Chandigarh is one of the most stunning cities blessed with the beauty of nature and is architecturally really beautiful as well. Also, there are many amazing places to explore outside the city that are considered ideal destinations for weekend getaways with your friends and family. You can spend valuable time and go for a long drive to these places and make some imperishable memories during your journey.
Parwanoo, located merely 30 km from Chandigarh is the best place for a refreshing holiday in the Himalayas. The serenity, calmness, and scenic views of this hill station lure many tourists every year to explore Mughal gardens, forts, and temples. Apart from this, one can indulge in many activities such as cycling, trekking, or enjoy a cable car ride at Timber trail. You can also bring home locally made Jellies, Jams, and Wines from there as a souvenir.
Best time to visit – October till March.
Mode of transport – Most convenient way is to travel by Car or Bus.
This small yet lovely hill town is situated 57.2 km from Chandigarh and has so much to offer to the tourists in abundance. The colonial-era architecture, adventure activities such as rock climbing, Horse riding, trekking, rappelling, and exotic views of the hills makes it the perfect place to walk around, admiring its natural beauty and have a relaxing time. You will also get to see roads surrounded by oak and pine forests which is a sight to behold. Also, you should visit Monkey point, to witness sunrise and sunset.
Best time to visit – Between April to June
Mode of transport – By Car or Taxi.
If you have had a tiring week and want to escape, then head to Nahan as it is a great weekend destination, located at a distance of 85 km from Chandigarh. This place is still unexplored by a lot of tourists and that is the reason it should be on your travel list because it is away from the chaos of the city and you will find peace of mind here. Explore Mall Road, Jaganath temple, and spend a beautiful evening at Renuka Lake.
Best time to visit – Mid September to November.
Mode of transport – By Car and Taxi.
From Chandigarh, Solan is located only 66.9 km away and is also known as “Mushroom City of India”. It is believed that Pandavas once lived on Karol Peak in Pandava Cave. So, to have information about the rich history of this offbeat town, you should visit with your family and trek to Pandava Cave. Mohan Shakti National Park is also a famous tourist attraction of Solan.
Best time to visit – February till May
Mode of transport – By Car, Train, and Bus.
To have a pure taste of nature and life in the Hills, visit Chail to enjoy a fun vacation with your travel companions. The magical hills, untouched beauty, lush greenery, and tranquil vibes are what make Chail heaven for photographers and nature enthusiasts. When you will visit Chail, you will find yourself in a different world where only peace exists. Must explore Chail Palace hotel or you can also book the hotel for a royal stay. The Palace has a majestic garden and offers spectacular views.
Best time to visit – October to May
Mode of transport – By Car, Flight, and Train.
I have been to Parwaano with one of my friends and had the most amazing time. I enjoyed the cable car ride. I bought fresh jellies from there and I would love to try the famous parwanoo fruit wine next time whenever I visit there. You should plan your trip soon to these weekend places near Chandigarh and make sweet and happy memories!!