Chandigarh Tricity which encompasses the City Beautiful, Chandigarh and its neighbouring cities Panchkula and Mohali – is all about the serene greens, fine architecture and well-planned roads inspired by French architect Le Corbusier, and whole-hearted people who welcome everyone with open arms!
So, if you are planning to visit this beautiful destination, you can look at some of its most sought-after tourist destinations like Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Le Corbusier Centre, CITCO etc. If you want to experience something on the side of spiritual awakening, you can consider visiting the Nada Sahib Gurudwara and the Shri Mata Mansa Devi Shrine in Panchkula.
However, if you have quite a few days at hand while you are in Chandigarh Tricity, you can also consider visiting these weekend getaway destinations that promise an enriching travel experience!
Parwanoo: Just less than a one-hour drive from Panchkula, Parwanoo is a great destination for family picnic or enjoying the picturesque mountain’s landscape. If you and your family want to do something adventurous or have a sneak-peek from the bird’s eye view, you can explore the Timber Trail here. This cable car will help you relish an enthralling vacation with a breathtaking view of the lush green mountains and an enigmatic atmosphere. Parwanoo also has various resorts and hotels that are perfect for a peaceful staycation in the lap of nature.
Travel Time: 46 min
Distance: 30.1 km via NH 5
Kasauli Hills: While Parwanoo is more about adventure and marking the onset of hills, Kasauli promises a peaceful retreat right amidst the might mountains of Himachal Pradesh. From various trekking tours to rejuvenating nature walks, gilbert trail, hopping on a dream-like toy train, and shopping at the Kasauli Tibetan Market, Kasauli Hills have it all!
Travel Time: 1 hr 26 min
Distance: 57.2 km via NH 5
Shimla: Himachal’s crown jewel, Shimla is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in Himachal Pradesh. You can reach here either by road or through the mesmerizing toy train ride. Once you reach here, you can shop for the finest woodwork at Lakkar Bazaar, try your hand at Ice Skating at Asia’s only open-air ice-skating rink, experience the tranquil Chadwick waterfall, seek almighty’s blessings at the Jakhu temple and Tara Devi temple, or take a dive in the queen of hills through an enchanting paragliding experience.
Travel Time: 3 hr 1 min
Distance: 112.1 km via NH 5
Amritsar: If you are looking forward to experiencing the rich culture and heritage of Punjab, look no further than Amritsar. Always brimming with an unmatchable vibe, Amritsar is all about celebrating the beauty of life. And when you are here, this city is sure to take you on a joyride of the myriad culture and heritage of Punjab. Amritsar is home to the internationally renowned Golden Temple, which is an epitome of brotherhood and peace. Furthermore, you can also visit the Jalianwala Bagh, Wagah Border, Shri Durgiana Temple, and the Gobindgarh fort. Amritsar is also a great destination for foodies, especially if you enjoy gorging on the authentic North Indian dishes like cholle bhature, aloo puri, lassi, and what not!
Travel Time: 3 hr 47 min
Distance: 226.6 km via NH 344A
Dehradun: The perfect package for adventure and nature’s beauty, Dehradun is a hidden treasure that is definitely worth visiting. Just a 4 hour drive from Chandigarh, Dehradun embraces the beauty of the state of Uttarakhand, near the Himalayan foothills. If you are an adventure enthusiast, you can seek thrill at the Robber’s cave, hop on a jungle safari at the Rajaji National Park, or enjoy a panoramic view of the valleys through paragliding. For a tranquil experience in the lap of nature, you can consider visiting Sahastradhara waterfalls (it literally translates to a ‘thousand fold spring’), Tiger Falls, Nature Park, Mindrolling Monastery, Tapkeshwar Temple, Buddha Temple and the auspicious Shiv Mandir amongst others. If you want to do some antique or souvenir shopping, you visit the Paltan Bazaar or the Tibetan Market.
Travel Time” 3 hr 55 min
Distance: 170.6 km via NH 7
So, now that you are well aware about some enthralling weekend getaways from Chandigarh Tricity, it is time to pack your bags and hop on the bandwagon of adventure. Happy travelling!