10 Great Weekend Getaways from Agra, India

Scenic beauty, Nainital
Scenic beauty, Nainital | © Ankur Gulati / Flickr
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Who doesn’t look forward to change over the weekend? It’s only natural to wish for something adventurous or relaxing after a long, monotonous week of hard work. Luckily, Agra is extremely well-connected by both road and rail so all it takes is a spontaneous plan and a whole lot of excitement to decide your next weekend getaway. Read on to discover some of great places to visit from Agra over the weekend.

Hello weekend! (Jaipur-Delhi Highway)

New Delhi

The bustling capital of India is an energy booster for all those ‘weekend-lazy’ workaholics – it’s the place to indulge in more than one kind of activity. Delhi is brimming with eateries, both roadside food vendors and some of the finest restaurants in the country. Shopping for something? Find it at Delhi Haat, Lajpat Nagar, Chandni Chowk or Khan Market, the most popular marketplaces among locals as well as residents of other cities. For a fun night out, head over to Connaught Place and explore the many bars and lounges that this lively city centre offers.

India gate, New Delhi

Mathura and Vrindavan

Both these cities hold immense importance in Hinduism as they are thought to be the cities of Krishna. Mathura is a prime spot for art buffs as it is home to the Dwarkadhish temple, home to exquisite carvings and paintings. Once known for the Mathura School of Indian Art, the city is now famous for its large collection of ancient sculptures. Vrindavan, approximately 12 kilometres (7.46 miles) away from Mathura, is the holy city of temples and visited by thousands of people every year. One of the most popular temples is Banke Bihari temple, where the largest and wildest Holi celebrations take place every spring.
Dwarkadhish Temple, Dwarkadhish Ki Bjaria and Vishram Bazar Rd, Mathura, India, +91 955 547 8764
Banke Bihari Temple, 143 Brahm Ganga Kunj, Bihari Pura, Vrindavan, India, +91 989 791 9717

Holi at Banke Bihari Temple

1. Chambal Safari Lodge

Lodge, Hotel

Mela Kothi – Chambal Safari Lodge
© Courtesy of chambalsafari.com
An hour’s drive from the Taj Mahal is a place not known to many: Mela Kothi, where the Chambal Safari Lodge holds adventurous excursions. The lodge has several different types of kothis (accommodation) as well as options for exploring the Chambal Valley to suit all types of visitors. In winter, the gardens are used for evening bonfires, ideal for interacting with guests or simply sitting back and stargazing.

Nainital

Nainital is one of the most popular hill stations in the country, situated at an altitude of 2,084 metres (6,837 feet) above sea level. Nainital is quite popular among tourists as well as locals because of its favourable climate all year round. Naini Lake is the lifeline of this little town and is perfect for an evening of boating or lakeside strolling. The popular Snow View peak is accessible only by cable car, but it offers some of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the snowcapped Himalayas, which can be seen 2.27 kilometres (1.4 miles) above sea level.

Naini Lake, Nainital

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