Location: Solan district of Himachal Pradesh
Weather: Pleasant all round the year.
Places to See: Renuka Lake, Gurkha Fort, Timber Trail, etc.
Best Time to Visit: All round the year (except monsoons)
Parwanoo is a beautiful town, known for its apple and peach orchards, located about 30 kms north of Chandigarh in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It’s a prominent municipality that houses the biggest wholesale market of the state. With the Shivalik Range in its backdrop, Parwanoo looks absolutely mesmerizing amid red and peach dotted fields that influence the prime region of the town. The products made from the fruits have a major contribution to the economy of the state. Parwanoo also quarters the largest fruit processing unit of HPMC. And here, you can get the freshest jams, pickles and marmalades of the region.
Climate in Parwanoo
Parwanoo essentially has a moderate climate. Summers (April to June) are generally pleasant where the temperature rarely exceeds 38°C. The bright sunny days are often marked by pleasantly cool mornings and evenings. While monsoon season prevails from July till September, receiving 1,020mm of rainfall; winter season is quite cold with an average temperature of 10°C. Parwanoo can be visited anytime of the year, yet monsoon season is best to be avoided.
Tourist Attractions in Parwanoo
The apple orchards at Parwanoo make the best attraction worth seeing. Taking a stroll through these orchards is soothing to the eyes as well as mind. As far as tourist places are concerned, Renuka Lake is the largest natural lake in Himachal Pradesh with a circumference of 3,214 meters. Close to the lake, there is an 18th century temple dedicated to Goddess Renuka. From here, one can enjoy amazing views of the surrounding mountains. While visiting Parwanoo, also make sure to visit the army town of Dagshai which is one of the oldest British cantonments in India. If you happen to be a non-veg lover, Dhalli is a great place to stopover and shop for the famous non-veg pickles.
Timber Trail Resort is a perfect destination to spend a relaxing weekend, accessible through a cable car from the highway. It’s a must visit place to enjoy the picturesque views of the beautiful valley. In fact, it is one of the prime weekend destinations from Delhi and Chandigarh, all thanks to its proximity and pleasant weather.
Excursions from Parwanoo
Since Parwanoo is just after the towns of Pinjore and Kalka on the Chandigarh-Shimla Highway, it serves as a perfect gateway to places like Pinjore, Kalka, Paonta Sahib, Kasauli, Baddi and Chandigarh too. Subathu, about 16 kms from Parwanoo, is another interesting destination which used to be a cantonment area in the foothills of the Himalayas. The famous Gorkha Fort, also called Arki Fort, is worth visiting here. Pinjore, about 10kms from Parwanoo, is a charming place where the prime attraction is Yadavindra Gardens. You can also visit the renowned Gurudwara at Paonta Sahib, or the religious shrine of Goddess Kali at Kalka.
Accommodation – Hotels/ Resorts in Parwanoo
Parwanoo has a number of places to stay, while enjoying the lovely environs. The best of the lot is certainly the Timber Trail resort, which runs the cable car and serves its guests with impeccable hospitality. Apart from this, there are a few mid-range hotels too that provide all the services for a comfortable stay. All the hotels have in-house restaurants that offer lip-smacking delicacies.
How to Reach Parwanoo
Chandigarh International Airport is the nearest airport, about 30 km from Parwanoo. It is connected to major cities via flights. Buses and taxis are easily available from here to reach Parwanoo.
Kalka railway station is the nearest railhead which is connected to all the major cities and towns by regular trains. You can either board buses or hire taxis to reach Parwanoo, which is hardly 4 kms from Kalka.
Parwanoo is well connected by road to Delhi and Chandigarh. Regular bus services are available from both the cities. Parwanoo is less than an hour’s drive away from Chandigarh, while can be reached in four and a half hours from Delhi.
Pic Courtsey – Ramesh Upadhyay