Panchkula, the satellite city of Chandigarh, derives its name from the five kuls (irrigation canals) in the city. It is considered the base town for the numerous surrounding hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. Panchkula, Mohila and Chandigarh are collectively known as the Chandigarh Tri-city. Panchkula experiences extreme weather conditions both during summer and winter. They receive moderate rainfall.
Places to Stay
Panchkula has a variety of accommodation options and some of them are the Jatayu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000), and the Talwar Guesthouse (Tariff – Rs. 700).
Hindi, English and Punjabi are among the most widely spoken languages here.
The festival of Baisakhi which usually falls in the month of February is celebrated with great fervour in Panchkula.
Places of Interest
Morni Hills (40 km from Panchkula), the Gurudwara Nada Sahib, the Cactus Garden, the Mansa Devi temple and Ramgarh Fort are a few in the endless list of tourist attractions in Panchkula.
How to Get There
Panchkula does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is the Chandigarh airport which is situated at a distance of 12 km.
Chandigarh railway station is 5 km away but is the nearest railway station from Panchkula.
The Panchkula bus station is located in the centre of the town. Buses to Delhi, Chandigarh, Simla and Morni (among many other places) are available from here. Ajanta and Co, JMK Travels, Rama Travels, Samay Travels and Guru Nanak Tourist Bus Services are among the many private operators which ply on this route. Online bus booking facility enables you to get your tickets from the confines of your home.