Panchkula is a beautiful planned City in the state of Haryana. Though it may be lesser than its cousin city Chandigarh, there are plenty of good places to visit in Panchkula.
The city is home to magnificent places ranging from religious spots, two Hill resorts from National Gardens, two museums and a few wildlife sanctuaries as well. Panchkula is indeed blessed with some beautiful places that will mesmerize you.
So if you are planning to visit Panchkula soon then don’t miss these 8 wonderful places to visit in Panchkula. Read on:
The Divine Mansa Devi Temple
This temple, according to Hindu mythology is the epitome of Hindu religion as a Sidh Peeth. If the mythological sayings are to be believed, then the head of Devi Sati had fallen here in olden times this converting this place into a pilgrimage for Hindu devotees.
As a much sought after place to visit in Panchkula, thousands of people come here to offer prayers and receive the blessings of the divine. Being situated in the vicinity of the Himalayas, it has become a major spot of Shakti worship.
Gurdwara Nada Sahib
This Gurdwara is special because Guru Gobind Singh Ji blessed it to be named after Nadu Shah who had to serve Guru Gobind Singh Ji with full devotion. It is located on the banks of river Ghaggar and is another great place to visit in Panchkula.
According to legend, Guru Gobind Singh and his army of followers had rested at this historic Gurdwara on their return journey after being victorious in a battle with the Mughals. Later on, a man called Mota Singh built a sign here and 105 feet Holy flag which marks the site of Original Shrine to the present day. Soon the Gurdwara will be home to a museum about the history of Sikhism.
Asia’s biggest cactus Garden
The Cactus Garden in Sector 5 Panchkula is very unique because it is Asia’s biggest cactus garden and has more than 35000 species of real plants. Especially for plant lovers, this place should always be on their list of places to visit in Panchkula.
Yadavindra Garden(previously known as Pinjore Gardens) is especially known to people who are interested in history. According to legend, the Pandavas during their exile are believed to have rested here. The garden is spread across an area of 40 hectares and hosts the annual mango festival. Established back in the 17th century, the most famous is the mini zoo and the Japanese Style Garden there. Put it on your list of places to visit in Panchkula!
Sukhna wildlife sanctuary
The Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over 2600 hectares and was constructed in 1958. The name may remind you of its namesake lake that we have mentioned in the next point. The wildlife sanctuary itself emerged from a plantation drive to prevent soil erosion. With time, it developed into a regional flora and fauna and came to be called as the Sukhna wildlife sanctuary.
Sukhna lake needs no introduction and you will get to enjoy a superb view of water, hills and a variety of migratory birds at this place. Species like Siberian duck stocks and creams come here during the winter season. It may be difficult to believe but it is actually an artificial lake which was created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna, a seasonal stream which comes down from the Shivalik Hills. People can enjoy boating, rowing, sailing and water skiing activities here.
Morni is a peaceful hill station near Chandigarh and Panchkula and is a perfect place for weekends and a peaceful relaxing holiday. It boasts of places like Tikkar Taal, Morni fort and Thakurdwara Temple. A favourite among city residents, even tourists list it among their favourite places to visit in Panchkula.
Chhatbir Zoo is a perfect place for tourists who are looking to have an amazing experience of watching animals and birds. Especially famous its Lion Safari, the place is a must visit tourist place in Panchkula.
It is the largest zoo of North India with an area covering approx 80 hectares and is home to over 80 rare species of animals, birds and reptiles.
These are 8 wonderful places to visit in Panchkula but there may be others that may be waiting to be discovered. Do you know of any others? Let us know in the comments section below!