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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Pankaj Dhingra

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  • Lives in Ludhiana
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"An awesome destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
My personal experience was good. It was a neat and clean city. All over greenery and no pollution. Police are very cooperative. The main attractions were rock garden, sukhna lake, temple chandi mata, sector 17 shopping centre. You must go there for life time experience.
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Nidhi S

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"A beautiful city" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Chandigarh is a great place to relax, do shopping, eat with your family and friends. There are many places you can visit - rock garden, pinjore garden, sukhna lake etc. For shopping Sector-17 is famous. Also there are malls like Elante. Very clean city, and people do follow rules here. You would never see so many traffic police guys ever even in Delhi. Do follow traffic rules if you are an outsider. Its very hot during the day in July. So suggest to come here from Oct-March.
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Chetan Sharma

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"A beautiful city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Really it is a beautifu city. Its neat and clean city. Rock garden, rose garden, sukhna lake are the main point for attraction for tourists. Every thing in the city is just awesome. In short I can say the city is really beautiful.
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Santoshkumar Gembali

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"A good city" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is very good city, well-planned roads and buildings and trees all along the roads. We find mixed culture people here unlike in remaining Punjab. There are many star category hotels to stay and some multiplexes are also there for entertainment. Some roads were confusing as all road junctions are alike. We must follow the name boards or sign boards for visiting any places in the city.
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Śhubh Łvrbóy

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"Awesome place for awesome people" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
My visit to Chandigarh was damn awesome. Its really nice place if you wanna spend some time in shadow of nature. I visited the Sukhna Lake & Rock garden. Sukhna lake is peaceful place and the real meaning of art I understood when I reached Rock Garden. It was superb experience in my life.
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Abhay Na

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"Beautiful city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Probably one of the most planned cities in India, by a long difference. Very clean, very well-planned, neat. Well managed traffic, amazing butter chicken.

The weather gets hot in the summer. Super amazing markets sec 17, 22. Must visit. Plan to go to pal dhaba for your dose of chicken.
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Chhavi Chawla

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"A beautiful city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This city had put my life on pause. I am from Gurgaon where there is no greenery and everybody is running a race on the contrary Chandigarh has greenery everywhere, totally pollution free and having most pleasant weather. It has lots of themed gardens (rose garden, cactus) and beautiful sukhna lake. Life seems to be on pause when I used to visit various parks and beautiful sites in evening. Totally mind blowing scenery and beauty.
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Mitansh Sanawar

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"A must visit place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Chandigarh is the most beautiful place of north India. The city of Chandigarh was the first planned city in India post independence and is known internationally for architecture and urban design. It is the Capital of the states of Punjab & Haryana.

The city was reported the most clean city of India.

Chandigarh has various visitor attractions including theme gardens within the city. Some notable sites are:

1. Sukhna Lake : Sukhna is one of the major attraction for the visitors travelling from various parts of the country. It is an artificial lake. People can enjoy boating & other small activities there. It is very peaceful place so people enjoy going there for walk in the morning and evening.

2. Rock Garden : Rock garden has unique numerous sculptures made by using the discarded materials like porcelain, broken bangles, play marbles, metal wires & electric switched.

3. Rose Garden : Rose garden as its says, it has more than 500 types of various roses. In the month of February, Chandigarh administration organizes the Rose festival in which one can see different kinds of plants and roses.

Apart from all the above, Chandigarh has one of the biggest shopping place - Elante Mall which has stores of all international & local brands.

Chandigarh has few 24hrs open joints as well so after partying you would not face any difficulty in finding the food.

The weather of Chandigarh is mixed round the year. The best time to visit Chandigarh is from October to March.

So I would strongly advise to visit Chandigarh once.
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Himanshu James

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"One awesome day at Chandigarh" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Chandigarh is truly and literally a beautiful city and it will take you. Only one day to realize this fact. I spent one day and I fall in love with this city be it the beautifully planned layout of city or its natural scenic beauty in form of Sukhna lake, city reflects its charm at every point

Sukhna Lake and Rock garden is must and should be first attractions to visit while in Chandigarh. They both are situated next to each other and its advised to visit Sukhna lake first and enjoy the boating, tickets starts from Rs. 150 for two seater for half hour, lake is very big so you can boat quite far and enjoy the landscape. There are also some rides available for kids to enjoy and also a restaurant inside Sukhna lake, but I wouldn't recommend eating there unless you are very hungry.

After Sukhna Lake be ready for exploring Rock garden, just a km walk from sukhna lake to reach entry gate of Rock garden (ticket is Rs. 20 per person) please be ready for around two hour walk amidst labyrinth like beautiful structure of creativity.

Elante mall is also a must visit to view modern architecture of city in its grandeur.

There are many other places to visit in chandigarh but these are the places which you cannot miss at all.

Also if you have your own vehicle, enjoy the long city drive on beautiful wide roads and feel the Chandigarh.
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Virat Singhaniya

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"Awesome place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Chandigarh is the most excellent place. Last month I spent 3 days in Chandigarh. I loved it. Sukhna Jheel and Rock Garden are Romantic Places. I suggest you friends to visit Chandigarh and enjoy.
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