Weekend getaways from Chandigarh
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Chandigarh and adjoining cities of Mohali (Punjab) and Panchkula (Haryana) are together called Chandigarh Tricity. The city of Chandigarh was the first planned city in India post-independence in 1947 and is known internationally for its architecture and urban design. The city experiences extreme climate and uneven distribution of rainfall. The roads in Chandigarh are surrounded by trees and it has the third highest forest cover in India at 8.51% following Lakshadweep and Goa
Auli is considered among the best skiing destinations in India. It is a "Bugyal" which means meadow in the regional language, these green Bugyals turn into a sheet of white during winters. Dotted with apple orchards, oaks and deodars, Auli is a popular hill town with numerous ski resorts situated amidst the Himalayan range. The highly equipped ski guides will help you ski through the hills of Auli. The cable car ride from Joshimath is the only way to reach this beautiful place.
Kasol, A unique paradise on earth. It’s like an isle in the middle of mighty mountains, where the mingling of local and alien cultures, has given birth to a new era of living offering a treat for the mind and the soul. Ideal for a vacation if you want to chill and relax in the lap of nature. There are abundant trekking and short hiking options available that take you to amazingly beautiful offbeat villages. Not all of them provide luxury stay and world class cuisine restaurants, but you’ll be surprised with the warm hospitality of the villagers. It's a place almost overrun with reggae bars, bakeries and cheap guesthouses catering to a largely hippie/Israeli crowd.
#3Mcleod Ganj -
The town is famous for Tibetan Buddhism, culture, art and crafts. Majorly shopping centre famous for souvenirs like Tibetan handicrafts, thangkas, Tibetan carpets, garments, wooden masks, metal votive objects, paper drawings, beads, baubles, etc. The most popular and interesting thing to do in McLeod Ganj is Trek to Triund and camping on the hill.
#4Leh / Ladakh -
Set at the base of the strong Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain ranges, Ladakh is a backpacker's paradise with numerous trekking trails, mountain biking, valleys, and picturesque lakes. The place is very rich in culture, you will learn to stay happy with a simple lifestyle as the natives. For the food lovers, locals have preserved the ancient flavors of Tibetan food. If you dare to push your limits and challenge the extreme, Ladakh is the place to go.
The town is surrounded by the mighty Himalayan ranges, with holy shrines on the top of their peaks dedicated to Goddesses Banari Devi, Kasar Devi and Sayahi Devi. The town is surrounded by thick forests of pine and fir trees that gives it the green cover to add to the beauty. It is known for its alluring natural beauty, panoramic views of Himalayas, rich cultural heritage, special handicrafts and delicious cuisines. It is perfect destination for backpackers and couples who are searching for peaceful and offbeat destination
Looking for the most thrilling water sport of all, Then Rishikesh is a perfect place to plan your next trip. Rafting in the Ganges is a experience which can't be explained in words you can only feel the adrenaline rush by indulging yourself in this adventurous activity. The river alongside is considered to be one of the holiest of all river in India and the city is renowned as a center for practicing yoga and meditation. Apart from River Rafting, Bungee Jumping in Rishikesh is the best in India.
Khajjiar is one of the 160 in the world which preserves tropical resemblance to Switzerland. The place is blessed with natural beauty and pleasant climate. Ferociously vast expanse of green meadows and mildly dense forests with a glimpse of the glorious snow-clad Himalayan peaks make Khajjiar a perfect destination among tourists and travellers. The Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh is another name used by locals to represent Khajjiar and serves as the starting point for treks to Chamba, Dalhousie and Kalatop Wildlife Sanctuary among others. Indeed, trekking is the best way to explore Khajjiar. Not much is written about Khajjiar's history but temples from the 12th century still intact and presents magnificent grandeur here.
Amritsar (also called Ambarsar), very close to the border with Pakistan. At the center of its walled old town is the gilded Golden Temple (Harmandir Sahib), considered the holiest gurdwara, or religious complex, of the Sikh religion. It’s at the end of a causeway, surrounded by the sacred Amrit Sarovar lake, where pilgrims bathe. This culture rich town gives lot of options to explore, famously known for the delicious food and loving people. The tourist places like Harike Wetland, Bathinda Fort or Pul Kajari are located within close proximity of Amritsar and give the travellers enough of options to choose from for a day trip from Golden Temple.
#9Jim Corbett -
Jim Corbett National Park, which is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve, a Project Tiger Reserve lies in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand. The magical landscape of Corbett is well known and fabled for its tiger richness. Established in the year 1936 as Hailey National Park, Corbett has the glory of being India's oldest and most prestigious National Park. It is also being honored as the place where Project Tiger was first launched in 1973. This unique tiger territory is best known as the father who gave birth of the Project Tiger in India to protect the most endangered species and the Royal of India called Tigers.
The city spreads around the Tawi river with the old city overlooking it from the north (right bank) while the new neighbourhoods spread around the southern side (left bank) of river. There are five bridges on the river. The city is built on a series of ridges.
The village is located in a very scenic setting surrounding by mountains and rivers, with breathtaking views and scenery. You should take a trip to Kanatal if you’re looking for a destination that is not infested with tourists and is calm and unexplored. Kanatal serves mainly as a weekend getaway for the local populace. You can also take a walk through Kodia Jungle, which is a dense forest area located at a distance of around one kilometer away from Kanatal. You can spot a few wild animals by taking a ride through the jungle in a jeep, and you can also see many natural springs that are quite prevalent in the region.
Barot is a frequent backpacker and day tourist destination. Many trekking trails pass through Barot, including trails to Bada Bhangal, Thamsar Pass, Manali and Kullu. Most of the day tourists as attracted by the serene surroundings and cheap availability of accommodation. Barot also forms the gateway to the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary which lies across the Uhl river. The sanctuary is home to the monal, black bear and ghoral. Within it are forest rest house s at Thaltuckhod and Sil Bandhwari. Through woods of cedar and pine a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to Kullu.
The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) as a natural site has been inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage list. Mystical glaciers and unique ecological conditions of the Western Himalayas were salient features responsible for the park. The rare and endemic nature of many animal and plant communities at GHNP are of great interest to the travelers who love adventure and nature. A sight of the mysterious snow leopard is a visual enjoyment for wildlife photographers and untamed life lovers. Sparse human populations, exotic flora and fauna, camping and trekking adventures counts as the reason to visit here.
Karsog is a small town situated in the lap of Himalayas, near Shimla. Karsog is famous for its temples, including the Mamleshwar Mahadev, Kamksha Devi and Mahunag temples. The tracks around Karsog are among the most picturesque areas of Himachal Pradesh. There are wide valleys criss-crossed by streams and carpeted with fields of assorted vegetables and grain. From fertile floors, orchards and thick forests rise to touch snow-covered peaks. The natural surroundings are regarded as beautiful, with green forests and a pollution-free environment. The small villages and their age-old architecture give expression to the phrase ‘Picture Perfect’. Legends and folklore abound, and every one of the temples is a repository of local culture and an example of remarkable building skills that you will be able to see here.
Hilly topography nestled with fruit orchards and coniferous forest, Mukteshwar, the name derived from Lord Shiva, one who offers Moksha(salvation), is a calm and seclude town and tourist destination in the Nainital District of Uttarakhand, India. The famous Mukteshwar temple with main deity as Lord Shiva is a famous attraction here. This enchanting city is situted in a height of about 7500 feet in the Kumaon Hill. The city has many tourist attractions apart from Mukteshwar temple in its account, Chauli ka Jali is one of the famous attraction. Mukteshwar, affluent in scenic splendor, commands a breathtaking view of the Himalayas with magnificent views and bearing the Nanda Devi, India's second-highest peak. The holiday homes came up in the scenic city are really attractive to those looking for enchanting retreat from large chaotic cities.
Naukuchiatal in the Indian state of Uttarakhand is a pretty camouflage, crammed with the musical serenade of the chirping flock. Embraced by majestic mountains and verdant greenery amidst the twisting mountain roads, this pretty hill station offers picture book sceneries. Naukuchiatal is situated at an altitude of 1,220 meter and it literally means Nine cornered lake. Appealing sights of paddocks and terraced fields make this place a perfect and pleasing destination. Even though this place is famed for the Magnificent Lake, an array of other fascinations is on offer in this panoramic locale. One among the natural marvels of Kumaon, Naukuchiatal is an idyllic location to enjoy the captivating compilations of rare butterflies and colourful parade of Himalayan birds. Apart from the green mountain ranges and iridescent bluish waters, this hilly resort offers a plethora of fascinating options to the sightseer. One can find the nature at its full bloom and the panoramic vista of mother nature cannot be portrayed through words. A picnic to this beautiful place offers one with the tempting challenges like paragliding, angling and fishing. Boating through the misty lakes watching the nature in its full bloom would be an alluring scenario. Naukuchiatal will enchant the picnicker with the rare adventurous activity of parasailing.
The second highest village in the world which is connected by motorable road and is the highest habitat village in the world which has its own polling station during elections. Watching the night sky from Kibber is an amazing experience. The place where you should step down from your vehicle when you reach and take a tour of the village, meet locals and have food at cafes which serve mountain food. The village is popular among adventure enthusiasts as well. Dandmachan peak here is popular with trekkers and mountaineers. The barren landscape, rivers and mountains and gompas make it a photographer’s paradise.
Kaza, The largest town of Lahaul and Spiti Valley sitting huddled toward the edge of Himachal Pradesh is a serene getaway on the banks of the Spiti River. Its rugged terrain and perfect regions attract visitors who want to feel the adrenaline rushing through adventurous activities and spiritual well-being alike. It is the base camp for trekking, mountaineering, and different undertakings. Pin-Parvati, Parang-La, and Pin-Bhaba are some of the popular trails which start from Kaza. A gentle stroll to villages around Kaza can also be an interesting experience. So Kaza is a dream destination for every adventurur.
Sarahan is a small picturesque village, located halfway up a high mountain side, the road to Sarahan winds past flowering Pine trees that give way to stately Oaks. This sparsely populated tract is steeped in ancient legends and here is the famous Bhimakali temple regarded as one of the Fifty One sacred Shaktipeethhs. This hamlet is a base camp for numerous treks and is the gateway to Kinnaur. It is a place of pilgrimage, a heaven for nature lovers and the temple complex attracts a variety of admirers that offers extraordinary travel experience.
Komic village also pronounced as Komik or Koumik village is renowned for being the highest village with a motorable road in Asia. This tiny and serene village is also believed to be the highest in the world. The views of the Komik village from the monastery with the snow capped mountain ranges in the background, the play of light & shadows on the mountain slopes, the furiously fluttering prayer flags were awe-inspiring to say the least. Next to the Komic monastery is a small hill with prayer flags on it. The prayer flags are clearly visible from the monastery area. We suggest that everyone should spend an afternoon sitting on this hill and see the sunset.