Situated close to Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Chandigarh offers a wide variety of options to spend the weekend.
Travel.india.com lists five weekend getaways from Chandigarh.
Shimla: The erstwhile summer capital of the Raj, Shimla has become synonymous with romantic holidays. Ideal for leisurely strolls down the Mall, soaking in the Himalayan air and visiting the relics of the colonial past – there is a lot that you can do in the Himachal Pradesh capital.
Dehradun: Dehradun is known for its relaxed lifestyle and pleasant climate. With several options to indulge in activities like trekking, cycling, golfing, hot air ballooning, it is the best place if you are looking for some adrenaline rush.
However, the best way to see Dehradun is on a bicycle. The city offers some of the best cycling tracks.
Visit the Victorian clock tower, the campus of the Survey of India and cave shrine of Tapkeshwar. Or just sit and enjoy the beautiful landscapes.
Mussoorie: Renowned as ‘Queen of the Hills’, Mussoorie is one of the most preferred weekend getaways from Chandigarh. The hill resort offers majestic views of the Himalayan snow ranges, Doon valley, Roorkee and many more.
Trekking is the most popular activity in Mussoorie. There are several trails which are ideal for nature walks. The trails to Jharipani falls, Bhatta falls and Kempty falls are also ideal for picnics.
Chail: Popular for the world highest cricket pitch and polo ground, Chail is a small hill station. It is an ideal destination for enjoying nature and adventure activities.
The hill resort offers commanding views of the Satluj Valley, Shimla, Kasauli and the great Himalayan ranges. Hiking, trekking, angling are popular activity in the hill station.
Sangla: Popular for its orchards of pine, apple and cherries, the hill stations offers many places to see, trekking activities and majestic view of the valleys.
The popular tourist attraction in the town is the Kamru Fort, now converted to a temple, is dedicated to the Hindu deity Kamakshi. There are several other temples in the town dedicated to the Hindu gods such as the Chitkul Maathi temple.
During the visit to Sangla, visiting the Baspa valley is a must. It is an idyllic place for enjoying activities like fishing, camping, trekking.