Chandigarh is one of the better designed, modern cities in India. Also known as â€˜The City Beautiful', it is famous for its interesting architectural wonders, grand civic buildings, several gardens, lakes and monuments and numerous other interesting attractions. Owing to its location in the Shivaliks and proximity to other metropolitian cities, it is often considered as a haven for retired pensioners, professionals and a perfect destination for a quick mid-week break for the locals in other parts of North India. Keeping up its age old traditions while acquiring new customs and practices, festivals and celebrations are a major attraction in Chandigarh. Also, the city has a thriving nightlife. Accommodation here ranges from luxury hotels to standard guesthouses to extraordinary villas. Chandigarh International Airport receives flights from all over the world.
Top Attractions in ChandigarhChandigarh is blessed with some of the most spectacular and interesting places to visit. Capitol Complex, Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, Government Museum and Art Gallery, Open Hand Monument, Elante Mall, Fateh Burj and the Garden of Fragrance are some of the key tourist attractions that welcome large number of guests. The Sukhna Lake and the Leisure Valley are the best spots to enjoy jogging, walking, early morning yoga and other recreational activities while enjoying the best of natureâ€™s wonders.
Shopping in ChandigarhFrom traditional Phulkari (embroidery technique from the Punjab) to Punjabi juttis (footwear) to woollen garments and from handlooms and handicrafts to art pieces and khadi items, Chandigarh is truly a shopper's paradise offering everything under the sun. While the city is teeming with locals markets and bazaars, a few of the popular ones are Shastri Market, Palika Bazaar, Krishna Market, Patel Market, Furniture Market and Burali Market. For those of you looking for designer labels and brands, make you way to the city's famous Elante Mall.
Eating Out in ChandigarhOffering traditional Punjabi fare with a modern twist, food in Chandigarh is a big hit with the travellers. Prepared using generous doses of butter, Sheer Korma, Shahi Paneer, Punj Ratan Dal, Choley, Dal Handi, Lachha Parathas, Sarson ka Saag, Butter Chicken, Amritsari Fish and Tandoori Chicken are some of the most famous dishes served at restaurants here. For a perfect dining experience, you can visit any of the several fine dining restaurants in the city but enjoying a meal at a dhaba (a roadside food stall) in Chandigarh is an experience that has no match!
Best Time to Visit ChandigarhOwing to its location close to the Himalayas, the best time to visit Chandigarh is usually between August and November. During this time the weather here is mild, moderate and apt to enjoy the city attractions and nearby destinations. November to February is the peak tourist season in rest of India, so cheap airfares may not be easy to find. March and April are best months to enjoy the beautiful gardens and lakes in the city.