5 Places to visit while on a Road Trip from Delhi to Chandigarh

by Priyanka Kanvinde
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With the relaxation of lockdown restrictions in the capital of India: Delhi, many Delhiites are already seeking destinations to explore for a quick weekend getaway. Travelling from Delhi, we need not remind you about the plethora of road trip choices available from here. Because of its centralized location, there are various options one can explore with their tribe. This is one of the reasons why many are always ready to pack their bags and head off to their ideal getaway, away from the monotony of their daily lives. One such location that offers diverse terrain is the city of Chandigarh. And if you’re planning on driving there, what better than enhancing your experience by visiting the ever-famous destinations that lie along the way?

Now, we’re pretty sure you might have already envisioned a road trip straight out of the movies. So here we are, doing our bit in helping you plan your fun-filled road trip from Delhi to Chandigarh! With a distance of approximately 300 km between both cities, a Delhi to Chandigarh road trip offers a chance to customize your preferred time, budget, and scenic sites to explore. Sounds pretty convenient, right?

Delhi to Chandigarh road trip

Why Chandigarh? 

Chandigarh reflects the look of a planned city. This dual capital of Haryana and Punjab attracts many tourists throughout the year for its multitude of natural and human attractions.

Travel options between Delhi to Chandigarh

In addition to the conventional flight alternatives from Delhi to Chandigarh, there are also several stunning places on the road between both cities. Whether it be the beautiful landscapes brimming with lush greenery, the sight of rustic locales, or the beautiful views of Channe ke khet in Punjab, this road trip is packed with it all!

Delhi to Chandigarh road trip

The ideal time to take a trip between Delhi and Chandigarh

Set on the foothills of the Shivalik Hills, this beautiful city in Punjab and Haryana experiences the best weather in winter. With whiffs of the cool breeze engulfing you, what better time to take a road trip than in the months between October to March!

Delhi to Chandigarh road trip

Places to Visit between Delhi to Chandigarh

If you were to take the NH44 for the trip from Delhi to Chandigarh, there are a slew of tourist spots to stop at along the way. Apart from being convenient, this route is the fastest with no heavy traffic along the way. Here’s a specially curated list of such spots we’ve brought about, just for you!

1) Sonipat

Believed to be first named Swarnprastha, this city of gold is the first destination between your road trip from Delhi to Chandigarh. As far as ancient tales go, Sonipat was founded by the five Pandava brothers during the time of Mahabharata. Travel back in time with an array of historical monuments to explore from.

Some of the noteworthy mentions are 

– Pandava Palace

– Tomb of Khwaja Khizr

If you’re looking for some exquisite food, Amrik Sukhdev, a well-known eatery, is a must-visit! This roadside bistro serves a multi-cuisine buffet as well as a la carte alternatives. Murthal, a popular Sonipat attraction known for its array of local dhabas, is also a place where you can savour your taste buds with some North Indian delicacies like Paranthas, Dal Makhani, and Saag.

2) Panipat

Known as the City of Weavers, Panipat also has ties to our ancient past. Explore the historic remains and landmarks that commemorate the famed Battle of Panipat on your way from Delhi to Chandigarh. Panipat is the country’s greatest hub for superior quality carpets and blankets, in conjunction with its rich historical past. It also has a thriving handloom weaving industry as well.

Some of the other noteworthy mentions are:

– Panipat Museum

– Hemu’s Samadhi Sthal

– Kabuli Bagh

– Prem Mandir

If you’re looking for some exquisite food, visit Halwai Hatta which is known for its Chiman ki Bedmi, Aloo Puri, and Chole & Petha

3) Karnal 

Don’t forget to take a halt at this city best known for its tourist attractions and well-known monuments on your route from Delhi to Chandigarh. This checkpoint is 3 hours from Delhi and is said to have been founded by King Karna during the Mahabharata. While the Karnal fort is a major spot for its day excursions and leisurely walks. The picturesque Karnal Lake is also an excellent place to stop for a breather while on a long road trip.

Some of the other noteworthy mentions are:

– Kos Minar

– Kalendar Shah’s tomb

– Karan Tal

– Babar’s Masjid

If you’re looking for some exquisite food, visit the Karnal Haveli restaurant; a place known for its authentic Indian Thalis. This restaurant’s lampoon of fancy-looking Punjab villages with vivid color is a treat to watch! To relish the authentic cuisine, enjoy some ‘Sarson da saag’ with ‘Makki ki roti’ and a tall drink of ‘lassi.’

4) Kurukshetra

Host to some of the significant events in the mythical tale of Mahabharata, this town is another pit stop while on your road trip from Delhi to Chandigarh. Did you know the epic war of Mahabharata was fought on this very land of Kurukshetra? Brahma Sarovar, a serene lake in this ancient town, is definitely worth a visit. According to Hindu mythology, the lake is dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator of the cosmos.

Some of the other noteworthy mentions are:

– Jyotisar

– Bhishma Kund

– Sheikh Chilli’s Tomb

– Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Centre

If you’re looking for some exquisite food, visit Mirchi’s Restaurant famous for its Singri ki Sabzi and other North Indian delicacies.

5) Ambala

If you’re planning a wedding, there’s nothing like shopping for stunning bridal gowns in the quaint village of Ambala. This town is well-known for its army cantonment region, but it is also a prime attraction for bridal attire. Take a detour to Rani ka Talab, which is noted for its countless cenotaphs. Despite being man-made, it has blossomed into a natural lotus pond with the surrounding foliage.

Some other noteworthy mentions are:

– Gurudawara Panjokhara Sahib

– European Cemetery

– Old Dak Bungalow

If you’re looking for some exquisite food, grab your lunch at Pooran Singh Da Dhaba. This is a well-known eatery quite famous for its home-cooked luncheons.

Places to stay between Delhi to Chandigarh

If you intend to stay overnight on your road trip from Delhi to Chandigarh, here are the three best places to stay!

1) The Hideout Villa, Kurukshetra

Staying true to its name, The Hideout Villa, a farmhouse in Kurukshetra is definitely a serene getaway from the hustle and buzz of the city. Equipped with a pool and a huge lawn, this villa in Kurukshetra is an ideal choice for some relaxing time with your loved ones. 

This is a 1-Bedroom villa that can house up to 4 guests. 

The Hideout Villa

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2) Baag-e-Fursat

Baag-e-Fursat, an elegant family property set amidst lovely gardens and a 2-acre lawn is nestled in a broad expanse of lush foliage. This villa in Chandigarh provides a relaxing refuge and is an excellent place to stay while traveling from Delhi to Chandigarh.

Ideal for larger groups, this is a 10-Bedroom villa in Chandigarh that can house up to 30 guests. 

Baag-e-fursat

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3) Ruhaniyat Farms

Adorned with royal interiors, a beautiful lawn, and a charming pool, this villa in Chandigarh is a perfect destination for a fun getaway. One of the perks while accommodating here, is the scrumptious North Indian dishes that are included in the stay experience. Ideal for larger groups, this is a 4-Bedroom villa in Chandigarh that can house up to 16 guests. 

Ruhaniyat Farms

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Being one of the most appealing options for places to visit near Delhi, this clean city of Chandigarh is definitely worth a visit. Plus wouldn’t you want to be a director of your own road trip movie? Hurry and plan one already.

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