Chandigarh comes lauded as India's most beautiful city, and it lives up to it - it's delightful. Lying in the valley surrounded by Shiwalik Hills that hem the great Himalayas, the city, apart from being a Union Territory, also serves the capital of two states of India - Punjab and Haryana.
A model for urban planners throughout the world, Chandigarh is an appealing, well-functioning clean city featuring wide avenues, grand parks, beautiful lakes, awesome gardens and architectural gems of the great French architect Le Corbusier. The place is also the reference point to visit the famous hill resorts of Shimla Kullu, Manali, Dharmashala and Dalhousie.
Summer 37 - 23 C
Winter 24 - 5 C
October to March
Getting to Chandigarh
The city's airport is connected by flights from major cities like Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai.
Chandigarh, the terminus of Northern Railway, is a major railway station connecting several important cities in India.
Chandigarh is connected by good motorable roads to all places in India.
240 km from Amritsar
230 km from Dehradhun
248 km from Delhi
117 km from Shimla
380 km from Jammu
267 km from Rishikesh
World acclaimed and unique in its own way, Rock Garden attracts some of the great connoisseurs and artists from all over the world to witness its amazing creation of industrial and urban waste. Situated in between the Sukhna lake and capital complex, the garden has a wide area of around 20acres. There is a theatre trove, an open air exhibition hall and a very interesting miniature maze creating a vast fantasy land of art.
For the relaxation of body and spirit, the city offer a picturesque Sukhna Lake at the foothills of Shivalik range. Not just nature, the lake also offers many water sports like yachting, water skiing and boating to the tourists. This, indeed, is the best place in the city to enjoy the day, from dusk to dawn and for joggers, nature lovers to adventure freaks. To rejuvenate the mood, there are also programs by famous musicians, shops and CITCO's fast food joint to complete the evening. In the winter season, one can also see some of the exotic migratory birds like the Storks, Siberian duck and Cranes enjoying with you, the sunny day near the banks.
Chandigarh is quite famous for its number of blooming gardens. Of all the gardens, Rose Garden is the largest one in the Asia with a wide area of around 27 acres, 17, 000 plants and 1, 600 species of roses. Not only roses, but tourists can also see some of the unique species of medicinal trees like bahera, bel, camphor, harar and yellow gulmohar. Once in a year, there is an annual Festival of Gardens organized here in which thousands of visitors come and witness the beauty of the nature.
City Centre or popularly called as sector 17, is the favorite hub and the biggest shopping center among youngsters for shopping and clubbing. The entire center is constructed with excellent planning, the combination of building blocks and open spaces that makes it not too crowded as other markets. Shopping is really a pleasure in the city center with air conditioned shops, and when tired, one can anytime sit steps of the "dove of peace" spot, where water cascades play in different geometric shapes and colorful lights.