Day 10 : chandigarh
Drive from Dharamshala to Chandigarh (250 km/approx. 6 hours)
The next morning, get ready to drive from Dharamshala to Chandigarh. A truly well-planned city, Chandigarh is very well known across India for its well-laid roads and landscape. Located in the foothills of the Shivalik range in the Himalayas, it gets its name from the Hindu goddess – Chandi. Best known for architectural wonders designed by renowned architects, such as Le Corbusier, Maxwell Fry, Pierre Jeanneret and Jane Drew Chandigarh has lots of shopping arcades and great monuments. Upon arrival complete you check-in formalities at the hotel and rest for some time. Afterwards, you can visit places such as Sukhna Lake, Capitol Complex, Rock Garden and Open Hand. Sukhna Lake is a man-made wonder that offers truly tranquil and beauty environs, and one can indulge in sports like skiing, yachting, and boating. The Rock Garden has been built by former road inspector and artist Nek Chand from urban and industrial waste. An open-air exhibition hall, it holds items made from auto parts, porcelain, metal wires, mudguards, and frames. Capitol Complex, a government building, designed by Le Corbusier was earlier the seat of the Punjab Government. Today it serves as headquarters for both the governments of Haryana and Punjab. Open Hand, a 50 ton, and a 14-metre high structure was also created by Le Corbusier. It is made from metal sheets and symbolizes peace and unity. Alternatively, you can visit the famous shopping arcade of Sector 17 and indulge in some retail therapy. After this exciting day out, return to your hotel and sleep overnight.