The beautiful city of Chandigarh is worth visiting for the travelers. It is one of the best-planned cities of India and is renowned for its splendid landscapes and magnificent architecture. The city is easily accessible from the other key cities of India besides the states of Haryana and Punjab.
Chandigarh is home to many gardens, the most famous being Rock Garden and Rose Garden. The other gardens are Leisure Valley, Rajendra Park, Sector 1,Bougainvillea Garden, Sector-3, Shanti Kunj, Sector16, Children Traffic Park, Hibiscus Garden, Sector 36, and Garden Of Fragrance, Sector 36
The art and culture of the city is represented in its Cultural Complex, Lalit Kala, Sahitya and Sangeet Natak Academy, Pracheen Kala Kendra, Theaters and Auditoriums.
The other noteworthy landmarks of the city are The High Court, The Secretariat, The Legislative Assembly, and The Open Hand Monument. The city offers decent accommodation facilities to the tourists.
The main shopping and commercial centre of Chandigarh is Sector-17. This vast commercial complex is partly pedestrianised. It provides something for everyone, from hectic business activity to unhurried window shopping and even crowd gazing in the vicinity of the fountain. Big showrooms and departmental stores cater to the needs of shoppers. Government Emporia, innumerable shops, eateries, coffee houses, bars & pubs keep the visitor completely occupied.
Other places for shopping : Additionally, every sector in Chandigarh has its own shopping facility. Prominent among these are the shopping facilities provided in Sectors 7,9,15,18,19,22,34,35 & 37. For your convenience we list names of the prominent money changers, government emporia, bookshops, photographers and florists.
Chandigarh, like other cities and town in the plains of northern India, is hot in summer. Day temperatures go up to 44° Centigrade during May and June. Between July and September, the monsoons bring some respite. Winters, however, are pleasant with night temperatures dropping to 2° C in January.
The best climate in Chandigarh is from Saptembar to April. Winters are cold & fairly heavy woollens are required. The average temperature of 43° C. Monsoons last from July to Saptembar.
Summers in Chandigarh are real hot. So anything light is the best for the season. People don't get sunburns, but for protection sake one should wear covered dresses.
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, architect to the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. According to Hindu mythology, the Pandava brothers rested at this place during their exile. The gardens are laid out over more than 100 acres on a sloping site with fountains and pavilions. It is open on all days and accommodation is available in at Rang Mahal and Sheesh Mahal.
Bhima Devi Temple:22 kms from Chandigarh on the Pinjore Kalka Road. The shrine, part of the Panchayatan group of temples, dates back to the 11th and 14th centuries. Ancient idols unearthed from this spot are on display.
Chattbir Zoo: 15 kms from Chandigarh on the Chandigarh-Patiala Road. The zoo spreads over an extensive wooded area on the banks of the Ghaggar river. More than 100 different mammals, birds and reptiles are kept at the zoo. It also has a large population of lions and tigers which can be viewed from safari vehicles.
Cactus Garden:This unique garden laid out over several acres in the heart of Panchkula contains hundreds of species of cactii and succulents -- some of them extremely rare. It draws not only tourists but botanists.
Mansa Devi & Chandi Mandir: 10 kms from Chandigarh in Panchkula. These two temples were pilgrimage spots long before Chandigarh came into being. The goddess Chandi gave her name to the city. These temples are typical examples of North Indian temple architecture. Attached to the Mansa Devi temple is a large garden of sacred plants.
Bhakra-Nangal: 116 km from Chandigarh. This is the highest dam of its kind in the world; it spans the Satluj river. The hydroelectric station here provides power not only for Chandigarh but for Delhi and many other cities. A 40 square km reservoir, the Gobind Sagar stretches out behind the dam. Restaurant, boating facilities and accommodation are available.
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Rock Garden - Chandigarh
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Morni Hills: 23 kms from Chandigarh. This high spur of the Shivaliks is a protected forest and a favorite spot for trekkers and nature lovers. One can definitely expect to see peacocks, rhesus monkeys and langoors; take the help of a Forest Ranger to get a glimpse of nilgai and sambhar and leopards. Several hotels, including Mountain Quail run by the Haryana Tourism Corporation offer accommodations.
Kasauli: 77 km from Chandigarh. A hill station popular for its unspoiled charm and quiet trails. At night one gets a lovely view of the lights of Chandigarh from here. Many reputed public schools are located near Kasauli.
Chail: 107 kms from Chandigarh. Built by the Maharaja of Patiala as a summer palace, Chail is now a posh hotel. Chail boasts the world's highest cricket pitch in addition to superb views of the mountains.
Attractions and Places to Visit in Chandigarh
Punjab University: Visitors to Chandigarh should see the Punjab University Building in sector 14 where parks and pools all over it have enhanced the whole terrace and almost all tourists capture the charm of Gandhi Bhavan with their cameras. Tourists are impressed by the novelty of design of the University Library Building and the Circular Studentps Bhavan.
Rock Garden: This magic garden is another attraction for travelers built by Nekchand, with multicoloured pieces of useless stones and other throwaway. In summer it is open from 9-13.00 hrs. and 15-19.00 hrs. From October to March, they are open from 9-13.00 hrs. and 14-18.00 hrs
Rose Garden: This is Asiaps largest rose garden, Zakir Gulab Bag spread out over 30 acres of land, in sector 16. Here bloom 50,000 rose-trees of 1600 species. One can only see the flowers and cannot pluck them.
Shopping Centre: Super Market or shopping centre is at sector 17 surrounding Nilam Cinema and consists of several sky-high mansions which attracts the tourists.
Sukhna Lake: This 3-square-kilometre rain fed lake created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe, is a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills. Serious ‘walkers’ pursue an exercise regime and families enjoy an evening stroll. It attracts migratory birds from lands as far as Siberia and elsewhere.
The Museum & art gallery: The museum is situated in Sector 10-C, opposite Leisure Valley and Rose Garden. It possesses the largest collection of the world famous Gandhara Sculptures after Lahore. The adjacent museum contains fossils and implements of prehistoric humans found in India. It opens for public daily between 10:00 a. m. and 4:30 p.m. except on Mondays, national and public holidays.
The Secretariat building: The Secretariat is the largest of these edifices in the Capitol Complex and is the headquarters of both Punjab and Haryana governments. The cafeteria rests atop the terrace and one can have a spectacular view of the city.
How to Reach Chandigarh
By Air: Chandigarh is connected to Delhi (daily) and Amritsar (bi-weekly) by flights of Indian Airlines. There is also a weekly flight to Leh from Chandigarh. Jet Airways has daily flights to Chandigarh from Delhi. The airport is 11 km away from the main city.
By Rail: The railway station is 7 km away from the city center. It is well connected to the major cities of India like Delhi (238 km), Bikaner (575 km), and Jodhpur (827 km).
By Road: Chandigarh is well connected by road to almost every small and big town in northern India. Frequent buses ply from Chandigarh to Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and even Rajasthan. One has a varied choice that includes luxury buses, ordinary buses and taxis, all of which are readily available.