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Ideal duration: 2 days

Best time: Oct-Apr (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Chandigarh (Check Flights)


"The city of 5 canals"

Panchkula Tourism

Present on the way to hills of Shimla, Panchkula is famous for the ruins of the Chandels and trekking on Morni Hills teemed with peacocks.

One of the most planned towns of Haryana, Panchkula is a satellite town that forms the tricity with Chandigarh and Mohali. Ruled by the Chandels from 9th-12th Century, this hill-city derives its name from the five irrigation canals or 'kuls' which draw water from the uphill Ghagghar. Sector 5 in Panchkula is popular for its variety of entertainment and eating out options. It even has an open-air amphitheatre and the Terminals Ballistic Research Laboratory of the DRDO. Panchkula is also a place which is used as a halt before going to nearby hill stations in Himachal Pradesh.

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Located within the close proximity to the Union Territory of Chandigarh, Panchkula has been developed into one of the finest townships in India over the past 20 years. Panchkula is also known for its five ancient canals, which supplies the water to major part of Haryana state.
From the beauty of Shivalik ranges to the ancient temples, and the magnificent Mughal and Rajput architecture, the town has gained popularity in the tourism sector and has become the must-visit places in and around the Chandigarh. Apart from history and nature, Panchkula also offers various entertainment and eat-outs option to end your day with a scrumptious dinner amidst the well-planned area of Sector-5 of Panchkula.

In the ancient times, the area was under the Kushan rule. Over time, it was ruled by the Guptas, the Chauhans, and the Mughals, before it came under the British Empire. But it got its name and individuality on May 15, 1995, when it was declared as the 17th district of the Haryana state.

Panchkula is rich in both Punjabi and Haryanvi (typical North Indian) cuisine. Typical North Indian dishes include Kadhi pakora, Besan masala roti, Bajra roti, Aloo roti, Kheer, Bathua raita, Methi Gajar, Singri ki sabzi, Gajar ka halwa and more. Local Punjabi cuisine includes Dal Makhani, Paneer Amritsari, Kulcha, Channa-Batura, Chhole Bature, Rajma, Chicken Tandoori lots of sweets and snacks and the delightful lassi . Beer and other alcoholic drinks are also very easily available here.

Day 1- Check-in at the hotel at Chandigarh. Local sightseeing around the city, visit Rose Garden, Rock Garden, Dolls museum and Elante Mall.
Day 2- Leave for Panchkula after breakfast First visit the Chattbir zoo, which homes around 110 species of animals. Next, visit the Cactus garden, a fascinating place with a wide collection of Indian succulents. Then visit the Mansa Devi temple built in 1815 AD. Day 3- Visit the Pinjore Gardens, located on the outskirts of Panchkula, Pinjore Gardens are famous for its Mughal architecture. Then, visit the Morni Hills, a great place for bird watching and trekking.

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  What's Great?

Located very close to Chandigarh, and hence it is very accessible.

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There aren't many recreational activities to do in the city.

For Whom

For a day trip and trekking from Chandigarh. Also, a great place for the architecture lovers.


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