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By Mukul Arora . 29th June 2018 12:30pm

City beautiful- Chandigarh is the first planned city in India post its independence. The city is located in the foothills of Shivalik range. This city has a prime location as whenever the plains heat up People start planning their small getaways to the hills. Today we’ll be telling you about the places where you can plan your next summer escape. Its proximity to the states of Uttrakhand and Himachal Pradesh makes people go on a drive to mountains.   Chail   This small hill station is on a short distance of 103 kms from Chandigarh. The town is known for famous Chail palace which is a heritage structure constructed during British rule in India. The hill town is covered in dense pine forests.This town is also known for India's highest cricket stadium. This hill town was once a summer retreat to Patiala kings. [caption id="attachment_40952" align="alignnone" width="1600"] source[/caption]  Kasauli A picturesque town located just about 54 kms from Chandigarh. This town is known for its historic British period buildings and churches which are the main attraction in Kasauli.  The town is also known for Sarahan convent school which is the oldest and best convent school in this region. The school was opened during British rule and it had some of the top personalities from Indian cine and political backgrounds as their students. [caption id="attachment_40953" align="alignnone" width="1200"] source[/caption] The hill town has one highest point which is named as monkey point. One can go trekking or can go by cable car. The hilltop has one hanuman statue, a small café and one helipad which is controlled by Indian air force.      Mussoorie Mussoorie is one of the most popular hill stations in Uttrakhand. It is about 200 kms away from Chandigarh. It’s a beautiful hill town which overlooks the Doon valley. The town has lush green valleys with waterfalls and wishing ponds.hiking , trekking and long walks are a perfect way to explore this beautiful town. Lal tibba is the highest point in the town. From here you can see the city of Dehradoon on a clear day. [caption id="attachment_40954" align="alignnone" width="2576"] source[/caption] Manikaran A religious hotspot in Kullu valley, Manikaran is known for hot water springs. This town is a popular religious center for Sikh and Hindu communities. You can see the temple authorities cooking rice in these hot waters. [caption id="attachment_40956" align="alignnone" width="1200"] source[/caption] Manali Manali is a perfect getaway for those who love being surrounded by lush green cedars. The town is located at a distance of 290 kms from Chandigarh. The town has some of the greatest masterpieces of history. There is a temple dedicated to an evil spirit who was married to Bheema. The town has a hilltop cottage which was once home to a Russian artist who settled here as he got mesmerized by the beauty of this town. You can also visit Solang ski slopes and the Rohtang top. [caption id="attachment_40957" align="alignnone" width="1920"] source[/caption] Dalhousie The town is named after a British army person. Blessed with old world charm this town makes a good option for a weekend getaway. You can still see the colonial impression on this hill town. The town has some of the greatest cottages of British times. Now most of these cottages are converted into heritage hotels. The town is about 322 kms away from Chandigarh. [caption id="attachment_40959" align="alignnone" width="1200"] source[/caption] Palampur This hill town is located in the kangra valley. The town is best known for its tea estate which was initially started by the Britishers. The town is about 262 kms from Chandigarh. Here you can enjoy nature walks and trekking. There’s one meditation centre too which is quite popular not just in india but also in the world. [caption id="attachment_40961" align="alignnone" width="1920"] source[/caption] Naldehra Naldehra is a wonderful place to spend your weekend as the hill town is surrounded by dense cedar forests. The town is also known for a golf course which is the highest golf course in india. It is at a short distance of 150 kms from Chandigarh. You can also go through Mashobara apple orchards. [caption id="attachment_40965" align="alignnone" width="1024"] source[/caption]   Amritsar With Golden temple as a important ladmark Amritsar makes a perfect getaway on weekends. Located on the other end of Punjab, Amritsar is about 229 kms from Chandigarh. Apart from Shri Harmandir Sahib ( The Golden Temple), this city is known for a massive massacre ground known as Jalianwala Bagh where thousands of people died in gun battle. Or you can visit Wagah border which is known for beating retreat ceremony which takes place every evening. It is the main crossing point between the cities of Amritsar and Lahore. [caption id="attachment_40968" align="alignnone" width="1920"] source[/caption] for more content like this keep scrolling gabruu.com