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Places to Visit in chandigarh

Apart from being the capital city of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh is the first planned city of India. The union territory is situated near the foothills of the Shivalik mountain range of the Himalayas.

Also called the city beautiful, Chandigarh was designed by the Swiss-French modernist architect, Le Corbusier. Apart from the city’s architecture and buildings like Capitol Complex, High Court, Secretariat, Legislative Assembly and giant Open Hand Monument, it is also famous for its clean roads and greenery. Chandigarh is also credited of being the third cleanest city in the country under Swachh Bharat survey of 2018.

The city has everything that one thinks of while visiting a tourist place. From a safe nightlife to well-maintained parks and gardens, there are several tourist places in Chandigarh that can mesmerize you. Autumn season (from August to November) is the best time to visit Chandigarh. The weather in Chandigarh in this season is pleasant, neither too hot, nor too cold.

Places like Sukhna Lake, Rose Garden and Leisure valley in Chandigarh can offer you a memorable getaway from your monotonous life and hectic routine.

Some of the other popular places to visit in Chandigarh are:

• Rock Garden
• Zakir Hussain Rose Garden
• Shanti Kunj
• Pinjore Gardens
• Sukhna Lake

For a comprehensive Chandigarh travel guide and several interesting Chandigarh packages, tourists can go to travel websites and can check their packages.

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    September - March
  • Altitude 1,053 ft. above sea level
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Attractions in chandigarh

Morni Hills

Morni Hills

Gardens-Woods

Spend approx 2 hours

Known for its rich flora, fauna and views of the Himalayas, Morni...
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Rock Garden

Rock Garden

Gardens-Woods

Spend approx 3 hours

A one-of-its-kind open air exhibition space and fantasy land, Roc...
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Nada Sahib Gurudwara

Nada Sahib Gurudwara

Religious

Spend approx 0.5 hours

Nada Sahib Gurdwara is a revered Sikh shrine located in the Shiva...
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Sukhna Lake

Sukhna Lake

Water Bodies

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Sukhna Lake is the most prominent tourist attraction in Chandigar...
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Places to eat in chandigarh

Back Packers Cafe

Back Packers Cafe

Restaurant

Cost for Two - INR 1200

You can’t visit Chandigarh and not be at the Backpacker’s café. T...
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New Vaishno Dhaba

New Vaishno Dhaba

Dhaba

Cost for Two - INR 350

New Vaishno Dhaba is one of the leading food joints for vegetaria...
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Burger King

Burger King

Restaurant

Cost for Two - INR 600

No matter where Burger King is located, it usually receives the s...
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Wah ji Wah

Wah ji Wah

Take Away

Cost for Two - INR 350

Primarily known for dishes like Afghani Chaap, Mushroom Tikka, Ta...
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Nightlife in chandigarh

Haze Club and Lounge Bar

Haze Club and Lounge Bar

Pubs, Discos

Cost for Two - INR 1500

The city’s first luxury nightclub, Haze is known for inviting pas...
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Paara

Paara

Pubs, Discos

Cost for Two - INR 3000

The sporty and funky night club, Paara is best known for offering...
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Score

Score

Pubs, Discos

Cost for Two - INR 2000

Dance and spend the night away at Score - a place that has live m...
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The Horseshoe Bar and Restaurant

The Horseshoe Bar and Restaurant

Bars

Cost for Two - INR 1000

A luxurious place to drink and feel merry, The Horseshoe Bar and ...
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Places To Visit In chandigarh

Top Tourist Places to visit in Chandigarh
Among the famous places in Chandigarh, some of the most visited places are:

• Rock Garden: The sculpture garden in Chandigarh was founded by a government official Nek Chand in 1957 and was officially inaugurated for the public in 1976. He started the garden secretly and now it is spread across an area of 40 acres. It is hard to believe but the whole garden is unique as it is built of industrial and home waste and with the items that have been thrown-away like bottles, glasses, bangles, tiles, ceramic pots, sinks, electrical waste, broken pipes, etc. The garden has several man-made interlinked waterfalls and many other sculptures made of scrap. The garden is a must visit place in Chandigarh among several places to see in Chandigarh.

• Zakir Hussain Rose Garden: As the name itself suggests, the garden has 50,000 rose-bushes of 1600 different species spread across 30 acres. The botanical garden was created in 1967 and has been named after Zakir Hussain who was India's former president. The garden is Asia’s largest rose garden. Other than roses, the garden also has medicinal plants like bel, bahera, harar, camphor and yellow gulmohar. The garden hosts a Rose Festival annually in February or March. The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is perfect place for photographers to get some fantastic clicks.

• Shanti Kunj: Located in Sector 16, just opposite to the Rose Garden, Shanti Kunj garden offers a serene and pollution-free ambiance to its visitors. The garden has many medicinal plants and trees which provides respite to the visitors in scorching heat of the summer season. Shanti Kunj is also a place for joggers. There is also a natural water stream in the garden. Visitors can also enjoy training programs on national integration, youth empowerment, spiritual awareness that happen occasionally in the garden. The place is a perfect go-to-place for families, couples and friends.

• Pinjore Gardens: Built in the 17th century, Pinjore Gardens is located 20 km from Chandigarh. The gardens is built in the Mughal Gardens architectural style and is spread over an area of 100 acres. This tourist attraction is accessible by public as well as private mode of transportation, and is a treat to the eyes at night. As history suggests, the garden was built for Aurangzeb by the ruler’s foster brother architect Muzaffar Hussain. There is also a Pinjore Garden Site Museum which was established by Haryana State Directorate of Archaeology & Museums. Its greenery, waterfalls, Rajasthani–Mughal style architecture, and adjoining monuments like the Shish Mahal and Hawa Mahal make it a must visit place in Chandigarh.

• Sukhna Lake: Sukhna Lake is a man-made lake which covers an area of over 3 km. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas, the lake is a reservoir which was created in 1958 by Le Corbusier and the Chief Engineer P L Verma by creating a dam out of a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills. The beautiful manmade lake is one of the most important tourist places in Chandigarh. The lake offers a breathtaking view to its visitors.

Chandigarh Sightseeing by Bus: Bus can be convenient for people who do not want to spend extravagantly on their travel. It is not just cheaper but also gives you a clear picture of the place you are travelling. Being one of the cleanest cities of India, it would not be a problem for visitors to travel by bus in Chandigarh. There are hop-on hop-off double-decker tourist buses in the city run by Chandigarh Tourism for Chandigarh sightseeing. Visitors can also check Chandigarh packages for discounts. The buses visit famous Chandigarh points of interest on a day tour.

Chandigarh Sightseeing by Car: While buses are a cheaper option for Chandigarh sightseeing, cars are convenient and provide privacy to a visitor whether one is travelling with family or friends. In a car, you have the liberty of stopping at any Chandigarh points of interest and can explore the place yourself at leisure. Don’t worry even if you don’t have your personal car as there are agencies in the city that can provide you cars on rent. This is also one of the best options to travel as you can visit only those places which you want to unlike the bus service.

Weekend Getaways from Chandigarh:
If you are planning to spend some holidays in Chandigarh, try to explore nearby areas also. Chandigarh is in close proximity to many hill stations like Kasauli, Solan, Shimla and more. One can use a weekend and visit these places.

Tourist places near Chandigarh within 100 km
The two prominent places within 100 km of Chandigarh for a perfect weekend getaway are Kasauli and Solan.

• Kasauli: Situated in Himachal Pradesh, the town is in close proximity to Chandigarh and is only 58 km from the ‘city beautiful’. The beautiful hill town houses colonial-era houses, orchards, green-roofed Christ Church, forests of horse chestnut and Himalayan oak. Enveloped by the sky, the town is perfect for tourists who look for a calm and serene ambiance for their stay.
• Solan: Solan is a district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh and is also referred as the Mushroom city of India because of the vast mushroom farming in the area. The place is 67 km from Chandigarh. Solan has a rich heritage and was named after the Hindu goddess Shoolini Devi. It can also be called as a heritage city because of the long list of heritage buildings like Jatoli Temple, Mohan Shakti National Heritage Park and Dolanji Bon Monastery among others situated in the district.

Tourist places near Chandigarh within 200 km
• Shimla: Capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is 113 km away from Chandigarh. Nestled amidst beautiful trees and tall mountains, the city is one of the most favourite and most visited tourist spots in the country. Weather in Shimla remains pleasant throughout the year. One should surely take out time for this amazing place.
• Mussoorie: Mussoorie is 195 km from Chandigarh and is one of the most visited hill station in Uttarakhand. Being nicknamed as ‘Queen of the Hills’, the town offers a breathtaking view of its hills covered with a blanket of green trees. It has peaks, falls, gardens, lakes, and temples, which makes it a perfect place to relax and enjoy with your loved ones.

Tourist places near Chandigarh within 500 km
• Manali: Manali is a resort town which is located in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh and is 306 km from Chandigarh. The popular tourist destination is also a gateway to Lahaul and Spiti district. The famous tourist attractions in Manali are Hidimba Devi Temple, Solang, Rohtang Pass, Bhrigu Lake, Pandoh Dam, Manali Sanctuary, Beas River, Hamta Pass and Great Himalayan National Park.
• Amritsar: Located in Punjab, Amritsar is famous for Golden Temple which is the holiest gurdwara of the Sikhs. Amritsar is named after the sacred Amrit Sarovar Lake which surrounds the city. Pilgrims bathe in the lake. The city is 227 km from Chandigarh.

Places to Stay in Chandigarh:
As Chandigarh is one of the cleanest and pollution free cities in India, tourists love to come here. From luxurious to pocket-friendly hotels, the city has every option of accommodation.

• 5-star accommodations in Chandigarh: JW Marriott Hotel, Taj Chandigarh, Hotel Mountview and The LaLiT Chandigarh are some of the 5- star accommodations in Chandigarh with spacious rooms and above reproach hospitality.

• 4-star accommodations in Chandigarh: Some of the 4-star hotels in Chandigarh are Turquoise, The Fern Residency, Hotel Orbit and Hotel Icon.

• 3-star accommodations in Chandigarh: Lemon Tree Hotel, Hotel Emerald, Hotel Oyster, and Hotel City Heart Premium are some of the 3- star hotels in the city that offers all the modern amenities to its visitors.

Budget accommodations in Chandigarh: Hotel Golden Plaza, Hotel City Palace, Hotel Amar Palace, Hotel Surya Palace and Hotel The Diamond Chandigarh are some of the budget friendly hotels that offer basic amenities at reasonable costs.There is no dearth of hotels in the city. Choose wisely according to your budget and have a memorable stay at hotels in Chandigarh.

FAQ's

Q. What is the best season with less rush to visit Chandigarh?
A. October is the best time to visit Chandigarh as the place is less crowded in this month.

Q. What are the places that one should not miss when visiting Chandigarh?
A. The places in Chandigarh that one should not miss are Sukhna Lake, Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, Rock Garden, Pinjore Gardens and Open Hand Monument.

Q. Is Chandigarh safe for foreigners?
A. Yes, Chandigarh is considered one of the safest cities of the India. The city is safe for foreigners.

Q. What to do in Chandigarh in one day?
A. One can go on a city tour in one day. Tourist buses are available in Chandigarh that takes you on a city tour and make sure that you visit all the prominent tourist attractions in the city.

Q. Which hill stations/beaches are near Chandigarh?
A. Kasauli is the nearest hill station to Chandigarh which is only 58 km.

Q. What one should know before going to Chandigarh?
A. Traffic rules are very strict in Chandigarh. Also, smoking in public is an offense and you may be challaned for it.

Q. What are the places to visit in Chandigarh and Panchkula?
A. The places to visit in Chandigarh and Panchkula are Morni Hills, Cactus Garden, Ramgarh Fort, Mansa Devi Temple and Nada Sahib.

Q. What are the places one can visit in Chandigarh at night?
A. Whistling Duck, The Great Bear, MOB and Hops n Grains are some of the best places to head to enjoy Chandigarh’s nightlife. One can also visit Aroma hotel for late night meal.

Q. What are places in Chandigarh that one can visit with family?
A. Thunder Zone Amusement & Water Park, International Dolls Museum, Sukhna Lake, Nek Chand's Rock Garden and Chattbir Zoo are some of the places in Chandigarh that one can visit with their family and kids.

Q. What are the places to visit in Chandigarh in May?
A. Places to visit in Chandigarh in May are Sukhna Lake, Roopkund Trek, Pinjore Garden, Government Museum and Art Gallery, Botanical Gardens and Shanti Kunj.

Q. How to make the most of a 2 day trip to Chandigarh?
A. To make the most of a 2-day trip, one can plan Chandigarh sightseeing on the first day and go for shopping at sector 17 or local markets of sector 15 and sector 22 on the second day. There are also many famous eating places that one can visit.

Q. What are the hidden things in Chandigarh?
A. Some of the hidden things in Chandigarh are Government Museum and Art Gallery, Garden of Fragrance, Fun City and International Dolls Museum.

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