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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.