at a Glance
Hill stations to visit near Panchkula
Kalka is a city and a municipal committee in Panchkula
district in the Indian state of Haryana. It is on
the NH 22 on way from Chandigarh to Shimla, and
is the terminus of the Kalka-Shimla Railway.The
town is situated on the foothills of Himalayas and
is an entry point to Himachal Pradesh - The land
of Gods. The name of the town is derived from the
Goddess Kali and an ancient temple of the Goddess
is located here. The temple has thousands of pilgrims
turning up each year with a particularly heavy footfall
during the Hindu festival of Navratri. In 1988 an
ancient temple of Balaji (childhood incarnition
of Hindu god Hanuman) was excavated in village "Bhairo
ki Ser" on one of the hills overlooking the
town.The temple is managed by Shri Amardass Ratan
who is the "mahant" of the temple...it
is slowly developing into a major pilgrim attraction.
As of 2001[update] India census, Pinjore had
a population of 25,498. Males constitute 54% of
the population and females 46%. Pinjore has an average
literacy rate of 76%, higher than the national average
of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy
is 71%. In Pinjore, 13% of the population is under
6 years of age.
Pinjore is a small, secure residential 'township'
with easy access to the extraordinary educational,
cultural and recreational opportunities of Chandigarh
- one of India's most desirable places to live.
Set over 1800 feet above the sea level in a beautiful
valley, overlooking the Shivaliks, it is a pollution-free
area away from the madding crowd of the cities,
which offers perfect setting not only for physical
well-being but also for the harmonious development
of mind and spirit.
The foothills of Shivalik have lured men to strive
for greater heights and to the shimmering snow
covered peaks. Shivaliks mark the beginning of
the most spectacular and glorious mountains, beckoning
the travelers to continue their journey tirelessly
upwards. DPS Pinjore, taking this inspiration
from the majestic Himalayas, facilitates its students
to strive for the alluring heights of excellence
in academics career and life.
The lure of Himalayas is as old as the first
human being to behold their majesty. For the people
of the Indian sub- continent, the Himalayas have
always been more than a mere geographical entity.
We have associated these mountains with our Gods
and our legends, served our philosophy of life
through the minds of men who went through the
Himalayan experience while reaching out for universal
truths of creation.
The average temperatures for summers and winters
are 35 and 18 degree Celsius respectively, with
rainfall concentrated over the summer months of
July, August and September.
Kasauli is easy to reach by road from New Delhi,
Chandigarh, Shimla and other major cities in Northern
India. The easiest way is to take the bus to Shimla
and get off at Dharampur. One can also take the
Kalka-Shimla toy train to Dharampur. Frequent buses
connect Dharampur to Kasauli bus station. The fare
is just Rs. 10. If you plan to go from Delhi, one
good way is to book a cab from Delhi. Take the Chandigarh
route. It is just 350 km from Delhi and shouldn't
take more than 6-7 hrs by road.
There are various trekking routes to Kasauli
as well, from Kalka, from Jabli and from Garkhal.
Trek from Jabli to Kasauli is approximately 9
Shimla is located in the north-western ranges of
the Himalayas. At an average altitude of 2397.59
meters (7866.10 ft) above mean sea level, the city
is spread on a ridge and its seven spurs. The city
stretches nearly 9.2 km from east to west. The highest
point in Shimla, at 2454 meters (8051 ft), is the
Jakhoo hill. Shimla is a Zone IV (High Damage Risk
Zone) per the Earthquake hazard zoning of India.
Weak construction techniques and increasing population
pose a serious threat to the already earthquake
prone region. There are no bodies of water near
the main city and the closest river, Sutlej, is
about 21 km (13 miles) away. Other rivers that flow
through the Shimla district, although further from
the city, are Giri, and Pabbar (both are tributaries
of Yamuna). The green belt in Shimla planning area
is spread over 414 hectares (1023 acres). The main
forests in and around the city are that of pine,
deodar, oak and rhododendron. Environmental degradation
due to the increasing number of tourists every year
without the infrastructure to support them has resulted
in Shimla losing its popular appeal as an ecotourism
spot. Another rising concern in the region are the
frequent number of landslides that often take place
after heavy rains.
* Chail Sanctuary- The sanctuary
was notified on 21 March 1976 near the town in district
Shimla and covers an area of about 10,854.36 hectares.
* Cricket Ground- Surrounded by
thick forests of deodar, a well maintained Chail
Cricket ground is the highest cricket ground in
the world. It was built in 1893. This ground located
at an altitude of 2,144 m is also used as polo ground.There
is a well maintained Basket Ball court and the same
cricket ground is used for playing football as the
ground also has goal posts.In one corner of the
ground there is a historic tree on which the local
students have constructed a beautiful tree house.
* Chail Military School It has
beautiful buildings and mostly resides on the ancient
buildings made by Maharaja of patiala.
* Chail Palace - Built in 1891,
the Maharaja's palace is set in approximately
75 acres (300,000 m2) and has a truly regal setting
with spectacular views. A wide variety of cottages,
suites and rooms with different tariffs can accommodate
every visitor who wish to savor this majestic
The suites, rooms and cottages are sumptuously
furnished with ornate and antique furniture and
wall to wall carpeting with fire place. You will
be treated as Prince over there.
* Sidh Baba ka Mandir(1.5 km) -
Maharaja Bhupinder Singh originally began building
his palace at this site. It is said that a Sidh
- saintly person - appeared before the Maharaja
in dream and declared that this was the place
where he had this temple built.
* Wildlife sanctuary (3 km) -
The Chail sanctuary has 'ghoral', 'kakkar', 'sambhar',
'red jungle fowl' and 'khalij' and 'cheer' pheasants.
Machan like sighting posts have been built at
* Adventure and fishing - A
dozen or so trek routes lead out of Chail. Trails
lead up to the Choor Peak and to Shimla. There
is fishing on Giri river at Gaura, 29 km away.
Morni is a tourist place in Morni Hills in Panchkula
district of Haryana in India. Morni Hills are the
offshoots of Shivalik range of the Himalayas, which
run in two parallel ranges. The village of Morni
(Bhoj Jabial) lies on the mountainside, at 1220
meters above mean sea level. Traditions assign the
name of Morni to a Queen who is believed to have
ruled this area. Among the spurs of hills, lie two
lakes, the larger is about 550 meters long and 460
meters broad and the other about 365 meters either
way. A hill divides the two lakes but there is some
Hidden channel, as the level of two lakes remains
the same. The people look upon the lakes as sacred.
There is an old fort, which is now in ruins. The
hills are covered by pine trees. The climate is
salubrious and the area is suitable for trekking.
The Haryana Government has developed this hill resort
and provides facilities to tourists, a motorable
road was constructed to connect the Morni hills
with Haryana State Highway near Panchkula. A Forest
Department rest house "Lal Munia" and
a PWD rest house were also constructed to accommodate
tourists and trackers. There are also small playgrounds
for children. There is a roller skating rink and
a swimming pool. It is an ideal place for tourists
who want to avoid crowds and for those who love
nature.There are a number of resorts that add to
accommodation options and variability in and around
Morni.It is a place that is frequented by nature
starved people(whose tribe is ever growing in cities)
on the weekends or holidays and it might be difficult
to grab a decent meal at times in the high season.A
decently stocked liquor vend and an attached snack
shop that serves turmeric laden omelettes and toasted
bread ,does for the meals to famished tourists.
The best season to visit is September to March,
because it might get hot or humid during the rest
of the months and venturing might be overly-humid.
The road that descends from the zenith of the
hillstation brings you to a seasonal waterfall
that drops into a muddy lake but is aloof from
crowds , so gives relaxation space and time .Further
up the road takes you into Himachal pradesh.On
the high point where the road forks for the steep
descent for the twin lakes,at clear nights,especially
after showers one can see the lights of chandigarh.The
geometrically placed streetlights,neon or sodium
vapour, & occasionally bright signboards,
howsoever blurred tend to mesmerize you.
There are three roads that connect Morni to chandigarh
or other nearby towns(courtesy Haryana government),
so one wont get stuck up in case of a blockade
on any road, likely landslides in the rains.The
town has grown so has time required to absorb
the milleu and soak the nature and experience
that it provides.
A well-laid out picturesque town,
Nahan is situated on a hill top in the Shiwalik
Hills, overlooking green hills. Traditionally, saints
and princes are linked with the origin of Nahan.
The city was founded as a capital by Raja Karan
Prakash in 1621. Another version recalls a saint
who lived with a companion named Nahar on the site
where the Nahan palace now stands. "Nahar"
means Don't kill and the town probably takes its
name from an incident when a king was trying to
kill a lion and the saint said Nahar, that is do
not kill it. The name of the saint was Baba Banwari
At an altitude of 932 m, Nahan is a good base
for visits to the surrounding areas such as Renuka,
Paonta Sahib, Trilokpur temple and the Suketi
Fossil Park. It has a pleasant climate throughout
the year and is watered by a man-made lake and
decorated with temples and gardens. Nahan has
got the crown to organize the second Municipal
Corporation in India, after Kolkata.
Underground sewerage system in this town is unbeatable
and hence it bears the title to be a neat and
clean town. Well planned streets make all the
long distances calm and traffic free. The narrow
fields are used by the pedestrians to move fast
on foot to avoid traffic.
The Municipal Corporation Office is also situated
near to the Pakka Tank only. The Sirmour district
has been extensively criss-crossed by rivers and
the streams and most of them having perennial
water flow of considerable volume. With the result,
fishing on the rivers and streams has been a pretty
old past time in the district. The mulle, Masheer,
Gid and Mirror cap varietiesare found on large
scale, helping in the economic well being of the
Built by the British as a sanatorium for T.B patients,
it has a British era graveyard overlooking a valley.
It is on the same height as Lawrence School Sanawar
near Kasauli, and is a short drive from Dharampur
on the Chandigarh Simla highway. It is some 65 kilometers
from Chandigarh. Unlike Kasauli it is to the right
of the highway while driving towards Simla. There
are two roads up, both steep. And after snow , snow
chains are a must to drive up to Dagshai or getting
down from it. There is an army unit stationed there,
a residential only Army Public School, Dagshai and
a private school called Dagshai Public School. There
is a very small civilian town and the two schools
take up most of this hill top station. There are
no hotels in Dagshai but the place has a lot of
picnic spots with grand views. From some spots one
can see the entire Panchkula and Chandigarh lights
at night. Also one is able to see Timber Trail Heights
and Timber Trail Resorts, Parwanoo There is a railway
station on the Kalka Simla line at Kumar Hatti from
where Dagshai is about 1.5 kilometers uphill The
next towns in the direction towards Simla are Barog
and Solan. Solan is some 11 k.m from Kumar Hatti
by road and dagshai is some what 3 km away from
kumarhatti. From Kumar Hatti there is also a road
to Sarahan and Nahan.