Escape the daily routine and hustle and bustle of the city with an India weekend break from Bengaluru, Mumbai or Delhi.
Bored of the traffic, city lights and tall buildings? A quick weekend escape is what you need.
Those living in the busiest cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru can enjoy peaceful getaways just a short flight or fun drive away. No elaborate planning needed, no endless checklists to be made, just a simple get set and go.
Keep reading to discover the ultimate weekend destinations for city-dwellers.
Plan your weekend escape.
A hop, skip and jump away from Bengaluru
The ‘Scotland of India’ is always ready to offer lush green surroundings, pleasant weather and impeccable coffee to Bengaluru residents. A scenic 5.5-hour drive from the city, this quiet town is perfect for those looking for a break from city life and a place to rest, relax and rejuvenate.
With its coffee plantations, waterfalls, gardens and many historical sites, Coorg is a place where you can engage in tourist activities or simply sit down with a book and admire the view. You can also enjoy unique experiences like bathing elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp or go river rafting and experience the thrill of the rapids.
This hip and happening city will never let you down when it comes to an escape from the routine of life. A convenient hour's flight or fun 10-hour road trip from Bengaluru, it is one of the most popular weekend getaways for the city crowd.
You can choose to party at endless pubs, play in the waves at numerous beaches, rendezvous with the Arabian Sea or choose to explore the exotic fauna of the city. All in all, the destination is all about sun, sand and beach: perfect for all who want a tropical escape away from home.
Weekend destinations for Mumbai folks
Tired of skyscrapers and in need of hills? Mahabaleshwar is your destination. An enthralling five-hour drive from Mumbai, this hill station offers solace and tranquility in the purest form. You can spend your time visiting temples which are architectural wonders, picture-perfect waterfalls and breathtaking viewpoints that offer panoramic vistas of the Western Ghats and Mapro Garden, with its vines of strawberries and juicy fruits. If you feel like doing something adventurous, you can visit Velocity Entertainmentz – an amusement park that has all kinds of fun games and activities.
How can one not mention Lonavala while speaking about weekend getaways from Mumbai? A 1.5hour drive from Mumbai, this hill station is one of the most beloved road trip destinations in Maharashtra. The hilly terrain shrouded in clouds is no less than an artist’s dream.
Historic sites such as the Karla and Bhaja caves are wonders to behold and explore, while Kune Falls is one of the most scenic spots you can visit. You will find many forts, dams and parks as well, where you can delve into history and culture or just while the time away.
A fun three-hour drive will take you to Nashik – the wine capital of India. If you want to go on a wine tasting tour, experience white-water rafting on the Vaitarna River, be mesmerised by magical views of the Dudhsagar Falls and embark on many more adventures, then this is the perfect stop for you.
Replace the city sea of lights with soothing views of blue, green and everything in between. Trade urban sounds with symphonies of nature and let all your worries be forgotten on this idyllic escape from modern life.
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Quick escapes from Delhi
After eight hours of passing scenic landscapes as you drive away from Delhi, you enter the cultural Rajasthan, where endless experiences await you. You can stop at Jaipur to enjoy the pink city’s beautiful architecture. The Jantar Mantar’s sun dial, the largest in the world, is worth a look, a boat ride on Lake Pichola will wear off the city lethargy and meeting the wildlife of Rajasthan on a thrilling safari at Ranthambore National Park will fill you with zeal.
The adventure doesn’t stop here: you can visit various forts and uncover their secrets, go zip-lining at Neemrana Fort and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Rajasthan on a hot-air balloon ride. The perfect weekend getaway indeed.
Escaping the summer heat wave with a quick trip to the Himalayas is always a refreshing idea. For Delhi folks looking at a quick hill station sojourn, Shimla is the place to go. After a beautiful seven-hour journey from the city with lush greenery giving you company along the way, you enter a valley of tranquility.
You can check-in to one of the beautiful hotels and enjoy hot tea as you breathe in fresh air and feast on views of serenity, or you can choose to go out and explore the beauty up close. If you choose the latter, we suggest you jump on the toy train (Kalka-Shimla) for the most beautiful ride of your life, visit Chadwick Falls for a visual treat, take the road less travelled on a trek through the pine forests and visit Scandal Point – a viewpoint like no other to catch awe-inspiring views.
Road tripping doesn’t get more fun than a four-hour drive to Rishikesh (Uttarakhand) with your family and friends. Adjacent to the Ganges River, the city is known for yoga and meditation. What better place to unwind?
If you want to see where The Beatles once stayed when they came to India, then a trip to The Beatles Ashram is for you. Marvel at the Lakshman Jhula and Ram Jhula bridges over the Ganges River, where you can walk or enjoy a swing as you cross while enjoying views of ashrams below. For some calming and positive vibes, we recommend a visit to Vashishta Gufa, where you literally enter a cave of solace.