Pinjore Gardens, also called Yadavindra Gardens are 20 km from Chandigarh, 15 km from Panchkula, on the Chandigarh Shimla road. Taxis and buses ply regularly between Pinjore, Kalka, Panchkula and Chandigarh. Pinjore lies on the foothills of the lower Shivalik ranges. The fascinating Mughal Gardens one of the most popular picnic spots. A mini zoo, plants nursery, a Japanese garden, historic palaces and picnic lawns await tourists. Especially at weekends, fountains are switched on and after dusk, lights pick up the beauty of the palaces by night.
Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is a historical city founded by the British in the latter half of the 19th century and used to be the summer capital of the British government before India gained independence in 1947.
Shimla is a popular city with tourists. The best months of the year to visit are March-June (spring) September-October (autumn) and December-January (to experience the winter snow fall). Travel by road is the fastest and the most cost effective option although railway and airport is also available. It is 365 km (9 hours bus journey) from Delhi (the route lies mostly in Haryana) and 115 km from Chandigarh (4 hours bus journey), the nearby prominent cities. The railroad from Shimla to Kalka (a place near Chandigarh) is a narrow gauge and there are 103 beautiful tunnels on the way. The train is meant for tourist purposes because although rail travel is very cheap it takes painful 6 hours for the same journey which takes 2 and a half hours by road.
Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh
The manmade picturesque Sukhna Lake in the foothills of Shivalik range in an idyllic place for quiet communion with nature and for offering water sports activities such as boating, yaching, water skiing etc. The creation of Lake was one of the greatest gift from Le Corbusier and PL. Verma, Chief Engineer.
Sukhna is an inseperable part of the City. Le Corbusier had forseen that the residents of the City would be drawn to it for ‘care of the body and spirit’. The planners were deeply attached to the lake (so much so that Pierre Jeanneret’s ashes were immersed in the Lake in 1970 as per his last wishes by his niece.)
Timber Trail, Parwanoo
Parwanoo is a picturesque hill station on the borders of Haryana and Himachal Pradesh, surrounded by hillocks covered with lush green vegetation. Once a sleepy little village, Parwanoo has become a major industrial centre owing its proximity to Haryana. From fruit based products to plastics, motor parts and watch components, Parwanoo’s industries are growing fast. Often seen as a gateway to explore the enchanting natural beauty of Himachal Pradesh, Parwanoo offers the ideal base for a short and pleasant stay with its vast orchards and pleasant vistas.
Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh
This small hill station seems to live in time warp that belongs to the 19th century. The narrow roads of Kasauli (1951m) slither up and down the hillside and offer some magnificent vistas. Directly below is the spread of vast plains of Punjab and Haryana which as darkness falls, unroll a gorgeous carpet of twinkling lights. At 3647 m, the peak of Choor Chandni also called the Choordhar powerfully dominates the lower hills and across the undulating ranges, Shimla is visible. The upper and lower malls run through Kasauli’s length and one can enjoy longs walks. A mixed forest of pine, oak and huge horse-chestnut encircles the town. Its colonial ambience is reinforced by stretch of cobbled road, quaint shops, gabled houses with charming facades and scores of neat little gardens and orchards.
Kasauli is connected by road. The closest broad gauge railhead is at Kalka, 37 km away. The closest airport are at Chandigarh, (65 km) and Shimla (73km). Taxis and buses for Kasauli are available from Delhi, Chandigarh, Kalka and Shimla.
Morni Hills, near Chandigarh
It’s a wonder how Haryana’s only hill station doesn’t figure on the holiday map of people. But thank god for it! The hills climb gently, to make for easy trekking trails.
You can go boating on the blue-grey Tikkar and Sherla lakes or enjoy a picnic meal on the vast grassy plains.
Ruins of an old fort add a touch of history. For nature buffs, Morni’s chir pine forests, in the higher reaches, are ideal, home to over a hundred species of birds. This is an all-season destination, as both summers and winters are fairly mild.