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Chandigarh – A Tale of Two States!

How often do you stumble upon a city that’s the capital of two states? Chandigarh for one is definitely a city that stands out. The capital(s) of both Punjab and Haryana, it is a city and a union territory. It is home to some beautiful monuments and roads that stretch for miles, so your Chandigarh tour package must involve a road trip in and around the city to truly grasp its beauty.

If you’re looking for a good Chandigarh package, make sure you find one that allows you to visit the various monuments and tourist attractions in addition to savouring some of the best Punjabi food in the region.

Chandigarh is known as the ‘Beautiful City” and was created after the original Punjab capital of Lahore was annexed to Pakistan during the partition. This required a new capital and the task was taken up by the Swiss-French modernist architect – Le Corbusier. He designed the city and ensured there was enough space for beautiful roads that are still prominent today.

There are plenty of gardens in the city, with Bougainvillea’s, pines and many more trees inhabiting these gardens. There are also War Memorials and other wonderful attractions that tourists are sure to enjoy on their visit to the city. The city also has the highest number of vehicles per capita in the country, so be prepared to see plenty of vehicles on your visit here. There are plenty of wonderful attractions that you will enjoy on your Chandigarh trip, so you’re guaranteed to enjoy a great time exploring this city.

Places to See in Chandigarh:

One of the most popular Chandigarh tourist places is the Rock Garden that features some beautifully sculpted figures and relics, dating back to many years. These are made of recycled ceramics, industrial relics, and stones among others. The garden is also known as Nek Chand’s Garden and is spread over an area of 40 acres. Many sculptures here are made of recycled materials to raise awareness about pollution in our environment.

You could also head over to the man-made Sukhna Lake that was created during the inception of the city. The massive lake houses a promenade that gives you a beautiful sight of the waters and a walking track where people can exercise. The lake is a reservoir at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountain range, and it is the center of celebrations during the annual Mango festival during monsoon.

Most Chandigarh packages will allow you to visit the Rock Gardens and the Rose Gardens among others to truly enjoy the gardens this city has to offer.

Best Time to Visit Chandigarh:

There are two major seasons you must consider if you’re planning to make a Chandigarh trip. You can go during the winter months of December to February with the weather perfect for enjoying the cool weather.

You could also visit during the months of October and November to enjoy the monsoon period and the imminent winter.

Things to Do in Chandigarh:

The Rock Garden is a must-visit as it has many man-made sculptures from recycled materials. The park’s founder, Nek Chand, started it as a secret initiative and it spread over time to become one of the most popular parks in the country. Waste materials like pipes, tiles, ceramics, sinks and more were refurbished to give them a new lease of life in the form of sculptures and formations here.

Another popular Chandigarh tourist place is the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, that offers plenty of rose varieties. There are many pathways, fountains and botanical gardens that can be explored and visited here with nature lovers sure to have a wonderful time enjoying the vast greenery surrounding the region.

The Government Museum and Art Gallery can be visited for those who love art. The museum houses some ancient and modern pieces of art, including paintings, sculptures, exhibits and many more memorabilia related to Punjab and Rajasthan. Many local artists are featured and there are also pieces dating back to the pre-Independence period of India.

The Open Hand Monument was built by the city’s planner, Le Corbusier and is a 26-meter sculpture that rotates with the wind. It is a symbol of the city and is a great a place to enjoy some good breeze, along with clicking some great pictures as well.

How to Reach Chandigarh:

Most Chandigarh Tourist packages will fly you to the main airport in the city, the Chandigarh International Airport. There are flights from all major cities in India operating here.

Buses are also commonly found in and around Chandigarh and you’ll be able to catch regular buses from Delhi, Noida, and Jaipur among other cities surrounding the region. The Chandigarh Junction Railway station can also be accessed by rail travelers, with many regular trains plying this route.

So, get, set and go! Head over to Chandigarh and enjoy a memorable visit to one of the most unique Union Territories in India.

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