Chandigarh and Dharamshala might sound like two cities in two corners of the country but they are both main tourist attractions in the North. The former is the capital of Punjab and Haryana and famous for its modern architecture and city planning, the latter is a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Traveling between these two cities has been quite a task for the tourists as they were no direct flights available. Dharamshala could only be reached through flights offered by Spice jet and Jet airways from New Delhi and there was no other way available. But now the latest news from the flight operations is that tourists need to worry about connecting flights between these two cities, as the new flight has been announced to start its service from mid of November. Thanks to the Indian government’s plan to boost tourism and improve regional connectivity, there would be a direct flight from Chandigarh to Dharamshala which will take less than an hour to reach, connecting these places for the good. The flight is said to start from November 16th and would be a 70 seater aircraft that runs in the mornings. The timing of the flight is currently said to be 8.30 am (Dharamshala to Chandigarh) and 10 am (Chandigarh to Dharamshala). If you are planning a trip to Chandigarh and Dharamshala, here are the few things you can do around the cities.
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Things to see around Chandigarh
The rock garden is the best example of the creative explorations one can do out of waste. Designed by Nek Chand in 1957, there are more than 2000 sculptures made from rubble and debris. With waterfalls, thin passages, amphitheaters, and many other beautiful structures, it is almost like a dreamland. One of the best things about the sculptures here is that these are all handmade.
Sukhna lake is one of the topmost places to visit in Chandigarh. It is a man-made lake that is stretched around for 3 km. It is a perfect spot for a picnic and even has a mini-cruise in which the tourists and go around the lake enjoying the beauty of it. Apart from that, there are small boats available as well which one can paddle on their own.
This garden was originally made during the Mughal era; however, it was restored by maintaining all its glory throughout. It is spread across 100 acres in seven spreads. One can find parts of ruined castles, yards, zoo and even a garden made with Japanese architecture. The garden is also covered with lush greenery and taking a walk around it is definitely not a bad idea.
Section 17 market
This is the biggest market in the city and a shopaholic’s love space. With stores in line, one can explore as much as they want. The best part is it’s not just the street shops that are there in he area, but the big brands, handicrafts, boutiques, electronics and any merchandise you want to purchase is available in the area. Now all you will have to do is shop till you drop.
Having discussed everything, how can we not talk about food. Nik Baker’s is one of the famous spots in Chandigarh not just to hang out but enjoy a great cuisine as well. It's famous not for the Punjabi food but for the authentic western food available over here with numerous choices. The best place youth to hangout and satiate your hunger.
Things to see around Dharamshala
Located in the North of Dharamshala, Triund offers a magnificent view of Dhauladhar mountains on one side and kangra valley o the other. Triund is one of the best trekking spots in Dharamshala with a trail as long as 7 km. With small villages and cozy cafes on the way of the trek, Triund is famous amongst backpackers for trekking and camping. There is a large camping spot at the end of the trek that makes it worth it.
Located in the village of Kangra, it is the closest historical place to visit in Dharamshala. The fort which was built by the Rajput kings is considered to be constructed a few years before 470 AD. The structure has temples, palace gateways, mosques, and palaces. In fact, it tells the story of the valley and its history. It is one of the oldest forts in the Himalayas and is said to be referred to in the Mythological nook of Mahabharata. All those who love a dose of history would enjoy the tour to the fort and the artifacts present.
Dal lake is your perfect picnic spot for the day. Located in Mcleod Ganj Naddi road, it is surrounded by pine forest and deodar trees, making it look like a serene beauty. There is a sacred Shiva and Kali temple over here that is held by importance amongst the locals. It makes the atmosphere feel even more tranquil and at peace. One can spend a few hours around the lake enjoying the beauty of it and feeding the fishing that would come up to your feet.
Dalai Lama temple complex
If you would like to get a sneak peek at the life of Tibetan Buddhists, then a visit to the Dalai Lama temple complex is the answer. The place was found by the famous Tibetan monk Dalai Lama and is one of the main temples. Due to this reason, there is high security around. One can visit the main Tibetan museum inside the complex which tells the history of the culture. You also get a chance to offer prayers if you visit during the prayer time.
The place is famous not just among the Indian tourist but even the international tour for the best paragliding experience one can have. It is one of the top paragliding destinations in the country and thrill-seekers would just love it. Other than paragliding one can also for small treks in the trails nearby, visit the tea garden and even go fishing.
Now that there is a direct flight that reduces traveling hours to less than one hour, enjoy a holiday to both these destinations.
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