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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Girish Sethi

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"Good family destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days 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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Reeta Gupta

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  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 1 Review
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"A beautiful place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Chandigarh is awesome place to visit. No traffic. Peaceful and well-planned city. Lot of greenery around. So many parks. Good and tasty food is available. You can get any type of food here. Good markets for shopping. There is sukhna lake, rose garden, rock garden and mata mansa devi.
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Rishu Gupta

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"An amazing destination" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This place is very clean which makes it different from other places. You should visit the mansa devi temple, sukna lake, world famous rock garden, sector 17 and much more. You will find every kind of food. North, south, gol gappa(pani puri), burger etc. from everywhere. Shopping, boating, visiting rock and rose garden etc. You can visit there from bus, railway, flight.
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Ajeet Singhaniya

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"The city of love(beautiful, clean)" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was early morning and foggy weather when I left to CHANDIGARH from Bangalore. I was feeling a little bit of cold. When I reached Chandigarh, it was extremly too cold that was jan 2015. But this an awesome city. I always love to go there.

Reasons to must go
1. people are loving and helping there.
2. you will feel peace.
3. food is awesome as Punjabi always rocks
4. weather condition is just awesome.
5. places near by in few hours such as Amritsar, Ludhiana, Shimla etc are just fabulous to go.
and many more such reasons.

Places to see and visit
1. Rock garden - By Nek chand.
2. Sukhna lake.
3. Elante mall.
4. 17 sector(satara).
etc many more.

It is so beautiful city that you will love it and you will not want to go from there. Go there in some Punjabi dhaba and have some Punjabi food with a glass of lassi. City is very well-planned. For shopping and entertainment "satara" sector is best with powerhouse with special Saturday night. I visited all of above places but satara and sukhna lake is awesome.
Rock garden is another wonderful creation by late Sir Nek chand.

Go in winter like Nov-Dec, keep some woolen clothes too. Railways is best means to reach there. People of Chandigarh are very honest and loving. Hoping you too go there.
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Rakesh Y

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"A place to shout your lung out and come back better and relaxed" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Since its close to Delhi where I live Its not a difficult thing to guess that Chandigarh is a prominent destination when it comes to pack your bags and spend your weekend. The journey is enjoyable and non-hectic. You can pack some eatables in your car and go running or if unprepared buy a bus ticket and enjoy the silence in Volvo bus journey.

It will take 5-6 hours to reach there and after that book a hotel or better still go and stuff your bags in a friends room like we do. The best places to hang out in Chandigarh are Elante mall, Punjab university campus and in the evening every market in Chandigarh is awesome. If you are nature lover then do go and take a walk around Nepli reserve forest and leasure valley. I would surely go to Chandigarh again and again.
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Ashutosh Pandey

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  • Lives in New Delhi
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"A beautiful city"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I did a lot of enjoyment in this beautiful city and took many snapsort in the camera. My overall experience about city was excellent, in past I heard many times about Chandigarh but when saw first time, I experienced the I am not in India, any foreign country.
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Suman Rohilla

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"A clean and fun city"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The most amazing thing about this city is its weather. I visited this city in the month of Feb. It was very cold but still the scenery all around was very pleasant. I just loved to walk on the roads in the fog. Also the thing which I loved was the street food and the sector 22 market. Well spent evening at sukhna lake. Also the stay in the hotel made it all a memorable experience. I would definitely love to visit this city again.
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"Must visit place"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Such a fantastic city it is. I had lot of fun in this place. Very nice weather and very nice people. It was a happy weekend. Thanks a lot Chandigarh. I have spend here time in mata manasa devi. The people and autowallahs there are cheerful.Trust me guys this is a beautiful place to visit, it's pollution free and people are loving.
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"A superb place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Such a fantastic city, I had alot of fun. Very nice weather and very nice people.Thank a lot Chandigarh. I have spend time in mata mansa devi, Nada sahib, Rose garden, rock garden lake and so on. Everyone have to visit this place atleast once.
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Atif Shah

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"A nice place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Trust me guys this is a beautiful place to visit, it's pollution free and people are generally nice. If I recommend a place to you then after Kashmir, Chandigarh is a place you should visit
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