Chandigarh – The city beautiful

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Modern India's first planned city, Chandigarh has everything you can ask for. Designed by French architect Le Corbusier in 1950, its broad boulevards, lakes, gardens and civic buildings make you feel like there's a little bit of Europe in India.

Best time to visit: The ideal time to visit Chandigarh is between November to March.

How to reach

Flights to Chandigarh: Chandigarh International Airport is the nearest airport about 12km from the city. IndiGo operates non-stop weekly flights between Chandigarh and Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Dubai, Hyderabad and Srinagar. You can also reach Chandigarh by taking a flight to Delhi (262km away) and travelling by road using bus or cabs. IndiGo operates more than 150 daily flights from Chandigarh to a range of destinations in the country and abroad.

By train: Chandigarh is well-connected to all prime locations in the country through various trains including Kalka (Chandigarh) Shatabdi Express, Chandigarh Jan Shatabdi Express, Chandigarh Lucknow Express amongst others.

By bus: Two bus terminals mainly serve the city. The Inter-State Bus Terminus in Sector 43 connects Chandigarh to all major destinations in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttaranchal, Haryana, Jammu, and Delhi (limited). And the Inter-State Bus Terminus in Sector 17 offers connectivity to all significant places in Delhi and Haryana (except those on Himachal Route like Kalka).

Getting around/local transport in Chandigarh: Chandigarh boasts a good network of bus services provided by The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU). Rental cars and app-based taxi services like Ola and Uber are the other common means of transportation to move around the city.

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Places to visit in Chandigarh

  • The Capitol Complex: With a little planning and a Chandigarh map in hand, it isn’t hard to cover the city’s stand-out cultural offerings in a day or two. First-time visitors generally head for Le Corbusier's collection of public buildings to get a feel of the city’s architectural core. Situated in Sector 1 and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Capitol Complex is made up of a lake and some splendid buildings: The Palace of Assembly, The Secretariat, The High Court as well as The Open Hand Monument—all of which are classic pieces of 1950s architecture that are typified by their brutal lines and acres of sweeping concrete.
  • The Government Museum and Art Gallery: For a quick recap of the city’s history, stroll down to The Government Museum and Art Gallery. This crowd-pleasing museum showcases documents, sketches and photos of Le Corbusier—stunning examples of 20th-century architecture and design.
  • Rock Garden: Among all the places to visit in Chandigarh, a visit to Nek Chand’s Rock Garden has to top your to-do list, here. This Instagrammable garden is the complete opposite of Le Corbusier’s modernism—it’s humane, welcoming and imperfect. Creation of a local government official who, starting in 1957, spent almost 20 years building more than 2,000 sculptures with urban waste.
  • Leisure Valley: You must spare some time for Leisure Valley—a patchwork of stunning gardens, paths and lakes. This 7km-long stretch of green serves as the lungs of the city. It begins from Sector 1 and snakes its way around Sukhna lake which then leads you to the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden and from there onward to the Topiary Park and the Garden of Fragrance—giving locals a brilliant fitness trail and tourists a breath of fresh air.

Places to eat in Chandigarh

Pal Dhaba, Sector 28
Pal Dhaba, Sector 28

This is the best place to have butter chicken when in Chandigarh. The aloo paratha drenched in desi butter, the keema kaleji and the missi roti are all bestsellers.


Nik Baker’s, multiple locations
Nik Baker’s, multiple locations

Like the best bakeries in the world, you can smell the freshly baked bread and waffles a mile away. Breakfast is where you can do a bit of people watching here over the fluffiest ham and chicken omelettes. Sink your teeth into buttery croissants, lamb burgers, and sinful pastries. And buy a bag of tequila-filled chocolates for the night.

Whistling Duck, Sector 26
Whistling Duck, Sector 26

If you want to serenade your lover with a live band playing your song request under a starry sky, you now know where to go. Whistling Duck (there are no ducks on the menu though—we’re Punjabis) is a beautiful, sun-filled place. It is not easy to find the restaurant, but once you do, it’s hard to leave without trying their innovative menu: the quirky karela salad, burnt butter mounted chicken and apple, and cinnamon kheer are all standouts. This is undoubtedly one of the unique places in Chandigarh to try some unique dishes.


Shopping places in Chandigarh

High-end shopping/luxury shopping/shopping malls in Chandigarh

  • Adaah Couture: This place at Sector 8-C, is the go-to place for bridal and traditional womenswear. An elegant home to the best Indian designers in Chandigarh, where the latest collections of designers such as Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, JJ Vallaya and Sunit Verma can be spotted.
  • Elante Mall: The second-largest mall in North India is undoubtedly the place to be if you love shopping. Known for its structure and architecture, this mall is home for several Indian and International brands.

Street shopping in Chandigarh

  • Shastri Market: A local market in Chandigarh where you can get anything and everything. You can find accessories, clothes, handicrafts, jewellery and more at reasonable prices.
  • Sector 18 Market:  Here you'll find handmade juttis, phulkari (an embroidery unique to Punjab) dupattas and gorgeous wooden furniture.

Nightlife/party places in Chandigarh

  • Wild West Pub and Bar: A fun and the funky place packed with excellent food and beautiful décor defines Wild West Pub and Bar. Their Pine-beer, combination of beer and pineapple juice with meaty kababs are a must-try.
  • Score: It is the best place to spend your night dancing while having delicious food. The most highlighting part of this place is its elaborate lunch and drinks buffet. Saturday nights are usually very happening.
  • Paara: This funky and sporty nightclub, is known for offering the best entertainment and great nightlife. It regularly hosts many events wherein the DJ plays live music and some greatest hits that will make you hit the dance floor for sure.
  • The Horseshoe Bar and Restaurant: If you are looking for a luxurious place to drink and enjoy, then this is it. The area boasts the different bar and wine menu and a wide range in the food menu, starting from Italian to Continental.

Where to stay in Chandigarh

Taj-Chandigarh-Sector 17

Taj Chandigarh, Sector 17 Given its excellent location right in the heart of the city, this hotel in Chandigarh is the first choice for business travellers. The fact that it houses the Lava Bar, a favourite local hang out, adds to its appeal. Insider tip: ask for a room with a view of the city’s spectacular rose garden.


JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh, Sector 35 Situated in the city's business district, near Sector 17, the Marriott’s biggest draw is its rooftop pool. With fantastic views of the town, soundproof windows, and spacious bathrooms—you’ll never want to leave.


Medallion Chandigarh, Zirakpur This hotel makes for a perfect option if you have business to finish in the industrial belt around Chandigarh, or if you are a tourist on your way to Himachal Pradesh or Amritsar. The trendy hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant, a funky bar and lounge space and a 24x7 pantry. Best of all, it has a wheelchair-friendly room for specially-abled guests.

More reasons to visit and top things to do in Chandigarh

Zakir Hussain Rose Garden

Spread across 30 acres of land, Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is Asia's largest with 1600 different kinds of roses. Take a walk in the garden, click beautiful pictures or plan for a picnic with your loved ones.

Morni Hills

Enjoy the scenic view of the Himalayas from Morni Hills. About 40minutes drive from Chandigarh, the hill hosts two lakes - Tikkar Taal and Chota Tikkar Taal and is an ideal place to spend some time in a secluded and quiet environment, away from city's hustle-bustle.

Chattbir Zoo Tour

Once a raw scrubland, now Chattbir zoo is a beautiful abode for a wide range of mammals, reptiles and birds. The zoological park boasts being home of Royal Bengal tiger, and the lion safari is a must thing to do here.

Sarkaria Cactus Garden

You've done the sights and taken in the views. It's now time to satiate the adventure bug in you. Anyone who feels Chandigarh doesn't have any secret haunts is in for a prickly surprise. Think of Chandigarh and beautiful landscaped gardens come to mind. But how about a garden that's all thorny and desert-life like? The botanist, who doesn't much care for flowers, will fall in love with Sarkaria Cactus Garden (it's Asia's largest) in neighbouring Panchkula. Breeze through more than 200 species, spread across seven acres of endangered spiked plants and fresh blooms will look dull. Yes, bouquets of cacti are what the world needs. Save the roses for the ex, from prickly plants to thrilling rides.

Kikar Lodge

The adventure seeker should check out the Kikar Lodge nestled in the foothills of the  Shivaliks, about 90 minutes away from the city. Sign up for the zip-line tour that lasts for two hours—outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy splendid aerial views of the forest beneath.

If you're planning to make a holiday of it, book one of the resort's cottages spread over 1,800 acres. And the last stop of your trip has to be the International Dolls Museum, Sector 23, to see a range of handmade dolls from all over the country. Unleash your inner child here.

Places to visit near Chandigarh


Spend a picturesque holiday amidst a spectacular sunrise and sunset views, majestic valleys and beautiful mountains. Stay surrounded by deodar and alpine right in the lap of nature at Naldehra.


An ideal weekend spot from Chandigarh, Narkanda is excellent for skiing and snowboarding in India. Narkanda is a picture-perfect destination surrounded by alpine meadows, hills and valleys.


It is one of the favourite places to visit near Chandigarh. Small, less crowded but very attractive, this place is ideal for a quick escape from the city's chaos.

Festivals in Chandigarh

Baisakhi Festival

Baisakhi is one of the major festivals of Sikhs & it is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm, happiness and love in the state of Punjab and all over the world where there is mostly the Sikhism community.

The people of Punjab celebrate this festival with full energy & as this festival has significant importance for the Sikh religion, considerable activities are celebrated in the Gurudwaras. Baisakhi is also popularly known as Vaisakhi.

Chandigarh Mango Festival

Chandigarh Mango festival is celebrated with lots of enthusiasm in the Pinjore Garden, Chandigarh. It allows all the mango growers to display their variety of mangoes.

It is a two-day festival that is held to encourage the farmers to adopt the latest technology and increase their mango production to get the maximum return on their produce.

Festivals of Gardens

A festival of the garden is a three-day celebration programme organised in the last week of February, earlier known by Rose Festival's name.

Chandigarh Carnival

Chandigarh is the three-day-long carnival festival celebrated in November at the Leisure Valley. Several cultural events are organised like dancing, singing both folk and cultural events are organised over there.

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