Places to visit near Chandigarh – Explore hill stations, historical places, and a lot more

Chandigarh holds the distinction of being the capital of two Indian states – Punjab and Haryana but is an independent Union Territory. Designed by the Swiss-French modernist architect, Le Corbusier, Chandigarh is a planned city with world-renowned architecture and an enviable quality of life. Located at the foothills of the Shivalik Mountains, it was a dream project of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who transformed this ancient home of the Harappans into a modern urban city. Popularly known as City Beautiful, Chandigarh offers a range of attractions to all kinds of travellers. Also, its strategic location makes it an ideal starting point to explore various locations in North India. A short drive can take you to some picturesque locations and help you marvel at the magnanimity of the Mighty Himalayas. Let’s make a list of places to visit near Chandigarh.

Places to visit near chandigarh

Savaari’s Curated Roadtrips from Chandigarh

Chandigarh – an ideal starting point for road trips

Chandigarh is located at the foothills of the Shivaliks and the border of Punjab and Haryana. It lies in the northern plains and is around 250 km north of Delhi. Chandigarh offers easy access to various states in North India like Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana. Being a planned city, the roads in Chandigarh are a pleasure to drive on. It is also well-connected with various national highways creating numerous opportunities for a road trip from Chandigarh.

While there are different ways of exploring a region and a lot depends on your preferences, if a four-wheeler drive is what you like, then we would recommend opting for a chauffeur-driven car. While many people swear by driving themselves, opting for a car from Savaari helps you enjoy the journey without having to trouble yourself with driving on difficult terrains and traffic conditions. Save & share this handy infographic curated by Savaari for the best places to visit near Chandigarh. The roads are calling where are you?

Panchkula, The City of 5 Canals

Panchkula is one of the most-planned cities of Haryana that derives its name from the five irrigation canals (kuls) which draw water from Ghagghar. The city has a lot of options for entertainment and eating out. 

Why do we recommend visiting Panchkula?

Chandigarh to Panchkula by road

Panchkula was ruled by the Chandels between the 9th and 12th centuries. Structures from those times are still present allowing you to marvel at the history of the city, which also has some ancient temples and Mughal and Rajput architecture. 

Why should you travel to Panchkula by road?

Panchkula is on the outskirts of Chandigarh and at a mere distance of around 12 km. This is a 15-25 minute drive from Chandigarh and is usually the first place visited by tourists in the city. Panchkula has the thickest forest cover in Haryana, friendly locals, and picturesque natural beauty. To reach Panchkula, you need to drive from Udyog Path, Purv Marg, Madhya Marg, Chandigarh – Panchkula Road, and Budhanpur Road. This is a quick drive with a refreshing change in scenery.

A trip to Panchkula is ideal for 

Panchkula is one of the best tourist places near Chandigarh within 50 km. It has an interesting history and mesmerizing natural vistas. 

You should travel here if you are:

  • A history buff since Panchkula has a history linked to the age of the Pandavas and other dynasties. 
  • A solo traveller looking for some peace but having facilities accessible

[Book a cab from Chandigarh to Panchkula]

Kufri, In the bosom of the Himalayas

Founded by the British in 1819, Kufri is one of the most interesting places to visit near Chandigarh. Its name is derived from the word kufr which means lake in the local language. It was once part of the Kingdom of Nepal, which was ceded to the British and established as a vacation spot over time. 

Why do we recommend visiting Kufri?

Snow capped hill near Chandigarh, Kufri

Kufri is known for its picturesque skiing slopes, Himalayan Zoo, and the starting point for various interesting treks. The Fagu Valley and Mahasu Peak are the primary attractions of Kufri that can be accessed by a trek or via a pony ride to the top. It is also home to the highest Go-Kart track in the world. Kufri usually finds a place in the list of unexplored places near Chandigarh. 

Why should you travel to Kufri by road?

Kufri is at a comfortable driving distance from Chandigarh. The landscape is scenic and as you move from the northern plains into the Himalayan region, you will notice a marked change in the weather too. While many buses ply between Chandigarh and Shimla, driving to Kufri is usually recommended as it allows you to explore the region as per your preferences. To reach Kufri, you need to drive from Udyog Path, Purv Marg, Madhya Marg, Chandigarh – Panchkula Rd, and NH 5 to Kufri Bypass Road. 

A trip to Kufri is ideal for 

While you can reach Kufri within 4-5 hours from Chandigarh, it is not recommended to plan a one-day trip since the journey can get too tiring. Hence, many people looking for weekend getaways from Chandigarh opt for Kufri. Make sure that you give yourself at least two or three days to explore Kufri completely.

You should travel here if you are:

  • Photography enthusiasts especially if you like clicking nature and landscapes
  • An adventure-seeker
  • Skiing enthusiast (winter traveller)

[Book a cab from Chandigarh to Kufri]

Naldehra, An enchanting Himalayan getaway

Naldehra is a small hill station and a perfect offbeat destination for travellers from Chandigarh. It is growing in popularity as one of the most picturesque hill stations near Chandigarh. Surrounded by deodar, cedar, and pine trees and the Sutlej River flowing through it, Naldehra is bound to mesmerize you with its beauty and charm.

Why do we recommend visiting Naldehra?

Naldhera place to visit near Chandigarh by car

Carpeted with velvet turf and crowned by the mighty deodar, Naldehra is home to some endangered species of fauna. It is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and has one of the oldest and highest golf courses in India at an elevation of around 2,200 meters above sea level. Its natural beauty also makes it one of the most romantic places near Chandigarh.

Why should you travel to Naldehra by road?

Naldehra is situated in the Shimla District of Himachal Pradesh. It is a scenic drive that passes through a fast-changing landscape. The roads are well-maintained that offer a smooth ride despite the difficult terrain. To reach Kufri, you need to drive from Udyog Path, Purv Marg, Madhya Marg, Chandigarh – Panchkula Rd, and NH 5 to SH13. It is an amazing drive, especially during the day.

A trip to Naldehra is ideal for 

Naldehra is one of the most popular tourist places one should definitely visit near Chandigarh. Plan a two-three day trip to explore, unwind and enjoy the views it has to offer. 

You should travel here if you are:

  • Looking for a quiet time with your family or loved ones
  • Planning to visit the Sipi Fair – a local matchmaking festival
  • A photographer with a keen interest in the Himalayas

[Book a cab from Chandigarh to Naldhera]

Khajjiar, The Mini Switzerland of India

While Switzerland has long been known to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, not many people know that there are around 160 locations across the globe that have been designated as ‘Mini Switzerland’. Khajjiar, a small town in the Chamba District of Himachal Pradesh has earned the reputation of being the Mini Switzerland of India.

Why do we recommend visiting Khajjiar?

places to visit near Chandigarh, Kajjiar

Khajjiar is picturesque in every sense of the word. A lush green meadow with a backdrop of sky-kissing deodar trees and snow-capped mountains, Khajjair offers panoramic views of the surrounding Dhauladhar ranges of the Western Himalayas.

[Also read: A detailed travel guide on Khajjiar]

Why should you travel to Khajjiar by road?

The best way to reach Khajjiar from Chandigarh is via Pathankot. It is advisable to leave a little early in the morning since it is a long drive and leaving early can help you avoid morning traffic till Pathankot. If you are driving during the cold winter months, expect fog on the road and manage your speed accordingly. The route is extremely beautiful with the mountains opening their arms to welcome you as you head from Pathankot to Khajjiar.

A trip to Khajjiar is ideal for 

If you are planning a trip from Chandigarh to Khajjiar, then make sure that you plan at least for two-three days. Also, winters are a great time to visit this beautiful town as snow enhances its beauty.

You should travel here if you are:

  • Looking for a weekend picnic destination near Chandigarh
  • A nature lover 
  • A photography enthusiast

[Book a cab from Chandigarh to Khajjiar]

Pahalgam, The Village of Shepherds

Pahalgam is popular for being the starting point of the Amarnath Yatra. It is a beautiful town that derives its name from two Kashmiri words Puheyl meaning shepherd and Goam meaning village. In the olden days, Pahalgam was the gateway to various pastures and meadows for Bakharwal communities to herd their cattle.

Why do we recommend visiting Pahalgam?

Chandigarh to Pahalgam by road

A nature lovers’ paradise, Pahalgam is nestled at the banks of the gurgling Lidder River in the Anantnag District in Jammu and Kashmir. It is a serene town with mesmerizing views of the mountains, lush-green meadows, verdant forests, and colourful apple orchards. Apart from attracting pilgrims for the Amarnath Yatra, Pahalgam also offers numerous avenues for adventure sports and trekking.

[Also read: Best Places To Ski In India]

Why should you travel to Pahalgam by road?

The drive from Chandigarh to Pahalgam is beautiful and allows you to soak in the change in landscape, culture, and language – a fitting welcome to the magical state of Jammu and Kashmir. Once you cross Pathankot and start entering Jammu and Kashmir, the surrounding beauty will leave you mesmerized. With lakes and gardens dotting the highway, you will surely halt at multiple locations for a quick photograph.

A trip to Pahalgam is ideal for 

If you are planning to visit Pahalgam from Chandigarh, then make sure that you give yourself at least 3-4 days to explore the town and places near it. Pahalgam has a lot to offer to all kinds of travellers. Therefore, plan well before you leave.

You should travel here if you are:

  • A religious traveller (Amarnath Yatra)
  • A nature lover
  • A photography enthusiast
  • An adventure seeker
  • A couple looking for a romantic getaway

[Book a cab from Chandigarh to Pahalgam]

Morni Hills, The highest point in Haryana

Morni Hills is the only hill station in Haryana and the highest point in the state. It is a popular picnic spot and ideal for a one-day trip near Chandigarh. The place is believed to have been named after a queen who ruled the area around 2000 years ago. It is one of beautiful places to visit near Chandigarh, mainly for long drives.

Why do we recommend visiting Morni Hills?

places to visit near Chandigarh, Morni hills

Morni Hills is a grand vista point offering amazing views of the surrounding mountain ranges. It is also an important archaeological site housing the Thakur Dwar Temple which has carvings dating back to the 7th Century. Additionally, it is a great spot for trekking and indulging in bird watching.

Why should you travel to Morni Hills by road?

The route from Chandigarh to Morni Hills is lined by pine trees and forests making it a beautiful drive. The wide range of flora and fauna that you might encounter along the way makes every trip to Morni Hills from Chandigarh a unique experience. If you are looking for places to visit near Chandigarh within 100 km, then make sure that you add Morni Hills to the list.

A trip to Morni Hills is ideal for 

Morni Hills is one of the best places to visit near Chandigarh by car. It is a perfect one-day picnic spot and offers a quick getaway from the maddening city life.

You should travel here if you are:

  • A nature lover
  • Trekker and wildlife enthusiast
  • An archaeology enthusiast
  • Looking for a picnic spot near Chandigarh

Barog, A quintessential picture postcard hill town

If you are looking for a location that offers picturesque views, unique flora and fauna, and solitude, then pack your bags and head to Barog. Every picture that you will click here will be right out of a fairytale book. There is also an interesting ghost story about Col Barog that haunts the place.

Why do we recommend visiting Barog?

Chandigarh to Barog by road

Barog is still undiscovered by many travellers and offers peace and solitude that has become difficult to find. A quick trip to this historical town is sure to fill you with good old Himalayan positive vibes. Also, wherever you turn, you will be amazed by the views and the experience will leave you refreshed. Also, exploring the history of the town is guaranteed to be an interesting affair. It is one of the best places to visit near Chandigarh.

Why should you travel to Barog by road?

Barog is located in the Solan District of Himachal Pradesh. You can take the NH5 from Chandigarh and drive through the picturesque landscapes and stunning views. Being an underexplored destination, the route to Barog is also dotted with pristine locations and local eateries that have stood the test of time.

A trip to Barog is ideal for 

From Chandigarh, you can plan a 1-2 day trip to Barog. This is not a popular tourist destination. Therefore, there are not many options for activities here. Plan a trip for rejuvenation and relaxation.

You should travel here if you are:

  • A nature lover
  • Looking for a serene vacation destination for a couple of days

[Book a cab from Chandigarh to Barog]

Chail, An idyllic destination

Chail is one of the smallest hill stations in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is known for its beauty and the historical Chail Palace. It is also home to the highest cricket ground in the world. The Chail Palace was built by Maharaja Rajendra of Patiala as a summer retreat for himself after incurring the rage of Lord Kitchener resulting in the restriction of his entry to Shimla. Chail is one of the places that we strongly recommend you to visit, if you are planning a road trip from Chandigarh.

Why do we recommend visiting Chail?

Chail, place to visit near Chandigarh

Chail is an ideal destination for people looking for a calm environment to put their feet up and relax. It is also perfect for trekkers and adventure-seekers. Being a historical town, it is also a good destination for architecture buffs and history enthusiasts.

Why should you travel to Chail by road?

Chail is located in the Solan District in Himachal Pradesh. You can take the NH5 from Chandigarh and drive through the mesmerizing Himalayan landscape and reach Chail within a few hours. Make sure that you explore the route and take your time soaking in the views while getting there.

A trip to Chail is ideal for 

Easy access and proximity to the plains make Chail an ideal weekend destination from Chandigarh. It is also well-connected to various other hill stations making it a good location for exploring the region.

You should travel here if you are:

  • Looking for a romantic getaway
  • A solo traveller looking for some quiet
  • A nature lover

[Book a cab from Chandigarh to Chail]

Solan, The Mushroom City of India

Solan has grown in popularity as one of the most beautiful hill stations near Chandigarh. It derives its name from the goddess Shoolini Devi – the presiding deity of the region. Solan was a British cantonment during the early part of the nineteenth century. It is also famous as a mushroom and tomato-growing region.

Why do we recommend visiting Solan?

A beautiful drive from Chandigarh to Solan

Solan has a rich history dating back to the Mahabharata as the cave near Karol Peak is where Pandavas are believed to have stayed during their exile. It is also believed that the Irish Mutiny of 1920 took place in Solan. It is a perfect location for relaxing and unwinding and also indulging in trekking, fishing, and other activities. 

Why should you travel to Solan by road?

The route between Chandigarh and Solan is dotted with tall trees, mountains, valleys, and mesmerizing landscapes. To reach Solan, you can take the NH5 and reach within a couple of hours. Make sure that you explore the route and take your time soaking in the views while getting there.

A trip to Solan is ideal for 

While you can take a one-day trip to Solan, it is recommended to give yourself a few days to explore the region at your own pace. 

You should travel here if you are:

  • A nature lover
  • A solo traveller looking for a serene getaway
  • A photography enthusiast

[Book a cab from Chandigarh to Solan]

Narkanda, Gateway to the Apple Country

A skiing resort in winter and a picturesque Himalayan town otherwise, Narkanda is another less-explored hill station near Chandigarh. It is nestled within a fir forest and is well-known for its apple orchards.

Why do we recommend visiting Narkanda?

Chandigarh to Narkanda a scenic road trip

Narkanda is an unexplored location that is mesmerizingly beautiful during winter and goes lush green in spring. It offers amazing views right from the Shrikhand Range to the Kinner Kailash Range. The lack of crowds and serene environment have made Narkanda a popular destination in recent years.

Why should you travel to Narkanda by road?

Narkanda is a long drive from Chandigarh. However, the route is scenic and refreshing with amazing valleys, trees, and landscapes dotting the way. And this is one of the most visited offbeat places near Chandigarh. There are numerous roadside dhabas where you can halt for a quick tea or the Himalayan-favorite Maggi. Make sure that you take halts to enjoy the journey completely. 

A trip to Narkanda is ideal for 

You will need at least two days to visit and explore Narkanda from Chandigarh. If you are travelling during winter, then make sure that you enquire about snowfall and the days of the week when winter sports are conducted before leaving.

You should travel here if you are:

  • A romantic couple
  • Are interested in winter sports and skiing

[Book a cab from Chandigarh to Narkanda]

Mana, India’s last village

Mana is the last village at the Uttarakhand Indo-Tibetan border which is 3 km away from Badrinath at an elevation of 3219 mts. 

Why do we recommend visiting Mana? 

last village near Chandigarh, Mana

Mana is home to beautiful blue skies and unreal sights of shooting stars and the milky way on a clear night. Mana rests on the banks of River Saraswati and is home to the Bhotias, also known as the Mongol tribe.

Why should you travel to Mana by road?

The only way to reach the Mana village is by road, that is NH-58. The highway extends from Badrinath and this almost 4 km long stretch can be covered by a shared or private taxi from Badrinath to reach the village.

A trip to Mana is ideal for

To explore Mana from Chandigarh, you will need at least two-three days. Man is only open during Summer and Monsoon and remains closed during the winter season. It is a remote village that receives heavy snowfall.

You should travel here if you are

  • Solo Travellers 
  • Couples 
  • Nature lovers 

Niti Valley, the hidden gem of Uttarakhand

Niti is a small village located in the Niti valley of Joshimath. It is the last village and outpost in the Indo-Tibetan border in the Chamoli district. Niti Village lies at a height of 3600 meters on the southern Tibetan Border.

Why do we recommend visiting Niti Valley? 

Chandigarh to Niti valley a scenic road trip

During winters, Niti village and valley are covered with heavy snow. The villagers of Niti still follow the traditional methods of lifestyle in the mountains.

Why should you travel to Niti Valley by road?

The only way to reach Niti Valley is by road, approximately 83 km from Joshimath, which is nearly a 3-hour drive coupled with a 6 km trek to reach the Niti Village. Although, the Niti Pass is a few kilometres from Niti Village and no one except the ITBP and Army is allowed to this point. 

A trip to Niti Valley is ideal for

Niti Valley is an offbeat destination in Uttarakhand and is an ideal 3-day trip from Chandigarh. Plan for a trip during the summer months as during the winter season, the village and roads are closed during these months due to heavy snowfall. 

You should travel here if you are

  • Adventure Lovers 
  • Couples and Solo Travellers 
  • A Photographer or a Videographer

[Book a cab from Chandigarh to Narkanda]

Triyuginarayan, the Holy Wedding Destination

Triyuginarayan is a well-known Hindu pilgrimage located in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand. This picturesque village is perched at an elevation of 1,980 and offers panoramic views of snow-covered mountains of the beauteous Garhwal region.

Why do we recommend visiting Triyuginarayan? 

Spiritual places near Chandigarh, Triyugnarayan

According to Ancient Mythology, Shiva proposed to Parvati at Guptakashi, before they got married in the small Triyuginarayan village at the confluence of the Mandakini and Sone-Ganga rivers. According to the legend, the Triyugunarayan and Kedarnath Temple are 1200 years old. 

Why should you travel to Triyuginarayan by road?

If you take the NH 344 route which is 473 kilometres from Chandigarh, you can visit Haridwar and Rishikesh along the way, on the other hand, if you take NH 7, you can drive through Dehradun in about 12 hours and cover 415 kilometres to reach Triyuginarayan.

A trip to Triyuginarayan is ideal for

2 to 3 days is ideal if you wish to see Triyuginarayan and its nearby vicinity. Although, if you would like to trek to the Kedarnath temple, which is 29 km long, please contact respective agencies and personnel before planning your trip. 

You should travel here if you are

  • Pilgrims and religious trips 
  • Adventure lovers 
  • Solo Travels 
  • Nature Lovers

Pabbar Valley, On the borders 

One of the lesser-known valleys of Himachal Pradesh known as Pabbar Valley the easternmost corner of the State, shares borders of Uttarakhand on the south and China on the north. It is an untouched hidden gem near Shimla, that is surrounded by mountains and serene views of Oak, Deodar and Apple trees. 

Why do we recommend visiting? 

Pabbar valley place to visit near Chandigarh by car

Pabbar Valley gives you access to a lot of great treks that are little known outside of the core trekker community. This also allows you to make your way through all kinds of terrains and landscapes to enjoy this gem in Himachal Pradesh. 

Why should you travel to Pabbar by road?

The road to Pabbar is scenic and beautiful via NH 22. You can drive through Theog and Shimla which would be the easiest way to reach the various villages and destinations in Pabbar Valley. 

A trip to Pabbar Valley is ideal for

A minimum of 4 days is what I will recommend for travelling from Delhi to Pabbar Valley and Chanshal Pass. This will ensure that you have plenty of time for sightseeing and making the most of every destination along your journey. 

You should travel here if you are

  • Adventure Lovers 
  • Nature Lovers 
  • Photographers and Videographers

The list of destinations around Chandigarh mentioned above can help you craft memorable trips. However, remember, the region surrounding Chandigarh has a lot to offer. If you are looking for travel suggestions or itineraries, then talk to our trip experts and get the guidance you need. Further, book a chauffeur-driven comfortable cab from Savaari to your selected destination now! 

[Also read: A perfect 4-day itinerary for exploring Chandigarh by cab]

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