India’s first planned city, Chandigarh is certainly an inspiration, when it comes to giving Indian cities a modern look. This meticulously planned city is probably one of the best places to dwell in the country. However, this people-oriented city also needs to go on a break and see something that exists in contrast to its more than perfect city life, fortunately, its location offer easy access to several places that are actually ideal for weekend getaways. Proximity of the city to beautiful Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, culturally rich Delhi and diverse Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh opens the doors for the people of Chandigarh to have memorable weekend trips all year round.
Check out this list here for some of the best weekend destinations from Chandigarh:
A beautiful hill station of Himachal Pradesh, Parwanoo is an ideal getaway from Chandigarh. The serene city is only at a distance of 30kms from Chandigarh and can be reached by taking Chandigarh-Shimla Highway. Parwanoo makes for a great summer getaway from Chandigarh as its salubrious climate offers respite from the scorching heat in the peak months of summer. This little hill station is adorned with fruit orchards and scenic landscape also the calm surrounding makes Parwanoo a good place for a relaxing weekend.
A small hamlet in the Panchkula district of Haryana, Morni Hills is yet another wonderful place for a weekend getaway from Chandigarh. Situated about 45kms from Chandigarh, Morni Hills is a scenic place with two lakes that are fringed by hills. It is also a great place for those who like to trek and camp. The trek to Ghaggar River is the most famous trek in Morni Hill. Those who wish to bask in the sun or contemplate nature’s beauty; Morni Hills is a great place for them as well. This small hill station is known for its vivid variety of flowers and different bird species.
Nahan has its own way of alluring travellers; yes, it is a hill station with undeniably one of the most beautiful landscapes but along with it, Nahan also draws attention for its rich history and heritage as well. Nahan is at a short distance of about 90kms from Chandigarh and thus makes a perfect weekend destination for the city. The hill statuin is also reckoned to be a land of folklores and legends. This beautiful little hill station is a serene place, where along with indulging in interesting stories, you can enjoy being away from the hustle and bustle of a city life.
An exotic hill station at a short distance of 103kms from Chandigarh, Chail is another lovely hill station for spending a weekend. This hill station of Himachal Pradesh is known for its exquisite architecture and is an ideal place for hiking. Chail also has India’s highest cricket ground. Covered with chir pine and tall deodars, this beautiful hill station was once the summer retreat of the Maharaja of Patiala. A weekend in Chail can relieve you of all the worries of your life, staying amidst the beautiful and calm environ helps you get rejuvenated and ready for a fresh new week.
Kasauli is a picturesque town in Himachal Pradesh and is another wonderful place for spending a weekend for those living in Chandigarh. Situated at a distance of about 54kms from Chandigarh, Kasauli offers a tranquil ambiance, where one can relax and attain peace of mind. This hill station has a colonial look and British era churches which are the main attractions here. One can enjoy long walks amidst the Pine and Oak forest here. Quiet and beautiful, Kasauli is indeed one of the best places for a weekend getaway from Chandigarh.
Probably one of the most best places to visit on a weekend from Chandigarh, Shimla is about 130kms away from the city. Shimla needs no introduction as its status as the favourite summer destination in India is well cemented. The capital of Himachal Pradesh reflects the blend of culture, history and hospitality of the state. This lovely city is peaceful and offers scenic views. It is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the beauty of unspoilt nature.
About 122kms from Chandigarh lies Renuka Ji in Sirmaur District of Himachal Pradesh. The place is known for its sparkling lake, which is by the way the largest lake in the state. Fringed by lofty mountains, Renuka ji is a quiet little place that boasts of pristine beauty and tranquil environs. One can enjoy boating and trekking in Renuka ji to the fullest. A perfect getaway for those seeking peace of mind, Renuka Ji can be a good place for weekend visit from Chandigarh.
A picturesque town of the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamshala is an ideal hill station for a weekend getaway from Chandigarh. Dharamshala is situated at a distance of 244kms from Chandigarh and can be reached in less than 7 hours. On a two-day trip to Dharamshala, you shall be able to see the entire city, which is divided into two parts (Upper Dharamshala- Mcleodganj and Lower Dharamshala). The main attraction of Dharamshala is the Buddhist monastery; however it has some beautiful churches as well. The city is calm and serene and offers trekking opportunity as well.
Mandi is a historic town that is situated about 204kms from Chandigarh. The place has importance amongst Hindu devotees as Mandi has about 81 temples. Along with its picturesque landscape, Mandi also is a reflection of fine colonial period architecture. For tourists it is a delight to see two different forms of architecture here. The pristine natural surroundings makes Mandi even more spiritual and urges one to give up all their anxieties and tribulation and enjoy the peaceful ambiance here. Mandi is also the gateway to Kullu Valley and thus is quiet famous amongst the tourists.
One of the most popular hill stations in Uttarakhand, Mussoorie makes for a perfect weekend getaway from Chandigarh. Situated about 200kms from Chandigarh, Mussoorie is a beautiful hill station that flaunts lush green hills, silver waterfalls, pristine ambiance and have amiable people. Hiking, trekking and long walks are the perfect ways to explore Mussoorie; horse riding is also a part of adventure here.
A religious destination in Himachal Pradesh, Manikaran is situated in the gorgeous Parvati Valley. It is located 293kms from Chandigarh and is an important pilgrimage destination for Sikhs and Hindus. The main attraction of Manikaran is the Gurudwara and the Hot Water Spring, which is situated next to a huge riverside temple. The water of the spring is believed to have healing properties; thus one can see a large number of believers coming here. Manikaran is also a base for many small treks. At Manikaran, one has the opportunity to rejuvenate oneself in the lap of beautiful and tranquil surroundings. It is a perfect place to attain mental peace as well.
A quiet hill station, nestled in the lap of Garhwal Himalaya, Lansdowne is probably one of the best weekend getaways from Chandigarh. Dotted with aligned chir pine and oak tree forests Lansdowne in Uttarakhand is a very picturesque hill station. Lansdowne is situated 301kms from Chandigarh. The tranquil and the pristine surroundings offer a very romantic environment; thus Lansdowne is an ideal getaway for honeymooners and solo travellers as well.
Situated about 291kms from Chandigarh, Manali is indeed the best place for a weekend getaway. It is a treasure chest that is filled with adventure activities, abundant nature’s beauty, salubrious weather, and good accommodation and food options. Manali is a destination for all type of travelers and can draw tourists in any given season of the year. In fact, the town offers one or more options to make a trip irrespective of the season a memorable one.
Blessed with an old world charm, Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh also makes for a good destination for a weekend break from Chandigarh. The colonial impression on this small hill station along with its serene atmosphere draws tourists from far off places. An ideal place to relax and de-stress, Dalhousie is about 322kms from Chandigarh.
If you are seeking a fun and adventurous trip over a weekend from Chandigarh, Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand can be an ideal place for you. Situated at a distance of about 350kms from Chandigarh, Corbett is known as a one of the most popular weekend getaways. Reckoned to be the oldest wildlife reserve in India, Corbett boasts rich wildlife and a sprawling forest area. Here you can enjoy staying amidst a forest, sighting animals from a high watch tower and safaris like canter, jeep and elephant. Just in case you are lucky, you shall be able to spot tigers as well.
Another suitable place for wildlife excursion from Chandigarh would be Rajaji National Park, which is also situated in the neighbouring state of Uttarakhand. Rajaji is located at a distance of 134 km from Chandigarh and is famed for its large population of Asiatic elephants. Certainly, there are many other wildlife species in the park too. Bird watching and butterfly sighting are the major attractions here.
With the Golden Temple as its important landmark, Amritsar is one of the best weekend getaways near Chandigarh. Situated around 229kms from Chandigarh, Amritsar is known as a Sikh pilgrimage site and a historical place. Apart from the Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), one has the opportunity to witness the famous massacre ground called Jallianwala Bagh and the Wagah Border Ceremony. One can also indulge in binge eating as the Amritsari cuisine is quite a tempting treat. The famed Amritsari stuffed Naan, Ma-ki-Dal, Tandoori Chicken, Amritsari Fish, Phirni, Jalebi and to digest it all Lassi are items that decorate the Amritsari platter. Also, Amritsar is great place to shop for Phulkari work.
For those who wish to spend their weekend soaking themselves in spirituality, Haridwar is the best getaway option. Situated at a distance of 200kms from Chandigarh, Haridwar stands on the bank of the River Ganga offering Hindu devotees a sacred place where they can meditate, indulge in cleansing of sin (by taking a dip in the water), seek spirituality and marvel at the large numbers of temples. The evening Aarti at the ghat is worth witnessing and sitting by the river is something that you will certainly enjoy here.
Jageshwar can be a bit far if planned over a weekend, so extending the weekend would be the best idea if you really wish to visit Jageshwar from Chandigarh. It is about 566kms away from Chandigarh and is known for its temple, which is reckoned as the 8th amongst the 12 Jyotirlingas. Situated at an altitude of 1870m, Jageshwar was once a temple city and today we can find about 124 small and large temples here that date back to the 9th to 13th century AD. Dandeshwar Temple, Chandi-ka-Temple, Jageshwar Temple, Kuber Temple, Mritunjaya Temple, Nanda Devi or Nau Durga, Nava-grah temple, a Pyramidal shrine, and Surya Temple are the major attractions here.
The birthplace of the beloved Lord Krishna, Mathura makes for a wonderful pilgrimage place in India. Situated 410kms from Chandigarh, Mathura is a quiet little sacred town. The town is dotted with temples and has several ghats on the side of the Yamuna River. Undoubtedly, there is no better feeling than to visit the temples in Mathura; however witnessing the evening Aarti at the ghats can also not be compared to any other experience.
Vrindavan, which is at a distance of about 11kms from Mathura, has its own spiritual charm. Considered to be the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood, Vrindavan remains special to Hindu devotees. Since Mathura and Vrindavan are at a short distance from each other, someone who visits either of these destinations surely visits the other destination as well. Vrindavan is also dotted with temples out of which Banke Bihari Temple and Prem Mandir are the major attractions here. Apart from temples, Nidhivan is a very popular place in Vrindavan; it is believed that till now Lord Krishna and Radha perform Raslila every mid-night here.
Agra houses India’s most eminent heritage building called the Taj Mahal. Situated at a distance of about 458kms from Chandigarh, Agra is a reflection of the exquisite architecture and heritage that India is the proud owner of. Once the Mughal capital, Agra has always been the hotspot for history buffs. The Taj Mahal, Sikandra, Agra Fort, I’timad-Ud-Daulah Tomb and Fatehpur Sikri are some of the places known for their architecture and historical importance.
There is hardly any place that matches to Delhi when it comes to heritage wealth. Blessed with some of the finest heritage buildings and sites, Delhi is situated only at a distance of 252kms from Chandigarh. In the city one can find insight on the architecture taste of different dynasties that once ruled Delhi and the regions near it. A perfect place for architecture photography in India, Delhi makes the best places for heritage tour from Chandigarh.
The architecturally rich city of Jaipur is yet another great place for a heritage tour. Jaipur is about 523kms from Chandigarh and is an absolutely a perfect place for history buffs. Its magnificent forts and mahals like City Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal are some of the major attractions of the city.
Right after the movie PK, the tourism of Mandawa must have grown multifold. However, history buffs already knew that this beautiful town in Rajasthan is of great importance. Known for its colorful forts and Havelis, Mandawa is situated 420kms from Chandigarh. Hanuman Prasad Goenka Haveli, Goenka Double Haveli, Murmuria Haveli, Jhunjhunwala Haveli, Mohan Lal Saraf Haveli, Gulab Rai Ladia Haveli and Aakharam ka Haveli are some of the major attractions in Mandawa.
An unbeatable adventure destination, Rishikesh is placed meticulously in the lap of beautiful Uttarakhand. Located at a distance of about 208kms, Rishikesh is one of the best holiday destinations near Chandigarh. Often called the yoga capital of India, Rishikesh offers a series of paradoxes like yoga, meditation, rafting, bungee jumping, rock climbing, rappelling, fox flying and temples. There is so much that one can do here and there is no way that one can ignore this destination when we speak about a weekend escape from Chandigarh.
Situated somewhere around 534kms from Chandigarh, Almora in Uttarakhand is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. A less commercialized hill station, Almora boasts pristine landscape and tranquil environs. It is also a great place to go for nature walks or hiking. Chittai Devi Temple, Kasar Devi, Bright End Corner are some of the best places to see in Almora.
A distinct hill station of Himachal Pradesh, Palampur is an ideal off beat weekend getaway destination from Chandigarh. The pristine town is situated about 262kms from Chandigarh. Known for its lush tea gardens and being a picturesque town with a beautiful background of snow-clad Dhauladhar Mountains, Palampur has become quite popular amongst nature lovers. At Palampur, one can enjoy nature walks, trekking and boating. Neugal Café, Sourabh Van Vihar, Andretta village, Dhauladhar Nature Park, Devi Latti Jakhni’s temple, Birni Mata temple, Old Vindhyavasni temple and Mata Bandla Devi’s temple are the major attractions in Palampur.
Deriving its name from the Nag Temple present in the town, Naldhera is a wonderful place to spend a weekend at. At a short distance of 150kms from Chandigarh, Naldhera makes for a great off beat destination for those seeking respite from the noise and crowd of the big cities. One can enjoy a session of golf at Naldehra 9-hole Golf Course or take a walk in the apple orchards of Mashobra. Naldhera is a perfect place to bask in and enjoy the surrounding beauty without being interrupted by the noises of vehicles and crowd.
Situated around a beautiful lake, Naukuchiatal is slowly becoming popular amongst people seeking peace of mind. Situated 473kms from Chandigarh, Naukuchiatal in Uttarakhand is a small town that is aloof from the hustle and bustle of city life. Most of the resorts here are situated on the sides of the lake and offer picturesque views. There are many natural trails that are just perfect to enjoy walks here. Boating is yet another activity that can be enjoyed to the fullest here.
About 100kms from Chandigarh is a gorgeous little hill station called Shoghi in Himachal Pradesh. It is a lesser explored destination and that is why it is ideal for a quiet weekend away from Chandigarh. The lush forests, lofty mountains and salubrious climates makes falling in love with Shoghi quite easy. It is a perfect destination for couples, who want to spend quality time in an unperturbed ambiance.
Famous for the Bhimkali Temple, Sarahan is a scenic hill town in Himachal Pradesh. It is situated about 278kms from Chandigarh and is amongst the most beautiful towns in Himachal. Sarahan is also known as the gateway of Kinnaur. The town is blessed with rich pine and oak trees, several small streams and the view of Sutlej River flowing. A lesser known destination in Himachal, Sarahan is perfect for those who wish to dodge the city crowd and escape to a beautiful and serene place. Bhabha Valley, Bhimakali Temple and Bird Park are the main attractions of Sarahan.