Best Day Trips from Chandigarh

Best Day Trips from Chandigarh

Best Day Trips from Chandigarh

Located at the foothills of Lesser Himalayas or Shivalik, Chandigarh makes for a great getaway and provides a respite from hot tropical climate of nearby cities. A meticulously planned city, it is a perfect blend of urbanisation and preservation of nature.

While Chandigarh is majorly a city to live than just explore for a day or two, it is also a perfect base for short getaways from the city. Surrounded by the majestic range of Himalayas, there are many peaceful small towns in the lap of nature that are a total eye candy for being traveller’s paradise; and Chandigarh being well connected to most of them makes it hassle free to visit there. So to make things easier for you, here is a short list of day trips you can include in your itinerary whenever you visit Chandigarh next:

1. Shimla

Probably one of the most famous hill stations in India, Shimla is surrounded by lush green forests and snow-capped mountains. The hill station has a rich colonial history with it being a former summer capital of British India. It exudes warm and cosy vibes with its old-colonial buildings, impeccable cleanliness, historic temples, and well-knit roads. Apart from the picturesque view, the hill station offers plenty of adventurous activities like mountain biking, river rafting, skiing, trekking, etc. One of the few natural Ice-Skating rinks in Asia is also situated in Shimla and has been a favourite amongst the locals and tourists alike. The central part of town is a vehicle-free zone, so you can walk down the road leisurely relishing in the natural beauty and enjoying the bustling bazaar there. You can easily reach Shimla from Chandigarh by car in a 3-3.5 hours ride. The journey is pretty pleasant with an impeccable highway and good weather. You can even ride in a bus too which takes almost 4 hours to cover the same distance. But the most cherishing journey would be in the legendary Toy Train that runs from Kalka to Simla. For that, you can reach Kalka via bus or taxi, taking about an hour.

2. Barog

Nestled in the mighty Himalayan ranges, away from the hustle and bustle of city life lays this quaint town of Barog. A cute and quiet place emerging as a major tourist destination, it is a perfect destination for a day trip with a plethora of resorts and cottages to rent. This yet unexplored town is famous for its charming railway station and Barog tunnel, the straightest tunnel in the world. If you are looking for some outdoor activities, then Choor Chandni Peak is an ideal destination for trekking with a mesmerising view and pleasant weather. Surrounded by the pine trees and jaw-dropping views of the valley, Barog makes for a perfect spot to get away from the city and rejuvenate yourself. Lying 60 km away, Barog is 1.5 hours ride away from Chandigarh. Both taxi and bus services are available.

3. Nahan

A pint sized town in the Himachal Pradesh, Nahan is well-known for its awe-inspiring views of the majestic Himalayas. It being a capital of former princely state of Sirmaur, Nahan is rich in culture and history. With plenty of tourist’s attractions, you can spend your day visiting Renukaji Lake, Paonta Sahib, Trilokpur temple and the Suketi Fossil Park. It is also quite famous for being a pilgrimage site with its beautifully built temples like Miyan Mandir, Nainidhar Shiv Mandir, Kalisthan Temple and Jagannath Temple. Other than this, there is also an option for fishing, mountaineering, and trekking. All in all, the town is bound to mesmerise you with its simple charm, verdant surroundings, and serene lake. Located 82 km away from Chandigarh, the cheapest way to reach Nahan is via state bus which takes 2 h 15m generally, while the fastest way to reach there is to drive a car which takes under 1h 40m.

4. Solan

Fondly known as the “Mushroom Capital of India” for its abundance production of mushrooms, Solan is an offbeat destination hidden in the laps of Himalayas. A melting pot of rich culture, art, history, and religion, the most famous attraction of this small town frequented by both tourists and devotees are Shoolini Mata Temple, Yungdrung Monastery, Jatoli Shiv temple. Visit the 300-year-old fort located on the top of a hill; it makes for a magnificent panoramic view of the town. Surprisingly, the oldest brewery and distillery in Asia for Scotch and Whiskey, the famous Mohan Meakin Brewery is also situated on the outskirts of Solan. The picturesque view against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains coupled with peaceful surroundings makes it one of the most preferred trips for families and couples. Solan is 67.5 km away from Chandigarh and can be reached in just couple of hours via bus or taxi.

5. Kasauli

The small Himalayan resort is huddled between the stunning woody forests of cedar and pine trees, this quaint town is famous amongst families and couples. Explore this tiny town on foot by strolling down the mall road, the only crowded place of Kasauli bustling with street vendors, restaurants, locals, and tourists. The highest point of town, Manki Point is a must visit place for its awe-inspiring view of the whole town and the enchanting view of Satluj river flowing from the nearby mountains is just breathtaking. To enjoy a beautiful sunset head to Sunset Point- a popular yet quiet spot to spend evenings and revel in scenic surroundings. You can also enjoy trekking at Girlbert’s Nature Trail and observe Kausali’s flora and fauna. Just 80 km away from Chandigarh, Kausali can be reached via both car and bus in just around 2 hrs.

6. Chail

Chail is a quiet town surrounded by the epitome of Himachal’s charm and beauty. A perfect place to escape the tropical heat of nearby cities, most famous attraction of Chail has to be its School Play Ground, the highest cricket ground in the world built by Maharaja of Patiala. Visit the Kali Temple which is located right at the top of a hill surrounded by nothing other than trees. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, then make sure to visit Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, home to a plethora of colourful birds and animals. The fresh air and cool weather all around the year makes it an ideal place for a getaway. The best way to reach Chail is by a car which will take you almost 3h 30m.

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