Top 7 Destinations you can travel to Escape Delhi Pollution this Week

Our guide of Best 7 Destinations offering the MOST for a Food Enthusiasts of Delhi, perfect for a weekend visit or longer stay, these destinations have a lot to offer for your spiritual, mental, physical as well as gourmet well being.

Delhi government has called for 3 days off for schools and I think this is the best time to escape town to give your lungs a breath of fresh air.

Here are 7 places that we have shortlisted for you to visit from Delhi and of-course, we have ensured that we have food recommendations already covered for you.

Escape to Hills

Perfect for those who are looking for greenery, nature and escape to more quieter places. Various destinations in Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand are on offer at driving distance from Delhi and have a LOT to offer to all types of seekers. This is in no way a comprehensive list with not only lesser know destinations mussic, but many popular destinations like Dharamshala, Nainital, Rishikesh etc are mussing as well.

Kasauli

Located at a sweet driving spot for 6-7 hours, makes it one of the easiest to reach Hill resort from Delhi.

How to reach
  • You drive all the way, 6-8 hours should be expected drive time.
  • Take a train to Kalka station, from there you can hire a taxi or find some local shared transport.
  • Take a direct bus from Delhi – for that I think you need to take the ordinary transport bus. For Volvo and other Luxury buses you have to board the Shimla bus and get down around Dharampur in HP for onward journey of around 15 kms.
Pros
  • Good driving conditions.
  • Small & Less commercialized.
Cons
  • Not the most budget or backpacker friendly Option. Rs.1000 gets you shit rooms.
  • Not much ‘to-do’. Which actually is a good thing for lot us lazy bums.

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Shimla

Add couple of hours of curvy mountain roads from Kasauli and you are ready to hit Shimla.

How to reach
  • You drive all the way, 8-10 hours should be expected drive time.
  • Take the Heritage Toy Train from Kalka station, where you can reach by broad gauge Train from Delhi. The normal 4 hour journey by road is said to take 9 hours by train, but then it’s once in a lifetime experience.
  • Take a direct bus from Delhi – all categories and options are available from Delhi.
  • Shimla has an airport as well, do check if any airline is operating flights or now.
Pros
  • Mall road.
  • Drives out of town – Chail, Narkanda, Mashobra can be fun outings.
  • Plenty of options to shop, eat and keep kids entertained.
Cons
  • Traffic in City and be a mood-spoiler.
  •  Can get too crowded.

What to eat in Shimla? 5 Food recommendations that you cannot miss.

Manali

Love your roads? Then take a different direction in Himachal itself Kullu Valley would be ready to great you in 10-12 hours.

How to reach
  • Its a long drive, which has taken me 9.5 to 18 hours of travel time in 6 odd trips that I have done. The timings depend on mode of your transport, road conditions, stops you take etc. On an average 12 hours is a good bet.
  • You can take a Shatabadi to Chandigarh and from there board a bus.
  • There is an Airport in Kullu with regular flights, which can get VERY expensive.
  • Direct bus service of all types of buses – government and private are available from ISBT and Majnu Ka Tilla. Buses on the route leave Delhi between 4 – 9 pm and reach Manali between 6 – 11 am next day.
Pros
  • Lot to offer for Backpackers, Nature Aficionados, Trekkers & Shoppers.
  • Located in a valley, giving access to river, streams and super awesome views.
  • Has something to offer for everyone. I mean EVERYONE.
Cons
  • Drive can be backbreaking. Make sure you enjoy roads and are in for long haul.
  • Main city can become sea of white taxis, but thankfully can easily be avoided.

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Mussorie

Leaving HP for UK, This one is for the romantics – slightly longer route ensures perfect driving conditions to Queen of Hills.

How to reach
  • You drive to Dehradun and from their start the uphill drive. I personally recommend looking for Panipat – Poanta Sahib – Dehradun route rather than the shorter one. The Ponta Sahib route is longer however faster and more scenic.
  • You can take a Train to Dehradun and from their Hire a taxi or get on local transport to reach Mussorie.
  • Doon also has Jolly Grant Airport, however have not heard of any flights on this route.
  • Direct bus service of all types of buses – government and private are available. I think Anand Vihar (and NOT Kashmiri Gate) would be the most appropriate ISBT, please confirm before going.
Pros
  • The charm, the romance, the stories.
  • Plenty to offer for family travelers with loads of shopping and entertainment options in its markets.
Cons
  • Can get crowded.
  • Can get VERY crowded.

What are the must haves in Mussoorie? Food Recommendations from Queen of Hills

Stay in plains

Not keen on Hills? well fortunately the weather is just right to explore the endless plains.

Varanasi

You can take an overnight train or there are direct flights on the route from Delhi.

How to reach
  • Driving from Delhi or road journey is not recommended.
  • Their are direct trains to Varanasi, however Mughal Sarai Junction is a better station. Though it is a short auto ride away from main Varanasi, however being Central Junction of India, this where trains from all sections of India Criss Cross – making it probably the most well connected station in India. From Mughal Sarai plenty of options to get into Benares. If you are not adventurous types, then book a cab in advance.
  • There is an Airport in Varanasi with regular flights. Thanks to its proximity to major Buddhist centers, the airport also handles International air traffic (though mostly chartered private tours) on its runways.
Pros
  • Very budget friendly, plenty of options for backpackers and religious travelers.
  • A spiritual experience like you will no-where else in the world.
  • Every corner has a story waiting to be told, a frame waiting to be captured.
Cons
  • Dirty – probably the dirtiest city ever.
  • Can get Too Much for inexperienced or non-religious traveled. This is not exactly a family fun destination.

Varanasi – From a food lover’s point of view

Jaipur

Jaipur is well-connected to Delhi by regular by air, road & rail transport. Depending on the time of the day, it is an easy drive of 4-5 hours from Delhi.

Given the ‘Royal’ nature and theme of the City, it has several luxurious offerings to pamper you as well.

How to reach
  • Its a popular long drive destination from Delhi with decent to good road conditions most of the times.
  • Jaipur is well connected by trains and multiple options in call classes and categories available from Delhi.
  • There is an Airport in Jaipur with regular flights, though I doubt one saves any real time by travelling by air on this route.
  • Direct service of all types of buses – government and private are available between two cities.
Pros
  • Very close to Delhi.
  • All Big City Amenities.
  • Shopping.
Cons
  • Its still a city. Things can get messy.
  • Not really nature friendly, unless you choose to stay in outskirts.

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Amritsar

One of our favorite destinations for Food in North India, this Indo-Pak border town, which is home to Golden Temple is well-connected to Delhi and its suburbs.

How to reach
  • 450-500 Kms can be done in 8-10 hours with decent driving conditions.
  • Though Amritsar is on border, but thanks to the importance of the town, there are several trains that connect the city to Delhi and other parts of India.
  • Amritsar Airport is function with regular flights. I think it has international status as well. Lets not forget Canada is a village in Punjab.
  • Direct service of all types of buses – government and private are available between two cities.
Pros
  • Easy to access.
  • Good tourist infrastructure courtesy Harmandir Saheb or the Golden Temple.
Cons
  • Not much to do expect for 2-3 usual suspects Golden Temple, Wagah Border & Jaliwala Bagh.
  • Not really a family-fun destination unless you have friends or family there.

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Author: Shashank

CFE – Cheap Food Enthusiast Entrepreneur by birth, hippie by heart he is here just because he loves to eat. This adventurous biker is constantly looking for new avenues to satisfy his insatiable hunger for food & life. Though he loves sugar dense food, there is nothing sugar coated about him- brutally honest with his words, he often ruffles feathers with his stark naked opinions about food, fancy restaurants & orthodox ideas.

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