Plan a Weekend Getaway to Chandigarh and Relieve Stress

Stress is the new trending word of today’s generation owing to the increasing pressure of hectic jobs, chaotic home life and the bills to be paid to match the rising standards of living. Sometimes unplugging from the daily routine is the very thing needed to break the shackles of stress and what place can be better than the City Beautiful for detoxification.

Chandigarh known for its modern architecture and planning is quite traditional at heart making it the most desirable city in India as well as in the World. It is a perfect blend of old and new cultures, perhaps the City in Transition.

The Happiest City in India is the perfect weekend getaway to loosen up and make the best of stories for Monday. Let’s take a destressing tour of Chandigarh!

Green Nature of Chandigarh- Medicine for Mind

Green is the prime colour of Chandigarh city and that from which its loveliness arises. The wide tree-lined roads and warm smiling faces welcome the visitors with open hearts. The roadside trees, parks, and green belts are the reason behind reputing Chandigarh as the Green City. There are green belts in almost all sectors adding to the scenic beauty of the city. The gardens are always seen with playing happy children, enthusiast walkers, people attending yoga sessions and simply who just want to hang-out.

Leisure Valley Chandigarh, a continuum of several gardens is the best place to come and soak in the good vibes. It attracts people from all walks of life to catch a breath of fresh air and enjoy a stress-free day surrounded by lush greenery. The captivating beauty of this theme park has made it the most loved attraction for tourists. The 8km stretch consists of twelve parks, most famous being Rose Garden, Shanti Kunj, Bougainvillea Garden, terrace Garden, and Hibiscus Garden. This garland of the gardens is popularly known as the lungs of the City as it keeps the pollution away.

Known as the City of Garden, Chandigarh has green pockets in its every nook and corner that are perfect to catch a break from the humdrum routine and unwind with the loved ones. The greenery of the city symbolises growth, harmony, vitality, and renewal which is the perfect destress therapy for the weekend.

Hip and Happening Nightlife- After All Partying is the Best Cure for Stress

Hanging out with friends and family and partying till late at night is the best to forget about your daily problems and just infuse in the clamouring music. The City Beautiful comes to life once the sun goes down and witnesses the best nightlife. The daylight depicts the warm and friendly nature of the city while the moonlight brings out the nocturnal flock ready to party.

The city has myriads of clubbing, dining, exploring and entertaining options for the night owls and the party animals. Many tourists visit Chandigarh on weekends just to party hard and forget about their routine life. The city is bagging its reputation with the best of clubs, lounges bars, bistros and diners that are the heart of the nightlife in Chandigarh.

With an increasing number of beer lovers, the concept of microbreweries has gained popularity in Chandigarh in a short span attracting great tourism. Craft beer is becoming the new coffee of Chandigarh as it is the de facto choice for most of the youngsters. There are a lot of options for spending the perfect night with DJs, Dance floors and live music to bring out the party lover in the people around Sector- 7, 8, 9, 10, 26 and sector 35 along with Elante Mall. Just lay back, close eyes, sip wine and flush up all the worries in the magnetic beat of strings.

Shopping Hub- Retail Therapy Treatment

Shopping is the best remedy to cope up with stress at the end of a long week to boost up the mood and recharge with energy. The union territory is a shopaholic retreat with a variety ranging from street markets to fashionable world-class brands that can satiate the souls with or without any budget.

Chandigarh never gives a chance to leave empty-handed, it always finds something to buy for every kind of shopper. Jewellery shops, antiques, luxury brands, bookstores, home decors, record stores and much more can be found on the streets of this city.

Popularly known as the fashion capital of Punjab, Chandigarh is surfacing as the focal point for shopping for the neighbouring states and has lots to offer to the tourists as well. The shopping spree for all pockets includes Sector 17 Plaza, Sector 22 Shastri Market, Palika Bazar of Sector 19, Patel Market and the Elante Mall which are easy to reach by autos, taxi services, and CTU buses.


To wind up it can be said, just pack the bags for a perfect weekend getaway to the City Beautiful to release all the stress and get energise. After all, it is said for a reason that “Happiness is being in Chandigarh.”

Explore the Real Chandigarh

Quaintly located in the foothills of Shivalik, Chandigarh is one of the best cities in India with perfect urban layout and modern architecture. The dream city of India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was designed with utmost precision by the Swiss-French architect, Le Corbusier who gave this country a masterpiece to cherish forever.

Only a few hours’ drive from the Capital, the City Beautiful offers a lot of fascinating things from structural wonders, galleries to clamouring nightlife making it the preferred weekend getaway spot in North India. Whether it’s the mouth-watering eateries or a drive along the smooth tree-lined roads, Chandigarh ensures a memorable good time.

Chandigarh is a well-connected city and the easy availability of a taxi service, autos and buses make it favourable for travellers to pay a visit to the beautiful city. Whether trekking with friends, voyaging solo or moving with the family close by, Chandigarh offers a lot of things to do for every traveller such as:

Scenic Sukhna Lake

This man-made lake was created by damming the seasonal Sukhna stream that cascades down the Shivalik Hills. The peaceful and serene atmosphere of the lake makes it the best spot for relaxation and recreation. Whether locals who want to enjoy the sunrise with the morning walks or the travellers who just want to engage in the boating, Sukhna Lake attracts everybody.

The rain-fed lake is favourite spot for bird watchers as the migratory birds like Siberian duck, storks and cranes find shelter in this place. Owing to its surreal view, one can find people sitting on the banks admiring the shimmering water and the misty mountains in the back. It is a must-visit place for people planning a trip to Chandigarh.

Sukhna Lake

Garden without flowers-Rock Garden

This best out-of-waste garden is the creation of the genius mind of Nek Chand who turned his fantasy into reality. It consists of thousands of sculptures using stones, debris and other junk leftovers by the fifty villages that were replaced by this city.

The sprawling mark seems like a dreamland with thin passageways, amphitheatre, a small well, swing park, a stupendous waterfall and an ethnic business sector at the end.

Rock Garden

Sector 17 Plaza

The mall-going generation can never understand the fun of shopping at the heart of Chandigarh- Sector 17 Plaza. It is a perfect blend of top-line stores, wonderful nearby boutiques, and cheap street market goods. Browse from branded things to old coffee shops, electronic merchandise to book shops, handicrafts to ice cream parlours, it has tons to offer to the shopaholics and travellers.

Licking from the favourite soft cone while watching the awesome musical fountains with lights at night is the perfect therapy one needs after a long day. Like most of the Punjabi songs, a trip to Chandigarh is also incomplete without including Sector 17.


The brain of Chandigarh- Panjab University

One of the oldest top-notch universities of India, Panjab University is the mother of many talents who gave birth to big personalities including astronaut Kalpana Chawla, former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi among many more. The environment of this university is amazing where one can see happy faces of youngsters and fleet of vehicles ranging from bikes, open jeeps, scooters to posh cars. It has a huge multi-stored library which is always packed with students, shopping complex, health clinic, an open theatre, and fine arts museum.

The heart of the University lies in the Student Centre which is marked by the cylindrical building. The best and cheapest food found at the student centre which is always filled by the students with books in one hand and plates in the other.  The road to Gandhi Bhawan with tall waving Palm trees is a sight not to be missed.

Panjab University

Museums for History Buffs

Chandigarh also houses some of the top museums that have diverse themes from partition to modern art. The memories of partition can be recalled with some great handicrafts with the Government Museum and Art Gallery located at sector 10 symbolised by a miniature of Eiffel Tower in front. Paying a visit to National History Museum enhances the knowledge of palaeontology, geology, climatology, and ecosystems.  Further, the office of Le Corbusier was transformed into the Museum which displays his work not only for Chandigarh but Japan and America as well.

On the spree to visiting museums, art lovers must remember to plan these museums too with the taxi service in Chandigarh including the National Gallery of Portraits, International doll Museum, Fine Arts Museum, High Court Museum, Rag Doll Museum and Horticulture Museum.

Museums for History Buffs

Lush Green Forests

Chandigarh has a huge area under forest cover and the administration has preserved them beautifully making it one of the best tourist attractions. The forest areas are found mostly around Sukhna Lake, Sukhna Choe and ‘Patiala ki Rao’. Kansal forest located behind the lake has a resting lodge which is surrounded by grassy lawns and colourful flower beds along with small water reserves.

Another reserve forest, Nepali is located at a short distance from Kansal and is a bit more wildly than the latter. It is surrounded by small hills on two sides and the whole area is covered by a thick forest full of wildlife such as antelopes, blue bulls, hyena, jackals, and hares. There is a small rest house amidst green and flowery lawns making it perfect for nature lovers to spend time.


Remarkable Elante Mall

A perfect blend of fashion, décor, movies, and finger-licking food, this high-end mall is largest in the city and mostly attracts the young crowd by top clothing brands, numerous gastronomic delights, trendy nightclubs, playing areas for kids, rejuvenating spas and huge cinema halls.

Well known with all taxi services, autorickshaws, and bus routes, this mall allows visitors to spend an entire day shopping without getting bored. It has become one of the favourite spots for the people of Chandigarh and is always on top of the list for travellers.

Elante mall


Known for a town lifestyle with a modern touch, Chandigarh is another city with clamouring nightlife having the best of the international brands and clubs for people who have just heard of it, but the real Chandigarh lies in the authentic places mentioned above. It is not just a city, but an emotion for the people of Chandigarh who live it every day of life, no matter where they are in the world.