Chandigarh travel guide

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You're Going to Love Chandigarh

When a place is called "The City Beautiful" or "The Happiest City in India", then you know it's got that certain something. Chandigarh, independent India's first planned city, is the capital of the Punjab and Haryana states. To get city building off to a good start, Le Corbusier was asked to oversee Chandigarh's design.

You can still see the iconic work of Le Corbusier in the modernist buildings that make up the Capitol Complex, a collection of buildings that was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2016. Despite its many sectors and its contemporary architecture, the garden city of Chandigarh has managed to retain a friendly village vibe, one that attracts visitors from around the globe.

Shimmering jewels on colorful saris and a large portrait of Gandhi, positioned so the first rays of the morning sun fall at his feet, are reminders that, while this city is an icon of modernity it is still firmly rooted in the country's traditions.

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What to do in Chandigarh

When to Visit Chandigarh

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Spring (February to early April) and fall (mid-September to November) are the best seasons for visiting. These are pleasant periods when the temperatures are neither too cold nor too hot. The monsoon period runs from mid-July to mid-September. The Navratri Festival (dates vary) and the Rose Festival (in February) are also worth visiting for.

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Where to Stay in Chandigarh

As a prosperous city, accommodation in Chandigarh for international visitors tends to focus on upmarket luxury. With peaceful rural views, The Lalit Chandigarh is a sleek hotel with a design inspired by Le Corbusier. The Hotel Taj Chandigarh in the Capitol Complex District is perfect if you prefer being in the heart of the city. Its 5-star amenities include a rooftop swimming pool, a shopping arcade, and a lobby enhanced with contemporary sculptures. In terms of areas to stay in, Sector 17 and the Capitol Complex District are good bets. The former is the bustling heart of the city, home to its university as well as a good choice of shopping malls and the comfortable James Hotels Limited.

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Shopping

There are no shortage of shopping opportunities in Chandigarh. The Elante Mall caters to all tastes and budgets, while everything from high-end boutiques to souvenir shops can be found in Sector 17. Bargain hunters should head to the Azad Hind and Rehri markets in Sector 22.

Supermarkets and Food Stores

Supermarkets are gradually taking over from smaller independent stores in Chandigarh. These give a good choice of food at reasonable prices for either the self-catering traveler or those looking to pack a picnic. Best known are the MG Super Market and the Empire Store. As a guide, a quart of milk will cost around Rs. 50.

Where to Eat in Chandigarh

All types of cuisine from local Punjabi dishes to international food can be enjoyed in the city. Just about every international fast-food chain is represented, catering for those on a budget, while high-end dining can be enjoyed around the clock in the Taj Chandigarh hotel's Café 17. Two people can dine here for around Rs. 1,500. Trendy nightlife and cocktails are a feature of Peddlers Bar in Sector 35, but for a true flavor of the Punjab, sample the delights of the many dhabas that line the city streets; expect to pay between Rs. 50 and Rs. 100 for a serving.