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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Rajdeep Poddar

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  • Rajdeep Poddar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 4 Reviews
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  •  94 readers

"Must visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
A city which I will not forget. Well planned and most surprisingly well maintained till date. A place which I would like to settle after my retirement probably. Traffic well managed and maintained at the same time. Overall a small city which is around 25 Km in radius if I am not wrong. Few places to visit like Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, and Rose Garden. These spots are good to go and have a refreshing morning walk specially in and around the lake. Well connected to nearby tourist places as well.

When it comes to activities, I being a foodie went around to hog on some mouth watering dishes specially in non-veg. Pal Dhaba is the one which one can visit in Sec 28. Apart from restaurants, Indian Coffee house is also recommended in Sec 17 which is the oldest hangout in that area since ages. As far as shopping is concerned girls may like to visit Sec 22 and Sec 17 which is an upscale version of the former.

Best time to visit Chandigarh would be somewhere around Feb - Apr wherein you won't find it chilling cold and neither heat of the summer. I went in April first week and could experience a pleasant weather out there.
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Rajesh

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  • Rajesh
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 Reviews
  •  283 readers

"An enjoyable trip" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We reached Chandigarh in Morning around 11.30 AM. From airport we directly started our journey. 1st we visited the lake of Chandigarh. Boating facility is available in a lake. And there is many food stall and one restaurant. Restaurant looks good but food was not as restaurant looks. Then we visited rock garden. Rose garden and stayed at zirakpur.
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Amit Chaudhary

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  • Amit Chaudhary
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 11 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
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"Modern mix architecture" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The city beautiful. City of garden. Clean and green. Being 1st planned city of India after independence by french architect and capital of two states. CG gives you everything. In modern way like rock garden(recycled things garden with waterfall). Rose garden, Sukhna lake, Leisure valley park. Mini Eiffel tower in front of museum. And a beautiful modern museum. Clean and open wide road with lots of greenery. Gateway to many popular hill station-like-Shimla, Kufri, Manali and many more. Malls, music, Masti,Punjabi celebrities., Sec-17 markets, Yooo everything.
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Mustafa Bohra

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  • Mustafa Bohra
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"A nice place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
What a city I must say. Well-maintained, well-planned clean green what you expect in your idol city, you will find in Chandigarh with no doubts. We visited Chandigarh in my college educational tour. The places we visited were very nice. From Rock Garden to Rose Garden, from Sukhna lake to sector 17, everything is just perfect. We reached Chandigarh from Delhi. The railway station is neat and clean. We got 2 traveller vans and started our journey. We reached Sukhna lake. Nice place. We saw some entertainment stuffs there. We did boating and play various games. I like the goose ducks the most. Then we went to rock garden, its a huge garden made up of waste materials only. You can't imagine that someone make such beautiful things. Then we went to rose garden. Various kind and roses and other plant species are there. Then we go to sector 17. Nice market very clean, the price are marginal. We done with our day and we beheaded to shimla the very next day.
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Varun Kulkarni

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  • Varun Kulkarni
  • Lives in Pune
  • 26 Reviews
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"Well planned city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Chandigarh is the most well planned city on India as far as I have seen. Well built roads nice infrastructure clean surroundings. It also has the peace centre statue present in the city. Easily accessible from Delhi. Easily navigable to locate anything, all in all a city must visit.
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Ratnesh kumar mishra

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  • Ratnesh kumar mishra
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"An Organised and Clean City"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Though, I visit this city in connection with my business, a family trip will not disappoint the kids or spouse. The Rock garden - a unique concept visualised, is a must see particularly for the children. A visit to Sukhna lake or to the Rose garden gives the much desired relaxing effect which is generally lacking in busy life. The city abound in hotels - of all ranges, so are the eatery houses. In the evening in the sprawling heart of the city - the City centre, Sector 17 musical programmes are held which is enjoyed particularly by the younger ones. The city is also used as a stop over for visiting Shimla - making a day tour - i.e. Same day return from Shimla is possible. From religious point of view - Maa Chandi mandir, Maa Mansa Devi Mandir and also Maa Kalka Devi - all nearby.
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Rajesh gothi

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  • Rajesh gothi
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"A beautiful garden city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
That Chandigarh is a beautiful garden city, is a given thing. My take on this city is that it is great for long walks particularly in the winters and spring time, that is from October to March/ early April. It offers calm and quiet surroundings. Not much traffic, definitely wonderful and courteous people, including autorickshaw drivers. It can however be a challenge if you have kids. They have a good chance of getting bored. I liked the Ellante mall. The tickets in the movie halls are quite reasonable by Delhi standards. I could not find too many Verka milk outlets. There should be more of them atleast in tourist places. My wife loved the museum and the various gardens. Overall, I would recommend this place for a weekend trip. Take the Shatabdi, it is really convenient .
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Kiran sood Sood

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  • Kiran sood Sood
  • Lives in Dehradun
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"Cool place for couples"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Chandigarh is the only city of India which is well planned. Green and clean city is working capital for three states. Yet this city does not seem overcrowded. Large area bungalows and wide roads give privacy to people even on road. Well-protected by alert administration, there is strange sense of safety on empty roads. Markets have variety to select one's favourite brand or conventional dresses. Anyone can shop around with one's fiancee to replenish one's wardrobe or even to change style. For me the sector seventeen market is ideal to buy my stilettos. My friend showed her garden with variety of bushes grown in unplanned manner as her statement against Chandigarh. Still I love Chandigarh as chaos-free, modern city.
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Anirudh Sobti

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  • Anirudh Sobti
  • Lives in Panchkula
  • 1 Review
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"The green city also be the best"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
There will be many places for visit if you browse over the Internet and you will be restless to visit many of them. First of all comes the Rock Garden, awesome rock carvings that will pierce your heart apart. Then is Sukhna Lake which is a mesmerizing delight in the evening! Then is the 17 sector market, full of each and everything. The best restaurant you will find is either Sindhi Sweets, Sector 17 or Park plaza. Then comes the Rose garden you can also visit Mata Mansa Devi temple on the holy contrary. You can go to Elante Mall which is too a wonderful delight. It has almost everything from the best food to electronics and the best games to clothing! Happy journey.
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Kunal Savla

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  • Kunal Savla
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"Beautiful city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Chandigarh is a beautiful city and is known for its well planned infrastructure. The winter period i.e. From november to march is the most ideal time to visit this city. The must visit places of Chandigarh are rock garden, rose garden, leisure valley and Sukhna lake. All the above places can be covered in 1 single day starting from morning. It does get little colder in the evening in winters. Further, commuting through the city is easy as there are ola, uber and autos available to take you anywhere. Elante mall is another good place to shop till you drop and has many restaurants both veg and non-veg. Overall, a lovely city with lovely people!
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