12 One Day Road Trips From Delhi

So, the travel keeda in you wakes up and starts jumping right at the sight of an enticing long road? Planning to go on a long drive from Delhi? Well, then these one day road trips from Delhi are just for you.

For those tied with monotonous work all round the week with no possibility of a break, TravelTriangle presents a handpicked list of 12 routes that are perfect for a road trip from Delhi! Now, wouldn’t you want to take those bike trips from Delhi that you all dreamed of?

Must Haves Before You Go On A One Day Trip Near Delhi
A Bike or a Car
Rs. 2000 for fuel (depends on you!)
Rs. 2000 for Food (depends on you again – but any road trip is incomplete without food!!)
A few friends (to tag along)
Some alcohol (Don’t drink and drive!)
A Camera
Some Extra Cash if you plan to stay over/ indulge in activities around
Some real good music – a road trip is incomplete without music!
Spring is round the corner and this year is full of long weekends. Excuse yourself from the city buzz and elope with your travel keeda for a fun day out!

1. Road trip to Morni

Distance: 260 km

Time: 5 hours

Best time to visit: September to March

Dhabas en route: Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba (Murthal), Haveli & Neelkanth Star Dhaba (Karnal), Puran Singh ka Mashoor Vishal Dhaba (Ambala), and Sethi da Dhaba (Zirakpur)

The nearest hill station, Morni located in Haryana, just a few hours from Delhi, is an absolute delight! Verdant environment, dense forest cover, scenic views and a lake make it a perfect relaxing hideout away from the city bustle.

Well, it’s not only the scenic views that charm the travelers, adventure enthusiasts can come here for trekking, boating & cycling.

2. Road trip to Damdama Lake

Distance: 60 km

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Best time to visit: February to March and July to September

Dhabas en route: Satya Dhaba and Royal Blue Dhaba in Mahipalpur

Hailing from south and missing the vast expanses of water? With no beaches or waterfalls within your reach Delhi may seem to odd boring entity until you find the peaceful lakes (sans the over loaded hauz khas lake). Damdama Lake is such an alternative and one of the best places to visit near Delhi for a day!

It has ample of adventure and eco resorts in its vicinity, and makes a perfect destination for a one day getaway for anyone.

In case you fall in love with the place, you should stay at The Dream Island Resort

3. Road trip to Murthal

Distance: 60 km

Time: 1 hour 30 Minutes

Best time to visit: Year-round

Best dhabas in Murthal: Amrik Sukhdev da Dhaba and Gulshan da Dhaba

The first place that hits our mind when it comes to road trips around Delhi has to be Murthal! A long drive across the busy yet wide roads of Delhi, while the cool wind caresses you and the stomach is tempted for a gastronomic ride, you know your destination has to be Murthal.

Indulge in the luscious butter loaded stuffed kulchas & parathas on the road side dhabas which are over 50 years old. If you’re a foodie, this will be the best one day tour from Delhi that you can ever take!

4. Road trip to Neemrana Fort Palace

Distance: 120 km

Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Best time to visit: July to March

Dhabas en route: Surya Dhaba in Alwar district and Old Rao Dhaba in Dharuhera

Well, Valentine’s is round the corner and Neemrana is one of the best romantic one day getaways from Delhi. Even if Valentine’s is not around and you two need some quality time together – Neemrana is the place for you! The drive on NH-8 is a pleasant one, however, in monsoons, it gets utterly romantic with lush vegetation on the rocky hills dotting the sides of the highway.Give her a call, take a break from the city life and chill for a while.

5. Road trip to Parwanoo

Distance: 270 km

Time: 6 hours

Best time to visit: Year-round

Dhabas en route: Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba (Murthal), Haveli & Neelkanth Star Dhaba (Karnal), Puran Singh ka Mashoor Vishal Dhaba (Ambala), and Sethi da Dhaba (Zirakpur)

Though not so close to Delhi, but a road trip to the foothills of Himalayas is tempting enough for a visit to Parwanoo. A fascinating journey along the wide roads which lead to the lush green hills with a pleasant weather and scenic views is worth experiencing in the hot summers or the pre/post monsoon seasons.

Take a cable car ride at the Timber trail resort to the top of the hill and dine at their restaurant offering an ecstatic view of the valley. This is a perfect getaway with friends or your love!

6. Road trip to Bharatpur

Distance: 182 km

Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

Best time to visit: August to November (Breeding Birds) | October to February (Migratory Birds)

A fancy ride on NH2, the Agra-Jaipur highway takes you to a small town and misleading roads until the locals guide you to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or the Keoladeo National Park. The entrance might not appeal to you initially because of the abandoned look & feel, but the interiors of the jungle will leave you mesmerized.

Park your car inside and explore the sanctuary on a rickshaw ride worth Rs.70. The rickshaw puller doubles up as a guide, spotting birds and giving all the details about them.

Temple pujaari throw balls of atta for turtles, Bharatpur
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Visit the temple nearby and carry some atta (wheat flour) along. Wondering why? Let the Pujaari throw balls of atta into the pond adjacent to the temple and see hundreds of healthy turtles come out for food.

Tip: Early morning visit is highly recommended. Also, stay at the Bharatpur forest Lodge for an incredible experience (Room rent – Rs.2500 approx.)

7. Road trip to Unchagaon

Distance: 117 km

Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Best time to visit: April to May to spot dolphins

For a royal heritage getaway in Uttar Pradesh, head to the 19th century Fort Unchagaon – a perfect destination for a rural experience. The fort is located close to the river Ganga and is surrounded by lush gardens all around. Doesn’t yet attract you?

Sight Gangetic dolphins playing in the waters of river Ganges while you relax away from the city. The fort offers interesting activities like billiards, squash, pony rides, village safari, bullock cart ride & pottery making by local artisans.

8. Road trip to Mathura and Vrindavan

Distance: 144 km

Time: 3 hours

Best time to visit: October to March; especially during Holi

For those seeking solace in the temples & spirituality in the air must visit Mathura-Vrindavan. These epic areas hold an important historical reference being the birth place of Lord Krishna & invite each traveller with a warm environment. Sing along the holy chants with the devotees and leave back with wonderful memories of the city.

For all Lord Krishna lovers, visit during the month of August for Janamashtami to experience the magnificent celebrations. Stay over until the pooja ends and taste the delicious ‘Chappan Bhog’ Prasad.

9. Road trip to the Taj

Distance: 202 km

Time: 3 hours 40 minutes

Best time to visit: November to March; especially at the time of Taj Balloon Festival in November and Taj Mahotsav in February

As the name says: this incredible road trip near Delhi on the newly built Yamuna Expressway leads to the city of Love – Agra. Grand roads, a glimpse to the F1 race tracks and some good music is all you need for this great drive. There have been many accidents on the expressway thus, be very careful with your speed limit.

But Taj is not the only reason you should be visiting this city. There are various outlets on the way serving refreshments and do not forget to try the famous – Agra ka petha on your trip. Travellers can also try Bidaai and Jalebi available almost everywhere.

10. Road trip to Alwar – Sariska National Park

Distance: 157 km

Time: 4 hours

Best time to visit: February to March

For those looking for a simple yet adventurous getaway, drive to Alwar. The princely city offers an experience of architectural grandeur and heritage hotels.

Further ahead lies one of the most famous Tiger reserves – Sariska, housing many endangered species.

11. Road trip to Kuchesar Fort

Distance: 84 km

Time: 2 hours

Best time to visit: November to February

The 18th-Century Kuchesar Fort or the Mud Fort has been restored by the Neemrana group of hotels. For an authentic ‘UP experience’ drive down on NH4, slightly ahead of Hapur and reach the fort surrounded by 100-acre mangrove orchards. It is close to Brijghat – an ideal picnic spot by the holy river Ganges.

12. Road trip to the Royal City of Jaipur

Distance: 269 km

Time: 5 hours 30 minutes

Best time to visit: November to February

Dhabas en route: Surya Dhaba in Alwar district and Old Rao Dhaba in Dharuhera

When it comes to places around Delhi, Jaipur falls in the list of must visits! Though the highway is mostly under construction, but leaving in the early hours will help you reach the destination faster. But what’s amusing is the drive along the Aravalli’s, peacock glances on the highway and the fascinating bright turbans visible from a distance.

While on the go stop at Bajwa Ka Dhaba or Highway King or eat at Sharma Dhaba on the Sikar Road.

The city has many marvellous hangouts but for a true Rajasthani experience go straight to Chowki Dhani about 22 km before the Jaipur city.

These destinations will sure not burn a hole in your pocket and will keep you yearning for more. Get high on happiness to visit the local hideouts, call your friends, fill up the fuel and get set go!

We tried covering as many places as we knew, but there can be so many more. So, if we missed out on anything and you’re aware of the one day hideouts please let us know.

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