Listed as the only place from India in NY Times for the places to visit in 2018 across the globe
Providing the perfect blend of the authentic Indian culture and the fast-growing modern influence, Chandigarh is the right place for you to visit and it has something special for all the travelers. The joint capital of Punjab and Haryana is known for the mesmerizing Sukhna Lake, the beautiful Nek Chand Rock Garden, the pride of Chandigarh, the Capitol Complex and many other places. For the lovers of Gedhi, there is a special Gedhi Route for them where they can ride their cars and indulge themselves in the true spirit of Chandigarh. You can hire a full day cab in Chandigarh and see the city in its best form. It is the only place in India to reserve its name in the New York Times 52 places to visit across the globe.
The reason for getting the name on the list is that it is described as the “green city and the mecca for architecture lovers” and it lies at number 43 amongst the 52 places in the list. The place bagged its name in the list due to the Capitol Complex, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A few other notable buildings include the Le Corbusier-designed government compound and the Oberoi Sukhvilas which is located over 8,000 acres of forest outside the Chandigarh city. The city is blessed with greenery and the canopy of trees provides the ambient path for taking a stroll in the evening with your loved ones. Also known as the City of Gardens, there are a lot of gardens and parks in Chandigarh where you can head for a morning or an evening walk. Talking about the architecture, every sector of Chandigarh has dimension 800 meters by 1200 meters and each sector is spread over an area of 250 acres.
Travel locations in Chandigarh sorted for you
Whether you are a nature lover or a secluded café person or a party animal, Chandigarh has something unique and special for you. You can hire one of the full day cabs in Chandigarh and begin your expedition. The center of city, Sector 17 is known for the young and quirky vibe during the evenings. It offers you a huge variety of international restaurants and cafes to choose from, having different varieties of cuisines for you to relish. Oriental Blossom, Cloud 9, Whistler and Orchid Garden are some of the top restaurants where you can visit during your trip to Chandigarh.
Take a stroll along the Sukhna Lake –
The fresh and crispy vibe of Sukhna Lake provides just the best kick-start to your day filling it with energy and positivity. You can witness people of almost every age group there in the morning. There are kids wandering around, young and the old people jogging and working out, and some just sitting and breathing in the fresh air of the morning.
Explore the best out of waste at Rock Garden –
Along Sukhna Lake lies the renowned Rock Garden famous for the art objects made out of industrial and urban waste. It houses an open-air exhibition hall, a miniature maze, and a theatre trove. You can witness a folk world there, which consists of soldiers, temples, village life, and monkeys, all built from castaway glass bangles, discarded chinaware, and broken fluorescent tubes.
Time for some street shopping –
If you love street shopping, Shastri Market, which is located in Sector 22, is the ideal destination for you. You can reach there easily by renting a car in Chandigarh and you can buy different items from there according to your interests. It has jewelry for ladies, clothing for men, women, and kids, many gifts and artificial flower shops. It also has a lot of food stalls from where you can enjoy the famous street food of Chandigarh. You must be a really good bargainer, else you will end up getting looted in this market.
Other Activities in Chandigarh:
For the lovers of wildlife –
Chhatbir Zoo is the animal and bird lovers’ paradise and houses 369 mammals, 400 birds, and 20 reptiles. Some of the species of birds and animals that can be seen there include Sloth bear, Zebra, Blackbuck, Baboon, Asiatic lion, Jaguar, amongst many others. The zoo is loved equally by the kids as well as the elderly people.
Get mesmerized by the charm of roses –
If you are planning to see the Zakir Husain Rose Garden, then make sure that you plan your travel during the winter season. This way, you will be able to catch sight of different species of rose, blooming in their majestic demeanor.
When it is all about books and coffee –
For those who just love to spend time with their favorite novel over a cup of coffee, Chandigarh has a lot to offer. It has a range of cafes that you can visit and have a delightful experience. Some cafes that are on the top of the list are Café Nomad, Oven Fresh, Backpackers’ Café and The Willow Café.
The colossal Elante Mall –
One of the biggest malls of India, Elante Mall is located in Chandigarh and it is the one-stop shopping destination for all the shopaholics and you can find all the national as well as international brands under one roof there. The food court houses all the major restaurants like Pirates of Grill, Boathouse, Pyramid, Brooklyn Central, Nando’s and OvenFresh.
Head out from Chandigarh to see breathtaking Manali
This city is readily connected to all the major hill stations of Himachal Pradesh. One can easily rent a car from Chandigarh to Manali and other hill stations like Dharamshala and Barot. Outstation cabs from Chandigarh can be boarded easily and the Chandigarh to Manali cab service is considered the best way to reach Manali without hassles. There is regular bus service from Chandigarh to Shimla, Kasauli and other hill stations but hiring a cab from Chandigarh is a desirable option. This will ensure that you can halt according to your own preference and make your journey worth remembering.