Chandigarh Tourism

Chandigarh Tourism


About Chandigarh

Chandigarh

The city of Chandigarh, in northwest India, is located on the fringes of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas. Administratively, Chandigarh is the capital for both the states of Punjab and Haryana. The city is not under the jurisdiction of either state and is administered by the central government, and is thus, classified as a union territory. It is the main hub from which tourists travel to the Kullu-Manali region.

 

Chandigarh shares its borders with the states of Haryana in the south and Punjab in the north it is a good hub to travel to these states. For travellers its main importance is that it serves as a gateway to the hills of Himachal Pradesh.

 

During the partition of India, the state of Punjab was split between the Pakistan and India. The older capital city Lahore was in Pakistan, and it was decided to build a new city as capital for the Indian Punjab. Initially American architect-planner Albert Mayer, and then the famous French architect Le Corbusier designed the new city. Developed in 1950's Chandigarh became famous as one of the few planned cities in India. In 1966, the state of Haryana was carved out of Punjab and Chandigarh became the capital of both the states.

 

The structures of the Capital Complex, the seat of the government including the secretariat, the high court and the legislative assembly are Le Corbusier's signature work. In the centre of the complex is the giant metallic sculpture of the Open Hand, the official emblem of Chandigarh. Not far is the unique Rock Garden, a collection of 20,000 rock forms collected and fashioned by artist Nek Chand mainly from industrial and urban waste. The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is Asia's largest Rose Garden and is spread over 30 acres of land having over 1600 different species of roses. The area around the Sukhna Lake is hilly and make for good outings in the forest.

 

Panchkula in Haryana and Mohali in Punjab have become satellite cities of Chandigarh


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Aman U

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A nice place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Small city, with plenty of fast and expensive cars and flashy people in flashy dresses from flashy brands (they could print price tags and people will be happy to flaunt them).

Cold and foggy mornings and evenings, place comes to a standstill after 8.

Carry warm clothes, gloves and cap if you are not used to winters and want to venture out in the mornings.

Morning walks at the lake are worth the effort. Go to rose garden and rock garden. Sec 17 for shopping (Monday sec 17 market is closed).
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Jitin Surendran

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  • Lives in Jamshedpur
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"Best city to spend your free time" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
The city is well maintained. As a planned city, the city roads are amazingly well maintained and clean and smooth riding experience. The food and restaurants available are amazingly good. The perfect punjabi food to be ordered. The public is well mannered. Some might not be able to speak Hindi, but otherwise, perfect crowd. The Ola cabs are available. There are good cabs to service you.
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Amit Garg

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"Clean and Systematic City" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Chandigarh is well organised and clean city.

There are many places to Visit in Chandigarh

Rock Garden
Rose Garden
War Memorial
Doll Museum
Sukhna Lake.

Nearby places to visit are

Chattbir Zoo
Pinjore Garden
Mansa Devi Temple ( religious place)
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Ashish Mansharamani

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"Very Organised City" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Chandigarh is one of the brilliantly built cities post partition, well constructed, well layered roads, parallel roads and simple people with humility.

Though it is famous for architecture and PGI Chandigarh and Rock Garden it has roots of the tradition and yet contemporary, also the new city Panchkula which is closeby is also well maintained. The police is very calm and helpful too, if you are stranded. They are strict and enforce traffic rules. Being closer to the hill stations in Himachal the city is cool and hot both as per the seasons but make a good base camp to start a new for each journey.
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Manu Dogra

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"A beautiful city" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Chandigarh has always been special. Spent early years here, this place is close to heart. All the sightseeing is out of the world. It is recommended to visit Rock Garden, Rose garden, Punjab University and Sukhna Lake. Chandigarh is indeed BEAUTIFUL CITY.
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Rehna Kareem

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"The local culture is incredibly rich" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
What made Chandigarh one of the first options on my travel itinerary was how uncomplicated the whole process seemed. While the city is small and clean, there are many places that you can go and explore. The internet may give you a list of usual places but it always takes a good host to explore the secret of the city. If you're heading to Chandigarh it would be great if you have a couple of friends there. The local culture is incredibly rich, and the people are genuinely warm and helpful.

I visited Chandigarh in the month of November, a particularly good time to visit since the temperature was just right. The evenings are quite nippy so carry a jacket or a shawl and that should help you get through the trip.

Stay and travelling within the city: I stayed at Aricent Hotel, which is a pretty basic hotel with a very helpful staff for company. Their rooms are clean and big, enough for 1-3 people. It is located in Sector 22-B and is in the centre of the city. Now, that's the thing about Chandigarh. There is really no centre in the city as the city is already quite compact and small. If you're renting a car it's the best solution, because the roads are every driver's dream. The city is an amalgamation of great symmetrical roads and roundabouts, making the presence of traffic close to nil.

What's the most awesome about Chandigarh you ask? There's food everywhere. And there's good food pretty much everywhere you look! I went to Khalsa Vaishno Dhaba in Sector 59, and gorged on some aloo parathas and dal makhni, and finished it off with some badam milk. It was the best vegetarian meal I'd had in a very long time! As a non-vegetarian I am pretty choosy when it comes to veg food, so this was the icing on the cake for me. Momos and chaat is something you can get anywhere in Chandigarh. Momos are the size of your palms, and makes for a great evening munch! Apart from this, head to Patel Market in Sector 15 where you can get some delicious thukpas and oriental street food.

Non-vegetarians, fret not! Chandigarh doesn't leave you disappointed. Himani's and Peddlers have the best non-vegetarian food. I had the chicken tikka (and beer! ) at Himanis and the pork ribs at Peddlers. They're both a different ambience, with Peddlers being a laidback rustic tapas bar look with some good music and a decent band playing. Meanwhile, Himani is more like a sports bar with a pool table and the kind of lighting only sports bars would have.

Sights around Chandigarh: Most reviews will tell you go to places like the Rock Garden and other such common sights. I would recommend it, but what makes the experience worthwhile is when you do it. I visited Sukhna Lake in the evening on a very nippy Saturday evening and it was probably the most surreal experience I've ever had. The buddha statue at the lake is a herculean sight! Walkthrough Patel Market to get some shopping done and visit the Punjab University (with permission) if possible with some students and experience the campus. The campus has oreo milkshakes that are to die for!

Take a drive down Gedi route to know what indulgence at its best is. With swanky cars for company a drive down this ride will have you gaping over luxurious cars and sportscars. It's a trip that you must witness! A drive down to Panchkula is also something you'd love, especially if you have a camera. If possible, go visit Kasol and experience another trip all together.

In terms of travel, I took an Airasia flight from Bangalore to Chandigarh, which is pretty reasonable. Carry warm clothes according to the time of the year and a camera for sure! For me it was a city of firsts because this was my first time travelling alone, so that makes way for debuts that I've never had before!
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Ankit Chopra

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"Clean City" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Chandigarh is a nice place to stay but from September to March. The place can be enjoyed with family and friends. It is very clean place to stay. Dont forget to try food and sweets at Sindhi Sweets. Do take care of the traffic rules if you are travelling by your car, the police is very strict here.
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Nilesh Aggarwal

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"A place to visit during winters only" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
A place which can be enjoyed with both family and friends. During winters, the weather is pleasant and you can enjoy the sights seeing. You can see rock garden, lake, mueseum and sector -17 market. Also the amazing cars that you get see is also fascinating.
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Jaya Ray

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"Cool place to visit" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We travelled across Chandigarh, Panchkula although there were no activities but we enjoyed our entire journey across the twin cities. We saw the Chandigarh Kali Bari, Sukhna Lake, gorged on street food. Liquor and fruit beer is freely available. The trip was a business and weekend getaway.
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"Good family destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Chandigarh is a very good family destination with lots of places to visit rock garden, lacks markets etc. Chandigarh serves you awesome food with authentic flavours of Punjabi culture which makes you feel like home, all shop keepers & people are very good in their behaviour.
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