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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Nidhi Bawa

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  • Nidhi Bawa
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 4 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  2097 readers

"Home near home" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
We went to meet a friend in Panchkula. It is a very clean city connected to Chandigarh. Reached her home in the evening and food was ready after tasty golgappas with seven kinds of water from sector 20 of market Panchkula. In the morning went to Sukhna Lake then hot millions for Chinese and Italian food. Sector 17 market was not so exciting at four. I guess one should go around six. Took loads of goodies from Bakers Oven in Zirakpur for the way and was back to Delhi at 11 pm next day.
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Kanchan Raitani

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  • Kanchan Raitani
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 40 photos
  • 20 Reviews
  •  60 helpful votes
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"Perfect weekend getaway" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Chandigarh is a perfect weekend getaway for people living in New Delhi. It is centrally located and is a pit stop for travellers who want to visit places like Shimla, Kufri, Kasauli etc. Before I move on to how my experience was, first a little history of the place.
Chandigarh is India's first planned city and one of the best examples of urban planning and modern architecture in India. The city gets its name from the Chandi Temple located near it. Goddess Chandi is the goddess of power and there is a fort (garh) beyond the temple, hence the name: Chandi-garh. The city was planned by a French architect whose name was Le Corbusier ( No I did not know this previously and only learnt of this when I was researching the place before I travelled there). My time in Chandigarh has been the one of the most relaxing moments of my life. Coming from New Delhi, we are used to the traffic, crowd, overcrowded metros and roads and most importantly the dense air pollution. But once you enter Chandigarh, you will feel free. One and breathe in the fresh air and not worry about the over crowded roads. It felt to me that I am not in India but somewhere out of the country. Every destination is 15-20 minutes from each other, be it the markets or the mall or the rock garden. There is a sense of peace and quiet. The roads are wide and there are so many trees planted along the roads, parkings, markets etc. If my research is correct, 26 different types of flowering trees have been planted to make the climate better and to make the scorching heat of the summer bearable.
Now to my trip, I will give a short version here but all the places have been reviewed separately. I visited the Elante Mall, Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake and the Sector 17 market. This is all I could cover in less than a day because I visited kasuali for a day as well. Rock Garden is a must visit place. Sukhna lake was a disappointment. If you like to shop the hit the sec 17 markets for sure.
Definitely a place where I would like to go back and spend some more time.
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Santhosh kumar

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  • Santhosh kumar
  • Lives in Thiruvananthapuram
  • 3 Reviews
  •  32 readers

"Planned modern city of India" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Chandigarh is a well planned city, layout of city itself welcomes you and makes you feel at green field. Information boards and maps makes everything easy for an outsider So simple to follow and find out places, Must visited all this three location Rock Garden, Rose garden Asia's biggest garden and Sukhana lake. Another attraction is Japanese park. For shopping sector 17 is the best place. Elanta mall is also good place for visit & shopping branded item
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M r Pandeya

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  • M r Pandeya
  • Lives in Siliguri
  • 18 Reviews
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"A creation no one can even copy" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The layout of city itself welcomes you and makes you feel at home within no time. So simple to follow and well places city information boards and maps makes everything easy for an outsider. All sightseeing places, hotels, offices and study areas are well planned and are connected by even a city bus.
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Devang desai

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  • Devang desai
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  83 readers

"Exceleent" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Chandigarh is a very good city, City plan was done in a very proper manner. I visited Rock garden it was really bvery beautifully build up. It is like a royal heritage. Good water fall. I also visited lake & lake is also very beautiful. Rose garden is also a very beautifully managed. Must visited all this three location. For shopping sector 17 is the best place. Elanta mall is also good place for visit & shopping branded item.
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Sandeep G

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  • Sandeep G
  • Lives in Panchkula
  • 2 Reviews
  •  107 readers

"Chandigarh Airport needs a lot of improvement"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Non-existent waiting facilities, no glasses at drinking water taps, luggage takes too much time to arrive at the belts. For me it took >30 minutes. :-(
Chandigarh is a very beautiful place. Here rock garden, sukhna lake, rose garden, and lot more things to watch ,, and here environment is very good. No more pollution problem .. And security of this city
Chandigarh is the first planned modern city of India designed by the French architect le corbusier. Chandigarh and the area surrounding it were constituted as a union
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Rajat Pulana

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  • Rajat Pulana
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 1 Review
  •  130 readers

"Awesome Chandigarh"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It's very beautiful place. Here Rock Garden, Sukhna lake, Rose Garden, and lot more things to watch. Here environment is very good. No more pollution problem.. Security of this city was more powerful. Helpful people.
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Raghav kesar

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  • Raghav kesar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  154 readers

"Happy Journey"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I enjoyed the trip with MMT. I am happy with the make my trip team, The discount they gave because if we book the room from the hotel website, it is having the difference of 1200-1400INR. That's impressive to me. The Chandigarh city is the hub of beautiful places, There are a lot of places near to park plaza like sauna lake, rock garden, and some really cool restaurants near to lake area. Visit the lake area during the evening was the best time.
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Sankritmayank

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  • Sankritmayank
  • 1 Review
  •  162 readers

"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Chandigarh is the first planned modern city of India designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. Chandigarh and the area surrounding it were constituted as a union on 1st November 1966. It serves as the point capital of both, Punjab and Haryana state.
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Veneet Verma

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  • Veneet Verma
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  • 6 Reviews
  •  374 readers

"A beautiful city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The city is beautiful. Neat and clean city. No unauthorised constructions. The entrance to the houses not facing the main road. Mohali and Panchkula nearby. You can see staff cleaning the footpaths in the night. Mohali International Airport area under development. You can feel the difference. Markets are worth your visit. Do visit the city. You will come again and again.
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