Things to do in Chandigarh

Top things to do in Chandigarh

Endearingly known as the "City of Gardens", there are umpteen things to do in Chandigarh. Popular for its admirable beauty and several gardens, the city also is famous for its fast food joints and ravaging parties. You can visit the beautiful parks, go out on an adventure at Thunder Zone or enjoy a boat ride at Sukhna Lake; there is absolutely no dearth of fun things to do in Chandigarh. We have compiled an elaborate list of things to do in Chandigarh, given below. So have a look!

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Here is the list of 16 Things to do in Chandigarh

1. Enjoy a Boat Ride at Sukhna Lake

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Nestled at the foothills of Shivaliks, Sukhna Lake is a beautiful lake set amid the picturesque surroundings of Chandigarh. Stretching for a distance of 3 kilometres, the Sukhna Lake is a man-made lake and is one of its kind in the city created in the year 1958 by damming the seasonal stream, Sukhna Choe that comes down from Shivalik Hills. With its pristine blue water, the lake serves as a perfect location for a stream of morning joggers and walkers who can also enjoy the fresh air. Birdwatching and boating are among the popular activities at the lake and one of the topmost things to do in Chandigarh.

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2. Behold the Blooming Flowers at Rose Garden

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Located in sector 16 of Chandigarh, Rose Garden is a blooming garden which showcases nature at its best. The garden is spread over a massive area of 30 acres and is packed with an exquisite variety of flowers making it quite popular among tourists and nature enthusiasts. Visiting here is one of the topmost things to do in Chandigarh. It is the largest garden of its kind in Asia and was built in the year 1967 under the guidance of the First Chief Commissioner, MS Randhawa. Named after India's former president Zakir Hussain, the Rose Garden is also known as Zakir Hussain Rose Garden.

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3. Explore the Marvellous Exhibits at Rock Garden

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Located in sector 1 of the beautiful city Chandigarh, The Rock Garden has been designed as an open-air exhibition hall using urban and industrial wastes by Nek Chand, a former Road Inspector in Chandigarh. Also known as Neck Chand's Rock Garden, this massive 40-acre garden is a colourful mosaic of art pieces and sculptures made from industrial and home waste. Having a total of about 5,000 statues within its bounds, the Rock Garden is one of the prime attractions of Chandigarh and is a must visit. Be sure to include this in your top things to do in Chandigarh.

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4. Visit the Government Museum and Art Gallery

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Government museum and Art gallery in Chandigarh is one of the prominent museums of India that speaks well of the Indian history and partition. Established in August 1947, the museum is known for its rich collection of paintings, artefacts, and sculptures. Moreover, its unique architecture which was designed by Le Corbusier is highly spoken of. Visiting here gives you in-depth knowledge in the form Gandharan sculptures, Pahari and Rajasthani miniature paintings. Do not forget to include this in your bucket list of things to do in Chandigarh.

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5. Revitalize at the Stunning Pinjore Gardens

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Pinjore Gardens is a beautiful Mughal Garden made in 17th Century India located in the city of Pinjore, in the district of Panchkula, Haryana. The garden expands over a massive area of 100 acres and is a beautiful place to unwind with nature in the ever-growing concrete city. The Pinjore garden is also known as Yadvinder Garden which is famous all over the world for its well-maintained greenery, refreshing fountains and mesmerising water bodies. Tourists from all over the world visit the Pinjore gardens to experience this Mughal creation that India has very proudly and carefully maintained. Visiting here is one of the best things to do in Chandigarh.

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6. Find Peace at the Garden of Silence

Situated in Bhagwanpura, Chandigarh, Garden of Silence is a meditative space which house a massive idol of Buddha. The garden swears by its name and it offers a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere for meditation amidst lush green surroundings with a beautiful view of the Shivalik Ranges in the backdrop. Visiting here is one of the topmost things to do in Chandigarh.

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7. Watch a Match at Mohali Cricket Stadium

Officially known as the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali Cricket Stadium is an enormous stadium in Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Chandigarh. The stadium boasts of a capacity of 26950 spectators and is home to the Punjab cricket team - Kings XI Punjab. The stadium was inaugurated in 1993. The stadium hosts frequent matches and taking a tour here is one of the topmost things to do in Chandigarh.

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8. Stroll Down the Famous Japanese Garden

Located in Sector 31A in Chandigarh, Japanese Garden is a well-groomed, beautifully maintained park which houses a park, water bodies, pagoda towers, waterfalls, meditation centres, buddha idol and several other structures. The park has two phases interconnected by an underground tunnel which is adorned with beautiful Japanese paintings.

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9. Drive Past the Gedi Route

Gedi Route is one of the prime attractions in the city of Chandigarh. Abuzz with activity, street cafes, and college going students, the route extends from Sectors 8,9,10 to 11. 'Gedi' means rounds and true to its name, the route is used for late night drives and bike rides. The name has lately been changed to Azaadi Route.

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10. Enjoy a Show at Musical Fountain Show Sector 17

Musical Fountain Show is held at Sector 17 in Chandigarh and is a popular place of recreation and sightseeing. The show is held in the evening hours and is a wonderful display of water fountains dancing to a rhythmic livid music. The place is thronged by locals and tourists alike to visit the show. Along with the several other exciting things to do in Chandigarh, make sure you try this one out too.

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11. Admire the Vibrant Terraced Garden

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The Terraced Gardens of Chandigarh is a famous and much-loved tourist attraction that is located in Sector 33 of the main city. The attraction boasts of being home to a myriad of colourful and vibrant flowers, the beauty and cheerfulness of which attracts tourists from not only Chandigarh and neighbouring areas, but from practically all across the country. The exuberance of the flowers is indeed contagious, and people who visit the Terraced Gardens never leave without a huge smile on their faces. Making a visit here is one of the best things to do in Chandigarh.

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12. Spend a Funtastic Day at Thunder Zone

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The city of Chandigarh is synonymous with stimulating amusement and water parks, which offer the locals as well as tourists with an exciting option to spend their day with their loved ones amidst the fun, frenzy and entertainment. The Thunder Zone Amusement and Water Park is one such attraction, which caters to people of all age groups and provides them with exciting and thrilling rides to enjoy. Thunder Zone Amusement and Water Park is a fantastic and exciting place to be at, and this second water park to be established in Chandigarh is gaining popularity with each passing day. This is why it is one of the top things to do in Chandigarh, to enjoy a relaxed and carefree day away from the hustle bustle and tensions of daily life.

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13. Explore the International Dolls Museum

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Founded in the year 1985 by the Indian Council of Child Welfare, the museum contains a wide collection of fascinating dolls and marionettes brought from countries like Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, Korea, and Russia that stand beside the huge Indian collection. The toy train and the ceramic fresco depicting the giant German railway station and other historical milestones are the other attractions here. Along with several other attractions, this is one of the unique things to do in Chandigarh.

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14. Taste the Delectable Street Food

When in town, tasting the sumptuous, mouth-watering street food should be on top of your bucketlist of things to do in Chandigarh. The most popular foods are the crispy puchkas, aloo chaat, rajma chawal, Indian burgers etc. You will get these at any local markets and you should definitely taste the delicacies if are in the city.

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15. Admire the Heritage of Le Corbusier Centre

Le Corbusier Centre is a popular heritage spot in the city of Chandigarh, situated at Sector 19B and dedicated to the ancient architect of the city- Le Corbusier who was a Swiss- French architect and originally designed the city almost six decades ago. The building houses the legacy, research, study, writings and works of the famous architect. Make sure to include this in your bucket list of things to do in Chandigarh.

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16. Go Club Hopping

Magnificent architecture and starlit crowds, Chandigarh is one of the most happening cities of India. While the city is much friendly in the daylight, moonlight brings out the nocturnal multitude of the city. Chandigarh is earning quite a reputation in with its clubs, bars, lounges and food taking over the night. From cheap streets to 5 stars, from velvet beer to smoky whiskey, Chandigarh is the city thriving in the wee hours. This is one of the top things to do in Chandigarh.

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