Chandigarh Tourism

As you enter Chandigarh, wide roads and warm faces welcome you with open arms, ready to give you a jaadu ki jhappi. One bite of makki di roti dipped in sarson da saag and you will forget the existence of any other cuisine. Nobody will let you leave their airy kothis without offering you a glass of lassi. The heartland of the country expresses its love for you through food. During your visit you will understand why the swag of the city is indeed wakhra (different). Chandigarh celebrates life every day, may it be by feasting on butter chicken, or breaking into bhangra for no reason. The energy of the city is indeed contagious.

Chandigarh Tourism: A Quick View of the state 
State Punjab
Official Language Punjabi
Dial Code 0172
Population 10.6 Lakhs
Currency Indian Rupee (INR)
Time Zone UTC+05:30 (IST)
Area 114 square kms

Highlights of Chandigarh: Bhangra, beer and butter.


Cuisine

Desi makkhan and ghee are known to be very generously poured onto every Punjabi dish. Punjabi dishes are usually laden with cream, butter and spices. Along with the famous butter chicken that Punjabi cuisine is always associated with, do not miss out on some of the desserts and chaat that Chandigarh has to offer. Visit Sector-35 and your eyes will immediately dart towards the huge crowd outside a modest stall feasting on Aalu tikki, paapri chaat and falooda which is a concoction of rose syrup, milk, vermicelli, basil leaves served with ice cream. However, it is recommended to try the combination of kulfi alongside falooda. Dig your teeth into the hot, honey flavoured fried dessert available at every nook and corner of Chandigarh. Jalebi is a bright orange and gooey sweet dish that is a must try when in the capital.


Explore and shop

Take a break from the mall culture and go visit Sector-17 in Chandigarh. It is an open space laden with markets catering to all your needs ranging from clothes to music. It also has an in built movie theatre! You can visit Sector-17 any time in between 11 am to 10 pm. If you are looking to shop, eat and then sit alone with your thoughts with a beautiful view right in front of you, do take some time out to go to Sukhna Lake. This manmade lake is located at the foothill of the Himalayas and is enclosed by the beautiful Rose Garden on its Western end. In case you are a photography enthusiast, you could take some pictures of the mesmerising view. Just along side the lake is Palika Bazaar, primarily known to have clothing and craft items.

Gardens and Hill stations

Life is not a bed of roses. Well, it is in Chandigarh’s Rose Garden! Deemed as the largest botanical garden in Asia, Rose Garden as the name suggests has a variety of roses. It comprises nearly 825 types of flowers, so you can imagine how pretty the garden would look, laden with various colours. You will soon realise that each colour has a different shade to it. Do not miss out on this popular tourist destination. The perfect epitome of Reuse and Recycle, Rock Garden comprises art objects made from urban and industrial waste. The sculptures in this garden are shaped as animals and humans while some are abstract. As you continue to explore the garden, you will realise the quantum of things that can be created out of waste. Do visit the garden for some inspiration.

If you are tired of the plains and are longing to have some Maggi in the hills, there are quite a few options for you. Dharamshala is one of the most popular hill stations that tourists visit during their stay in Chandigarh. Just 5 hours and 30 minutes away from Chandigarh, this Tibetan hub is home to the great Dalai Lama. In case you are looking for a spiritual experience, do visit the monasteries and Buddhist cultural centers during your stay. If you want to go for the road not taken and visit a less frequented hill station, you could go to Morni Hills which is just an hour’s drive from Chandigarh. This quaint little hill station is the fastest escape from the scorching heat if you are visiting in the summer season.

 

Interesting facts about Chandigarh: From Bullets to Lamborghinis

  • Chandigarh is known as the City Beautiful because of its well-planned structure and architecture.
  • Divided as per sectors, Sector -13 does not exist in Chandigarh since it is deemed to be an unlucky number.
  • “Open Hand” is the official emblem of Chandigarh symbolising its spirit of generosity. It also stands for peace and reconciliation.
  • The city has constructed cycle tracks alongside the roads for all those traveling in cycles, deeming it to be a Cycler’s Paradise.

 

Location: Resting on the foothills

A tryst with the hills, Chandigarh is located on the foot of the Shivalik Ranges. It is enclosed by three states; Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

 

Timings: Best time to visit

The most suitable time to visit Chandigarh would be right before and during the onset of the winter season. From late September to early December, the weather is rather pleasant which makes it a treat to sit under the sun at picturesque locations like the Rock Garden. The minimum temperature in October would be 17 C whereas 7 C in December.

 

How to get to Chandigarh: the land of desi ghee awaits you

By Road: Chandigarh is well connected to all the major cities with a timely availability of State government and private buses.

By Rail: The Chandigarh Railway station has trains running to and from all the major cities.

By Air: Regular flights are available from the Chandigarh Airport easily.

 

History: The land of celebrations

Chandigarh is a union territory serving as the capital of its neighbouring states; Punjab and Haryana. As opposed to the daily chaos of many cities, Chandigarh is one of the most well-planned and disciplined places in the country. After the partition of India, Punjab was segregated into two parts. While the larger western part became a part of Pakistan with the Punjabi capital of Lahore, the eastern region was handed over to India. However, it was missing a cultural, economic and administrative centre. The new Indian Punjab was without a capital. After having looked at several options such as Phillaur, Shimla, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Karnal and Jalandhar, the Indian government finally chose Chandigarh in 1948. The capital became home to thousands of Hindu and Sikh refugees who had fled Muslim dominated Punjab.

 

Language Spoken

Punjabi

Currency used:

Indian Rupee (INR)

MAR-MAY 40oC
JUN-SEP 16oC
NOV-FEB 12oC

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Chandigarh Tourism Guide

Chandigarh as a destination exudes warmth and draws a lot of visitors from all over the country. The Chandigarh tourism packages guide you to an enthralling journey.You will have a great time shopping and enjoying the rich flavors of the northern part of our country, A trip to Chandigarh is a great place to relax. Be sure to savor Chandigarh tours as soon as you decide on the dates. The Chandigarh tourism guides are there to help you experience a stress-free adventure.

 

Situated in North India, Chandigarh serves as a capital to both the states of Haryana and Punjab. Chandigarh also has a good repute of being the first planned city in India and is acclaimed internationally not only for its magnificent architecture but also for a planned design

 

The first thing that will greet your sight on a Chandigarh tour is the geometrically lined houses of this green city, besides of course its extensive acres of rice fields. It is a planned city and boasts of an urban design. There is much for you to do and see on Chandigarh holidays, so book your vacation packages now. Being a well-planned garden city, these ours are a treat to nature lovers. Chandigarh boasts of planned infrastructure that adds an edge to it.

Head towards Leisure Valley for a memorable experience. Chandigarh travel packages present a chance of dalliance amidst a valley of gardens here. There is a garden of roses, bougainvillea and other flowers. Travel to Chandigarh to feast your eyes on the Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Open Hand Monument and Capitol complex.

The city’s active and happening nightlife is also another attraction. The city comes alive at night, with a blazing silhouette against the night sky. All these attractions make Chandigarh holiday packages popular among tourists.

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