Chandigarh is the modern city of India and is known as planned city and it is also one of the Union territories of India. The city lies in the valley surrounded by Shiwalik Hills that hem the great Himalayas . The population in chandigarh is about 9.5 lakhs.
Best season to visit chandigarh is : October to March.
Various places that can be travelled from Chandigarh:
By travelling towards northwards one can reach the hill resorts of Shimla Kullu, Manali, Dharmashala and Dalhousie. As I mentioned earlier Chandigarh is not only the most modern city in the country but has been planned to perfection by the world famous French architect Le Corbusier.
Places to visit in Chandigarh:
This is the garden which consists of art objects, which are nicely designed from Industrial and Urban wastes. These objects are dispersed in about 20 acres and it is always with crowd of visitors coming from all over the World. Mainly artists come from all over the world to see this unique open hall of exhibition .
The creator of Rock Garden is Nek chand who is an Road inspector in the Engineering Department of chandigarh Capital project. This is no doubt a very good tourist spot in Chandigarh and one can understand ,how urban and industrial waste can be fruitfully recycled and used in creative pursuit.
Rose garden is known to be the largest Rose Garden in Asia and it has about 1,600 varieties of Roses spreaded in an area of 27 acres. It not only has Roses but along with we can find trees of medicinal values includes bel, bahera, harar, camphor and yellow gulmohar and some unique specimen trees which is enhancing the beauty of the garden.
This garden was established in the year 1967 and it is named after India’s former president, Zakir Hussain and this was established under guidance of Chandigarh’s first Chief Commissioner late Dr M S Randhawa. This garden is acting as the venue of the annual Festival of Gardens, an event listed on the National Calendar of Fairs and festivals and on this day we can find thousands of visitors. Wow, so if you like Roses and gardens one should visit this place.
Sukhna lake is the 3 sq km rainfed lake was created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills and actually , the seasonal flow entered the lake directly causing heavy siltation . To check the inflow of silt, land measuring 2542 hectares was acquired in the catchments area and put under vegetation.
Place for all Ages:
On weekends one can hear the melodius strains of music performed by great artists at he banks of the lake. This is the great picnic spot for the chandigarhs and in short one can say it is the peaceful spot for many of the people. During evening, this place is crowded with all ages of people. Children love this place as there a number of joy rides and toy train and also families enjoy by going for a boat ride.
We can see various migratory birds:
In sukhna during the winter months, we can find many exotic migratory birds like the Siberian duck, Storks and Cranes and it is declared as a protected national Wetland by Government of India.
Venue for Championships:
The Lake, which was the venue for the Asian Rowing Championships, has the longest channel for rowing and yachting events in Asia
You can even take membership in Lake club:
Sukhna has a membership based Lake Club which consists of open lawns, a gym, indoor games, swimming pool and tennis courts with both synthetic and grass courts. Boating, rowing, sculling, sailing, kayaking and water skiing can be enjoyed throughout the year.
Government Museum and Art Gallery:
The Government Museum & Art Gallery was designed as a building for the Museum by Le Corbusier and it came into being on the 6th of May, 1968 with untiring efforts of Late M.S. Randhawa, the then Chief Commissioner. The museum possess the largest collection of the World Famous Gandhara Sculptures after Lahore and there is a library which has about 4600 books and references of arts and allied subjects and this was made with an objective to meet the needs of the scholars and students.
The Art Galleries are classified as follows:
- Gandhara and Hindu Sculptures
- Miniature Paintings :
Here you can find painting according to Religionwise, the paintings may be divided into 3 categories – Buddhist, Hindu & Mohammedan. One can find a wide range of paintings here
- Contemporary Art Gallery
- Decorative Arts and Coins
Leisure Valley –
This valley is spread over 6 km and is in accordance with the plan. Actually, during the monsoon, there runs a natural storm-water channel through the middle of the city, locally called a nullah and this nullah along with the adjoining land has been converted into what is called the leisure valley.
Starting from the foot of the hills to the west of the Capitol Complex, this valley extends into sector 3 and crosses over into sector 10.
Shopping At Chandigarh:
CITY CENTRE SECTOR 17
The main shopping and commercial centre of Chandigarh is Sector 17 and this vast commercial complex is a pedestrian’s paradise with four main piazzas meeting at a ‘chowk’. This is the place for all type of people and all ages from hectic business activity to unhurried window shopping and even crowd gazing in the vicinity of the fountain. Air-conditioned showrooms and departmental stores cater to the needs of shoppers. Government Emporia, innumerable shops, eateries, coffee houses, bars and pubs keep the visitor fully engrossed mainly during the weekends.
Various ways to reach Chandigarh:
The Union Territory of Chandigarh is well served by an excellent network of roads. The National Highways No. 21 (Ambala-Kinnaur) and 22 (Chandigarh-Leh) are the chief road arteries linking Chandigarh with the rest of the country. The city is within motorable distance from a number of popular towns and pilgrimage centres. You can hire a cab or Car service available locally.
Buses of several State Road Transport Corporations connect Chandigarh with many cities and towns of neighbouring states. Buses may be air-conditioned, deluxe, semi-deluxe or ordinary. The Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) is located in Sector 17 (City Centre).
Chandigarh Railway Station is about 8 kms from the City Centre in Sector 17. Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen provide two train connections every day between Chandigarh and Delhi. Paschim Express connects the city to Mumbai. Chandigarh Transport Undertaking and the Corporation buses ply to and from the railway station to coincide with the arrival and departure of important trains. CITCO coach offers free transfer to CITCO hotels as complementary.
For further information regarding the trains you can visit the official website of Indian Railways link given here: Please Click Here
Chandigarh’s airport is 12 km. from the City Centre. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways connect Chandigarh with , Delhi, Bombay, Jammu & Srinagar. The Corporation has a well maintained Tourist Information Centre at the Airport.
For information regarding various services of Airlines please visit the official links of Airways given below:
Indian Airlines: Please Click Here
Jet Airways: Please Click Here
Kingfisher: Please click here
Go Air: Please Click Here
Hotels in Chandigarh:
Hotel Mountview ***** Star:
Sector 10. Tel: 2743126, 2740544, Fax: 2742220, 2742565
Please visit the Website of Hotel Mountview for further information:
Four Star hotels in Chandigarh:
Hotel Regency **** Star
SCO 329-32, Sector-35-B
Please visit the Website of Hotel Regency for further information:
Hotel Piccadilly **** Star
Himalya Marg, Sector 22-B
Please visit the Website of Hotel piccadilly for further information:
Hotel Sunbeam **** Star
Udyog Path, Sector 22-B,
Please visit the Website of Hotel Sunbeam for further information:
Some More Hotels in Chandigarh:
SCO-22, Madhya Marg, Sector 26,
Hotel Maya Palace
SCO 325-328, Sector 35-B,
Hotel Park Inn
SCO 433-36, Sector 35-C
Himalaya Marg, Sec. 22-C
2700045-48, Fax: 2700051
SCO 469-70, Sector 35-C
Tel: 2661070, Fax: 2661429
and many more.