill station- Kasauli. The hike is a perfect way to escape from the city and life and just enjoy it for a while.
One of the most well-designed cities in the country, Chandigarh is a unique blend of urban buildings and natural beauty. The city has great hotels and is a great pitstop in your journey.
Located in Uttar Pradesh, Hastinapur is the fabled city, where the great Hindu epic Mahabharata was based.
13. Fatehpur Sikri
A popular monument made of red sandstone, the Fatehpur Sikri is just 40 km away from Agra. It symbolizes yet another architectural masterpiece of the Mughal Empire.
A rather unknown city in Rajasthan, Mandawa has a beautiful collection of castles and Havelis. It is also a great place to collect souvenirs.
15. Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
Located very close to New Delhi, in the District of Gurgaon, The Sultanpur Birds Sanctuary is the perfect weekend getaway from the bustling life in the capital city.
One of the oldest cities in India, Pushkar is believed to be where Lord Brahma resided. The largest Brahma temple has been there for more than 800 years.
A city filled with natural beauty and monuments alike, Ajmer is a stunning city in Rajasthan. It is a popular place of worship for both Hindus and Muslims.
18. Prashar lake
One of the lesser known areas near Delhi, the lake is an amazing weekend getaway. While the lake itself is small yet extremely clear, the 360˚ view of the mountains it offers is what drives most people here.
Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, the Auli is the perfect skiing and snowboarding destination about 500 kilometers from the capital. The location is filled with scenic views of the snowy Himalayas.
Looking to experience some amazing water rafting, Kullu is the right place for you. Located on the top of a hill, the lake is perfect for sightseeing as well.
Situated in the most scenic part of Uttarakhand, is the small village of Ramgarh. The village, while not very popular, provides an excellent view of the Himalayan range.
The village in Himachal Pradesh is filled with lush green foliage on all sides. Its location at a height of 7700 feet makes sure that it has minimal tourist activity for you to enjoy in privacy.
23. Damdama Lake
Just an hour drive from Delhi, is the serene Damdama lake. Otherwise unknown to the people in and around the national capital, the lake has one of the most scenic views one can witness.
24. Sariksa National Park
In the heart of the Aravalli hills, lies the scenic Sariksa National Park. The elevated location of the park keeps it safe from human activity and it is home to some of the most beautiful animals in India.
Nestled away in the Gharwal mountain of the Himalayas, is the glacier Yamunotri. What makes the place special is that it is from where the majestic Yamuna river begins its journey.
An extremely tiny river bank, Shoja is hidden from the rest of the world. The place is ideal for camping out with friends and having a great time altogether.
27. Valley of Flowers
A UNESCO listed heritage site; the valley of flowers lies a few hundred kilometers ahead of Haridwar. The plants in the valley are believed to have medicinal powers and the flowers add to the scenic view.
Home to the highest cricket stadium in the world, Dharamshala is a small village in the state of Himachal Pradesh. The village is also renowned for the large number of Tibetan monks it is home to.
29. Darang Tea Estate
Yet another scenic place to visit in Himachal Pradesh, the Darang Tea Estate is a must visit to catch a glimpse of India’s beautiful tea estates.
A rather unknown location along the lines of the Punjab- Himachal border, Nurpur is best known for its exquisite collection of shawls. The small town can be reached through the Pathankot district.
Not to be mistaken with Kasauli, this hill station was coined by the Switzerland of India by Mahatma Gandhi. The beautiful trek leads to a Gandhi Ashram at the top of the hill.
A collection of 7 majestic lakes, Sattal dominates in all aspects of natural beauty. From its extremely scenic and panoramic view to its wide array of migratory birds, Sattal has it all.
An upcoming and industrial smart city in Uttar Pradesh, Faridabad is a home to the tomb of the renowned Sufi saint Baba Farid.
A newly discovered tourist spot near Delhi, the Akshardham is a massive temple. Within the temple are important Hindu scriptures and images.
Want to taste exclusive Punjabi cuisine, head down to the small town of Murthal. The town falls on the Delhi national highway and has a variety of restaurants providing exotic Indian cuisines.
The Surajkund is a massive semicircular amphitheater and now one of the oldest man made reservoirs in the country.
37. Okhla Bird Sanctuary
Adding to your list of fascinating places to birdwatch is the Okhla Bird Sanctuary, just a 100 km away from Delhi. The sanctuary is known for its protection of endangered species of birds.
38. Awara Adventure Park
A one of a kind adventure park located in Gurgaon, the Awara adventure park is an ideal weekend getaway to relax and have fun with your family.
39. Bir Billing
Known as the paragliding capital of India, Bir Billing is famous for hosting the Paragliding world Championship in 2015. It is also home to some beautiful monasteries.
Housing numerous treks, camping sites and amazing views, the small town of Kasol has gained major attention in the last few years.
One of the most popular trekking routes in India, Manali is filled with scenic views and tons of adventure sports. The hill station also houses significant places of worship.
42. Jallianwala Bagh
One the most historically important places in India, with a tragic past. The Jallianwala Bagh was where thousands of innocent peasants were shot down by the British soldiers to stop them from celebrating Baisakhi.
43. Tso Moriri lake
One of the lesser known of the various stunning lakes in Changtang wildlife sanctuary, the Tso Moriri lake is breathtaking. The clear waters reflecting the equally clear skies makes the visit more tranquil.
The capital city of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is a picturesque hill station renowned for the amazing academic institutions it is home to. The monasteries here are a must visit.
45. Wagah Border
One of the most popular places in India, the Wagah border is the international border between India and Pakistan. Thousands of Indians and Pakistanis flock to the gate everyday to witness the iconic slamming of the gates shut.
A highly religious place in Uttarakhand, Gaumukh invites thousands of devotees each year. The devotion the people is rewarded by the scenic views the place has to offer.
47. Dudhwa National Park
Another gem in the state of Uttarakhand, the Dudhwa National park is perfect for nature lovers. The park is home to a large number of elephants.
Nestled at a height of 3800 meters, Kedarnath is one of the most popular places of pilgrimage for Hindus in India. It is believed that Lord Shiva took refuge there.
A majestic city in its true sense, Gwalior is home to a gorgeous collection of old palaces, forts and temples. The place is historically significant for both Hindus and Muslims.
The Morni hills are the highest point in Panchkula. Seated across the lake you get one of the most scenic and panoramic views of the Morni hills.
One of the closest places near Delhi for a perfect weekend getaway, Manesar is a small village with a scenic view. The village is rich in heritage and you can get a look at a few birds from the Sultanpur birds Sanctuary.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Dalhousie offers its tourists one of the best hill station experiences one can have. The town has everything ranging from impressive treks to adventure sports and camping.
Nainital is an upcoming hill station and honeymoon spot in India. The town has a splendid collection of lakes topped off with its hills and eco caves making it one of the most beautiful places in India.
A small yet beautiful hill station in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie is known as the hometown of the popular author Ruskin Bond. The town has rich colonial heritage and is also one of the major religious destinations in India.
Vrindavan is considered to be the place where lord Krishna grew up after being separated from his family in Mathura. The city has thousands of temples paying homage to the Hindu God and his lover Radha.
A culturally rich city in the state of Rajasthan, Alwar is known for its massive forts. The Bala Qila and the Kalakand market are popular tourist attractions in the city.
Known mainly for its massive Neemrana Fort palace, the city is supposed to be the home of the famed Rajput Maharaja Prithvi Raj Chauhan III. The multistoried palace is one of the most breathtaking forts in the country.
58. Tehri Garhwal
Located very next to Mussoorie, the beautiful lake has been responsible for various mythological stories in Hindu religious scriptures. The scenic view and the clear skies make Tehri Garhwal an excellent pit stop on your way to Mussorie.
Popular for its Jeep Safari and the Ranthambore Tiger reserve, this city is perfect for animal lovers and nature buffs out there. The massive Ranthambore fort adds an excellent architectural touch to this predominantly natural city.
A small and quiet area in Himachal Pradesh until a few years ago, Tattapani gained recognition due its amazing sceneries and adventure sports. It is also one of the only places in the country to have a natural hot water spring.
A small town in the state of Rajasthan, Pilani is home to one of the biggest and most prestigious academic institutions in the country BITS Pilani. Massive Havelis give the student centric town a medieval charm.
While there are many smaller and rather unknown places around the National Capital. The ones mentioned or the list are truly a must visit. From popular tourist destinations like the Taj Mahal in Agra to small yet amazing treks in the tiny village of Kasauni, the list tries to give you the best of both worlds. The list is bound to fulfil the architect enthusiast as well as the nature buff in you.