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Chandigarh is not only prosperous, cosmopolitan and comfortable, it is also buzzing with activity. It is a perfect blend of old-world charm and new-age sophistication. The city is officially a Union Territory that is under the control of the central government. Chandigarh is the joint capital of Haryana and Punjab. What’s more? It is the first planned city post independence. The city was conceptualized by Swiss architect Le Corbusier. He was commissioned in 1950 to plan the city. He conceived of a city that would be people-oriented, replete with sweeping boulevards, gardens, lakes and grand civic buildings. He used his favourite material - reinforced concrete – to give the city its charm and grandeur. Nearly 70 years on and the monuments, parks and civic squares are still standing tall, although a little aged. The city’s sectors are self-contained and pedestrian-friendly. Most tourists seem to spend most of their time in Sector 17, which is known for its restaurants and shops, and Sector 22, which has some of the best hotels in the vicinity. There are quite a few places to visit in Chandigarh. Why not pay a visit to Nek Chand Rock Garden? The rock garden is unique and contains more than 2000 sculptures, which have been sculpted using debris, stones and discarded junk that was left over after 50-odd villages were destroyed to build the city. Upon entering the 25-acre sculpture garden, a new world awaits you. The material used to construct the garden includes concrete, steel drums, light switches, bicycle frames and even broken bathroom sinks! Architecture and design enthusiasts will be enthralled when they visit the Le Corbusier Centre. The museum is home to innumerable documents, sketches and photos of the Swiss architect. It also contains fascinating letters that delve into the politics associated with the project. A letter from Jawaharlal Nehru to the then chief minister of Punjab states, ‘I do hope that you will not overrule Corbusier. His opinion is of value.’ It was part of Le Corbusier’s vision to have a number of parks in the city. In line with his vision of a garden city, Chandigarh has a number of verdant parks. The Garden of Fragrance, which is located away from the city centre, has sweet-scented flower varieties like damask rose and jasmine. The best time to visit Chandigarh is between mid-August and November. This is the time when the weather is not too cold or hot. Since Chandigarh is situated in the plains; tourists can enjoy the moderate weather. It is not a good idea to visit the city during the summer. One will never have to look too far before they stumble upon premium and budget OYO hotels. There are a number of rooms available near Chandigarh railway station as well as the Panchkula and Zirakpur bus stands. There are a few OYO hotels near the famous Mohali cricket stadium, IT park and tribune park. Sector 22 has some of the best OYO hotels in the area.