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Chandigarh

Travel Guide
Yadavindra Gardens which includes a garden

India’s first planned city is a fascinating spot to visit, with its wide boulevards, manicured gardens and one of the country’s most popular attractions.

Visit the planned city of Chandigarh and see a different side to India. Shop in air-conditioned malls or enjoy relaxing in the peaceful parks and gardens. Enjoy the best food and drink in the region and visit the galleries and museums of this fascinating urban experiment.

Chandigarh is the state capital of both the Punjab and Haryana regions, but it is also a separate Union territory. Construction of the town began in 1952, according to plans by Swiss architect Le Corbusier, who envisaged a city that symbolized India’s future. Walk through the wide streets and notice how clean, ordered and prosperous the city is. While the straight lines and neatly clipped greenery may not be to everyone’s taste, it is certainly a dramatic contrast to India’s other cities.

Make sure you visit the famous Rock Garden. It was started in 1958 by former civil servant Nek Chand, who built a small sculpture garden from pieces of broken ceramic and glass. The garden has since expanded to cover around 20 acres (8 hectares). Explore the grottos, marvel at the colorful sculptures and lose yourself in this remarkable wonderland.

Other attractions include the attractive Rose Garden and Sukhna Lake at the foot of the Himalayas, where you can walk along the paths or relax with a picnic.

Getting around Chandigarh is easy, as areas are divided into numbered sections with good bus links. If you want to shop and eat, head to Sector 17, a short ride from the hotels in Sector 22.

Fly into Chandigarh Airport or catch a fast train from Delhi. Away from India’s traditional bustling markets and noisy crowds, Chandigarh lets you experience another side of this fascinating country.

Where to stay in Chandigarh

Taj Chandigarh
Taj Chandigarh
5 out of 5
The price is £76 per night from 1 Aug to 1 Aug
Situated in a state park, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Government Museum and Art Gallery and Sector 17. Rock Garden and Sukhna Lake are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (232 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2021

Taj Chandigarh
JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh
JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh
5 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £87 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Located in the heart of Chandigarh, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Bird Sanctuary and Sector 17. Elante Mall is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.
4.5/5Wonderful! (352 reviews)
"Excellent property and well mannered staff"

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2021

JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh
Hyatt Regency Chandigarh
Hyatt Regency Chandigarh
5 out of 5
178 Industrial and Business Park, Phase I, Chandigarh
The price is £81 per night from 27 Jul to 27 Jul
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Elante Mall, CII Convention Centre and Bird Sanctuary. Sector 17 and Sukhna Lake are ...
4.4/5Excellent! (289 reviews)
"I booked it for my parents and they had such a good time. Would definitely come back with them."

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

Hyatt Regency Chandigarh
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Malik's Villa Menage
Malik's Villa Menage
2.5 out of 5
603, sector 16 D, Chandigarh
Located in the heart of Chandigarh, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Panjab University and Sector 17. Rock Garden is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.
Malik's Villa Menage
Spacious 3 BHK Apartment
Spacious 3 BHK Apartment
Situated in Kharar, this apartment building is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Baba Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial and within 6 miles (10 km) of North Country Mall and ...
Spacious 3 BHK Apartment
OYO 13463 Home Studio Valley view Kumarhatti
OYO 13463 Home Studio Valley view Kumarhatti
2.5 out of 5
SH2 - Kumarhatti Solan Road, Solan, Himachal Pradesh
Situated in Solan, this apartment building is 9.2 mi (14.9 km) from Shoolini Temple and within 32 miles (52 km) of Gurudwara Nada Sahib and Morni Hills. E-Aysa ...
OYO 13463 Home Studio Valley view Kumarhatti
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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