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15 Hill stations near Ludhiana

Mcleodganj Hillstation
Mcleodganj Hillstation

There are many wonderful hill stations near Ludhiana, which is also the commercial capital of Punjab. Ludhiana gets its name from the Lodhi Dynasty and it is also popularly called Manchester City of India since it is a beautiful city. Do check out this carefully curated list of some of the best hill stations near Ludhiana.

Some of the best hill stations near Ludhiana

Places to visit near ludhiana within 100 km

Panchkula

Panchkula Hill Station
Panchkula Hill Station

The beautiful hill station of Panchkula derives its name from two words in the local dialect. These are ‘Panch’ meaning five and Kula meaning canal. Hence, this beautiful place is famously called ‘The city of 5 canals.’ Panchkula is located in Haryana and is very well known for the famous ‘Morni Hills’ and the old Chandel remains. 

The Panchkula hill station is considered relatively quiet and peaceful. There are several beautiful places within Panchkula to see and experience such as the renowned Cactus Garden which is purportedly the largest cactus Garden in all of Asia. Also, one can visit the Nada Sahib Gurudwara, which is a prominent centre for Sikhs in India. Another attraction of Panchkula is the Chatbir zoo, which is thought to be an adventure lovers’ dream housing close to 110 varied animals and reptiles. Alternatively, one can also visit the famous Mansa Devi temple which is on the cusp of the Shivalik Mountain ranges. 

Distance from Ludhiana: Panchkula is around 127 km from Ludhiana.

How to get there: Take a cab, your car or you can go by train.

Places nearby: The Morni hills, Ramgarh fort, Pinjore Garden, or Mansa Devi Temple.

Best times to visit: The best times to visit Panchkula are between September to December.

Parwanoo

Parwanoo Hill Station
Parwanoo Hill Station

A largely unexplored hill station in Solan district in Himachal Pradesh, Parwanoo happens to be an industrial town. This hill station is located on the borders of Panchkula and has several flourishing orchards and fruits apart from the rest of its abundant scenic beauty. Here there is no snowfall, borders Panchkula in Haryana, and lies after the towns of Pinjore and Kalka. It is also a horticulture district.

As mentioned above the vast availability of varied types of fruits allows for the ample creation of jellies, jam, and marmalade.  Remember to visit the beautiful fruit orchards or trek on the famous timber trail when in Parwanoo. Alternatively, you can try visiting the majestic Gorkha fort and visit the Kali Mata Temple.

Distance from Ludhiana: Parwanoo is around 140 km away from Ludhiana.

How to get there: We can reach Parwanoo by taxi, car, cab, or bus. 

Places nearby: Town of Nahan, in the Shivalik Hills, town of Kufri and Keylong, also called Land of Monasteries. 

Best times to visit: The best times to visit Parwanoo is between March to October.

Kasauli

 Kasauli Hill Station
Kasauli Hill Station

Again, in the same area, we have the hill station Kasauli, which is 27 km from Parwanoo. In Kasauli, there are several species of Himalayan Flora and fauna. This peaceful town serves as a cantonment for the Indian army. Kasauli is famous for many things like the Kasauli Brewery, and it also has several proofs of the past colonial era such as the Baptist Church and Christchurch. These have gothic architecture.

Distance from Ludhiana: Kasauli is about 142 km from Ludhiana.

How to get there: The best ways to visit Kasauli hill station are by road, train or air. Kalka railway station is situated about 40 km away from Kasauli. Chandigarh Airport is 59 km from Kasauli.

Places nearby: Village of Kalpa, and Patiala.

Best times to visit: The best times to visit this beautiful hill station are between March to June.

Shoghi

 Shoghi Hill Station
Shoghi Hill Station

This lovely hill station is to be found in Solan district in Himachal Pradesh. It happens to be a tiny town that is a favorite among seekers of nature, peace, and tranquility.  This beautiful place is laden with dense rhododendron and oak trees along with a pleasing climate.  Shoghi allows for a panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges.

It is blessed with an abundance of fruit, which is the reason why many jams, syrups, jellies, juices, and syrups are locally produced here. This hill station has many Hindu temples like the renowned Hanuman temple.  Shoghi offers many opportunities for camping, hiking, and trekking too! If these activities are too much for you, simply relaxing at a picnic in Park Woods amidst the abundant oak, rhododendron, and pine trees is recommended.

Distance from Ludhiana: Shoghi is about 161 km from Ludhiana.

How to get there: By plane, by bus, by car or by train. The closest railway station is kalka Railway station, which is 90 km away. Buses and taxis are available from Kalka to Shoghi.

Places nearby: Shimla, Kasauli and Manali.

Best times to visit: The best times to visit this beautiful hill station are between March to November.

Chail

 Chail Hill Station
Chail Hill Station

This beautiful hill station is located in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. Chail is considered a quaint and laid-back area with good weather throughout the year.  This beautiful hill station is covered with beautiful deodar and pine forests. Chail is thought of as an engaging retreat for many, yet is a good enough break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Chail is known for several treasures, including being home to the world’s highest cricket ground.

Chail also answers the prayers of thrill seekers who enjoy adventure sports like rock climbing, rope walking, hiking, and trekking. An avid lover of nature would rather enjoy Chail’s quiet and splendid beauty. Some of the best places to visit at Chail are the pristine Sandhupul lake and the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary, which is considered one of the oldest in India.

Distance from Ludhiana: Chail is around 165 km from Ludhiana.

How to get there: You can take a train right up to Kalka, and then take a car to Chail.

Places nearby: Corbett, Neemrana and Nainital are some of the best places to visit near Chail.

Best times to visit: The best times of the year to visit this beautiful hill station from March to May.

Shojha

Shoja Hill Station
Shoja Hill Station

Shoja is a quiet hill station near Kasol in Himachal Pradesh. It generally has beautiful picturesque scenic beauty with thick wood and a stream flowing endlessly on the side. Some of the nicest things about Shojha are the mild and chilly weather. Also, Shojha has a bunch of sights to see! Some of these include the beautiful Serolsar lake and the awesome Tirthan Valley, which is a great place where one can do a bit of fishing. 

  Other than that, there is the Raghupur fort, which was once invaded by the erstwhile Mandi kings, and also Waterfall Point. This hill station, like many others, is blessed with this amazing waterfall.  Alternatively, one can also try a bit of Golf in Shimla’s abundantly green golf courses. Shimla is so beautiful and so it’s often seen as a great locale for shooting films.

Distance from Ludhiana: Shojha is around 167 km from Ludhiana.

How to get there: We can get to Shojha by air, or by train followed by a break journey by road. The nearest railway station is the Joginder Nagr Railway Station and the Bhuntar airport in Kullu.

Places nearby: Mandi Himachal Pradesh, and the hamlet of Sarahan, in the Sutlej Valley.

Best times to visit: The best time of the year to visit this beautiful hill station is from June to October.

Shimla

Also in Himachal, is a beautiful hill station called Shimla. Shimla was once known as the prize of the British Colonial Era. Shimla’s architecture boasts Victorian and Neo-Gothic styles. Shimla is situated in the Himalayan foothills to be precise. No wonder then, that Shimla is to be called the ‘Queen of the hills”. Since it’s located in a hilly region, like the other two hill stations before it, it is also a paradise for adventure sports lovers. Shimla is the perfect hill station for you! There are many places to visit and enjoy apart from just trekking and other adventure sports like going skiing in Kurfi Fun World.

Among the many other activities, one can do in Shimla, include Animal and Bird watching as well as hiking, and trekking.  One can also try rafting. If you love short hiking trips, do try an adventurous one at Chadwick Falls, which is just about 7 km from the nearby city area. You would also savor a cup of coffee on Mall Road which is a regular couple haunt out here.

Distance from Ludhiana: Shimla is around 168 km from Ludhiana.

How to get there: You can hire a cab to drive directly to Shimla. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Ludhiana to Mohali and then from there to Shimla by cab. The final option is to take a train to Phagwara and then from there to Shimla by cab.

Places nearby: Kufri, Chail and Mashobra.

Best times to visit: The best times to visit Shimla are between March to June.

Narkanda

Narkanda Hill Station
Narkanda Hill Station

Narkanda is famous for winter sports. It is close to Shimla, and it snows here during winter. Narkanda is also in Himachal Pradesh. Shimla happens to be a popular hill station for this same reason. This city is loaded with all the good things a person could ask for. It has scenic beauty like no other with its snow-covered mountains, and great hotels as if that weren’t enough. As mentioned before, Hatu peak is one of those places where one can try a few adventure sports like skiing.

Distance from Ludhiana: Narkanda is around 199 km from the Ludhiana district.

How to get there: by flight, road or train, the nearest gauge railway station is in Kalka around 125 km away.

Places nearby: Jubbal, Kufri and Mashobra.

Best times to visit: The best times to visit Narkanda are between November to February.

Places to visit near ludhiana within 200 km

Dharmsala 

Dharamshala hill station
Dharamshala hill station

The hill station of Dharmsala was also known as Bhagsu affectionately by Tibetans of Himachal Pradesh. The hill station of Dharmsala is to be found in Kangra city which is about 18 km away from Kangra itself. Dharamsala is known for its multiple cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas. Since it is so beautiful it is worth a visit. In Dharmasala some of the places that tend to catch people’s eye are its Tibetan monuments like Tsuglakhang, which happens to be the largest Tibetan complex outside of it. The Bhagsunag waterfalls in Dharamsala itself are also a thing of great beauty. The Bhagsunag falls are to be found 11 km away from Dharamsala. Dharmsala’s upper division is also called McLeod Ganj, and it’s a must-see to remember the colonial times.

Distance from Ludhiana: This lovely hill station is around 200 km away from Ludhiana.

How to get there: It is advisable to take a direct cab to Dalhousie from Ludhiana. Alternatively, one can take a bus from Ludhiana to Pathankhot and then go by cab from there to Shimla. Also taking a train to Phagwara and then from there by cab to Shimla is a viable option. 

Places nearby: Mcleodganj, Nagger, and Bir.

Best times to visit: The best times of the year to visit Dharmsala is from March to June

Kullu

Kullu hill station
Kullu hill station

Kullu, alongside Manali, is another of the relatively unexplored hill stations near Ludhiana that is safely nestled between the Himalayas and the river Beas. Much like Manali, it is also considered a “popular yet unexplored hill station near Ludhiana. What is memorable about this place are its divine apple orchards and Deodar and Pine trees! Manali lies exactly between Manali and Lajri. Kullu district derives its name from the word “Kulant Pet” which when translated means “End of the habitable world”

Distance from Ludhiana: This great hill station is located 216 km from Ludhiana.

How to get there: A 9 hr journey from Ludhiana by bus. 

Places nearby: Biji Mahadev Temple, Jana Waterfall and the Great Himalayan National Park.

Best times to visit: The best time of the year to visit Kullu is October to June.

Dehradun

Dehradun hill station
Dehradun hill station

The hill station known as Dehradun is considered one of the oldest cities in the country. The capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, is to be found cosily in the Doon Valley in the Himalayan Foothills. While the Himalayan foothills border Dehradun to the north, on the south, it is flanked by the Shivalik ranges. Dehradun is also thought of as a proud display of the country’s cultural background and is home to many cultures and ethnic groups from across the country.

Distance from Ludhiana: This great hill station is located 240 km from Ludhiana.

How to get there: By flight, by train, by bus.

Places nearby: Mussoorie, as well as Hindu pilgrimage sites like Haridwar and Rishikesh.

Best times to visit: The best time of the year to visit Dehradun is from March to June.

Mussoorie

Mussoorie Hill Station
Mussoorie Hill Station

This hill station is also a municipal board and it is located in Uttarakhand. Mussoorie is also known as the ‘queen of the hills’ and it is one of the well-known hill stations in the country. Mussoorie was also the erstwhile British summer capital. This place has a pleasant climate throughout the year. The remnants of the colonial era are reflected in Mussoorie’s archaic architecture. This is evident from its many Churches and even its hotels. A popular tourist attraction in Mussoorie, also called The Mall, is enough testimony of the fact. Some of the other sights to see in Mussoorie include the Kempty Falls, Gun Hill, and Lal Tibba.

Distance from Ludhiana: Mussoorie is around 242 km from Ludhiana.

Places nearby: Haridwar and Rishikesh

How to get there: You can go by cab directly from Ludhiana to Mussorie. You can take a train from Ludhiana to Rourkee and then hire a cab to Mussoorie.

Best times to visit: The best times to visit Mussoorie are between September to June.

Manali 

Manali hill station
Manali hill station

Manali is one of the most beautiful yet unexplored hill stations near Ludhiana in the Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh. Since it is very close to Punjab, Manali is a hill station in the Himalayas that is considered an extremely beautiful scenic locale. To get a cool break from the heat Manali is a must-visit! Manali is well known for its cold climate and proximity to the snow-covered Himalayas. Manali is to be found nestled in the beautiful Beas valley.  Some of the activities that usually attract people to this perfect hill station are the opportunity to go trekking, water rafting, and mountaineering as it is a hilly region. No wonder then that it is a favourite among water sports lovers.

Distance from Ludhiana: Manali is around 245 km from Ludhiana.

Places nearby: Hampta Pass and Deo Tibba.

How to get there: by bus.

Best times to visit: The best times to visit Manali are between October to February.

Dalhousie

Dalhousie hill station
Dalhousie hill station

The hill station of Dalhousie is located in Chamba in Himachal Pradesh and is named after the erstwhile British governor-general Lord Dalhousie. It snows throughout the year at Dalhousie, and if you are a fan of peaceful surroundings coupled with great scenic beauty, and a pleasant climate you simply must visit this particular hill station!

Dalhousie is surrounded by mountains covered with snow and is framed by the river Ravi, which flows at the city’s base.  Many kinds of trees can be found in the same area. Owing to the peaceful, quiet nature of the people who stay here tourists simply flock to the area. Dalhousie used to be very popular during the late governor-general’s day. In those days, Dalhousie was a summertime resort for Englishmen, soldiers, and military officials.

Distance from: From Ludhiana, it is around 250 kms by road and 182 kms by air

How to get there: You can take a cab from Ludhiana to Dalhousie or take a bus to Pathankot and then to Dalhousie by cab.

Places nearby: Palampur and Khajjiar

Best times to visit: Between March and June.

Chamba

Chamba Hill Station
Chamba Hill Station

Chamba happens to be a quaint little hill station that is aptly located on River Ravi’s banks. The Chamba hill station is most famous for the Hindu god Shiva and Mount Kailash. Chamba is said to have been influenced by the Adumbaras and the Khasas rule and later by the Rajput kings. One of the best reasons why the hill station of Chamba is so well loved is that even though it is a small yet untouched natural locale and scenic wonder, it is not as commercialized. Chamba has many historical sites and temples. Some of the most liked places to frequent are the Chameri Lake, the Akhand Chandi Palace, Laxmi Narayan Temple, and the Himachal Emporium.

Distance from Ludhiana: around 287 km by road and 185 km by air.

How to get there: By car, as it is within driving distance by road. Alternatively, one can take a train to Pathankhot and from there by cab to Dalhousie.

Places nearby: New Tehri, Kanatal and Pratap Nagar.

Best times to visit: Throughout the year.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Which hill station is nearest to Ludhiana?

The hill station known as Panchkula is closest to Ludhiana. Panchkula is a beautiful hill city that is only 127 km away from Ludhiana and is considered a part of Ambala in Haryana state. It is a place that is loaded with scenic beauty and offers lots of opportunities for boating and trekking. 

Is there accommodation available at the above-mentioned places?

Since these are very well frequented hill stations near Ludhiana, there are many hotels and even hostels to be found in the area. However, remember that it is considered wise to plan accommodation ahead of time, before the busy season (peak season).

Which are the best times to visit these places?

One can visit a hill station throughout the year, but the best times to visit usually are from October to November.

Is it safe to travel to the above-mentioned hill stations and others near Ludhiana?

Yes, it is usually considered safe to travel in and out of these places, but for women, it is never recommended to travel or hike solo but to take along a friend.

How is the shopping experience in hill stations near Ludhiana?

There are lots of places where one can buy locally made goods. This is true in the case of the local markets to be found here, where you can find a variety of customized and best goods.

What are the main adventure activities here?

Adventure sports usually involve trekking, camping, zip-lining, rock climbing, skiing, etc.

Are the people in the hill stations near Ludhiana warm and welcoming?

The locals of the above-mentioned hill stations near Ludhiana are said to be very friendly overall.

Conclusion

 I hope you enjoyed reading this list of hill stations near Ludhiana. Hill stations are usually gifted with great natural resources and are a great thing to behold. You can truly enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience here. If you liked any of the hill stations mentioned in this list, do tell us in the comments! Be sure to share it with your friends!    

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