Chandigarh is the administrative capital of the Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, and is counted among the cleanest cities in the country. It is the first planned city of India after independence, located near the foothills of the Shivalik Ranges. The immaculate buildings, upscale markets and splendid landmarks have helped tourism in Chandigarh grow by leaps and bounds.
A Chandigarh sightseeing tour is always cherishable due to the availability of affordable accommodation, good food and trains from all major cities of India. Among the numerous attractions in Chandigarh, the Rock Garden is widely famous for its sculptures crafted using recycled materials. Close to the Rock Garden, there is Sukhna Lake which is a nice place to spend evenings. Tourists can also pay a visit to the Pinjore Gardens (around 20 km from Chandigarh) and the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden which is the biggest rose garden in entire Asia. Some other famous places in and around Chandigarh are the Capitol Complex, Chandigarh War Memorial, Bougainvillea Garden, Fitness Trails and Leisure Valley.
Tourists interested in knowing the history of the city can head towards the Chandigarh Museum which is the best place to know how Chandigarh was built and evolved. Those looking for some peace can walk tree-lined paths or sit amid serene atmosphere of lush gardens. Food lovers can treat their taste buds to Punjabi cuisine which is popular for its Sarson ka Saag, Makki ki Roti and Lassi. They can also relish non-vegetarian dishes, such as kebabs, biryani and keema with naan.
The Lalit Chandigarh is an upscale hotel, featuring 179 elegant rooms and suites with plush amenities. Located 30 minutes from the airport and DLF Commercial complex, the hotel is ideal for business travellers. The JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh offers 4 dining options, rooftop pool, spa and fitness centre. Located in the famous Sector-17 market, James Hotels Limited is a high-end hotel with 3 multi-cuisine restaurants, bar, discotheque and spa. Situated on the foothills of magnificent Himalayas, the Taj Chandigarh is one of the best hotels in Chandigarh. This plush property has a shopping arcade, lounge, Ayurveda centre, beauty salon and 24-hour restaurant. The ever-popular Park Plaza is mere 20 minutes from Chandigarh International Airport. The KC Hotel and Spa Chandigarh, which is located in Sector-3 is one of the finest hotels in Chandigarh. The Fern Residency is an eco-friendly hotel that offers modern comforts. Situated on Delhi-Chandigarh Highway, this luxury hotel is apt for leisure travellers.
If you are looking for necessary modern amenities, but do not want to spend much, then 3 star hotels in Chandigarh are perfect. Lemon Tree Hotel (Mw Industrial Area Phase 1), Mint Hotel (Sector-26), Hotel Antheia (Sector -34 A), Hotel Park View (Himalaya Marg), Hotel Royal Park 22 (Sector-22 B), Hotel Citi Heights (Sector-22 D), The Aquamarine By Aroma (Sector -22 C), Hotel Park Grand (Sector-43 B), Ginger Chandigarh (Industrial Area) and Hotel Metro 35 (Sector-35 C) are some of the Chandigarh hotels that tourists can book. Those who want to stay in Sector-17 A, for them Hotel Corporate Inn, Hotel Central Park-17 and Hotel Oyster are perfect.
People who have a shoestring budget can look for budget hotels in Chandigarh. Hotel Diamond Inn (Dariya), Punjab Palace (Sector-22 B), Hotel Grand Residency (Sector-42 B), Hotel Chandigarh Beckons (Sector-42), Hotel White Palace (Sector-28 D), Jullundur Hotel (Burail), Hotel Surya Palace (Sector-45 A), Hotel Multitech (Sector-22 B), Hotel Alps Chandigarh (Zirakpur), Hotel Landmark (Sector-22 C), Haryana Hotel (Sector-17) and Hotel Aman Regency (Sector- 52) are a few hotels in Chandigarh that offer value for money stay.