Offbeat Destinations near Gurgaon for Holiday

Gurgaon, the City of Millennials, recently witnessed the lockdown of the millennium. Like literally! And we know how torturous it would have been for people living in the city, to not be able to step out of the house, except to get groceries and other ‘essential’ stuff. Cheer up, because we have for you a list of the best lesser-known destinations near Gurgaon, to visit once the situation normalises. With all these places not too far from the city, you can easily shun trains and flights and take your personal car out for a memorable road trip! Here we go:

In the Article

  • 1. Lost Lake, Haryana
  • 2. Alwar, Rajasthan
  • 3. Abhaneri, Rajasthan
  • 4. Dundlod, Rajasthan 
  • 5. Pangot, Uttarakhand
  • 6. Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh
  • 7. Kanatal, Uttarakhand

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1. Lost Lake, Haryana

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One of the closest hidden places near Gurgaon, the Lost Lake is a cute, little picnic spot. Located within the Aravalli Range, to the south of the city, this lake near Gurgaon is surrounded by rocky terrain; therefore, also perfect for off-roading. You can simply sit on the shores of the lake, enjoy delicious goodies packed from home, or go for a little trek in the hills. Birdwatchers are in luck, as the lake is visited by migratory birds in winters.

  • Distance from Gurgaon: 25 km
  • Driving Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Things to Do: Off-roading, trekking, birdwatching, relaxing, picnic
  • Best Time to Visit: October to November and February to March

2. Alwar, Rajasthan

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A great place near Gurgaon for a one-day trip, the town of Alwar is merely overlooked by people travelling to Jaipur. But if you want to find some peace and also go on a history tour, then this place is ideal. It is home to several Rajput-era forts and havelis, where you get an insight into how those people lived in their times.

  • Distance from Gurgaon: 125 km
  • Driving Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Places to Visit: Siliserh Lake, Bala Qila, Alwar Museum, Bhangarh Fort, Sariska Tiger Reserve
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

3. Abhaneri, Rajasthan

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You will hardly find Abhaneri in any list of the popular places to visit around Gurgaon, because only a handful of people know its significance. Its biggest highlight is the intricately carved Chand Baori, which is a step well created in the 8th or 9th century. This over-1000-year old structure looks like a palace, because it was a multifunctional site, also serving as a community centre.

  • Distance from Gurgaon: 200 km
  • Driving Time: 4 hours
  • Things to Do: Sightseeing, relaxing, interacting with locals
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

4. Dundlod, Rajasthan 

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Another among the intriguing historical places near Gurgaon, Dundlod is replete with a number of structures built in the 1700s. Rajasthan has many such monuments, but, thankfully, not all are well-known, including the ones in Dundlod. So, come here for a quiet getaway, and experience Rajasthan’s golden age!

  • Distance from Gurgaon: 235 km
  • Driving Time: 5 hours
  • Places to Visit: Ladia, Goenka, Saraf and Jagathia havelis, Satyanarayan Temple, Chokhani, Diwan-I-Khas
  • Best Time to Visit: October to March

5. Pangot, Uttarakhand

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Apart from the various species of mammals, India’s wildlife also includes several incredible kinds of birds. Two of the most majestic ones — the bearded vulture and the Himalayan griffon vulture — can be seen in Pangot and Kilbury Bird Sanctuary. If you by, any chance have a trip to Nainital planned, you can easily include this in your plans, as Pangot is merely 40 minutes from the famous hill station.

  • Distance from Gurgaon: 330 km
  • Driving Time: 7 hours
  • Things to Do: Birdwatching, hiking, camping, photography
  • Best Time to Visit: October to June

6. Shoghi, Himachal Pradesh

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There are loads of hill stations near Delhi and Gurgaon, but not all are that popular. One of the less-explored holiday destinations near Gurgaon, Shoghi can be your impromptu stop on the famous Delhi–Leh road trip, if you are taking the Manali route. With extremely few people, the surroundings here are quiet and the air clean and crisp, perfect for a rejuvenating getaway.

  • Distance from Gurgaon: 365 km
  • Driving Time: 7 hours
  • Things to Do: Relaxing, hiking, photography, orchard walks
  • Best Time to Visit: October to June

7. Kanatal, Uttarakhand

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Views of snow-covered mountains, lush conifers all around and cool air, without the tourist chaos…this is Kanatal, among the true offbeat destinations near Gurgaon for a short and sweet escapade. There are numerous streams and small waterfalls deep in the woods that you can explore; the jaunt might also treat you to the sight of the regional wildlife.

  • Distance from Gurgaon: 340 km
  • Driving Time: 8 hours
  • Things to Do: Relaxing, hiking, camping, rappelling, valley crossing
  • Best Time to Visit: October to June

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