The name of the city Panchkula in Haryana, came from the place where five irrigation canals meet. 'Panch' is five and 'Kuls' means canal, hence the name Panchkula. The canals take water from the Ghaggar and distribute it from Nada Sahib to Mansa Devi. The canals, build by a ruler in the past are a good example of ancient engineering acumen, as at some spots the water is raised to higher levels than the river's course.
This small town has created a name by establishing itself as a small tech hub. Tourists coming here can enjoy the beauty of nature along with exploring the other attractions of this beautiful town.
Some of the places to visit in Panchkual include the Morni Hills, Cactus Garden, Nada Shahib Gurudwara and more.
How to Reach Panchkula
By Air: Panchkula does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is in Chandigarh, which is located at a distance of 14.5 km. It is well connected to all major cities.
By Train: Chandigarh Railway station which is situated on Chadigarh-Panchkula boundary also has an exit towards Panchkula. There are many trains which connect Delhi and Chandigarh.
By Road: Roadways are well-developed and connects Panchkula from Chandigarh and other cities through a good network of road transport. You can avail buses or hire jeeps to reach here.
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Cactus Garden is a major tourist place in Panchikula and is the biggest cactus garden in the whole of Asia. This garden has a very huge collection of rare and endangered species of cactus here.The aim of this garden is to preserve these species and also to educate the visitors about them. Some of the varieties of cactus found here are Opuntias, Ferocactus, Agaves, Columnar cacti, Echinocereus and Mammillarias.
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Kali Mata Mandir
The Kali Mata Mandir runs across the Kalka town and is an ancient temple located here at Panchkula. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga and many devotees come here to pay their respects throughout the year.
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Mansa Devi Temple
Mansa Devi temple is a very famous shrine and a must visit place in Panchkula. This holy Shakti Peeth is dedicated to Mata Mansa Devi. According to the Hindu mythology, the head of Devi Sati had fallen over here. Devotees come here in large numbers to pay respects and ask for blessings here. Adjoining the temple, there is a beautiful garden consisting of sacred plants. During Navratri, there is a fair that takes place in the surrounding areas of the temple.
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An offshoot of the Shivalik ranges, Morni hills is a popular tourist place in Punchkula. It is a very beautiful hill resort and has scenic beauty. Morni hills have been named after Queen Morni, who is said to have ruled this city. If you are a nature lover and are fond of bird watching, then Morni hills is the apt place. Also, it is an ideal destination for those who like to go for adventurous trips consisting of fun activities like rock climbing, trekking and more.
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Nada Shahib Gurudwara
There are a number of religious places in and around Panchkula of which the Nada Sahib Gurudwara is one. Situated on the banks of river Ghagar, the temple has a lot of reverence for Sikhs. It is believed that after having fought a battle with the Mughals, Guru Gobind Singhji along with his victorious fellow Sikh warriors, had stayed over here while on their way back. The Guru is said to have showered his blessings and also said that the Gurudwara would be built here named after him. Lakhs of worshippers visit the Nada Sahib Gurdwara on the full moon day of every month.
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One of the places to visit in Panchkula is the Pinjore gardens which is also known as Yadavindra Gardens. The garden serves as a venue for hosting the annual mango festival event and it houses a mini zoo. The garden has a number of picnic spots where you can go with your family and enjoy the beauty of nature.
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