ChandigarhIndia

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Visit Chandigarh

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

Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar
Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, India
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Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar

3.5/5(3 reviews)

While visiting Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, you might make a stop by sights like North Country Mall and Baba Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial.

Sector 22
Sector 22, Chandigarh, India
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Sector 22

1/5(1 review)

Sector 22 might not have many top sights, but Sector 17 and Zakir Rose Garden are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Top hotels in Chandigarh

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh
JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh
5 out of 5
£76
per night
3 Jan-4 Jan

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! (293 reviews)

"Best everything location service staff amazing food"…"

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2019

JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh
Hyatt Regency Chandigarh
Hyatt Regency Chandigarh
5 out of 5
178 Industrial and Business Park, Phase I, Chandigarh
£78
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Elante Mall and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Sukhna Lake. CII Convention Centre and Bird Sanctuary ...

4.4/5Excellent! (237 reviews)

"Amazing staff. Nice room. Good food I was here visiting from Canada and everything and everyone was better than expected."…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2019

Hyatt Regency Chandigarh
Taj Chandigarh
Taj Chandigarh
5 out of 5
£84
per night
8 Dec-9 Dec

Situated in Chandigarh, 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 within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (215 reviews)

"By far the best 5*Hotel in Chandigarh, from Harjit and all the security guys at the door, the managers desk and concierge very helpful and excellent service always, the front desk, all very helpful, all deserve extra credit. The breakfast staff, I wish I could name them all, little birdie who fell ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Nov 2019

Taj Chandigarh

Popular things to do in Chandigarh

Sector 17
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Sector 17

4/5(16 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to Sector 17, a favourite shopping spot in Chandigarh. Amble around the area's gardens or visit its spas.

Sukhna Lake
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Sukhna Lake

4.5/5(12 reviews)

After a day exploring Chandigarh's bustling streets, take a stroll around this man-made lake that attracts artists, fishermen and boaters.

Rock Garden
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Rock Garden

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Wander this magical sculpture garden, which was born from a dumping ground, and admire the abstract and wonderful statuettes that were created from recycled waste.

Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park
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Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park

4.5/5(3 reviews)

This sleek modern complex serves as a cradle for information technology and innovation in Chandigarh. 

Government Museum and Art Gallery
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Government Museum and Art Gallery

5/5(2 reviews)

Learn how the planned city of Chandigarh came to be at this architecture museum that sits within the city's premier historic institute. 

Zakir Rose Garden
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Zakir Rose Garden

4/5(3 reviews)

Smell the heady scents and admire the colors of a vast collection of rose species that fill this beautiful garden.

Top activities in Chandigarh

Tour of government buildings,art gallery & museum-Chandigarh
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Tour of government buildings,art gallery & museum-Chandigarh

£40

The city of Chandigarh (which is federal government administered city) is beautifully located below the Shivalik hills. The layout of the city and most of the public buildings, including the Secretariat, the Legislative Assembly and the High Court were designed by the famous French architect Le Corbusier.

Delhi & Chandigarh Full Day Tour Including Lunch
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Delhi & Chandigarh Full Day Tour Including Lunch

£94

Immerse yourself with a trip to Chandigarh by a private transfer from New Delhi. Serenity and a city are two diametrically opposite concepts, which however, get belied in the 'City Beautiful'. Chandigarh is a rare epitome of modernization co-existing with nature's preservation.

Kufri City tour from Chandigarh (Pick up from Hotel)
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Kufri City tour from Chandigarh (Pick up from Hotel)

£54

Enjoy the mountains, valleys and greenery in Kufri day excrusion from Chandigarh to Chandigarh 100 percent guaranteed Pickup from city center hotel by Navigers rep. 0 miss since 2012 dfrMAHASU PEAK - Mahasu peak is popular view point and where one arrives in Winter for some fun with snow.

Reviews of Chandigarh

4

Top Destination

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5 - Excellent 40%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 40%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 8%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Sep 2019

Love Chandigarh nice and clean

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

23 Jun 2019

It is a option in this region to visit a very nice and modern city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Jun 2019

Very well planed city nice to rome around cleanliness up to mark

1/5 - Terrible

Chris

12 Mar 2019

I would not stay or recommend this hotel

4/5 - Good

wright

27 Feb 2019

Lovely hotel, food and drink at the hotel can be quite pricey though

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

18 Feb 2019

Disappointing

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