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Reema Bhalla Feb 13 2014

Which are the best hill stations near Chandigarh?

Kanika Nevatia Feb 13 2014
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The tourist traffic in Chandigarh is fast growing owing to it becoming a transit point for all the beautiful hill stations surrounding it. Now that summers are around the corner and you’re all set to pack your bags for a much awaited break, here’s a list of the best hill stations near Chandigarh that one must visit at some point or the other to either have a fun filled vacation or simply soak in the mesmerising sights that nature has to offer.


Morni


Morni is a sprawling hill station located in the Panchkula District of Haryana, about 45 Km from Chandigarh. These hills branch off the Shivaliks and run into two parallel ranges. Consisting of two sparkling lakes, Morni is a very quiet hill station which is all about nature’s beauty and a host of activities offered to tourists. Both the lakes provide ample opportunities for boating, canoeing, kayaking and sailing. One can also camp along the banks of the lakes and go for organised treks in the hills that surround. The flora and fauna in the area is breathtaking. If you're not up for camping then the Haryana Government has constructed the Mountain Quail Resort for tourists among other private accommodation options. You could also pay a visit to the Mansa Devi temple and Gurudwara of Nada Sahib also located in the hills.

Distance from Chandigarh: 45 Km


Photo of Morni (by Official Tourism Website)


Kasauli


Though Kasauli till a few years ago was a lesser known hill station, in recent times swarms of tourists have been seen flocking to Kasauli in search of some tranquility during the summer season. Kasauli though offers all the essentials of a conventional hill station such as a busy mall road where you can shop for hours, is still different from the rest owing to the amount of peace you experience when you are there. You can visit the famous Christ Church, Sunset Point and Monkey Point or simply kick back and relax while you feast your eyes on the marvels of nature. Ideal for a quiet vacation with your loved ones, Kasauli is a must visit.

Distance from Chandigarh: 60 Km


Photo of Christ Church (by Anurajsibia)


Barog


Located on the Kalka - Shimla highway, Barog used to be a stop over junction for people travelling to Shimla from different parts of Northern India. Today Barog has transformed into one of the most popular hill stations in India which sees quite a lot of tourist traffic coming in especially in the summers. The unexplored natural surroundings and the peace derived by visiting the hill station attracts tourists from all over the country. Though there are still very few hotels in the area an early booking will ensure a nice stay. It also has the longest tunnel on the Kalka-Shimla toy train route. Even in the day you can enjoy the experience with the tunnel turning cool and pitch dark as you reach the centre. Barog is among the ultimate off-beat hill stations near Chandigarh.

Distance from Chandigarh: 62 Km


Photo of Barog (by Richard Law)


Solan


Known fondly as the ‘Mushroom City of India’ Solan is fast becoming the favourite among tourists. Established during the British Colonial rule, you can still see reflections of British architecture as you explore the city. The mall road at Solan is among the best that you will see at any Indian hill station. An absolute paradise for the shopaholics you are bound to have an amazing time. Whether you want to explore the mysteries of the past at the ruins of the Gurkha Fort or go soul searching at the wide variety of monasteries, Solan is bound to keep everyone occupied with an activity of their choice. The views of the mountains all around are sure to leave you in awe.

Distance from Chandigarh: 71 Km


Photo of Solan (by Garconlevis)


Nahan


Among the really small hill stations, Nahan is located relatively closer to the plains. A town that boasts of its serene and dust free atmosphere Nahan is perfect for those who want to leave behind the hustle bustle of the city and enjoy their much awaited holiday in the arms of tranquility. You can take boat rides at the Rani Tal or simply stroll around town past beautiful bungalows and into unexplored forests. You could also take a drive down to the holy Paonta Sahib Gurudwara at a distance of 40 Km or the Suketi Fossil Park at a distance of 21 Km from Nahan where you can see displays of life size fiber reinforced plastic models of prehistoric animals whose fossil skeletons were unearthed here. There is lots to do both in and around Nahan.

Distance from Chandigarh: 78 Km


Photo of Nahan (by Raghav507)


Chail


Chail is a hill station that will woo you instantly and make you fall in love with its pristine beauty. Home to one of the highest cricket grounds in the country, the hill station boasts of numerous things to do for tourists. Visit the Chail Sanctuary where you are sure to be lost in a world of your own among the thick Oak and Deodar forests as you take a peek at the wildlife in their natural habitat. Take a trip to the Maharaja’s Palace or take a walk down the streets and soak in the greenery all around. A trip to Chail, one of the best hill stations near Chandigarh is sure to be unforgettable.

Distance from Chandigarh: 102 Km


Photo of Chail (by Sandeep Brar Jat)


Shimla


Shimla, which is also known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’ has within itself fun packed for the entire family. The picturesque beauty coupled with a host of fun activities is what should take you to Shimla. Take a stroll down the Mall road and shop for some artifacts of your choice or simply grab a scrumptious bite. Don’t forget to embark on a journey aboard the ever so famous Toy Train which will take you through the scenic wonders of Shimla. If you’ve got a little extra time you could plan a trip to other nearby places such as Kufri which is also beautiful at any given time.

Distance from Chandigarh: 125 Km


Photo of Shimla (by Bjorn Christian Torrissen)


Mashobra


Though just about 10 Km from Shimla, Mashobra is in comparison a much more secluded and isolated hill station. Mashobra screams solitude from all sides as it is still undiscovered by the commercial hill station crowd. You can enjoy the wilderness by going on the various organised treks both in the day and night. If you're a fan of juicy apples then a trip to this hill station is a must for you as the sprawling apple orchards are sure to cast a spell on you. Don’t forget to pick out a few jars of fresh fruit jam on your way back as the flavour is lip smacking. Mashobra will feel like heaven on earth.

Distance from Chandigarh: 135 Km


Photo of Hills (by Rahulh.tiwari)

With so many beautiful creations of mother Earth so close to Chandigarh, everyone is bound to be spoilt for choice. So instead of picking just one why don’t you try each of the best hill stations near Chandigarh one at a time for all those memorable holidays.You can also check out other things to do in Chandigarh.

So, while planning a vacation to any of the popular hill stations in Chandigarh, you can always spend a day in Chandigarh admiring the mesmerizing architecture and matchless style of the city. Click here to know more about Chandigarh tour packages.

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