Diwali 2017 may be more convivial than all the other years so far. Why, you ask? Well, how many times have you felt that the weekend is too short and gets over before you know it? That’s not going to be the case this Diwali. Diwali 2017 dates are October 17 to October 21. Most offices are closed on Day 3 and 4 of the 5-day Diwali celebration. This means that October 19, Thursday and October 20, Friday are holidays this year. If you also consider Wednesday evening, what you have is the opportunity of a fantastic 5-day trip. So, gather your family and start planning a vacation right away. We have already given you best places to visit near Mumbai, holiday spots near Delhi, great getaways from Kolkata and amazing holiday spots near Chennai for the long Diwali 2017 weekend. This one is for those living in the lovely city of Chandigarh in north India. You are blessed with some of the finest vacation spots around you. Here are the best places near Chandigarh for Diwali 2017 long weekend.
Timber Trails, Parwanoo, Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons
Surrounded by breathtaking hills and stunning landscapes, Parwanoo is a calm, unexplored hill station near Chandigarh. It falls in the picturesque Solan district and makes for a great getaway for those who want to stay away from huge tourist crowds. October is a good time to visit Parwanoo as it is not too cold and the clear blue skies provide spectacular views.
Chandigarh to Parwanoo distance: 35 km – approximately 1 hour by road
Known as India’s best “do-nothing” destination, Kasol is a pace for you to just sit back, relax and enjoy views of mountains and the Beas river. For those who really want to embark on some adventure or indulge in some activity, there are a number of trekking trails nearby including the amazing Kheerganga trek from Barsheni.
Chandigarh to Kasol distance: 287 km – approximately 7 hours 45 minutes by road
The land of His Holyness, the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala is known for its friendly ambiance, beautiful weather and gorgeous views of the Kangra Valley. It provides a fine blend of natural beauty and intriguing Tibetan culture and makes for a great 4-day vacation in October when the weather is splendid.
Chandigarh to Dharamsala distance: 244 km – approximately 5 hours 25 minutes by road
Photograph Courtesy: Utsav Verma/Creative Commons
For those who want to give the crowded Shimla and Manali a miss but are still in love with the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, Chail is worth visiting before it becomes the next Shimla. This beautiful, quaint hill station treats you with heart-warming meadows and an embracing weather that will make you want to stay back forever.
Chandigarh to Chail distance: 106 km – approximately 3 hours 40 minutes by road
And then there is the paragliding hub of Bir and Billing for those who like adventure. Not only is this place perfect of adventure sports, it is also where you will find some of the oldest monasteries and witness the intriguing life of monks.
Chandigarh to Bir distance: 286 km – approximately 6 hours 40 minutes by road
So, this Diwali, spend some quality time with your loved ones at one of the amazing places of north India.