Delhi, the capital of India, is one of the most popular tourist places in India. Delhi has a lot of historical and cultural significance, making it one of the top most holiday destinations not only for people in India but also for people in foreign countries. The fact that Delhi was the place where Indraprastha, the palace of the Pandavas, was located and also because it is quite near to Kurukshetra, where the actual Mahabharata war happened, makes it popular among people. Added to this is the influence of the Mughals in its history, culture and architecture, giving the city an interesting outlook. Splash Water Park is also famous in Delhi
While India Gate, Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, Connaught Place, etc. are some of the attractions that Delhi offers, there are several vacation spots around 500 km radius of the city. Whether you are a resident of Delhi or a here as a tourist, you would like to know about some amazing places near Delhi where you can reach easily. Here we have provided a list of places which are within 500 km from Delhi. Most of these places can be reached from Delhi within a few or hours or even half a day. Check out to know which are the places that may interest you when you are in the capital city.
Absolutely nobody returns from Delhi without at least a day’s visit to the city of Agra. Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, is synonymous with Agra. Every day thousands of people come to Agra to see the splendid Taj Mahal with its white marble, domes, minarets and intricate work. Along with Taj Mahal, Agra has two more World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO which are Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Both these monuments showcase the beauty of Mughal architecture. Some other places that you ought to visit when in Agra are Akbar’s Tomb, Jama Masjid, I’timad-Ud-Daulah, Ram Bagh, Chini ka Rauza, etc.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is just 268 km from Delhi. Known as the Pink City because of the pink tinge that all the buildings of Jaipur exudes, it is a place that offers some of the most beautiful monuments, buildings, gardens and palaces in India. Hawa Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, City Palace, Amber Fort and Palace are some of the places you must visit in Jaipur. Do not miss the chance of visiting the colourful market where you can buy clothes, precious gems, jewellery, bangles, textiles, blue pottery, etc.
Shimla, located in Himachal Pradesh, is one of the most popular hill stations in India and is 361 km away from Delhi. The best time to visit Shimla is between December and March as the climate is cool and you can also experience snowfall if you are lucky. The summer months are also good time to visit the place if you want to escape the heat in the cities. Whatever time you choose to visit Shimla, you are sure to have a great time. Shimla stands at the height of 7238 ft. and is covered with oak, deodar and pine forests. It has a beautiful golf course and you can go skiing at Narkanda and Kurfi. Shimla has several luxury resorts, making your stay here really comfortable.
Ranthambhore is another place in Rajasthan which can be visited from Delhi easily. At a distance of 430 km from Delhi, Ranthambhore lies between the Vindhyan plateau and Aravali hill ranges. The Ranthambhore National Park is one of the highlights of the place. You can go on a jungle safari and can even have a camp at the forest. Apart from this, there is the Ranthambhore Fort which goes back to 1000 years. The Kandhar Fort, Manasarovar Lake, Pali Ghat, Rameshwaram Ghat, etc. are some of the highlights of Ranthambhore.
Auli is a beautiful hill station in Uttarkhand which lies 495 km away from Delhi. Auli can be visited anytime during the year, be it summer or winter. During the summer months, Auli is perfect for trekking while the place is perfect for skiing during the winter months when the hills become snow-covered. Whichever season you choose to go to Auli, you would be welcomed with beautiful hills.
Jim Corbett National Park: Jim Corbett National Park is 239 km from Delhi and takes almost six hours by car. This national park is named after the famous hunter Jim Corbett, the author of Man-Eaters of Kumaon. The park is at the foothills of the Himalayas giving a view that is awesome. You can go on a safari in this national park. Camps are also organized here. While the chances of sighting a tiger are quite rare, the national park is home to several wild animals.
Apart from the above mentioned places, there are several other holiday destinations close to Delhi. Some of these include Vrindavan, Kurukshetra, Fatehpur Sikri, Abott Mount, etc. which fall within 500 km of Delhi. So, whenever you plan to visit Delhi, take time to get out of the city and visit one of these locations. Wherever you plan to go, you are sure to have a great time.