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A city, a union territory and a capital of two neighboring states, this is Chandigarh. It is one of the most well-planned cities of India and the capital city of Punjab and Haryana. Historians claim that the plan of the city was conceived and designed by a Swiss-French architect named Le Corbusier. Chandigarh is also one of the richest cities in India in terms of per capita income, heritage, natural beauty, and cultural significance. Rock Garden, Pinjore Garden, Leisure Valley, and International Dolls Museum are a few popular tourist attractions in Chandigarh. 

History of Chandigarh 

Chandigarh has derived its name from two words ‘Chandi’ and ‘Garh’. According to Hindu mythology, Chandi is the name of Goddess Chandi, an incarnation of Goddess Durga and Garh means fort, which together meant the fort of Goddess Chandi. There also resides an ancient temple dedicated to Goddess Chandi in Panchkula district.  

Located at the foothill of Shivalik ranges, Chandigarh is beautiful and the planned architecture of the city only adds to and compliments the overall aesthetic appeal. Chandigarh is also known as the dream city of Jawahar Lal Nehru the first Prime minister of India. Historians claim that there existed a waterbody during the Harappan civilization but it is no  more there because a large number of fossils of aquatic creatures have been excavated from here.

Places to Visit in Chandigarh

Rock Garden

The popular Rock Garden made by Nek Chand has a mosaic of art pieces and sculptures made of industrial and home wastes. Read More

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Sukhna Lake

It is a beautiful lake at the foothills of Shivaliks. It is a man-made lake and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Read More

Pinjore Gardens

A 17th century Mughal Garden is something no one would want to miss. Its beauty in the greenery, fountains, and flowers is amazing. Read More

Things to Do in Chandigarh

Shopping at Elante

Elante is one of the most popular and most visited malls in Chandigarh. The mall is known as the second-largest malls in North India. Food court, multi-plexes, and entertainment zones and many international and national brands can be found here. 

Watch a Play at Tagore Theatre

Tagore theater is a place to enjoy some intense plays and cultural programs. Many budding artists and performers perform at this theater that has been named after the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. 

Events and Festivals in and Around Chandigarh

Lohri Festival

Lohri is a significant festival celebrated by the Sikh and the Hindu community. Some people mark the festival as winter solstice while some associate it with the harvest of Rabu crop. The festival is celebrated as gratitude to Sun god for a good winter harvest. Read More


Baisakhi is celebrated at the time of harvest of spring crops when the fields start to glow and shine bright like gold. It is one of the major festivals of Punjab which is enjoyed with dance and singing. This festival is also believed to be the harbinger of the new Year for Sikhs. Read More

Best Time to Visit Chandigarh

The best time to visit Chandigarh is between the months of August and November when it is neither too hot nor too cold. The weather is pleasant during this time and apt to explore the city’s culture. 

How to Reach Chandigarh

Keeping alive its traditions through its culture and depicting modernity through its planned infrastructure, this phrase aptly summarises Chandigarh city. This beautiful city is also home to many fascinating destinations such as Sukhna Lake, Pinjore Garden, Garden of Fragrance, and Sector 17 Market.    

You can arrive here to witness all these intriguing sites via different modes of transportation such as roadways, railways, and airways. From Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru one has to cover a distance of 300, 1,600, 1,700 and 2,400 kilometers respectively. Mentioned below are some best travel options that you may consider if planning a trip to the city.

By Air. One must book a flight for Chandigarh International Airport in order to explore the city. The airport receives direct and connecting flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru and abroad. From the airport, one may use the local transport to travel in the city and reach the top tourist destinations. You can travel with the following airlines via their direct flights to Chandigarh.

  1. Delhi - IndiGo, AirIndia, Vistara, GoAir, AirAsia  
  2. Mumbai - Vistara, AirIndia, IndiGo, GoAir
  3. Kolkata - IndiGo 
  4. Bengaluru - IndiGo, AirAsia
  5. Srinagar - IndiGo, GoAir

By Road. If traveling by roadways is something that excites you then you may either take the interstate or intrastate tourist bus to reach Chandigarh or may even travel in your personal vehicle. Mentioned below is the estimate of distance in kilometers and the best route to take in order to reach the city. 

  1. Delhi - 245 km via NH 44 
  2. Dehradun - 170 km via NH 7 
  3. Ludhiana - 130 km via NH 44
  4. Jaipur - 500 km via NH 48 
  5. Shimla - 113 km via NH 5

By Rail. Trains from almost every part of the country arrive at Chandigarh railway station. Kalka Shatabdi, Chandigarh Express, Paschim Express, are a few popular trains on which one may reserve a seat to reach Chandigarh. From the railway station, one may take a taxi or a bus to reach the desired location in Chandigarh. You can consider traveling by the following direct trains. 

  1. Delhi - Himalayan Queen, Kalka SHTBDI, Sampark Kranthi 
  2. Ludhiana - Intercity-Express
  3. Mumbai - Paschim Express

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