The well-planned city of Chandigarh plays as a capital to the two states of Haryana and Punjab. Planned and executed by former president Jawaharlal Nehru and Le Corbusier respectively, the city has been made into a beautifully organised place.
With many places of interest spread all across the city, it is not hard to spend weekends at Chandigarh. However, it doesn't change the fact that going on a road trip to new or unexplored places can be much required after a gruelling week of college, work or any sort of routine.
Read on to know about the 6 places from Chandigarh that you can plan to visit on your weekends.
Formerly known as Bhagsu, Dharamshala is the 2nd capital of the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh. The city is perched at a height of 4,800 ft and surrounded by lush thickets of deodar trees. This enchanting hill station is a pristine hamlet, a sought after holiday destination.
Dharamshala is located 245 km from Chandigarh that takes 5-6 hours while going by road. Enjoy the beautiful vistas nature offers on the way. When in Dharamshala, visit Namgyal Monastery, McLeod Ganj, Kareri Lake, Kangra Fort, to name a few places.
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Mandi, the town located north of Shimla, is a beautiful place to plan for a getaway since the summers are pleasant while winters are quite chilly. It is connected to Chandigarh via NH 21 and is located 185 km from the city. A 5-hour ride will take you to this beautiful town.
You can trek to the Prashar Lake, pay a spiritual visit to Bhutnath Temple or just enjoy the vistas of Rewalsar Lake and Pandoh Dam at Mandi.
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Well known throughout the world for the magnificent Golden Temple, Amritsar is located 230 km from Chandigarh. This cultural centre of mainly Sikhs can be your ultimate getaway destination for a spiritual weekend. It takes only 4-5 hours to reach this beautiful city of Punjab.
Apart from visiting Golden Temple, you may go to historically significant places, like Jallianwala Bagh, Wagah Border or more religious places like Guru Ke Mahal.
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Nestled at an altitude of 6726 ft, Manali is a beautiful hill station of Himachal Pradesh that is located at the northern end of Kullu Valley. The smell of pine trees, rolling hills covered in lush greenery, lofty mountains set at the backdrop, is the beautiful experience that you can expect at Manali.
The hill station is located just around 300 km from Chandigarh, making it the perfect escape into nature for a long weekend. It takes about 7-8 hours via road to reach the town. Enjoy the mesmerising vistas of nature on the way and visit places, like Solang Valley, Naggar Castle, Manu Temple, etc., at Manali.
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For a getaway to a place where spirituality meets adventures, head to Rishikesh. Rishikesh is major pilgrimage centre of North India that has recently gained popularity for being a potential place for many adventure activities. This beautiful town of Uttarakhand is located about 220 km from Chandigarh which takes only 5-6 hours to reach.
For an elaborate pilgrimage, visit Trimbakeshwar Temple, Bharat Mandir, Lakshman Jhula, Triveni Ghat, to name a few. For the adventure junkies, try paragliding, white water river rafting in the river Ganga, kayaking, trekking, bungee jumping, etc. at Rishikesh.
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The ancient city of Haridwar is of immense religious importance for Hindu devotees, since it is one of the four places in India where the grand festival of Kumbh Mela takes place after every 12 years. It is known as the gateway to Char Dhams of Uttarakhand since Panch Tirth or the 5 pilgrimage sites are located near Haridwar.
It is situated 210 km from Chandigarh, that takes around 5 hours to be reached. Some of the places you need to visit in this city include Mansa Devi Temple, Maya Devi Temple, Pawan Dham, Kankhal, etc.