Along the National Highway 22, as you cross the State border from Haryana into Himachal, Parwanoo (470 m) welcomes you. A couple of decades ago, this was a sleepy little village and today, it is a major industrial town. For the tourist, Parwanoo is a convenient base station to see and visit a number of nearby areas.
ACCESS The nearest broad gauge railhead is at Kalka, only 1.5 km away and nearest airport is at Chandigarh, 32 km. Taxis and buses are available at both places.
CLIMATE In winter, the temperature can get quite low when heavy woolens are required. It is pleasantly warm in summer and cottons are recommended.
PLACES OF INTEREST
PINJORE (10 km) : Parwanoo is an excellent base to visit the famous Mughal style garden at Pinjore.
DAGSHAI (28 km) : A one time British cantonment this small town is surrounded by pine trees. It has an old church.
KASAULI (37 km) : A charming hill station with lots of old world charms.
SABATHU (45 km) : Still a cantonment, it also has the remains of a Gorkha fort.
Parwanoo lies in the low rolling Shiwalik hills and aptly the HPTDC hotel at Parwanoo is called the The Shiwalik. Just near to the highway, it is one of the first buildings in town and is an excellent introduction to Himachal's Hospitality. Here is the perfect place for the businessman, the start of a great holiday for the tourist or even a respite from a long journey.
Next to the hotel and right on the highway, Himachal Tourism also runs the Cafe Shiwalik and also a Tourist Information Office.
ADDRESS : The Shiwalik, Parwanoo ( H.P.) - 173220. Tel: (01792) - 232295, 232296, Fax: 01792-232297 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
CLASS : Deluxe Hotel
CAFE SHIWALIK : HPTDC runs a cafe near Hotel Shiwalik, Parwanoo with a sitting capacity of 56 persons.
This small hill station seems to live in time warp that belongs to the 19th century. The narrow roads of Kasauli (1951m) slither up and down the hillside and offer some magnificent vistas. Directly below is the spread of vast plains of Punjab and Haryana which as darkness falls, unroll a gorgeous carpet of twinkling lights. At 3647 m, the peak of Choor Chandni also called the Choordhar powerfully dominates the lower hills and across the undulating ranges, Shimla is visible.
The upper and lower malls run through Kasauli's length and one can enjoy longs walks. A mixed forest of pine, oak and huge horse-chestnut encircles the town. Its colonial ambience is reinforced by stretch of cobbled road, quaint shops, gabled houses with charming facades and scores of neat little gardens and orchards.
ACCESS : Kasauli is connected by road. The closest broad gauge railhead is at Kalka, 37 km away. The closest airport are at Chandigarh, (65 km) and Shimla (73km). Taxis and buses for Kasauli are available from Delhi, Chandigarh, Kalka and Shimla.
CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature gets quite low and heavy woolens are required. In summer, the climate is mild light woolens/cottons are recommended.
PLACES OF INTEREST
MONKEY POINT : 3.5 km from Hotel Ros Common, a hill which derives its name from Rishi Man-Ki who used to worship an idol of Lord Hanuman and later the summit was crowned with a small temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman and presently being looked after by the personnel of Air Force, stationed here. The area being restricted from security point of view, no belongings like Camera etc are allowed.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS : Christ and the Baptist Church are examples of Kasauli's colonial architecture. Central Research Institute established in 1906 by Dr. Sample prepares various vaccines. Kuthar (46 km) has an old palace with wall paintings. The small Sanwara Station (16 km) on the Kalka Shimla Railway line can make a good downhill hike from Kasauli.
BABA BALAK NATH TEMPLE : 3 km on the Hill top is a famous temple of Sidh Baba Balak Nath.
SHIRDI SAI BABA MANDIR : Built in 1989 the famous temple is located half km away from Garkhal. The idol of Sai Baba was built at Jaipur and the burning flame in this temple signifies the divine power of Sai Baba of Shirdi.
LAWRENCE SCHOOL : Situated on top of the hill is the famous Lawrence School. Mr. Henry Lawrence was the founder of this school. He also built the first cottage in Kasauli known as Sunny Side in 1848.
In this charming town, Himachal Tourism runs the equally charming Hotel Ros Common. This colonial bungalow provides an old world atmosphere to truly savour Kasauli. It offers solitude without compelling one to become a recluse.
ADDRESS : The Ros Common, Kasauli (HP) - 173204. Tel: (01792) - 272005, 272007.
CLASS : Deluxe Heritage Hotel
On the Kalka - Shimla Highway, Barog (1680m) has grown from a mere stopover to a full-fledged destination. Surrounded by pine and oak forests, Barog has a commanding setting. Barog makes a conveniently accessible destination and a travel stopover to or from Shimla.
ACCESS : The closest airport is at Jubbar-Hatti, 65 km away. The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Barog itself. By road Chandigarh is 62 km and Shimla is 55.
CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature can drop near to freezing point when heavy woolens are required and in summers light woolens / cottons are recommended.
PLACES OF INTEREST
RAILWAY STATION (3 km) : On of the most attractive station in the Scottish style on the Kalka - Shimla rail route.
DAGSHAI (7 km) : A one time British cantonment. This is small town surrounded by pine trees and has an old church.
SOLAN (8 km ): Located on the National Highway - 22 Solan derives its name from "Shoolini Devi" a local deity whose temple is situated in Solan Graon which is in existence since ancient times. Solan also remained capital of erstwhile Bhagat State for many years. A famous "Shoolini Fair" is commemorated every year in 2nd week of June at Thoda Ground. The town has various cultural and recreational centers besides temples and churches. There are beautiful parks such as Children Park, Mohan Park and Jawahar Park which have adequate arrangements for comfortable sitting and strolling. A mini zoo in the park adds to the fascination of the environment. Durga Club, Central State Library, Lower and Upper Bazaar and Mall road are worth visiting. Ancient Durga Temple, Sanatan Dharm Mandir, Hari and Narsingh Mandir are also quite famous.
SOLAN BREWERY (11 km) : This is in existence since 1855 AD. Formerly Dyer Meakin Brewary, it is not only known in the country but also in foreign countries for its products.
JATOLI (15 km) : 7 km from Solan this small but beautiful village on Solan - Rajgarh road famous for Vishal Shiva temple.
DOLANJI BON MONASTERY (18 km) : On Solan - Rajgarh road there is a small village known as Ochhghat. 5km from here on Narag-Sarahan road, located at famous Bon Monastery known 'Yungdrung Bon Monastery' being run by Yungdrung Bon Monastic Centre. This was founded in 1969 by the Abbot Lungtog Tenpai Nyima. After 14 years of hard work, he managed to create a totally self sufficient monastery with 120 monks, developing it into a thriving, active centre of all branches of Tibetan traditional learning. On the eve of New Year and on other occasions three sacred Bon dances are performed here which are of great attraction.
KAROL GOOFA (17 km) : On the Karol Tibba (2135m) and 8 km from Solan town is an ancient Sidh Goofa which is considered to be one of the longest Goofa in Himalayan region. It starts from Karol and ends somewhere at Pinjore. Besides Goddess Kali and Lord Hanuman temples, Thakur Mandir on top of the hill are some the great attractions for the pilgrims and visitors. The trek up to Karol is steep but quite enjoyable. This place is very popular amongst the trekkers and adventurous picnickers.
HORTICULTURE AND FORESTRY UNIVERSITY (16 km) : In the surroundings on Rajgarh Road the University is an unique centre of higher studies and research in horticulture and forestry. The entire campus is worth seeing.
GAURA : Located alongside the Solan - Rajgarh road, this place is famous for Mahasheer fishing in Giri river.
RAJGARH (53 km): A picturesque area with numerous orchards and picnic spots like Habban and Nacchana.
Himachal Tourism runs the Hotel Pinewood. Largely fuelled by the presence of the Hotel Pinewood, Barog has emerged as a popular and full fledged destination. Here is a self-contained hotel whose facilities cater to both the luxury seeker and the economy traveler. The hotel is the perfect place for a lazy holiday or a quiet honeymoon. It's rich offerings are a sample of the bounty that the nature has generously given to Himachal hills.
ADDRESS : The Pinewood, Barog (HP) - 173212. Tel:(01792) - 238825 - 27 Fax: (01792)-238881. E-mail: email@example.com
CLASS : Deluxe Hotel
Situated at Kalka-Shimla National Highway, Kiarighat is a small place where tourists can stay for a while or stay overnight.
ACCESS : Kiarighat is connected by Shimla-Kalka National Highway. It is 27 Kms away from Shimla and 19 Kms from Solan. The nearest Airport in Jubbal Hatti and nearest narrow Guage Railway Station is Kandaghat.
CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature can drop near to freezing point when heavy woolens are required and in summers, light woolens / cottons are recommended.
PLACES OF INTEREST
J P University The JP university is located at about 8 Km from here
A one time Dak Bungalow and staging post where horses were changed for the final stretch to Shimla, now run as an economy hotel.
ADDRESS : The Apple Cart Inn, Kiarighat, Distt. Solan Tel. (01792) - 208148.
CLASS : Budget Hotel
Situated at about 5000 ft. from sea level, Rajgarh is sub-divisional head quarter of Sirmour Distt. It is situated nearby Giri river which is a tributary of river Yamuna.
ACCESS : By road, Raaajgarh is 80 kms from Shimla and 85 Kms from Kalka. Regular buses / Taxis are available from Solan. The Airport is at Jubbar-Hatti (Shimla) and the nearest narrow gauge railway head is at Solan.
CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature can drop near to freezing point when moderate woolens are required and in summers, light woolens / cottons are recommended.