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CHANDIGARH

CHANDIGARH is the state capital of both Punjab and Haryana, but part of neither, being a Union Territory administered by India’s federal government. Its history begins in 1947, when Partition placed the Punjab’s main city of Lahore in Pakistan, leaving India’s state of Punjab without a capital. For travellers, Chandigarh is a place to see India as it would like to be seen – prosperous, comfortable and cosmopolitan – and to explore the city-sized modernist sculpture created by Le Corbusier. This is also the best place to eat, drink and shop in Punjab and Haryana.

Despite Chandigarh’s shortcomings, its inhabitants are proud of their capital, which is cleaner, greener and more affluent than other Indian cities of comparable size, and boasts a rock garden said to be India’s second most visited tourist site after the Taj Mahal. Chandigarh’s numbered sectors are further subdivided into lettered blocks, making route-finding relatively easy. Le Corbusier saw the city plan as a living organism, with the imposing Capital Complex to the north as a “head”, the shopping precinct, Sector 17, a “heart”, the green open spaces as “lungs”, and the crosscutting network of roads, separated into eight different grades for use by various types of vehicles (in theory only), a “circulatory system”.

Access Information ::

By Air ⇒ The airport is located at a distance of about 12 kms from the city center. It is served by all the major domestic airlines, like Indian Airlines and Jet Airways, which fly to major cities of the country, like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc. International travelers may take the flight to Delhi or Amritsar and then take a connecting flight or travel via road or rail to Chandigarh.

By Rail ⇒ The city is well connected with major cities via train. There are two trains, namely, Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen that link Chandigarh with Delhi and the best part is that these trains run daily. There are also trains connecting the city to other parts of the country, like Kolkata, Chennai, and Mumbai. 

By Road ⇒ Chandigarh is widely linked to other parts of the country, through a good road network. NH-21 and 22 forms the main two national highways of the city. There are the state-owned buses that connect different places in Punjab and Haryana to Chandigarh. Deluxe, semi-deluxe and Volvo buses run from Chandigarh to Shimla, Manali, Delhi and Dehradun. 

Best time to Visit :: If you are planning to visit Chandigarh, the 'City Beautiful', somewhere in this year, then it is better to get all the information on the climate of the city beforehand. The best time to visit Chandigarh is the period between mid August and November, when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. 

Distance from Chandigarh :> Shimla 120 kms / Chail 107 kms


Places to visit in Chandigarh ::

The city is famous for the modern architectures and the exotic landscape, rather than the ancient historical monuments. Be it the magnificent Capitol Complex or the unique Rock Garden, the tourist attractions of Chandigarh are quite unusual in their very nature. Of all the major tourist places in the beautiful city, we have provided information on the most popular ones –

Rose Garden ⇒ Named after India's former President, Zakir Hussain, the garden was established in 1967 under the guidance of Chandigarh's first Chief Commissioner late Dr M S Randhawa. The largest Rose Garden in Asia, it is spread over an area of 27 acres and has more than 17,000 plants representing some 1,600 varieties of roses as well as several fountains.

Rock Garden (in Sector 1 between the Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake) ⇒ Rock Garden is a unique attraction as Chandigarh, in its being a magnificent gallery of artistic works made out of industrial and urban wastes. The raw materials have been moulded to form lively images of animals, human beings, trees, etc.

Sukhna Lake (in the foothills of Shivalik range) ⇒ Sukhna Lake is a popular artificial lake in Chandigarh. It is an ideal place for exercises like walking, jogging, strolling and even organizing picnics. The lake is rich in natural beauty and serves as the shelter for several migratory birds as well.

Around Chandigarh ::

Pinjore Yadavindra Gardens (20 kms from Chandigarh on the Pinjore Kalka road) ⇒ This is a traditional Mughal garden, created in the 17th century by Nawab Fidal Khan, a cousin general of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. According to Hindu mythology, the Pandava brothers rested at this site during their exile. The gardens are laid out over more than 100 acres on a sloping site with fountains and pavilions, designed in an interesting blend of Mughal and Rajasthani architectural styles. Accommodation at "Rang Mahal", "Sheesh Mahal" and at the Budgerigar Hotel are located within the garden.

 

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