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History Fondly known as The City Beautiful, Chandigarh is among the most planned cities of India and is internationally recognised for its urban design and modern construction. However, its history dates back to about 8000 years ago. At that time, the area was known to be a home to the distinguished Harappans. Following India’s independence, Chandigarh was made the capital of Punjab as a result of sculpting out nearly 50 Pwadhi speaking villages out of the then East Punjab. In 1966, Haryana was carved out of the eastern Punjab, for the interests of Haryanvi-speaking majority. Today, Chandigarh has emerged as a favourite tourist destination and a gateway to the surreal hill station of Shimla. Attractions This planned city is a beautiful manifestation of the former prime minister Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru's dream and French architect, Le Corbusier's execution. Owing to its glittering lakes, manicured gardens, exquisite monuments and pleasant weather, the city is frequented by peace seekers all through the year. Some famous attractions here are Sukhna Lake – known for boating opportunity, Rock Garden of Chandigarh – home to enchanting sculptures and Open Hand Monument – a sign for peace and reconciliation. Hotels In a city that flaunts grandeur and opulence in its infrastructure, the hotels are equally stylish and comfortable. Modern buildings, friendly staff and prompt services are a virtue of these accommodations. Apart from swanky options, travellers can also choose to stay in the homely ambience of resorts and guesthouses. Exuding warmth, these properties make sure guests get just the right kind of hospitality. The TOY Hotel, Hotel Rajshree and The Lalit are some of the finest hotels in this serene city. You can also look for more options, such as Himanis Hotel, Ginger Chandigarh and The Fort Ramgarh that provide generous services and contemporary facilities within affordable price.