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12 Best Weekend Getaways from Chandigarh For Your Kind of Holiday

Those in Chandigarh are already aware about their myriad options when it comes to weekend getaways. Chandigarh is in close proximity to so many amazing travelling destinations like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Punjab that are ideal for a weekend holiday.

Here are the 12 best weekend holiday destinations from Chandigarh that should not be missed in 2020/2021.

Best Places to Visit Within 100 Km from Chandigarh
  • Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh
  • Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh
  • Nahan, Himachal Pradesh
Best Places to Visit Within 200 Km from Chandigarh
  • Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
  • Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
  • Rishikesh & Haridwar, Uttarakhand
Top Places to Visit Within 300 Km from Chandigarh
  • Sainji Valley, Himachal
  • Amritsar, Punjab
  • Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
  • Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Best Places to Visit Within 400 Km from Chandigarh
  • Kalpa, Himachal
  • Harsil, Uttarakhand
Recommended Tour Packages from Chandigarh

Parwanoo: Enjoy Cable Car Ride and a Relaxing Holiday in the Himalayas 

Parwanoo Cable Car Ride- Weekend from Chandigarh

You don’t even have to travel far off for a weekend trip from Chandigarh. Parwanoo, a picturesque hill station in Himachal Pradesh sits just 30 km from Chandigarh and makes for an ideal family getaway. This hill destination in Himachal is known for its fruit orchards and locally manufactured jams, jellies, and wines. The main attraction of Parwanoo is Timber Trail when one can enjoy a cable car ride.

Major Tourist Attractions
  • Timber Trail
  • Cable Car
  • Kali Mata Temple
  • Gorkha Fort
  • Shree Balaji Temple
Top Things to Do
  • Take a cable car ride at Timber Trail Resort
  • Cycling in the mountains,
  • Trekking & hiking
  • Spa & Ayurvedic massages
  • Watch the sunset from Timber Trail Resort
  • Visit the fruit orchards
  • Seek blessings at Kali Mata Temple
Best Time to Visit

March to May and October to November

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Kasauli: Relax Amidst Nature and Enjoy Oodles of Adventure Activities

Kasauli Himachal- Weekend from Chandigarh

Head to Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh for a relaxing or an adventure holiday. Situated only at a distance of 59 km from Chandigarh, Kasauli is a perfect place to spend a weekend for nature lovers as well as adventure enthusiasts. This weekend getaway near Chandigarh is nested amidst dense pine and oak forests and is adorned with colonial-era buildings. There are a number of activities like rock climbing, rappelling, Burma bridge crossing, valley crossing, trekking and more for adventurous souls to indulge in over a weekend.

Major Tourist Attractions
  • Monkey Point
  • Mall Road
  • Gilber Trail
  • Sunset Point
  • Gurudwara Shri Guru Nanak Ji
  • Baptist Church
  • Sri Baba Balak Nath Temple
Top Things to Do
  • Trekking on Gilbert Trail
  • Rock climbing
  • Horse riding
  • Yoga & meditation
  • Folk dance & music
Best Time to Visit

Throughout the year

Recommended Tour Package from Chandigarh
Nahan: Rejuvenate Amidst Tranquility and Witness the Largest Lake in Himachal

Nahan Himachal- Weekend from Chandigarh

Looking for a place to relax after a tiring week? Nahan in Himachal Pradesh that sits at a short distance of 85 km is a perfect weekend holiday destination near Chandigarh. A small town, Nahan is home to the largest lake in Himachal Pradesh, Renuka Lake. It is an ideal place to find peace of mind and feel rejuvenated after a hectic week.

Major Tourist Attractions
  • Renuka Lake
  • Trilokpur Temples
  • Suketi Fossil Park
  • Dhaula Kuan
  • Renuka Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Rani Tai
  • Pakka Talab
  • Jaitak Fort
Top Things to Do
  • Relax and rejuvenate amidst nature
Best Time to Visit

April to September

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Shimla: Enjoy the Best Sightseeing, Good Food, and Strolls on the Mall Road

Shimla-Himachal-Pradesh-Governor- Palace

Nothing can beat the holiday experience of Shimla! Situated only at a distance of 113 km, Shimla is one of the most visited hill stations in India and an important summer destination. The charming capital of Himachal Pradesh is ideal for family getaways, romantic getaways as well as chilling out with friends near Chandigarh. It has great hotels to stay, good restaurants to eat, and a number of places for sightseeing. It is surrounded by a number of places where hiking & trekking can also be enjoyed.

Major Tourist Attractions
  • The Ridge
  • Mall Road
  • Christ Church
  • Himachal State Museum
  • Scandal Point
  • Lakkar Bazaar
  • Gurudwara Sahib
  • Rothney Castle
  • Kufri
Top Things to Do
  • Toy Train ride
  • Hike to Jakhu Temple
  • Cycling
Best Time to Visit

March to June

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Mussoorie: Unwind and Relish a Weekend at the Queen of the Hills

Mussoorie Uttarakhand

It’s not only Himachal Pradesh that people from Chandigarh can go for a vacation, Uttarakhand too, has a number of destinations that are ideal for spending a weekend. The Queen of the Hills, Mussoorie sits at a comfortable distance of 202 km from Chandigarh. Mussoorie, like Shimla, is one of the most popular hill stations in India. It is also known for its colonial buildings, beautiful Himalayan settings, and a number of places to visit.

Major Tourist Attractions
  • Lal Tibba
  • Mall Road
  • Gun Hill
  • Lake Mist
  • Kempty Fall
  • Cloud’s End
  • Company Garden
  • Bhatta Falls
Top Things to Do
  • Paragliding
  • Trekking
  • Rock Climbing and Rappeling
Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the Year

Recommended Tour Package

Rishikesh & Haridwar: Get the Most Amazing Experience of Adventure and Spirituality in One Weekend

Rishikesh-Weekend Destination

How about mixing adventure and spirituality on your next weekend holiday near Chandigarh? Even though this combination may sound odd to you, but believe us, it is not and it’s rather an experience not to miss.

In Uttarakhand, where Rishikesh offers you a chance to enjoy adventure activities like white water river rafting and bungee jumping, Haridwar offers a chance to imbibe the spirituality. The two destinations are situated within 230 km from Chandigarh and make for a weekend getaway experience you cannot forget.

Major Attractions in Rishikesh
  • Laxman Jhula
  • Ram Jhula
  • Triveni Ghat
  • The Beatles Ashram
  • Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
Top Things to Do in Rishikesh
  • White water river rafting
  • Bungee jumping
  • Cliff jumping
  • Flying fox
  • Camping
  • Watch Ganga Aarti
Major Attractions in Haridwar
  • Har Ki Pauri
  • Chandi Devi Temple
  • Mansa Devi Temple
  • Bharat Mata Mandir
  • Daksha Mahadev Temple
  • Vaishno Devi Temple
Top Things to Do in Haridwar
  • Watch Ganga Aarti
  • Take a dip in the holy River Ganges
Best Time to Visit

October to June

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Sainj Valley: Explore the Hidden Gem of Himachal and Enjoy the Rustic Charm

Shainji Valley Himachal

If you want to spend time exploring the hidden gems of Himachal Pradesh, Sainj Valley in Kullu District is the perfect place to visit on weekends. Situated some 235 km from Chandigarh, it is a destination for nature lovers and adventurers. There are a few treks that you can do in Sainj Valley and one of them is to the famous Great Himalayan National Park. So, if adventure is something you are looking for during your weekend break, Sainj Valley is certainly the best retreat to plan a trip from Chandigarh.

Major Tourism Attractions
  • Shangarh
  • Shangchul Mahadev Temple
  • Manu Rishi Temple
Top Things to Do
  • Trekking
  • Stay in a homestay
  • Nature photography
Best Time to Visit

October to June

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Amritsar: Seek the Blessing at Golden Temple, Celebrate Patriotism, and Savour Delicious Food

Golden Temple Amritsar

There’s something about Amritsar that you want to visit again and again. It is only at a distance of 231 km from Chandigarh, and as we all know, it is home to the popular Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), the spiritual epicentre of Sikhism. Amritsar is also known for delicious food and its close proximity to Wagah Border (the border between India and Pakistan). This tourist place in Punjab is perfect to spend a weekend holiday with your family where you can enjoy amazing sightseeing, taste delicious food, get acquainted with history, imbibe in spirituality and feel proud of our soldiers & defence forces.

Major Tourism Attractions
  • Golden Temple
  • Jallianwala Bagh
  • Wagah Border
  • Partition Museum
  • Mandir Mata Lal Devi
  • Gobindgarh Fort
  • Rambagh Gardens
Top Things to Do
  • Enjoy street food
  • Shopping
  • Visit Suncity Amusement & Waterpark
Best Time to Visit

October – March

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Kasol: Backpack with Friends or Solo to Unwind Amidst Nature

Kasol Himachal

Need a weekend break with friends or probably alone? Well, there can’t be any place more ideal than Kasol in Himachal Pradesh. Set amidst the pristine Himalayas, Kasol is located at a mere distance of 269 km from Chandigarh. It is primarily a backpacker’s paradise and an adventure hub with many treks branching out from here. The meandering Parvati River adds to the beauty of this place by which you can sit and enjoy the tranquility and unwind.

Top Tourist Attractions
  • Kheerganga
  • Manikaran Sahib
  • Parvati River
  •  Pin Parvati Pass
  • Tosh
  • Rasol
  • Malana
  • Chalal
  • Sar Pass
Top Things to Do
  • Trekking
  • Camping
Best Time to Visit:

October – June

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Manali: Savour Beautiful Views and Indulge in Adrenaline Rushing Adventures

Hidimba Temple Manali

A weekend holiday plan in Manali never gets old. One of the best hill stations in India, Manali is situated 288 km away from Chandigarh. This popular tourist destination in Himachal is great for a family holiday, romantic couples as well as visiting with friends or solo. It is also a hub for adventurers who can head for trekking adventures and motorbike expeditions from here.

Major Tourist Attractions
  • Hidimba Temple
  • Arjun Gufa
  • Vashisht Hot water spring
  • Solang Valley
  • Mall Road
  • Rohtang Pass
Top Things to Do
  • Trekking
  • Paragliding
  • Camping
  • River Rafting
  • Motorbike Expedition
  • Mountain Biking
Best Time to Visit:

Throughout the Year

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Kalpa: Digitally Detox Yourself and Explore the Rustic Side of Himachal

Kalpa Himachal

If you don’t mind travelling a couple of extra hours, you have the chance to witness some of the most spectacular views of the Himalayas and the simplicity of Himalayan life in Kalpa, Himachal Pradesh. Situated 317 km from Chandigarh, Kalpa is a tiny village with incredible views of Kinner Kailash Range. It is an offbeat destination where you can enjoy exploring the rustic side of Himachal and witnessing traditional architecture and the simple life of the people.

Major Tourist Attractions
  • Narayan – Nagini Temple
  • Hu-Bu-Lan-Kar Monastery
  • Suicide Point
  • Roghi Village
  • Kamru Fort
Top Things to Do
  • Hiking
  • Nature walks
  • Relaxing & Rejuvenating
Best Time to Visit

March – June and October – November

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Harsil: Explore Uttarakhand’s Best Kept Secret and Seek the Blessings at Gangotri Dham

Harsil Uttarakhand

If you are a nature lover, and want to spend time amidst the untouched beauty of the Himalayas, then Harsil in Uttarakhand is the best weekend destination from Chandigarh. Travel 388 km from Chandigarh to reach a paradisiacal kind of a place where nature is at its best. Harsil is a place to basically unwind and rejuvenate and is a few kilometers away from the famed Gangotri Dham. Therefore, it is a great destination visit with friends as well as with family.

Major Tourist Attractions
  • Mukhba Village
  • Dharali
  • Gangotri
  • Nelong Valley
Top Things to Do
  • Trekking
  • Visiting Gangotri Dham
  • Motorbiking
Best Time to Visit: March –

June and October – November

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People of Chandigarh, hands down you are the luckiest people because of the wide variety of weekend getaway options you have. Hope you enjoyed this blog where we presented some of the best places to visit from Chandigarh.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.Which weekend destinations can be visited within 100 km from Chandigarh?

Following destinations are situated within 100 km from Chandigarh:

  • Parwanoo in Himachal
  • Kasauli in Himachal
  • Nahan in Himachal

Q.How to reach Himachal Pradesh from Chandigarh?

Chandigarh is well-connected to Himachal Pradesh by road. State-run and private buses ply regularly between many destinations of Himachal and Chandigarh. Cabs are also readily available. Flights to Shimla and Bhuntar are also available from Chandigarh.

Q.How to reach Uttarakhand from Chandigarh?

Chandigarh is well-connected to Uttarakhand by road. State-run and private buses ply regularly between many destinations of Uttarakhand and Chandigarh. Cabs are also readily available. Flights to Dehradun are also available from Chandigarh.

Q.What are the best weekend destinations for adventure near Chandigarh?

Rishikesh is one of the best weekend destinations near Chandigarh. Here, one can enjoy white water rafting, bungee jumping, flying fox, cliff jumping etc.

Published: 06 Nov, 2020

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Nidhi Singh

From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a travel writer whose love for mountains can be seen in her write ups. Talk about solo travelling, indulging in adventure activities, binging on good food, planning budget trips or the Aurora Borealis and you will get all her attention. It is the wanderlust that keeps her going and if at all she could get one wish granted she would love to live a life less ordinary. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.