A well-planned city, Panchkula is also a satellite city of Chandigarh. Chandimandir Cantonment, the headquarters of the Indian Army's Western Command, is stationed in Panchkula city.
The district of Panchkula enjoys thickest forest cover in the entire State of Haryana. Besides Panchkula city, the district has five towns, Pinjore, Kalka, Barwala, Morni and Ranipur Rani. Morni Hills, the only hill station in Haryana, also lies in this district, on the offshoots of Shivalik range of the Himalayas.
The origin of the name Panchkula came from the place where five irrigation canals meet. Panch is five and Kuls means canal, hence the name Panchkula. The canals take water from the Ghaggar and distribute it from Nada Sahib to Mansa Devi. The canals, build by a ruler in the past are a good example of ancient engineering acumen, as at some spots the water is raised to higher levels than the river course.
Location: Panchkula is just 10 kms. away from city beautiful Chandigarh & is an important part of the Tricity.
Linking Roads: Panchkula is located on the Ambala-Shimla National Highway No.-22. Panchkula is also connected to national highway National Highway NH-21 and is directly accessible to National Highway No. 73.
Postal Code: 134109 | Longitude: 76° 52' 48" E | Latitude: 30° 42' 00" N | Area: 816 square kilometres (315 sq mi) | Altitude: 365 m | Population: 558,890 (Census 2011) | Literacy Rate: 83.40 | STD Code: 0172 | Villages: 264 | Language: Hindi, English | Best season to visit: All seasons to visit.