ChandigarhIndia

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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, India
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Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar

3.5/5Good!(4 area 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.

Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar
Sector 22, Chandigarh, India
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Sector 22

1/5(1 area review)

When in Sector 22, you can plan a visit to Sector 17 and Zakir Rose Garden, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Sector 22

Top hotels in Chandigarh

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh
JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh
5 out of 5
Rs7,003
per night
Mar 20 - Mar 21

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! (312 reviews)

"Excellent service, rooms are really clean. Food is great."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jan 2020

JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh
Hyatt Regency Chandigarh
Hyatt Regency Chandigarh
5 out of 5
178 Industrial and Business Park, Phase I, Chandigarh
Rs6,370
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

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! (257 reviews)

"On the whole it was good but minor bits like blocked bath wster outlet And no heating"…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Hyatt Regency Chandigarh
Taj Chandigarh
Taj Chandigarh
5 out of 5
Rs6,000
per night
Mar 16 - Mar 17

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! (219 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 browse for souvenirs when you visit Sector 17, a popular 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(13 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.

Reviews of Chandigarh

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

Food was very god and friendly staff

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 8, 2019

Love Chandigarh nice and clean

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jun 23, 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jun 17, 2019

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

1/5 - Terrible

Chris

Mar 12, 2019

I would not stay or recommend this hotel

4/5 - Good

wright

Feb 27, 2019

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

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