Wander off to Pawanoo is you want to feel the cool breezes of a hill station. With adventurous sports and The Timber Trial ropeway, this city is a perfect escapade for a short period of time. A part of the Kasauli region, one can see ample production of dry-fruits here. Get yourself soaked in the purity of nature when you drive through the roads that lead you to this city. With many orchards and greenery all over, Parwanoo makes the best of all destinations for nature lovers. The Gurkha Fort is a must see place for the history buffs, whereas the nature lovers must definitely not miss the Mughal Gardens. One must also visit the Dagshai Church to witness the age old beauty that it holds. With a long list of places to visit, Parwanoo has always been on the top in the list of the tourists.
Places To SeeDagshai
One of the oldest British cantonments in India, Dagshai, at a height of 6000 feet enjoys an extremely scenic location at the foothills of the Shivalik range. Several battles were fought here. The British also built a prison here. Today, Dagshai is home to several schools. It also has a soccer field at the top of a hill. While here, you can also visit the Roman Catholic Church. Tip
: There are several hiking and trekking trails in and around Dagshai. Kali Mata Temple
As the name suggests, the ancient religious site is dedicated to the Hindu goddess Kali. In fact, Kalka, a city in Haryana takes its name from this temple. Legend has it that the temple was constructed by the Pandavas, the five brothers of the mythological epic, the Mahabharata. Mansa Devi Temple
This temple is located about 24 km away from Parwanoo. It was constructed by Maharaja Gopal Singh, the King of Manimajra over a five year period from 1811 to 1815. Though the temple is popular with the visitors the year round, it gets specially crowded during the Navratras. Splendidly lit in the evenings, the temple set amidst the hills is a sight to behold. Shri Balaji Temple
It is one of the oldest religious centers situated in a small hamlet called Bhairo ki Ser. This temple, unearthed during 1988 in an excavation, has since been a major attraction of Parwanoo. The temple can be reached through a route taken via the city of Kalka. Sheetla Mata Temple
This is another famous temple in Parwanoo. Devotees flock in large numbers in the months of March and April when the Sheetla Mata Festival is celebrated. Offerings of milk and sweets are made to the deity to earn her blessings. Subathu
Subathu is a cantonment area located around 4500 ft above sea level. Subathu serves as the regimental center for the Gurkhas regiment of the Indian army. The town is surrounded by forests and offers some beautiful trails. Of special interest are the ancient Viceregal Lodge, which was built during the 1880s, the Gurkha Museum and the ruins of the Gurkha Fort.
Things To DoCactus Garden
Around 33 km from Parwanoo, you will come across this unique cactus garden that contains more than 3, 500 species of cacti including some rare and endangered species. The garden covers an area of 7 acres and is said to be the largest such garden in Asia. Besides, cacti it also has three greenhouses with climate control facilities. Mughal Gardens
Also known as Yadavindra Gardens, the Mughal Gardens are located about 10 km from Parwanoo. Named after the King of Patiala, Maharaja Yadavindra Singh, these gardens were designed by Nawab Fidai Khan in the 17th century. There is also a zoo and picnic lawns in the complex. Spread across around 100 acres, the garden also has a Japanese Garden, a nursery and seven terraces. These gardens are more popularly known as Pinjore Gardens. Fruit Orchards
Parwanoo is very popular for its fruit orchards including apple orchards and peaches. This has led to the development of the cottage industry where in jams, jellies and fruit pulps are produced, packaged and distributed across the country. Timber Trail
The trail refers to the ropeway that works at a height of around 5000 ft. The cable car journey takes you from one hilltop to another and gives you the perfect opportunity to witness the hills and forests in their serene best. En-route you can see the Kaushalya River weaving its way through the hills.