Waterfalls

What’s the best thing about Delhi summers? The freedom to head to the hills whenever you want. There are many hill stations near Delhi that are ideal for cultural and historical excursions and respite from the heat. Apart from being popular tourist destinations in their own right, these hill towns serve as gateways to many natural wonders, especially waterfalls, located far away in the Himalayas. Now sit back as we tell you about some of the most breathtaking waterfalls near Delhi that you must visit this summer.

Waterfalls near Delhi within 300 km

1. Neer Garh Falls

Waterfalls
Waterfalls

Neer Gadh Falls, also known as Neer Gaddu Falls, is a great place to relax. This waterfall, which is actually made up of three waterfalls, can be reached by a short walk from the famous Lakshman Jhula. In summers, many tourists come here to take a dip in the pools. So, if you want to avoid the crowds, visit there early in the morning or during winters. There are many bridges nearby that are built over rivers and are great places for photography and observation.

  • Location: Rishikesh
  • Distance from Delhi: 226 km
  • How to Reach: Take a train to Haridwar, and then travel to Rishikesh on a taxi or bus

2. Patna Falls

Waterfalls
Waterfalls

Patna Falls, one of the closest waterfalls to Delhi, can be easily reached in a day trip from the national capital. You can walk about 1.5 km to the waterfall, passing through several streams and dense, broad-leaved forest on the way. If possible, try to visit the place early in the morning as the number of visitors increases significantly as the day progresses. You will have to rely on directions from locals as there are no signs to guide you to the place.

  • Location: Rishikesh
  • Distance from Delhi: 221 km
  • How to Reach: Several trains connect Delhi to Haridwar, from where Rishikesh is a short drive away

3. Corbett Falls

Corbett Falls
Corbett Falls

These waterfalls are a peaceful haven located in an area rich in animals. Nestled amidst lush teak and oak forests, Corbett Falls is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Although the waterfall is only 60 feet high, the feeling of sitting next to it or playing in its plunge pool will last a lifetime. Since there are no shops in the area, don’t forget to pack snacks and plenty of water.

  • Location: Jim Corbett National Park
  • Distance from Delhi: 238 km
  • How to Reach: Several trains are available for Ramnagar from Delhi, from where regular bus and taxi services are available for the protected territory. Alternatively, you can even travel to the national park from Haldwani

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4. Machhrial Falls

Machhrial Falls
Machhrial Falls

Another stunning waterfall near Delhi, Machhrial Falls, is located in the tea belt of Himachal Pradesh. Whichever season you visit, the hills surrounding the falls are some of the greenest in the region. The climb can be a little challenging due to loose soil, slippery rocks, and tall leaves. Be careful.

  • Location: Kangra
  • Distance from Delhi: 250 km (approx.)
  • How to Reach: You can take a train to Pathankot or a flight to Gaggal Airport and then reach Dharamshala or McLeodganj by road

5. Badri Falls

Badri Falls
Badri Falls

This lesser-known waterfall near Delhi is known only to those who have visited it or live nearby. Located in Himachal Pradesh, Badri Falls is worth visiting for its stunning views and serenity.

  • Location: Solan
  • Distance from Delhi: 291 km (approx.)
  • How to Reach: Take a train to Kalka, and then ride the UNESCO-listed Kalka-Shimla toy train to the town of Solan

Waterfalls near Delhi within 400 km

6. Tiger Falls

Tiger Falls
Tiger Falls

Tiger Falls falls from a height of about 312 feet from the hills of Shivalik Range. To reach there you have to walk for 5 km, passing through rhododendron and oak trees. This place is visited by a lot of hikers during summer, which is the tourist season. So, you can come here in winters as the height is not so high that it gets too cold.

  • Location: Chakrata
  • Distance from Delhi: 300 km
  • How to Reach: Take a train or flight to Dehradun, and then complete the rest of the journey by road

7. Bhalu Gaad Falls

Bhalu Gaad Falls
Bhalu Gaad Falls

This place cannot be included in any list of waterfalls near Delhi. Then, why am I putting it on my list? I had the wonderful opportunity to visit it in person. One of the few waterfalls in the region that has an entry fee (₹300 for a group of ten people) is Bhalu Gad, which means “abode of bears.”. There is an old pamphlet that you can use to haggle, but I didn’t find it very helpful. If you intend to hike to the place yourself, which I don’t recommend, you will come across a bridge that crosses a river below the hiking track. This will take you to a village in the valley below, so don’t cross. Instead, walk on the path parallel to the river.

You will have to climb rocks higher than you throughout the hike. The coach will give you step-by-step instructions; pay attention to what he says. This is a really quiet, green place, with no people around for kilometres. The plunge pool is open for you to use, but be careful as it is quite deep.

  • Location: Mukteshwar
  • Distance from Delhi: 321 km
  • How to Reach: Take a train to Kathgodam, then a bus to Mukteshwar. Local cabbies are well aware of the waterfall

8. Chadwick Falls

Chadwick Falls
Chadwick Falls

Located around 5200 feet above sea level, Chadwick Falls should top your itinerary if you are organizing a trip to the Himalayas. Located within the Glen Forest, this perennial waterfall rises to a height of around 300 feet. Since the water comes directly from the snow-clad Himalayas, it remains somewhat cool even in summer. After a trek of around a kilometer from Summer Hill, you can reach the location; the drive there is truly picturesque.

  • Location: Shimla
  • Distance: 334 km
  • How to Reach: The best way to reach is via the Kalka-Shimla toy train and then a bus or cab. Otherwise, you can even do it as part of a road trip all the way from Delhi

Waterfalls near Delhi within 500 km

9. Bhagsu Falls

Bhagsu Falls
Bhagsu Falls

On the way to Triund, Bhagsu waterfalls are located at the foot of the Dhauladhar range, which is around 19000 feet high. It is incredibly famous due to the Bhagsunag temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which attracts a large number of devotees. From the temple, a quick but rewarding walk leads to the waterfalls, which are surrounded by greenery. The names of the temple and the waterfall allude to a story about a battle between the serpent god and the local king, Bhagsu.

  • Location: McLeodganj
  • Distance from Delhi: 455 km
  • How to Reach: Taxis and buses are available for McLeodganj from Pathankot, which is itself reachable from Delhi via trains

10. Bundla Falls

Bundla Falls
Bundla Falls

Bundla Falls, which is about 328 feet high, is one of the tallest waterfalls near Delhi. It is a popular pilgrimage site, so you may find many sadhus sitting in meditation while you are here. You will be able to see the stones in the dipping pool as the water is very transparent. Since the waterfall is perennial, meaning it flows all year round, and since rain can cause landslides, you will want to visit here during the non-monsoon months.

  • Location: Palampur
  • Distance from Delhi: 457 km (approx.)
  • How to Reach: Reach Pathankot via train, and then take a bus or taxi to Palampur. Alternatively, you can ride the little-known Kangra Valley Railway toy train to the town

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