Leisure & Getaways
Without a second thought, Chandigarh is a city brimming with development and liveliness, one never gets tired of. While witnessing evolution at every step, this beautiful city also provides a gateway to the perfect weekend. Here is a list of hill stations which you should visit straightaway:
Not only the most talked about hill station near Chandigarh, Shimla is also one of the most popular hill stations in the entire Northern India. A perfect destination for honeymoons and family trips alike, Shimla is known for its Toy Train, The Ridge, Jakhu temple, The Mall Road and its extremely soothing weather. The Institute of Advanced Studies, which was home to Lord Dufferin, provides you with a surreal view which is no less than a paradise.
Approximately 2 hours drive from the main city, Kasauli offers you an amalgamation of trekking, jungle trails and bird watching. Travelers come here to soak in the beauty of the verdant hills and the lush richness it possesses. The Monkey Point and the Gilbert trail are amidst the major attractions here.
Only 30 kms away from Chandigarh, Parwanoo provides you with an escape from the scorching heat during the peak summer months. Its fruit orchards accompanied by the scenic beauty, make a perfect combo to seek solace and respite from one’s routine. Tourist attractions include Timber grail, Gurudwara Nada Sahib and Mughal Gardens.
A small hamlet in Panchkula, Morni hills is the perfect place for those who are fond of trekking and camping. Morni Hills is popularly known for its rich variety of flowers and bird species. It also constitutes of two lakes fringed by hills.
60 kms from Chandigarh, Barog lies on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Kalka-Shimla Railway. Set in the mountains, the small hill station provides the perfect opportunity to contemplate nature’s beauty. It also serves as a fitness camp for the Indian National Hockey and other athletic teams. Barog tunnel is the longest of the 103 operational tunnels on the route of the Shimla-Kalka Railway.
A serene hill station located near Shimla, Chail is the abode to the world’s highest cricket ground. Known for its greenery and mesmerizing landscapes, pines, deodar trees- Chail never fails to impress the visitors with its charm and natural beauty, while being the perfect hub for hiking and wild life spotting.So, what’s your plan for this weekend? CONTRIBUTED BY: JAPLEEN KAUR
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