Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Weekend Destinations around Chandigarh

Explore some of the destinations around the city during weekends. Even kids would love it.

Pinjore Gardens: 20 Kms from Chandigarh, the gardens also called Yadavindra Gardens cover a 100 acres of area. It
houses a mini zoo, historic places, Japanese garden, nursery and a number of picnic spots. It also serves as the venue for hosting the annual mango festival in the month of July. Beautiful jal mahal and sheesh mahal along with the huge variety of flora attracts many visitors. According to the Hindu mythology, it is said that it is over here that Pandava brothers had rested during their exile.

Chattbir Zoo: 
5 Kms from Chandigarh on Chandigarh-Patiala road, this zoological park houses hundreds of different mammals, birds and reptiles. Royal Bengal Tiger is the pride of this zoo. The highlight of this place is the lion safari where the visitors are taken on the adventurous trips to the lion reserves where the animals roam around freely. You can catch the glimpse of these beautiful creatures and also find distinctive species of birds over here. The zoo is open all days except Mondays.

Chandi Mandir: After a tiring week, a visit to the temple sooths the mind and soul. Chandi Mandir
is a very famous temple located at a distance of about 15 kms from the city beautiful. The city Chandigarh gets its name from the goddess Chandi- The goddess of power. During the festivity of Navratras, thousands of people visit this temple.

Nada Sahib Gurudwara: The gurudwara is located 15 Kms from Chandigarh in Panchkula district on the banks of river Ghagar. It is said that Guru Gobind Singh ji along with his victorious fellow warriors had taken a halt at this place while on their way back, after having fought the battle with Mughals. Gurdwara Nada Sahib has a lot of reverence for Sikhs and many people visit this gurudwara on a full moon night every month.

Mansa Devi Temple: 8 Kms from Chandigarh, this temple is located in Panchkula and was
established in 1815 A.D.  According to the Hindu mythology, the head of Devi Sati had fallen over here. Mansa Devi Temple basically houses two temples. The temple near the parking lot is said to be the main temple. Nature lovers can enjoy the beauty of a garden adjoining this temple that houses sacred plants. fairs take place in the surrounding areas of Mansa Devi temple during Navratras.

Morni Hills: 45 Kms from Chandigarh, these hills are an off-shoot of the Shivaliks and run in two parallel ranges from south-east to north-west. Adventure and trekking lovers can utilize these relatively unexplored hills. The river Ghaggar makes these hills picturesque. It also supports some birds like doves quails and sand grouse, wild animals like the hyena, the sambhar and jungle cat. Trees like  neem, pepal, jamun, dhak, amaltas and jacaranda fills the low hill tracts. Camping at the lake side is an another addition to the trip to Morni Hills.

Thunder Zone: 
It is an Amusement and Water Park at a drive away distance of just 13 Kms from Chandigarh. The
park is situated in 11 acres of land and includes 12 exclusive rides and the water park includes 4 pools. The park is divided into three categories of water park, amusement park and fun zone.

Fun City: 
It is the biggest amusement park and water park in the northern region of the country. It is just 20 Kms away from Chandigarh on the Panchkula-Barwalla Nadha Sahib gurudwara highway. The park is spread over 43 acres of land and offers a huge variety of rides and water slides.

Fateh Burj: 
enter the main gate of the Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial at Chappar Chiri to see the India's tallest minaret. The Fateh Burj has earned the title of the tallest minaret in India from Delhi's Mughal-era Qutub Minar, which is 72.5 metres high. The memorial site, at large, is spread over 20 acres and has sand dunes as part of the landscaping. Artificial water bodies have been designed to provide visitors the reflections of the pillar. An automatic colour-changing light system is installed in the pillar, which functions in the evenings.

Jayanti Devi Temple: 
Just a 13 Kms drive away from Chandigarh the temple offers the beauty of Shivalik Hills and
streaming Jayanti river. the devotees living in Punjab decided to establish the similar shrine as in Himachal Pradesh inspired by the bliss of goddess Jayanti.

Siswan Region: 
The Siswan forest and Siswan Dam just 18 Kms from the city beautiful is an opportunity for all the nature lovers to enjoy the aura of this dense forest and also appreciate the fauna like stags, wild boars, barking deers and neelgai.

The journey to your destination will make you fall in love with the serenity of the nature and piousness of the temples. The fun and adventure of the amusement parks and trekking expedition will surely be a refreshing experience.

~ Mehak Chauhan

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