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Tourist Places Near Chandigarh

Tourist Places Near Chandigarh

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Chandigarh is a testament to modern city planning, a concept that is rare in a country as ancient as India. Living there is a joy but it has its stresses just as any other city does. There are times when you will want to escape the tension of city life and just relax, even if it is for a day. My friends from Chandigarh love living in the city but what they love even more is that they have a variety of choices when it comes to Weekend spots that they can visit near the city. Whether they want to simply relax and spend time with family or have a blast with friends, there are places that they can go to. 10 Tourist places near Chandigarh

Barog

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Barog

Looking for some chills and thrills or some peace and quiet? Both are on offer in Barog, which is at once home to a quaint and charming railway station and to what is supposed to be one of the most haunted tunnels in the country – the Barog tunnel. The place is still mostly undiscovered so you won’t have to deal with too much of the tourist crowd.

Bharatgarh Fort

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Bharatgarh Fort

This fort offers you a unique mix of history and adventure. It was built in 1783 on one of the hills in the Shivalik Hills. The fort is active, meaning that the royal family still lives here. However, a section is open to the public and for those interested in nature there are forest walks, spots where you can go fishing, and opportunities to do some bird watching.

Nahan

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Nahan

The perfect place to rest and rejuvenate body, mind, and soul, Nahan is a small hill station in Himachal Pradesh, approximately 120 kilometres from Chandigarh. There are lakes aplenty around the small town and plenty of temples you can visit. The Jaitak Fort is always worth a look-see.

Doraha Sarai

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Doraha Sarai

Made famous by the movie Rang De Basanti, this place is now popularly known as RDB Fort and is around 90 kilometres from Chandigarh. It was built by Emperor Jahangir as a rest stop for trade caravans. Although the fort isn’t in the best condition, it is still a popular destination for many, especially students.

Solan

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Solan

If mushrooms are your thing, then head to Solan – also known as the ‘Mushroom Capital’ of the country. It also produces huge amounts of tomato and has gained the moniker, ‘The City of Red Gold’. Check out the Shoolini Mata Temple, the Yungdrung Tibetan Monastery, and the Gurkha Fort. Nature-lovers should head to Mohan Shakti National Park.

Shoghi

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Shoghi

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway where you can spend time with your special someone undisturbed, Shoghi is where you should go. A mere 2-hour drive from Chandigarh, Shoghi is distinguished by its tranquil pine and oak forests, charming slopes, and peaceful surroundings. Go for a walk in the woods, trekking in the hills, or simply camp for a night.

Chail

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Chail

Chail is a hill station merely around 70 kilometres from Chandigarh. It is a lush green paradise of hills and valleys and is known for the highest cricket ground in the world as well as the Chail Palace, a heritage hotel. The Chail Wildlife Sanctuary is definitely worth a visit and otherwise, well, the place isn’t a tourist trap so you can be assured of a less crowded and more peaceful vacation.

Narkanda

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Narkanda

Searching for a good skiing spot? Narkanda may just be the answer you’re looking for. The town is around 115 kilometres from Chandigarh and is at an elevation of 9000 feet. Tourists come to view the gorgeous apple orchards, but it is in winters that the place really comes alive. The surrounding slopes and the winter snows are perfect for those who want to go skiing.

Tirthan Valley

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Tirthan Valley

Looking for that untouched, pristine location? Head to Tirthan Valley, located 200 kilometres from Chandigarh. Best known for trout fishing in the Tirthan River, the valley is full of charming little hamlets and a surprising number of foreigners. While eateries may not be very many (you are advised to carry extra food with you), the unspoiled surroundings will delight your heart and let you breathe.

Amritsar

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Amritsar

If you need some spiritual rejuvenation, there is no better place to head to than Amritsar in the near vicinity of Chandigarh. The iconic Golden Temple and the Gurbani emanating from it are sure to set your heart, mind, and soul at rest and allow you to simply stop and take in the love of the divine. The Jallianwala Bagh and the Wagah border are also definitely worth a visit.

Do you have any suggestions about good tourist spots near Chandigarh? Do let us know in the comments below.

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