Around 10 km away from Chandigarh, Panchkula is a well-planned city that houses Chandimandir Cantonment which happens to be the headquarters of the Western Command of the Indian Army. The name Panchkula is associated with a place where five irrigation canals meet. When translated, ‘Panch’ means five and ‘Kula’ means canal. Hence, the name of the city. The nearest airport is 12 km away in Chandigarh (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport) while the nearest railway station is around 6 km away from the city. The Chandigarh ISBT is 17 km away in Sector 17. Covered in thick foliage, Panchkula comprises 5 towns - Pinjore, Morni, Barwala, Kalka and Ranipur Rani. If a short stay is what you are looking for, why don’t you put up at one of the many budget properties or 2-star and 3-star rated hotels in Panchkula? Though basic in nature, these hotels provide comfortable accommodation without burning a hole in your pocket. As for those looking to be pampered, there are 4-star rated hotels in Panchkula that provide top-notch service, a plethora of amenities and a luxurious stay. There are a number tourist places that you can visit when in Panchkula. To begin with, how about visiting Cactus Garden, the largest of its kind in the world and home to a variety of cacti. Established by Dr J.S Sarkaria, this is a unique place and should be part of your travel itinerary. The Nada Sahib, a gurudwara situated on the Ghaggar-Hakra river is revered by the Sikh community and is around 3 km from the main city. For all your trekking enthusiasts and bird lovers, Morni Hills on the outskirts of Panchkula is an ideal destination for you. Some of the birds that are sighted here include the Wallcreeper, the Oriental Turtle Dove and the Blue Peafowl. For shopping, the Majri Chowk Market is the best place to get hold of great local products. As for dining out, Bedi Chicken dishes out delicious North Indian fare. Bistro 313, Tawa and Swagatam are other dining options you should consider visiting when in Panchkula.