As a resident of Delhi you are never short of places to visit when the weekend arrives. The vast number of nearby hill stations and historical places can leave you confused about the choice of destination to visit when you have the time. Our favourite destination for a weekend getaway from Delhi has to be Chandigarh from where you can go to Kasauli or Shimla as well. And the best way to get to these places, according to us, is by bike.
Chandigarh is a city and a union territory that serves as the capital for both Punjab and Haryana. Chandigarh was planned by the famous French architect Le Corbusier and has been deemed as the most well-planned city in India. With a multitude of beautiful gardens, museums and historical buildings, one can never get bored while visiting this city. Add the attraction of the famous food that is served in the dhabas along the highway to the nicest restaurants in heart of the city and you have one of the best cities you can visit in India.
How to get to Chandigarh:
Chandigarh lies at a distance of 260 km from Delhi and is connected to the capital by the well-maintained NH1 (once known as Grand Trunk Road). It takes approximately 4 hours to reach Chandigarh from Delhi if you are travelling by bike but it might take longer if you stop to eat some of the delicious food served in the highway dhabas.
Kasauli is a small town located in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. It is a quaint hill station that has escaped commercialisation due its small size. Kasauli is the polar opposite of Delhi in the sense that it is completely free of crowds and pollution; it is also known as a health resort. The tranquillity and stunning views that Kasauli has to offer will have a calming and rejuvenating effect on your mind, which is the kind of the whole point of a holiday. Kasauli is the perfect place to visit if you want some quiet, alone time away from throngs of people.
How to get to Kasauli:
Kasauli is located a distance of just 65 kms from Chandigarh which takes under 3 hours to cover by road. The bike ride to Kasauli is a fascinating one as you the road you’re on slowly transforms from a wide highway to curvy roads while climbing up the hill.
Shimla is the capital city of Himachal Pradesh and is one of the most beautiful and popular places to visit in the state. Nestled in the dense forests at the foothills of the Himalayas, Shimla is also known as the Queen of Hills, and for good reason too. Once the summer capital of British India, this hill station is replete with beautiful vistas, rich history and grand sights that you won’t find anywhere else. It is the perfect place to visit for people who prefer to visit places which offer the safety and comfort of other tourists around them without being too crowded.
How to get to Shimla:
Shimla is 113 kms away from Chandigarh which takes around 4 hours to cover by bike. The NH 22 which links Chandigarh to Shimla is in excellent condition and it slowly morphs into a beautiful, curved road as you start the uphill climb into the Himalayas. It is one of the most scenic and memorable roads to travel on by bike.
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