Located in the Northern part of India, Chandigarh is the capital of the state of Punjab. It is one of the most well planned and modernised cities in India. The city is known for its planning and lavish lifestyle. Spacious Roads and Green Patches are a feature of the city. Only 250 kms from Delhi, it is a beautiful weekend destination. Apart from its beauty, Chandigarh is also an important IT Hub for many Private and Multinational Corporations. The city has a large population of young people, and is very famous for its Nightclubs and Bars. The city also has a lot of Parks, Lakes and Green Areas. It is a modern city with Natural touch. Its tourist attractions have made this city famous among Indian and International Tourists. Its closeness from Delhi has increased tourism here.
Navigating around Chandigarh is easy. Since the city is small, places are not that far off. Buses and Auto rickshaws are the best sources of public transport. App based taxi services are also famous here. More importantly, they are cheap and easily accessible. In winters, you can also walk through the city or go from one place to another. Summers are very humid, making it uncomfortable to walk. So, if you are planning to walk through the city, visit in winters. Famous tourist attractions in Chandigarh include Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary, Chhatbir Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, Leisure Valley, Government Museum and Art Gallery, Tower of Shadows and International Dolls Museum. All these places are located at a small distance from each other. If you have a day extra, you can also visit Fun City Amusement Park or Pinjore Gardens. Pinjore Garden is located 50kms from the city, but is a distinctive sight.
Shopping in Chandigarh is good. There are a few shopping malls and complexes, which offer both local and international brands. It is a blend of International Brands, and generous offerings from local sellers. Chandigarh is like any other Tier 2 Indian city, with a small number of shopping areas. If you are an International traveller, you may find some good things to buy at reasonable price. If you are Indian, shopping may not excite you that much. We would suggest focusing more on exploring the city rather than shopping. Go for shopping only when you have some extra time.
Food in Chandigarh is very good. The Punjabi culture prevails all over the city. Restaurants, Cafes and Bars are located all over the city offering different kinds of Indian Food. As far as International cuisines are concerned, you may not find that many options. Mostly, Indian and Chinese food is available here. Food is a problem only when you are looking for any specific International taste. A few places also offer street food, which is a different experience altogether.
Chandigarh is a well-connected city. It has its own Domestic Airport, Bus Stands and Railway Stations. If you are travelling from any Indian city, you have all three options. International Travelers may have to land at Delhi or Amritsar, as there is no International Airport in Chandigarh. Both Amritsar and Delhi are 250kns from Chandigarh. For International Travelers, it is better to visit Delhi, and then travel by road to Chandigarh. The Road between Chandigarh and Delhi is better than between Chandigarh and Amritsar. So, land in Delhi.
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