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Parwanoo in Himachal Pradesh

Location: Himachal Pradesh
Altitude: 470m
Places Of Interest: Renuka, Subathu, Dagshai, Pinjore, Kasauli
Best Time To Visit: July to September. In winter, the temperature can get quite low when heavy woolens are required. It is pleasantly warm in summer and cottons are recommended.

Situated along National Highway 22, it borders Panchkula district of Haryana, and is after the towns of Pinjore and Kalka on the Chandigarh Simla Highway. Pinjore to Parwanoo is almost a continuous urban belt. Parwanoo is most known for its cable car (connecting the 2 resorts of Timber Trail Resort and Timber trail Heights). These 2 resorts are on separate hills, with a valley in between in which the river Kausalya flows. Most tourists I know go to Parwanoo drawn by the experience of staying in the resort (the resort appears as soon as the tourist enters Himachal at Parwanoo on the national highway).

Parwanoo was a small sleepy village just a few decades back, but started getting more popular as time went by, with tourists getting drawn by this scenic hill station that has a wealth of attractions to offer. The town has some great trekking trails (not the long ones, but ones that can be done by the tourists wanting to spend a few hours at trekking), there are orchards full of fruit laden trees, and some great scenery. This makes Parwanoo popular with nature lovers, honeymooners, and the general tourist. Plus, the business type who want to hold their business meetings in the lap of nature use the conferencing facilities provided by the resort while their families enjoy the other things to offer.
Parwanoo is also slowly starting to develop as an industrial area, with fruit based products, plastics, motar parts and watch components being some of the major productions of the area.

Some of the popular places nearby:
Renuka (132-km): With a circumference of roughly 2.5-kms, this is the largest lake in Himachal. It is regarded to be the embodiment of the Goddess Renuka, and attracts a large number of pilgrims.
Dagshai (28-km): Once a British cantonment, this small town is surrounded by pine trees and offers an old church.
Subathu (16-km): Still a cantonment, it has also got the remains of a Gurkha Fort.
Pinjore (10-km): Parwanoo is an excellent base to visit the famed Mughal style gardens at Pinjore, these are really beautiful.
Kasauli, situated 37 km from Parwanoo, is a charming hill station worth a visit.

Places to stay:
Timber Trail Height, Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh (link)
Hotel Siwalik: Tel: 01792-32295, Fax: 01792-32574.
Hotel Windsmoor, Parwanoo
Hotel Monal Palace Parwanoo

How to get there:
– BY AIR nearest International Airport is New Delhi 280 kms and Nearest Domestic Airport is Chandigarh 35 kms.
– BY RAIL to Kalka Railway Station 7 kms and Chandigarh Railway Station is 30 kms.
– BY ROAD towards Shimla on the National Highway – 35 kms from Chandigarh.

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