Chandigarh is an Union Territory of India. Situated picturesquely at the foothills of Shivaliks, it is known as one of the best experiments in urban planning and modern architecture in the twentieth century in India. It is at a distance of 250 km from Delhi so one would take almost 5 hours to reach there.
Chandigarh derives its name from the temple of “Chandi Mandir” located in the vicinity of the site selected for the city. The deity ‘Chandi’, the goddess of power and a fort of ‘garh’ laying beyond the temple gave the city its name “Chandigarh-The City Beautiful”.
World renowned architect Le Corbusier along with Chief Engineer P L Verma created this beautiful lake in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe in Chandigarh. This eye-catching man-made lake originally had a depth of 18 feet and extends over an area of 3 sq km. The government of India has declared it as a reserved national wetland.
This place is mostly crowded by a stream of joggers and walkers who come here to relish the fresh air. The peaceful lake in the foothills of the majestic Shivalik range is surrounded by lush greenery and makes it one of the most popular tourist attraction points in Chandigarh. Also, Sukhna houses many migratory birds and fishes. In fact, one can enjoy different water sports activities here like boating, yachting etc. What’s more? Sukhna Lake is open on all days of the week between 5 am to 9 pm for free.
Rock Garden / Nek Chand Garden
Gardens are soothing to the soul, aren’t they? Rock Garden is a sculpture garden spread over 40 acres of land. Built by the Late Nek Chand, the Rock garden is entirely built of industrial and home waste! One can find sculptures made using discarded items like glasses, bottles, bangles, tiles etc. This garden also has man-made interlinked waterfalls. It is a must visit destination for all tourists. It also opens up our eyes towards sustainable lifestyle and how waste can be made beneficial for us.
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Do you like lazying around in the hotel or do you like stepping out of your evening shows into a mall. Elante mall is the largest mall among in Punjab, Chandigarh, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir. The mall is spread over 20 acres of area. The mall is stretched over 1.15 million sq. ft and that’s why Elante is the 2nd largest shopping mall in Northern India. Larsen & Toubro (L&T) company developed this project in 2013. Meanwhile, this mall has around 218 reputed brands including Vero Moda, Jack & Jones, La Senza, Mango, Superdry, Benetton, Gant, FCUK, GAS, Diesel, Brooks Brothers, UCB, CCD, Girl in the Café, Choko La. Furthermore, Elante offers numerous options for entertainment through bowling alleys and multiplexes. Don’t miss out the lip smacking dishes in the food court on the 3rd floor which can accommodate 750 people.
Books N Brew
Book n Brew is one of the lesser known book cafes in Chandigarh. It is located in Sector 16 D. The ambience of this place is very cool, due to Indo- western look and feel to the cafe. It boasts of awesome architecture and a unique seating arrangement. Also, the coffee and the cuisines of this place are yum and come at a reasonable price. No wonder, this place is a favorite hangout among the college goers. Interestingly, the shooting of famous Punjabi video song ‘Khaab’ by singer Akhil is done here.
Where to stay in Chandigarh
Are you fond of big lawns where you can go for an evening stroll sipping a cup of hot coffee? Are you looking out for a relaxed getaway, away from buzzing phones and stress? Are you interested in knowing more about a 1950’s Royal Enfield and how it can still beat the contemporary bikes on style and speed? Well, then you would love this quaint Bed and Breakfast tucked up in sector 15A of Chandigarh with a hospitable mother-son duo. They are warm, polite and the perfect hosts.
About the author
Prafull Vinayak has a thing for travel! He loves sharing exciting and interesting information about the places he wanders in. He loves laying hands on interesting facts about places he visits and passionately informs people about the same. A Computer Engineering graduate from Kurukshetra University, he loves writing codes in his free-time, checks out theatre activities nearby. A big-time movie buff that he is, he can beat almost anyone at a Bollywood quiz!