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Weekend Getaways in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand—also known as Devbhoomi—is home to places that anyone can fall in love with. The ethereal environment of Uttarakhand includes the majestic Himalayas, shimmering streams, eye-catching meadows, imposing glaciers, and unique lakes, making it a sought-after tourist destination. Uttarakhand has two diverse regions: Garhwal and Kumaon. Each of them offers a wide range of options for travel, sightseeing, adventure sports, and wildlife safaris. This North Indian state, dotted with revered temples and hiking routes, is a popular tourist destination where visitors can engage in spiritual, adventurous, and leisurely pursuits. Weekend Getaways in Uttarakhand provide fantastic trekking, mountain climbing, and white-water rafting activities for people interested in adventure tourism. The state is one of the best places in India for trekking, camping, and skiing. 

Most Popular Weekend Getaways in Uttarakhand Packages 

Weekend Getaways in Uttarakhand Tour Packages No. of Night / Days Price*
Uttarakhand - Garhwal Delight 3 Nights / 4 Days Rs. 15 899
Uttarakhand - Mussoorie With Rishikesh 3 Nights / 4 Days Rs. 15 899
Uttarakhand - Nainital with Ranikhet 3 Nights / 4 Days Rs. 15 999
Uttarakhand - Nanital With Excursion Almora Or Mukteshwar 4 Nights/ 5 Days Rs. 16 499

Mountain climbers can take pleasure in scaling the Garhwal Himalayas in the Garhwal and Kumaon regions. People can also enjoy river rafting here as numerous rivers flow through the state. You can observe rare Himalayan wildlife and unique flora and fauna species in Uttarakhand's high-altitude wildlife parks and national sanctuaries, which are among the best in the country.

Uttarakhand Weekend Trip Guide

Uttarakhand weekend trip are a blessing when our everyday hurried life gets stressful due to competitions, deadlines, meetings, and unforeseen traffic delays. Having weekends off from work makes people happier. Many explored and unexplored places to visit in Uttarakhand, sure to refresh a weary mind.

There are many options of Uttarakhand weekend trip packages available to spend revitalising vacations. Also, the state is close to the national capital. Thus, one can easily find plenty of transportation options at any time of the day. 

Here is a complete guide on how to plan a short weekend trip to Uttarakhand and how to make it the most memorable one.

Travel Advice — Before Heading for a Uttarakhand Weekend Trip

  • Be ready for low-signal locations, which means no social media, online banking, or GPS.
  • Carry cash. Not many shops are digitised in Uttarakhand, so you may not have the option of credit/debit cards.
  • The weather is erratic. Therefore, always have warm clothing on hand.
  • Don't go out late at night. There are often no street lights, and animals may attack you.
  • Follow local rules related to language, clothing and any other relevant lifestyle patterns.
  • Local languages are the only ones spoken in smaller villages—research regional languages to learn useful phrases.
  • The best way to visit Uttarakhand is with one of the Uttarakhand weekend getaway packages, as everything will be planned out for you.
  • Prior to travelling, plan everything. Hotels are completely booked during peak seasons, so it's best to prepare beforehand.
  • Take into consideration all factors and make a plan in advance to prevent any problematic situations. There are certain isolated areas in Uttarakhand where there will be no service area and you will scarcely be able to contact your operator.
  • Pack your baggage according to your plans. If you are planning an adventurous excursion, you must include all of your hiking and trekking gear.

How to Reach Uttarakhand for Uttarakhand Getaways?

Mode of Transportation Details
Train Uttarakhand has more than 40 railway stations, and they have excellent connections to many major Indian cities. Important railway stations in Uttarakhand include Haridwar, Tanakpur, Rudrapur, Pantnagar, Kathgodam, Roorkee, Dehradun, and Lal Kuan.
Bus National highways provide good access from Uttarakhand to the rest of the country. Uttarakhand and the neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Jammu & Kashmir, UTC (Uttarakhand Transport Corporation) operate buses and taxis.
Air Jolly Grant Airport, also known as Dehradun Airport, Pantnagar Airport in the Kumaon region, and Naini Saini Airport in Pithoragarh, are the three airports in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand is slowly and steadily getting better in terms of connectivity with all modes of transportation. However, roadways and buses are still the best options to travel to this hilly state and discover its hidden treasures. The excellent intrastate and interstate road connectivity from nearby states of Uttarakhand enable people to quickly come to this state at any time of the year, especially for a short weekend trip to Uttarakhand.

Things to Do while on Weekend Getaways in Uttarakhand

Whether you want to learn more about the divine power or the forces of nature or do something adventurous when you travel, Uttarakhand is the ideal place. Uttarakhand offers a wide variety of activities that can make the Uttarakhand short breaks memorable. Every type of traveler can find certain things to do in Uttarakhand , including families, couples, and solo travelers.


Uttarakhand is a paradise for trekking adventures. There are many breathtaking trails and treks in this hilly state. You'll have many options, like the Kedarkantha Trek, the Valley of Flowers  Trek, the Kedartal Trek , the Rupin Pass Trek, the Brahmatal Trek, and the Bali Pass Trek. Any trek you choose will have spectacular sights and offer an exhilarating experience.

River Rafting

Just picture how enjoyable it would be to sprint down a fast-moving river as water splashes all around you! Undoubtedly, river rafting in Rishikesh  is among the most adventurous activities in Uttarakhand. What places are suitable for river rafting? Rishikesh is, undoubtedly, the favorite place for river rafting. While on a short Uttarakhand weekend trip, you can also enjoy river rafting at  Kumaon, Ranikhet, Pithoragarh, and Nainital.

Wildlife Safari

Uttarakhand is home to diverse, exotic flora and fauna. Diverse fauna can be found in Uttarakhand. Your Uttarakhand getaways will not be complete without a visit to one or more of Uttarakhand's national parks while you're there for the Uttarakhand weekend trip. A wildlife safari in Uttarakhand  is an ideal approach to discovering wildlife. Also, the best option is to choose a package for Uttarakhand short breaks that includes a wildlife safari in its itinerary. Nanda Devi National Park, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary,  Gangotri National Park, Jim Corbett National Park , and Rajaji National Park  are all excellent choices for jungle safari.

Best Hill Stations for a Uttarakhand Weekend Trip

Mussoorie : Mussoorie is the most famous hill station in Uttarakhand. You can get a sight of the Shivalik hills, and the Doon valley to the south, take a stroll along Camel's Back Road, visit the Kempty Falls, or simply purchase some souvenirs from Mall Road. The hill station is home to excellent eateries, historic hotels, estates, and churches.

Nainital : If you don't go to Nainital at least once, you might be unable to satisfy your needs for weekend getaways. The Lake District is a dreamscape that is a complete package for people planning  Uttarakhand weekend trip. Spending time on this weekend getaway is a great way to relieve stress - from boating on the sparkling Naini Lake, meditation in the woods at Kainchi Dham, trekking to Tiffin Top, to taking part in the Nainital Winter Carnival.

Auli : Visit Auli if you're looking for something interesting to do while you are coming for an Uttarakhand weekend trip in winter. This fantastic skiing region welcomes you with a breathtaking view. When visiting Auli in the winter, you can camp and ride the gondola in addition to taking in the snow. Enjoy the views of some of the most incredible Himalayan peaks, including Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat, Kamet, and Dunagiri.

Ranikhet : This is a magnificent home to towering pine trees, wild animals in all their magnificence, and green hills. Ranikhet, which translates to "queen's country", certainly abides by its name. The best of the Himalayas are said to be found at Ranikhet. If you're thinking about taking short breaks in Uttarakhand, Ranikhet is the place to go to enjoy the closest view of the Himalayas.

Chopta : A quiet spot away from the busy town with pine forests, snow reflecting the sun's beams and a pleasant breeze blowing through, Chopta  is the ideal location for Uttarakhand short breaks. It offers a variety of activities such as birdwatching, yoga, trekking, camping, and sightseeing.

Best Routes to Explore by Car on a Uttarakhand Weekend Trip

The Indian state of Uttarakhand offers a unique combination of spirituality and scenic beauty. Various beautiful routes in Uttarakhand won't let you down if you're travelling by car. Uttarakhand offers some of the top road trips for thrill seekers.

Nothing could be better than Nainital if you're seeking one of the exciting road journeys from Nainital to closeby locations. Verdant mountains encircle the town, and you shouldn't skip seeing the well-known Naini Lake. What is even better is that you can easily find a car rental service in Nainital.

Dehradun  is another city of Uttarakhand where you can easily find a car rental service and plan a road trip to other cities of Uttarakhand for a short weekend trip. Certainly, if you are planning to explore the places near Rishikesh  on your own then the best way to do so is to rent a car and drive it on your own. Also, there are plenty of car rental options available in Rishikesh. 

Another place in Uttarakhand, perfect for weekend trips in Uttarakhand, is Lansdowne . Indeed, this place is heaven for someone looking to rent a car and explore the routes of the hills on their own, as one can easily find a car rental service. If you are planning a spiritual short trip to Uttarakhand, then Haridwar  must be the first one on your list. Numerous religious spots surround this holy town of Uttarakhand, and most importantly, you can easily book a car rental service to rent a car and drive through the town on your own.

What to Eat on Weekend Getaways in Uttarakhand?

Uttarakhand's cuisine makes the best use of the resources available to offer culinary treats. Special attention is given to retaining flavor, and great care is exerted to include all the components required to prepare one adequately for the challenging weather. Some of the most renowned delicacies that one must try while on an Uttarakhand weekend trip are:

Pannu : The origin of Paanu is said to be in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. Despite being a difficult preparation, it has excellent taste. This dish is made by soaking lentils, particularly the local Gahat dal, overnight and cooking them in a saucepan. It is best served for lunch.

Kappa : Kali or Kapaa is a delectable dish best enjoyed in the winter and is prepared with spinach, lai, and fenugreek leaves.

Chainsoo : Chainsoo is well-known in Uttarakhand's Garhwal region. The dish is prepared by roasting the lentils, grinding them into a paste, and then simmering it over low heat in an iron pot, giving it a distinctly earthy flavour.

Jhangore ki Kheer : Jhangore ki kheer is a delicious dessert well-liked in Uttarakhand's Garhwal region. This dish has a thick texture and is made of Jhangore, a type of millet which is cooked with a variety of dry fruits.

Baadi : Baadi is a very quick recipe. This delicious, nutrient-rich dish is made by adding buckwheat flour to boiling water and serving it with ghee.

Adventure Activities for on Uttarakhand Weekend Trip

White Water Rafting : One of the best adventure activities in Uttarakhand  is river rafting. Probably, it is one of the most popular adventure water sports that practically every thrill seeker engages in while visiting Uttarakhand. One of the most exciting experiences to embrace is being thrown up and down by the raging rapids of the rivers Tons and Ganges as you flick the paddles.

Trekking : The world-famous Valley of Flowers walk and the surreal Hemkund Sahib are the best for trekking. There are year-round treks to Deoriatal, Chopta, Tungnath, and Chandrashila, while the snow-covered Nag Tibba summit is well-known during the winter. There is no shortage of trekking adventures in Uttarakhand  for those looking for an exhilarating experience.

Paragliding : When you do paragliding in Uttarakhand , you will experience the excitement of flight and a hawk's eye view of the lavish surroundings and mountainous terrain. The significant part about paragliding in Uttarakhand is that you don't need prior experience. Trained professionals offer pair paragliding flights at Ranikhet and Mukteshwar.

Ziplining : Uttarakhand has a favourable terrain for ziplining, with Mussoorie, Rishikesh, and Nainital having the best options for ziplining.

Bungee Jumping : Bungee jumping ranks the first when it comes to adventure activities to do while planning short breaks in Uttarakhand. Feel your heart pumping and the blood rushing to your face. Bungee jumping is the mother of all adventure sports, to put it mildly. Rishikesh in Uttarakhand is arguably the best location in India for bungee jumping. 

Do's and Don'ts While On Weekend Getaways in Uttarakhand

Do's Don'ts
Carry all the relevant ID proof. Avoid going to unknown, remote places in Uttarakhand, especially at night.
Make sure that you have all the bookings done and confirmed to avoid any hassles. Do not break any rules and regulations of the local communities of Uttarakhand.
Carry power backups for all your mobile devices. Never go outside a safe place during heavy rains or snowfall.
Make sure to carry all the essential and necessary medications. Avoid going outside during extreme weather conditions even if you are on short breaks in Uttarakhand.
Pack comfortable clothes and shoes as per the season you travel to Uttarakhand. Never take a chance and attempt to climb to the edge of a mountain or on risky terrain until you have a guide or an experienced person with you.
Follow traffic regulations when moving in and around Uttarakhand.  
Before you go on the trip, confirm your reservations one week in advance. Verify the status of your tickets and any other reservations you may have made by calling your hotel.  

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When time is a limitation for you, but you are in desperate need of a short break, planning a short weekend tour is the best way to unwind and revitalise. It's time to script your next short trip for the upcoming long weekend. Now that you are equipped with all the information for planning an Uttarakhand weekend trip, explore the short tour packages available and find the best one. Apart from Uttarakhand, other cities in India that are best to go on a short weekend trip include:

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