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Chandigarh Travel Guide: 70 reviews and 241 photos

Great place to unwind

Chandigarh is the dual capital of the Indian states of Punjab and Haryana. It is located about 250 km from New Delhi, on way to Himachal Pradesh.

I have had a love-hate relationship with this city. I used to find it very dull, boring and somewhat lifeless in my younger days. Today it is one of my favourite cities ... I am not sure whether the city just grew on me or I just got older and started appreciating the finer things in life - like some peace and quite :)


This is the only city in India that gives you a sense of order, a sense of calm - it completely lacks the essential chaos that pervades every aspect of life in India. It is also the youngest city in India, designed by the famous French architect Le Corbusier in the early 50s.

It may not offer much to a traveller in terms of history and culture, but is definitely worth a stop over if you are heading towards the hills of Himachal Pradesh.

There is something about this city that is hard to describe ... I always come back feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after a trip :)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Green, pollution free and very organised
  • Cons:Not many - can appear lifeless at times :)
  • In a nutshell:Fascinating Flora and the hills are just a few minutes drive
  • Last visit to Chandigarh: Apr 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 16, 2005
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  • fiveportions's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Thanks Drifter. Nice Chandigarh info & pics. Very useful info. 5P

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    I've actually been to this rock garden and that's the only thing I've seen in Chandigarh. Lovely parks you have.

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2008 at 11:59 PM

    Superb photos of gardens!

  • grets's Profile Photo
    Oct 25, 2007 at 12:18 AM

    What a great idea about turning scrap into sculpture. :-)

  • Rubik's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2007 at 3:49 PM

    Rock garden looks like a fun place:)

  • bugalugs's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2006 at 2:14 PM

    A great idea to use the waste products to make the figurines in the garden

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2006 at 8:40 AM

    Superb again, all the best Cliff

  • imstress's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2006 at 12:20 AM

    The Catus Garden reminds me of one at the Changi Airport.

  • FruitLover's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2006 at 8:49 AM

    Hi Arun, Nice ! I have to go north to Delhi some day, like most of Israelis do. Do you have any new travel's plan?

  • Tijavi's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2006 at 6:35 AM

    Lovely pages to whet one's appetitite for this wonderful north Indian city. So was Chandigarh named to honor Mr Nes Chand? Or this is just an interesting coincidence?

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