Places of Interest : Renuka, Subathu, Dagshai, Pinjore, Kasauli Best Time to Visit : July to September
Along the National Highway No.22, as one cross the state border of Haryana into Himachal, there comes the town of Parwanoo. A couple of decades ago, this was a sleepy little village but today, it is a pulsating industrial town.
Fruit based products, plastics, motor parts and watch components roll out of Parwanoo's factories. For a tourist, Parwanoo is a convenient base station to see and visit a number of nearby areas.
PRIME ATTRACTIONS Renuka (132-km): With a circumference of roughly 2.5-kms, this is the largest lake in Himachal. Fed by underground springs, it is shaped like the profile of a reclining woman and is regarded to be the embodiment of the Goddess Renuka.
Dagshai (28-km): A one time British cantonment, this small town is surrounded by pine trees and also has 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.
Kasauli (37-km): A charming hill station with lots of 'old world' charm.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: The closest airport is at Chandigarh, 22-km away.
Rail: The nearest broad gauge railhead is at Kalka, only 4-km away.
Road: Regular buses and taxis are available from both Chandigarh and Kalka.
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel Shivalik, Parwanoo
Hotel Ros Common, Kasauli
In winter, the temperature can get quite low when heavy woollens are required. It is pleasantly warm in summer and cottons are recommended.