Chandigarh is situated at the foot of the Shivalik Hills. This is the first planned city of India and it was designed by a French architect, Le Corbusier. It is an important Union Territory and is also the capital of two states --- Punjab and Haryana. It is a wellplanned city divided into 47 sectors. Incidentally there is no sector thirteen as the number is considered unlucky.
How to reach
By Air - Chandigarh has its own airport
By Rail - Chandigarh has its rail head and is well connected to all parts of India.
By Road - Chandigarh is located 249 Kms from New Delhi. The best way to get to Chandigarh is by bus, since the Inter State Bus Stand is located in the heart of the City. There are buses from Delhi(249 kms), Amritsar(223 kms), Jammu(363 kms), and Shimla(119 kms).
Chandigarh is named after Chandika, the goddess of power. A temple dedicated to her is situated on the border of Chandigarh. This is an ancient site and has a major religious significance for Hindus.
Mr Nek Chand, an artist, used stones and other waste material to create this beautiful rock Garden. Throw away objects like fragments of china and waste ceramics have also been used. Spread over an area of six acres it is a fine example of artistic work done out of recycled wastes. Much more amazing than any Believe it or Not this fantasy of kings, queens, soldiers, horses, birds, animals and intriguing forms resembling humans has been created entirely from such material as broken bangles, bits of metal and stone, discarded auto and cycle parts, playing marbles, crown corks, broken ceramic insulators and chinaware - all that is rightly labelled as garbage and thrown away. What society threw away Nek Chand picked up and wove his magical kingdom of dreams and fantasy. His skill in recycling rubbish has made him world famous no small feat.
Zakir's Gulab Bag is India's largest rose garden. It is in sector 16, and is spreaded over 30 acres of land. It has over 1600 different species or roses. Rose Festival is celebrated annually in February/March.
Near the Boating Club of Chandigarh, is a man-made lake covering an area of 3 sq kms. There are eateries and a children's park and is fun to visit during the evenings. Boating and rafting facilities are also for the more adventurous.
The Museum and Art gallery
Located in Sector 10 this is a great place to visit.
The Leisure Valley
Located in Sector 10 this garden is spread over an impressive 20 acres. The annual Bougainvillea Show is held here.
The Terrace Garden
This garden is located in Sector 33.
The university is in sector 14 and worth a visit as there are a lot of pools and parks.
Secretariat and High Court buildings
They are located in sector 1.
Post Graduate Institute, and sector 17, where the main shopping centre is located are other places one should visit.
Planning a visit to Punjab read through travelogues to plan your trip
October marks the beginning of the winter season in Punjab. Winters are chilly, as the temperature dips to 0 degrees(night). The Summers stretch from April till June and is hot and dry with temperatures rising to 45°C. The monsoons are from July to September.