Backpacking trips from Delhi under Rs.5000 for the coming long weekend

  • Weekend getaways from DelhiLong weekends are chicken soup for the working soul. They are those therapeutic days in a month when holidays come near weekend, making them longer than the usual 2-day break. If you have not planned your weekend escape yet, we have amazing options for you, where you can just pack your bags and leave - all under a budget of Rs 5000. To optimise the cost, we suggest that you carpool or take an overnight bus. These getaways are also great for folks based out of Delhi, who have bought an air ticket to Delhi and are looking for budget backpacking options near Delhi.

    1. Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

    Camouflaged in the verdant groves of pine and oak trees, Lansdowne is situated in an isolated corner of the Pauri Garhwal region of Uttarkhand. Offering postcard views of the Himalayan peaks, Landowne is a haven for peace and adventure lovers equally.

    Lansdowne

    Stay range: Rs 900 onwards

    Distance between Delhi and Lansdowne: 268 km

    Estimated travel time: 6 hours 30 minutes

    Things to do in Lansdowne: Trekking, hiking, boating, bird watching, kayaking

    Places to visit in Lansdowne: War Memorial, Bhulla Tal Lake, Darwan Singh Museum, Lansdowne Trip - Travel Cafe

    2. Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

    The word Kasol conjures images of secret psytrance parties set against a dramatic Himalayan backdrop. Kasol is Israel coyly manoeuvred in the lap of Parvati Valley, with cafes clad in Hebrew doodles. Dancing under the stars under the influence of the magical herb is how your time will fly while you are here.

    Kasol

    Stay range: Rs 500 onwards

    Distance between Delhi and Kasol: 536 km

    Estimated travel time: 11 hours 00 minutes

    Things to do in Kasol: Trekking, partying

    Places to visit in Kasol: Manikaran Gurudwara, Kheerganga, Malana, Jim Morrison Cafe

    3. Kausani, Uttarakhand

    Tranquil locales, quaint villages and magnificent Himalayan vistas is what your vacation in Kausani is all about. With a whiff of scented pine trees in the air, Kausani welcomes you with all its heart. A small town in the upper Himalayas, Kausani is hard to reach, but the road trip taking you through enchanting valleys and gurgling rivers is worth every bit of it.

    Kausani tea estate

    Stay range: Rs 500 onwards

    Distance between Delhi and Kausani: 524 km

    Estimated travel time: 11 hours 00 minutes

    Things to do in Kausani: Trekking, village and nature walks

    Places to visit in Kausani: Kausani Tea Estate, Anashakti Ashram, Rudradhari Falls and Caves, Handloom shawl factory

    4. Ranikhet, Uttarakhand

    Meaning Queen’s Farm, Ranikhet lays hidden in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. A silent getaway from the humdrum of Delhi, Ranikhet is an emerging hill station to try your had at adventure sports and camping.

    Rhododendrons in Himalayas

    Stay range: Rs 600 onwards

    Distance between Delhi and Ranikhet: 365 km

    Estimated travel time: 8 hours 30 minutes

    Things to do in Ranikhet: Trekking, cycling, nature walks, camping

    Places to visit in Ranikhet: Chaubatia Orchards, Naukuchiatal

    5. McLeodGanj, Himachal Pradesh

    Picture a verdant valley of orchards, dotted with pines and deodars, brushed with harlequin strokes of Tibetan hues, while a beautiful necklace of Himalayas encircles its navel - that is McleodGanj for you. Land of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, McLeoGanj is also known as Little Lhasa. The small village of Dharamshala in here, is the residence place of Dalai Lama, the 14th.

    Mcleoadganj

    Stay range: Rs 300 onwards

    Distance between Delhi and McLeodGanj: 477 km

    Estimated travel time: 8 hours 45 minutes

    Things to do in McLeodGanj: Trekking, meditation, chilling, spirituality, yoga

    Places to visit in McLeodGanj: Namgyal Monastery, Bhagsu Falls, Tsuglagkhang, Triund, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium

    6. Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

    Crunched between the valleys of rivers Sutlej and Giri, Narkanda is popularly known as the ‘Gateway to Apple Country’. Blessed with scenic views of snowcapped Himlayan peaks, it is well-known among adventure enthusiasts for skiing, angling and tonnes of other adventure sports. Historically, Narkanda was a major trade centre during the British Raj as it falls on India’s silk route.

    Hatu Peak, Narkanda

    Stay range: Rs 900 onwards

    Distance between Delhi and Narkanda: 404 km

    Estimated travel time: 8 hours 40 minutes

    Things to do in Narkanda: Winter sports, jungle trekking, village and nature trails

    Places to visit in Narkanda: Hatu Peak, Agyaat Vaas

    7. Chail, Himachal Pradesh

    An Erstwhile summer retreat of the Maharaja of Patiala, Chail is a great alternative to the crowded hills of Shimla. Chail’s pride is the world’s highest cricket ground secretly nestled within a thick grove of deodar trees. The architecture of Chail reflects the royal taste of the Maharaja.

    Chail Cricket Ground

    Stay range: Rs 500 onwards

    Distance between Delhi and Chail: 336 km

    Estimated travel time: 6 hours 40 minutes

    Things to do in Chail: Trekking, jungle trails, bird watching

    Places to visit in Chail: Maharaja’s Palace, Chail Cricket Ground, Chail Polo Ground, Chail Sanctuary, Chail Gurudwara

    8. Almora, Uttarakhand

    Surrounded by the Himalayan peaks, Almora is a small town that resembles a horse-shoe in shape. Drenched in a mystical spell of heritage and culture, Almora is known for its thriving wildlife, intricate handicrafts and mouthwatering cuisine.

    Kosi River valley, Almora

    Stay range: Rs 200 onwards

    Distance between Delhi and Almora: 370 km

    Estimated travel time: 9 hours

    Things to do in Almora: Trekking, bird watching, heritage viewing, temple tours

    Places to visit in Almora: Chitai Temple, Zero Point, Katarmal Sun Temple

    9. Kanatal, Uttarakhand

    A beautiful Himalayan sojourn, Kanatal offers a peace escape from the maddening tourist crowd. Serenading views of apple orchards, salubrious climate and unadulterated beauty of this hill station makes it worth a visit. It can be a beautiful stopover if you are going to more popular (decode: crowded) places like Mussoorie and Dehradun.

    Kanatal

    Stay range: Rs 900 onwards

    Distance between Delhi and Kanatal: 322 km

    Estimated travel time: 8 hours 20 minutes

    Things to do in Kanatal: Trekking, rappelling, nature trail

    Places to visit in Kanatal: Tehri Dam, Kodia Jungle, Chamba, Surkanda Devi Temple

    10. Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

    “The blackest cloud I've ever seen squatted over Mussoorie, and then it hailed marbles for half an hour. Nothing like a hailstorm to clear the sky. Even as I write, I see a rainbow forming.” - Ruskin Bond

    Ruskin Bond’s literature often trace his childhood memories and contemporary wanderings from the hills of Mussorie. Whistling woods, rolling plains, incorrigible Himalayan views and green misty dews make Mussoorie the ‘Queen of Hills’. Uncannily romantic and endearing, Mussoorie is a small town that delves into ones heart for good.

    Foggy clouds over Himalayas

    Stay range: Rs 700 onwards

    Distance between Delhi and Mussoorie: 325 km

    Estimated travel time: 6 hours 40 minutes

    Things to do in Mussoorie: Trekking, nature trails, cable-car ride

    Places to visit in Mussoorie: Kempty Falls, Lal Tibba, Camel’s Back Road, SOHAM Heritage & Art Centre, Mussoorie Adventure Park

    Author: Winnie Karnik