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Looking forward to a relaxing weekend around Jalandhar? A weekend getaway is a good energizer to explore new attractions and spend some quality time with your family and friends. There are a couple of places where you can travel to, from Jalandhar. Here’s a list of some good getaways that you can escape to over the weekend. Pack an overnight bag when you embark on these trips and enjoy a relaxed weekend.

Palampur


Distance between Palampur and Jalandhar: 175 km

Travel time: 4- 4.5 hrs

Nestled between the royal Dhauladhar Ranges, Palampur is a captivating spot in the Kangra Valley bounded by pine trees and tea gardens on all sides. The place enjoys a healthy climate and the pine- fragrant air is said to have curative properties. One of the unexplored destinations, the town offers an appealing and peaceful environment to tourists. The remains of its glorious past can be seen in the beautiful mixture of both English style buildings and the attractive landscapes. The town is also known for its tea plantations and fine quality of tea worldwide. The Tashi Jong Monastery and the tea gardens are the main tourist attractions which should be present in the must -visit list for anyone. With deodar, pine forests and tea gardens encompassing the town, Palampur is known for the enchanting combination of greenery and water.

mohali photoPhoto by ciamabue

Bir


A tiny village surrounded by huge mountains, Bir is a place famous for paragliding in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Located in the Dauladhar mountain range, the place is considered as one of the finest paragliding destinations in the world.  Bir is ideal if you’d like to paraglide or learn paragliding, though you can also spend a couple of days here just enjoying the scenery and the quiet. Offering an unforgettable experience to its travellers, the village has also become a great place for spiritual seekers. Perhaps the perfect place for meditation sessions, the homestays here add to the aura of this stunning hill station. The Bir and Chaughan villages are one of the best gliding sites in the world. The best flying season is from Sep to Nov but almost open all over the year depending on the weather. If you like and you have time on your hands, you can also enrol in a paragliding course here (the minimum course period being 5 days). Get the experience, thrill and excitement of paragliding without having to learn it on your own. Throughout the flight, you will feel pure joy and bliss. It is incredible looking down, floating above Earth suspended by a canopy and a harness.

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Distance between Bir and Jalandhar: 205 km

Travel time: 5 hrs

mohali photoPhoto by fredibach

Jammu

One of the favourite tourist destinations, Jammu is one of fastest developing cities in northern India known for Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. The winter capital of J & K possesses mind-blowing natural landscape thus attracting a large number of tourists every year. The city has a number of Hindu temples that are believed to be of significant religious importance, such as Peer Kho Cave and Panchbhaktar temple to worship Lord Shiva. Raghunath Temple, Bahu fort, Mansar Lake, Amar Mahal Museum, Purmandal and Mubarak Mandi Palace are some of the places to visit in Jammu. If you are fond of shopping, Jammu has a number of markets offering shoppers a variety of options. Also, don’t forget to enjoy a meal of kalhadi kulcha at any of the popular dhabas in Jammu!

Distance between Jammu and Jalandhar: 225 km

Travel time: 3.5 – 4 hrs

jammu photoPhoto by Richard Weil

Mohali

Well- known as a satellite city of Chandigarh, Mohali is a part of the three cities that together form the Chandigarh Tricity. Numerous historical Gurudwaras here sees a regular inflow of tourists and devotees. The city has several religious sites like Mansa Devi Temple, Nabha Sahib, Gurdwara Amb Sahib, Gurdwara Nada Sahib. Rose Garden, Rock Garden, Gurdwara Baoli Sahib, Gurdwara Puddha Sahib are some of the other popular tourist places. Cars and buses are the convenient options to travel to Mohali from nearby regions. Apart from all the tourist places, the biggest crowd puller will always be the Mohali cricket stadium that has a picturesque view surrounding it.

Distance between Mohali and Jalandhar: 140 km

Travel time: 2.5 hrs

mohali cricket ground photoPhoto by harpreet thinking

Pathankot

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A historical and religious destination, Pathankot is one of the largest cities located in the state of Punjab. The city is the gateway to the Himalayan mountain range because of its ideal location on the foothills of Dalhousie and Kangra. There are several tourist spots in and around the city such as Nurpur Fort, built by the Pathania Rajputs 900 years ago. Shahpurkandi Fort, Jugial Township and Shiva Temple Kathgarh are also famous among tourists. The Ranjit Sagar Dam, one of the highest gravity dam in the continent is also located near the city. The other places of interest include Ashapurni Mandir, Mukteshwar Temple, and Hydraulic Research Station. The Ghandi Chowk, Mission Road and Sujanpur Market are some of the well- known shopping spots in the city of Pathankot. Famous for its Loi and shawl weaving industry, Pathankot is the major commercial hub of Punjab and the largest military station in Asia.

Distance between Pathankot and Jalandhar: 118 km

Travel time: 2 hrs

mohali cricket ground photoPhoto by christian0702

Manali

Manali is a hill station surrounded by high peaks in the beautiful valley of the Beas River. It’s a popular tourist destination and serves as a path to other hill stations in the north. Backpackers come to hang out in the hippie villages; adventurers come for trekking, para- gliding, climbing, rafting, skiing; honeymooners come for the fresh mountain air. Most visitors stay in the villages of Old Manali, having laid back vibe and many services. Dec end to January is the time when you can enjoy snowfall and amazing views of the mountains. This is the ideal time for adventure tourists who want to go skiing. Summers start in March but the weather is still pleasant. This is the apt time to enjoy the variety of outdoor activities like rafting, trekking, paragliding and much more. The popular treks in Manali are Beas Kund Trek, Bhrigu Lake Trek and Chandrakhani – Malana trail.

Distance between Manali and Jalandhar: 333 km

Travel time: 7-8 hrs

mohali cricket ground photoPhoto by vineet_timble

Enjoy your weekend with your friends and family by travelling to these tourist destinations near Jalandhar.


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