Having stayed in Chandigarh for 3 years during my early career, I can say that this is one of the best cities in India – well planned and well maintained. I first came here from United Kingdom traveling within the comforts of British Airways. The marvelous street markets within each sector with the absence of big gigantic malls does make this place different from any other cities going through your mind right now. Be it the Saturday nightlife options or Sunday brunch options, there are many unique places you could enjoy your time at.
From hotels like JW Marriott to various other boutique gems, visitors are spoilt for choice as it brings out the best of both worlds – old and new. From the best 3 years of my life, here are a few things you could do to enjoy your time there
Shop till you drop at Sector 17
If you are looking for the most fashionable and trendiest clothes and designer wear then Sector 17 is the place to be. Check out its blend of top of the line stores and cozy boutiques. Browse from branded attire to handicraft items including clothing, shoes, electronic merchandise and much more. Whether it’s a family occasion or a simply a shopping spree, there’s a lot in store.
Take in the view at Pinjore Gardens
Enjoy restored Mughal-era greenery enclosures that are spread across seven levels. This includes castles, yards, a zoo and also a Japanese garden. A water channel goes through the whole stretch, and fountains are found at intervals. The garden was laid out in the seventeenth century by the Mughal legislative leader of Punjab, Nawab Fidai Khan.
Explore Rock Garden
This park is unlike the city of Chandigarh which is spread out in a grid like structure. This Rock Garden is laid out in a unique, dream land approach with thin passageways, amphitheaters, staircases, a waterfall and an ethnic business sector at the end.
Have your fill of caffeine
Established over 40 years ago, the Indian Coffee House is an unusual experience for those that love their coffee. Packed with locals, it is an experience that you must explore and is perfect for breakfast and lunch.
Take the Magical Chandigarh Bicycle Tour
Chandigarh by cycle offers visitors a unique way to discover the city on bikes. Their tour marks out several well-known landmarks. The 3 hour tour acquaints you with beautiful sights of the city.
Stretch your legs at the Sukhna Lake
Sukhna Lake is special in the mornings as you watch the birds gently wake and fly to different parts of the lake. I remember my morning and evening walks here from one end of the lake to the other. This is such a perfect way to end any day!
Stop over at the Le Corbusier Centre
Learn stories about Chandigarh’s famous structure and historic past as you look through photos at its galleries that were created by chief draftsman, Le Corbusier.
At the centre, stands the Open Hand Monument measuring 26 metres high. It is outlined by the architect Le Corbusier. Chandigarh has the biggest of Le Corbusier’s numerous Open Hand sculptures.
Visit the City Museum
The City Museum was set up in 1997 to to gather, save and show the planning and architectural improvement that went into the novel urban planning of the city. The story is told through sketches, maps, models, photos and letters.
Chandigarh has so much to offer and gives you an experience of a well maintained modern city. With its calm surroundings and pleasant, plan your travel to Chandigarh today.