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Chandigarh, India's first planned city and a union territory, acts as the capital for both Punjab and Haryana states. Designed by renowned architect Le Corbusier in 1950s, Chandigarh seamlessly blends traditional Punjabi culture with modernity, offering visitors a vibrant and dynamic experience. Located approximately 265 km from Delhi, Chandigarh serves as a popular weekend getaway and a crucial transit point for travelers heading towards Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. With its well-planned layout, green spaces, and modernist architecture, Chandigarh stands as a testament to urban design and innovation in northern India.

A serene boat ride on Sukhna Lake offers a peaceful escape, complemented by must-visit attractions like the Rock Garden, a testament to creative reuse, and the sprawling Leisure Valley, home to Asia's largest rose garden. The Capitol complex, often referred to as Le Corbusier Centre now a museum, stands as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, narrating Chandigarh's rich history through its architectural brilliance. The Capitol is also home to the state's Vidhan Sabha, High Court, and Secretariat. The city offer tranquil respites amidst urban bustle, while its diverse culinary scene tantalizes taste buds with Punjabi and international flavors.

Chandigarh's allure extends beyond architecture and cuisine, with bustling markets like Sector 17 and vibrant nightlife adding to its charm. Adventure enthusiasts find solace in the city's proximity to the Himalayan foothills, offering opportunities for trekking and hiking. With its inviting climate and vibrant atmosphere, Chandigarh invites travelers to experience a blend of modernity, culture, and natural splendor.

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Nightlife in Chandigarh

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.

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The City of Gardens

Nothing says Gardens like Chandigarh does! There are more than half a dozen special Gardens here that are famous throughout the country. Almost everyone has heard about the infamous Rock Gardens. Artificially made with rocks, this place boasts of sculptures, figurines, artificial waterfalls and magnificent structures of dancers and musicians, made out of rocks! The Pinjore Gardens, also known as the Yadavindra Gardens is here from the times of Mughals and interestingly shows a lot of Rajasthani influenced architecture. The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden has to its fame, the tag of the largest botanical (rose category) Garden in Asia that also houses a lot of medicinal herbs. The Terraced Gardens are the best loved by families, thanks to its emergence as a local picnic spot. And if you thought that was it, Chandigarh also has a Cactus Garden! It has been revered as the largest botanical (succulent category) Garden in Asia and has almost 3500 variants of cacti in its vicinity! There is also a Garden of Fragrance in Chandigarh and as the name suggests, most fragrant flowers are found here.

History of Chandigarh

Chandigarh, as we know it today, is one of the most thriving and cosmopolitan cities in India. With a highly integrated ancient and modern history, the city owes its name to Chandi temple and the adjacent fort. The word 'Chandi' is derived from the name of a Hindu goddess whereas the later 'Garh' means fort. Located in the foothills of the Shivalik range of Himalaya, it can mostly thank its colonial history for the rich blend of cultures and its unique identity today. Thousands of years ago during the antediluvian age, the city was covered by a large water body which was proven by the remains of marine amphibians during the geological study. Another fascinating historical fact is the inhabitation of Harrapans, one of the oldest civilization in the world. Traces of their existence found during some of the excavation work done during the 1960s. The modern history of Chandigarh has its roots down in 1947 when the former province under British rule was split into east and west Punjab. After the partition, Indian Punjab needed a new capital for its function which led to the carving out of this city. Glimpses of this historical moment are still visible in villages of Burial and Attawa where non-sectoral villages carry on their ancient traditions.

Chandigarh - A Planned City

Most planned cities aren't designed for their aesthetic view from the space. Creating incredible patterns on landscapes most often a necessity, laid out all at once and probably built from scratch. During the time of partition in 1947, the emergence of two new countries led to the division of Chandigarh. Lahore, the former capital of Punjab shifted to Pakistan leaving the Indian Punjab capital less. The aim was not only to create a capital for the state but to design a central and neutral location for the easy of its population. The layout was inspired by various elements of public support such as t maximise green space, optimise traffic flow, a bridge between residential and commercial space and cure the 'urban disease'. This project was highly valued not only because of the 'utopia' of a modernised city but also because of the special interest was taken by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The original plan was laid out by American Architect Albert Mayer, later on, joined by a French architect, Le Corbusier for the designer of several buildings in the city. He divided the entire city into sectors and also designed many administrative blocks such as Parliament house, courthouse and the most popular 'open-hand structure' which signifies "the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind". The term 'planned city' is dedicated because of the grid pattern layout that is followed in the designing structure of the city. Named as the most 'remarkable ideal' city in the world by BBC, writer Jonathan Glancey has taken account of many aspects of the city that makes it one of the best cities to live in. According to two different surveys conducted in 2010 and 2015, the city is also marked the cleanest and happiest city in India. Also, it is the first smoke-free city in the country. Planning, architecture, neighbourhood and the exquisite combination of the traditional and modern touch has made Chandigarh the perfect city.


Restaurants and Local Food in Chandigarh

Chandigarh offers a rich variety of authentic Punjabi cuisine, and with eateries and restaurants at every street corner, Chandigarh boasts of a bustling food scene. The sparkling city of Chandigarh is brimming with options for food with some of the most popular and mouthwatering traditional Punjabi dishes as well as authentic and rich Continental cuisines. The town also has a number of pubs as well as a microbrewery. While in Chandigarh do try the Lachha Parathas, Butter Chicken, Amritsari Kulche, Chicken Tikkas, Chole Bhature, Tandoori fish, Kebabs and countless more. Also try the sweet treasures that the city offers such as Roh di Kheer, Jalebi, Baalushahi, Gulab Jamun, Kulfi and more.

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Suggested Itinerary for Chandigarh

Day 1- Reach Chandigarh by noon, check into the hotel, relax and have a nice, extended lunch. Visit the Sukhna Lake in the evening to watch the sunset and have tea at the CITCO cafeteria while soaking in the beauty of the place. Go for a boat ride and lose yourself into the serenity and calmness of the eerie, yet beautiful lake.
Day 2- Head off to the Rock Gardens and explore the beauty of the man-made rock garden, take crazy pictures and explore the garden. Visit the various gardens the city has to offer and breathe in the clean, fresh air.
Day 3- Start the day on a more lazy note and explore the local markets of Chandigarh, especially the market of Sector-17, that happens to be the favorite among locals. Sample local food and go back to the hotel room to pack up and leave by noon. Return home after a nice weekend, or head to the nearest hill station for an extended holiday.

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FAQs on Chandigarh

What is famous about Chandigarh?

First planned city in the country. The starting point for all hill stations in North India. Lots of open spaces. Less pollution.

What is not so good about Chandigarh?

Slow pace of life. A little expensive.

Who should visit Chandigarh?

Great for people looking for respite and a laid-back weekend. Makes the best destination for long drives with dhabas all over the highway. Ideal pit-stop for people looking for a stop-over on their holiday to the hills above.

Art and history lovers will be in for a treat at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, which is home to some remarkable pieces of artwork and creations that have been preserved through the ages. Coins and paintings from ancient eras and antique pieces from the Indus Valley Civilization are also on display here.

What is the best time to visit Chandigarh?

The comparatively new city of Chandigarh, in the state of Punjab, is a perfect blend of old and new. Since Chandigarh is situated at the foothills of the Shivalik Hills, the best time to visit Chandigarh is between August and November, when the Fall is in its prime, and the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. There is an overall pleasant weather that is apt for travelling. However, the weather conditions change drastically here, thanks to the proximity of the city to the Himalayas.
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What is the local food in Chandigarh?

Chandigarh offers a rich variety of authentic Punjabi cuisine, and with eateries and restaurants at every street corner, Chandigarh boasts of a bustling food scene. The sparkling city of Chandigarh is brimming with options for food with some of the most popular and mouthwatering traditional Punjabi dishes as well as authentic and rich Continental cuisines. The town also has a number of pubs as well as a microbrewery. While in Chandigarh do try the Lachha Parathas, Butter Chicken, Amritsari Kulche, Chicken Tikkas, Chole Bhature, Tandoori fish, Kebabs and countless more. Also try the sweet treasures that the city offers such as Roh di Kheer, Jalebi, Baalushahi, Gulab Jamun, Kulfi and more.

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What is the best way to reach Chandigarh?

Chandigarh has its own Railway Station by the name of Chandigarh Railway Station, which is a Broad Guage Railway Station. Also, Chandigarh has an International Airport. The place is very much accessible by road to and from various cities of North India.
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How much does a package cost for Chandigarh?

The packages for Chandigarh start at INR 10000 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top hotels in Chandigarh?

There are 244 in Chandigarh which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Chandigarh are MJs Homestay, Malik's Villa Menage, OYO 19785 Mystic Medow Club & Resort, Hotel 1st Choice, SPOT ON 61033 Hotel Diamond, HOTEL ESS PEE 91. You can see all the hotels in Chandigarh here

What are the things to do in Chandigarh?

The top things to do in Chandigarh are Rose Garden, Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Pinjore Gardens, Government Museum and Art Gallery, Shanti Kunj, Chandigarh. You can see all the places to visit in Chandigarh here

What are the places near Chandigarh?

The top places near to Chandigarh are Shimla which is 55 km from Chandigarh, Kasauli which is located 25 km from Chandigarh, Kasol which is located 150 km from Chandigarh, Rishikesh which is located 159 km from Chandigarh, Mussoorie which is located 127 km from Chandigarh

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Q. what are some of the best night clubs in chandigarh?

Shreyas Kapoor

6 years ago
Some of the most famous night clubs in Chandigarh which are famous for its food and ambience are - 1. Paara 2. Buzz 3. Underdogs 4. Ten Downing Street 5. Peddlers Check them out in zomato for furthe (Read More)r help.
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Q. What is Fauna and flora i am a photographer any specific areas to shoot in there?

Pallavi Siddhanta

6 years ago
Chandigarh is a very pretty city, extremely picturesque. Rose garden, rock garden, cactus garden, Sukhana Lake are specialized photo spots of the city.
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Q. How to reach bhunter airport from chandigarh

Shreyas Kapoor

6 years ago
You can take bus from sector 43 bus stand for kullu. It will take you to bhunter airport.
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4 years ago
Chandigarh is part of punjab... When Haryana was carved out in 1966 it was not in position to build Capital. So Haryana asked punjab to have chandigarh as shared Capital for 5 years then he will be b (Read More)uilding its own... But after 5 years Haryana refused promise so basically chandigarh is punjab and Haryana still without capital

Snehal Singh

6 years ago
I had the opportunity of visiting Chandigarh last year. We went to the Morni hills and the best part was going to the top of hill. We then went to Sukhna lake. We visited the biggest mall of the city (Read More), Elante mall. The locals there were very helpful, and we tried lassi and paranthe. The best thing about the place was the Gurudwara.

Surbhi Parashar

6 years ago
Chandigarh, a union territory that is the capital of both Punjab as well as Haryana is a subtle and ideal definition of the word 'city'. In a culture that includes instances of both traditional Punja (Read More)b as well as a modernity, Chandigarh is a pretty town resembling a morning dream which is sure to flatter you with its innocence and pleasantness. Designed by the ace architect Le Corbusier consisting of 47 self-contained sectors, India's first planned city is known for its unique blend of urbane architecture and natural bliss. The sharp skyline of the Shivalik Hills and the faint image of an old temple dedicated to Goddess Chandi protectively looms over the city. The town is a beautiful blend of architecture, design, natural beauty, gardens, heritage and urbanization. Some of the places that a tourist must visit in Chandigarh include the Rock garden which is an absolute marvel of art and design, Rose garden, Pinjore gardens and the Government Museum and Sukhna Lake along with a few others.
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