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Chandigarh - The City Beautiful OR Pensioner's Paradise OR City beautiful OR city of roses

DISTANCE - 238 KM From Delhi, 175 KM From Dehradun, 100 Kms From Ludhiana.

CONNECTION

By Air : Chandigarh is well connected to most of the cities India with a strong network of domestic flights running almost to every possible destination in India.

By Rail : Chandigarh also has a strong network of railways in India, which connects this beautiful city to important cities like Delhi, Bikaner and may others.

By Road : Chandigarh is well connected with road to the national capital Delhi which makes it easy for the tourists to visit the city of greenery. Buses can be caught at a frequent interval from the local bus stop.

ABOUT CHANDIGARH

Chandigarh well known for its lush greenery is surrounded by the backdrops of Shivalik and is one of the important Hi-Tech cities in India. With its lush green surroundings, flourishing gardens, dappled trees, wide roads, excellent communications and the most charming people, the city surely stands up to its name as the City Beautiful.

Chandigarh was conceived as the first planned city of independent India in the early 1950s. Declared the common capital of the neighboring states of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh is probably the cleanest and most pollution-free city in India. Natural beauty coupled with a multicultural population has given rise to an impressive line-up of gardens, galleries, museums complimented by some outstanding architecture.

The city enjoys wonderfully clement weather due to its location at the foot of the Shiwalik Hills, the outermost edge of the Himalaya. It boasts of broad boulevards, parks and lawns, a beautiful lake and is fast developing as a third home for the Information Technology industry after Bangalore and Hyderabad.

PLACES OF INTERESTS IN CHANDIGARH

Rock Garden : Rock Garden is located in Sector 1 in the midst of the city and is well known for its beauty, and is also known as a virtual fairyland and takes hours to enjoy. The Rock Garden is the lifetime dream of Mr.Nek Chand. It unfolds a world of people, monkeys, bears, waterfalls, twisted pathways, narrow lanes through mountains, all created from waste. Honoured and recognised the world over, Mr.Nek Chand continues this tremendous work of art, painstakingly developing each aspect of the garden to perfection

Gandhi Bhawan : Dedicated to Gandhian principles the Gandhi Bhawan in sector 14, is within the Punjab University Campus and houses the library.

Sector 17 : The City Centre, housing the city's largest and most popular shopping complex. It has many commercial and recreational facilities. Here, the residents shop, lounge around or simply relax in the beautiful surroundings to enjoy the various fashion houses located here. Part of it is a Pedestrian Zone.

Zakir Rose Garden : In Sector 16 has lush green lawns, impressive trees, and nearly 1600 varieties of roses. Fountains and bright lights enhance its beauty at night and provide a breath of fresh air to all who come to enjoy a walk and unwind.

Leisure Valley : An 8 km long linear park which runs through the city. It has a Fitness Trail.

Sukhna Lake : The beautiful lake that is the major attraction of the City beautiful. Sukhna ('wish-fulfilled') Lake on the northern fringe of the city is a great favourite with the locals and the visitors. Man-made in 1958 as an integral part of the city's Master Plan, the lake is a venue for water sports like yachting and rowing and has the largest rowing channel in Asia. Set with an impressive backdrop of the Shivalik Range, it is popular as a place to stroll, browse, picnic, and indulge in water-sports and fish; or, to just relax and watch the world go by. Facility for boating and rafting is there for the adventure seekers.

Yadavindra Gardens, Pinjore : Built in a royal era, designed by Fidai Khan, architect to Emperor Aurangzeb, the Yadavindra gardens transport you to a time when grace reigned supreme. These 17th century gardens are located just 24 km from Chandigarh on NH22 to Kalka. Haryana Tourism has a complex which includes a motel, restaurant, cafe, bar, conference halls, open-air theatre and a mini zoo for all those who wish to relive the period and luxuriate in the traditional Mughal and Rajasthani styled terraces and fountains which come alive at night, reminiscent of the days gone by.

Morni Hills : Set amidst the Shivaliks, Morni Hills is a pleasant interlude 45 kms from Chandigarh. In order to promote the natural surroundings, Haryana Tourism have developed a resort, the Mountain Quail which has guest rooms, restaurant, bar and is a haven for trekkers.

Chhatbir Zoo : Situated near Zirakpur, 20 km from Chandigarh it houses a large variety of fauna.

RELIGIOUS PLACES IN CHANDIGARH

Chandi Mandir : chandi mandir is a very famous temple located at a distance of about 15 kms from the city of gardens. It is situated about 10 kms away from the Mansa Devi Shrine. Chandi Mandir is dedicated to Chandi, the goddess of power. Chandi Devi temple near Chandigarh, India is basically a Siddh Peeth, a place where wishes are believed to come true. The city of Chandigarh was named after this temple. During the festivity of Navratras, thousands of people visit this temple. When it comes to Chandigarh excursions, visiting the Chandi Devi mandir is like a must.

Mansa Devi Temple : Chandigarh Mansa Devi temple is a very famous shrine located at Panchkula, which is about 8 kms away from the city. This holy Siddh Peeth is dedicated to Mata Mansa Devi. According to the Hindu mythology, the head of Devi Sati had fallen over here. Mansa Devi Temple near Chandigarh basically houses two temples. The temple that is located near the parking lot is said to be the main temple. It was established in the year 1815 A.D by the ruler of Mani Majra. The credit for setting up the relatively new temple goes to the Maharaja of Patiala. Adjoining to the Chandigarh Mansa Devi mandir, there is a beautiful garden consisting of sacred plants. People come from all over the world to pay homage to the goddess. During Navratras, fairs take place in the surrounding areas of Mansa Devi temple.

Nada Sahib Gurdwara : the Chandigarh Nada Sahib Gurudwara. Situated at the Panchkula district on the banks of river Ghagar, it lies at a distance of 15 kms from the city of gardens. Gurdwara Nada Sahib in Chandigarh, India has a lot of reverence for Sikhs, as after having fought the battle with Mughals, Guru Gobind Singhji along with his victorious fellow Sikh warriors had stayed over here, while on their way back. Here, they were given a warm welcome by a follower of Guru Gobind Singh Ji, named Nadu Shah. The Guru showered his blessings on him and also said that the Gurudwara would be named after him. Lakhs of worshippers visit the Nada Sahib Gurdwara on the full moon day (Pooranmashi) of every month.

Amb Sahib Gurdwara : Amb Sahib Gurdwara is a prominent pilgrimage spot. It is located in Phase 7 in the Mohali district. It is said that in 1659, Guru Har Rai, the seventh Guru of Sikhs visited this place to meet his disciple, Bhai Kooram. The unique thing about Gurudwara Amb Sahib near Chandigarh, India is that it has a mango tree, which bears the fruit even during winters, as commanded by the Guru. These mangoes are distributed as Prasad to the Sangat. On the occasion of Sakrant that falls in the month of January, a fair is held in the Amb Sahib Gurdwara in the memory of the Guru and thousands of devotees flock here.

Baoli Sahib Gurdwara : Gurdwara Baoli Sahib in Chandigarh, India is a very famous shrine. Devotees come from all over the country to visit this religious place. Chandigarh Baoli Sahib Gurudwara has a lot of religious significance for Sikhs. People are of the belief that there was a descendant of Baba Gurditta Ji, who resided in the Dhakauli village near Zirakpur. He meditated for many years at this place. On having heard about this great devotee, the tenth Guru of Sikhs, as in Guru Gobind Singhji visited this village. This village is about 10 kms away from Chandigarh, situated on the Zirakpur-Kalka highway. This great worshipper made a request to the Guru to restore the water supply and quench the thirst of people of this area. It is believed that the Guru shot an arrow into the ground and a baoli (shallow well) sprang from there. Later on, a splendid gurudwara was constructed over there and it was named Baoli Sahib Gurdwara. Worshippers come over here on every Amavas to take a holy dip in the water of the baoli.

Koohni Sahib Gurdwara : Located on the Chandigarh-Mansa Devi road, Koohni Sahib Gurdwara is not a very popular shrine, but has a unique story associated with it. Chandigarh Kuhni Sahib Gurdwara was originally known as Bageecha Sahib. It is over here that Guru Gobind Singh Ji along with his fellow warriors had taken a halt for a week. People are of the say that the Guru had come over here mainly to meet Mata Raj Kaur, wife of Ram Rai. She had left the Dehradun city just to stay away from her husband, who was supporting the Mughals. The story behind the naming of Gurudwara lies in the fact that while on his stay over here, Guru Gobind Singh rested on his elbow. Gurudwara Bageecha Sahib near Chandigarh is a must visit pilgrimage spot.

WHEN TO GO CHANDIGARH

The best time to visit Chandigarh is the period between mid August and November, when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. Since Chandigarh is located in the plains; it enjoys a moderate weather like other North Indian cities experience. Summers are sometimes very hot and then the arrival of monsoon comes like a pleasant surprise.

WEATHER FORECAST

Summers (March to May) are very hot and temperatures remain in 35 °C to 42 °C in most of the days, but maximum reaches up to 46 °C. Typically tourists avoid the hot summer days in April and May.

Monsoons (June to August) are humid and sultry, but reduces the temperatures of hot summer days. Chandigarh looks liven up during monsoons.
Autumn (September and October) has a temperature range of 13 °C to 36 °C, which is pleasant and moderate. Tourists’ season starts by this time.

Winters (November to February) maximum temperature level generally lies in 7 °C to 20 °C, but minimum touches 2 °C to 5 °C. Frost is a common occurrence during winters.

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN CHANDIGARH

Chandigarh, one of the most colorful and lively cities of India, is home to a large number of fantastic festivals and events. The festivals and events in Chandigarh give one a clear idea about the rich culture, customs and traditions of the Indian and her people.

Baisakhi Festival in Chandigarh : This festival is celebrated in the month of April. It is celebrated to mark the beginning of the harvest season in Punjab and hence is one of the most important festivals of the city. Bhangra dancers perform the traditional Bhangra dance during this festival. It is also one of the most important festivals of the Sikhs as it was on this day that Guru Gobind Sigh found out the Khalsa Panth.

Chandigarh Mango Festival : This festival is celebrated during the moth of June in the fabulous Pinjore Garden. Visitors get to see different kinds of mangoes in this amazing fruit festival. Different kinds of food items made from mango like mango juice, squash, mango jams, pickles and the 'aam papads' or mango poppadoms are also displayed and sold in this festival.

Festival of Gardens or Rose festival in Chandigarh : This is one of the biggest rose festivals of India. Held toward the end of February, visitors can amaze and marvel at the different varieties of roses exhibited over here. This three-day festival comprise of flower shows, musical performances, dance performances and activities for the children. It is one of the most beautiful of all festivals and events in Chandigarh.

Chandigarh Carnival : Celebrated in the second week of November, the Chandigarh Carnival is extremely popular amongst the children and the youngsters. A large number of competitions and other activities are organized for the children in this festival. This festival is basically held to promote and encourage young talents of the country.

Chrysanthemum Show in Chandigarh : Another popular flower festival of the city is the Chrysanthemum Show. Held in December, one can get to see different varieties of flower in this fabulous festival. Large number of competitions are also held in this festival.

Chandigarh Plaza Carnival : This colorful event is held every Saturday. This weekly event attracts a large number of people, both the young and the old. The events offer an opportunity to the local artists to perform and display their talent. Magic shows, dance performances and other cultural activities are held during this festival.

Teej Festival : This festival is mainly celebrated by the women folk. It is celebrated to usher in the monsoon season. The festival is held in the Rock Garden and consists of a large number of colorful dance and other cultural programs.

FOOD AND RESTURANTS IN CHANDIGARH

When it comes to North Indian cuisine, the first thing that strikes mind is the traditional Punjabi food. There is nothing specific as far as the Chandigarh cuisine is concerned. It is mainly the Punjabi food that forms part of cuisine of Chandigarh. Punjabi cuisine is popular not just among Indians, but also among the foreigners. The staple food mainly consists of wheat-based rotis, paranthas and naan.

Popular Punjabi vegetarian dishes - Makki di Roti, Sarson ka Saag, Dal Makhni, Kadhi, Punjabi Chhole, alak Paneer, Stuffed Vegetable Punjabi Parantha, Baingan da Bhurtha.

Non-veg dishes - Butter Chicken, Punjabi Lachha Paratha, Chicken Tikkas, Amritsari Fish.

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