Chandigarh is union territory, Located in the northern parts of India
and is the capital of two states namely Haryana and Punjab.
Capital of both Punjab and Haryana
Major Attraction :
The most beautiful modern city of India
Climate of Chandigarh :
38 °C - 20 °C;
25 °C - 6 °C.
Best Time to Visit:
October to April
The Charming City of India
Chandigarh, was designed by the European modernist architect Le Corbusier
in the year 1950. It is the cleanest and healthiest city in India. This
well-planned and well-organised city is a charm in concrete. The name of
Chandigarh originates from the name of Shri Chandika (the Godsess of Shakti)
whose temple adorns the northern border of the Chandigarh.
Chandigarh is a very modern planned town, with 50 sectors. There are
markets and shopping centres and basic utilities like schools in every
sector which limits the total distance of travel for the basic requirements
of day to day life. The sectors are well linked by means of an effective
transport system. There is a small airport and a railway station, serving
the transports requirement of the people. However probably the most
convenient means of arriving at Chandigarh from Delhi (the capital of India)
or Simla (a major tourist hill resort) is the bus.
Arriving At Chandigarh
Chandigarh is linked to all major urban centres in the region by road,
rail, and air.
: Chandigarh's airport is 12 km. from the City
Centre. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways connect Chandigarh with , Delhi, Leh
and Amritsar. The Corporation has a well maintained Tourist Information
Centre at the Airport.
By Trackways :
Chandigarh Railway Station is about 8 kms
from the City Centre in Sector 17. Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen
provide two train connections every day between Chandigarh and Delhi.
Chandigarh Transport Undertaking and the Corporation buses ply to and from
the railway station to coincide with the arrival and departure of important
By Roadways :
The Union Territory of Chandigarh is well
served by an excellent network of roads. The National Highways No. 21
(Ambala-Kinnaur) and 22 (Chandigarh-Leh) are the chief road arteries linking
Chandigarh with the rest of the country. The city is within motorable
distance from a number of popular towns and pilgrimage centres.
By Bus :
Buses of several State Road Transport
Corporations connect Chandigarh with many cities and towns of neighbouring
states. Buses may be air-conditioned, deluxe, semi-deluxe or ordinary. The
Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) is located in Sector 17 (City Centre).
Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU)
The CTU is an Undertaking of Chandigarh Administration. It provides both
inter state services and local transport services. The CTU coaches are well
managed. The important cities which are connected by CTU buses are Delhi,
Dehradun, Haridwar, Shimla, Manali, Katra (J&K) and major towns of
Punjab and Haryana.
Major Fascinationa at Chandigarh
Chandigarh is best known for its outstanding mixture of modern and folk
architecture. The Secretariat, the State Library, Super Market, Sukhna Lake,
Gulab Bag, Shanti Kunj, the Art Museum, the High Court, Bidhan Sabha
(secretariat) and the Panjab University - are each a fine specimen of modern
Rock Garden :
This is a major attraction for tourists in
Chandigarh, completed by Nekchand. Built with multicoloured fragments of
china and waste ceramics this magical garden covers an area of 64 acres, the
garden consists of a network of paths, chambers and canyons and shows an
excellent artistic treatment of recycling waste, a must visit attraction at
Sukna Lake :
Another spot in Chandigarh that attracts
tourists and residents is the Sukhna Lake with an area of 3 sq kms. Locals
take breezy walks along the banks of this artificial lake and there is
provision for boating and yachting on all days barring Monday.
Rose Garden (Gulab Bagh) :
In sector 16 of Chandigarh is
Asia's largest rose garden Zakir Gulab Bag spread over an area 30 acres.
Established in 1967, the garden was named after India's President, Zakir
Hussain. The garden shelters around 50,000 rose-bushes of 1600 species. This
garden is the venue of the annual Rose Festival, an event listed on the
national calendar of fairs and festivals. This is one of the main cultural
events of the city and attracts thousands of visitors.
The Super Market :
If you are a shopping buff then you can
try some at the Super Market. This shopping centre is also called sector 17
and is a poshly built up area with many large department stores (and
offices) and acts as the community centre for Chandigarh.
Mata Chandi devi's Temple :
The snow-white dome of Mata
Chandi devi's Temple on the north-east of the city is visible from across
the lake. It is considered to be an ancient site of major religious
significance and is one of the 12 Peeth Sthans for Hindus. Buses take
pilgrims between the city and the temple daily.