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Chandigarh Travel Guide

Chandigarh is the only city in India which is the capital of two Indian states, Haryana and Punjab. It is also a union territory and is counted amongst some of the finest examples of ............

Chandigarh is the only city in India which is the capital of two Indian states, Haryana and Punjab. It is also a union territory and is counted amongst some of the finest examples of well planned cities with good quality modern architecture. Situated at the foothills of Shivaliks, the city derives its name from the famous Chandi mandir located in the nearby area chosen for developing the site for the city. ‘Chandi’ is the goddess of power and ‘garh’ is the fort of goddess Chandi.

The city is known for its picturesque location, beautiful surroundings and gardens. It is also referred to as ‘The City Beautiful’ due to the central grid of gardens. Chandigarh tourism offers some tourist interest places such as Sukhna Lake, International Doll Museum, Rock Garden, Sector 17 Plaza, Government Museum and Art gallery etc. It is the first planned city of India after independence and is known for its urban design and architecture. The history of the city of Chandigarh is quite interesting. The area on which the city is developed is supposed to have been the house of Harappans 8000 years ago. The sloping plain on which the city is located was a lake surrounded by marshy land.

During the medieval and modern era, this area was a part of Punjab province. This Punjab province was later divided into East and West Punjab during partition, which was later decided to serve as a capital of East Punjab and to house various refugees from the western Punjab. The foundation stone of the city of Chandigarh was laid in the year 1952. At the time of reorganization of the city in the year 1966, it was decided that Chandigarh will serve as the capital of the states of Haryana as well as Punjab, and was declared as one of the Union Territories of India that would come under direct administrative control of the Government of India.

The city is considered to be the dream city of the first prime minister of India Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Substantial space was provided for parks and gardens in the plan of the city. Chandigarh travel guide provides all the necessary information you need about the city.

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How to Reach Chandigarh
One of the well-planned cities of India, Chandigarh is the common capital of Punjab and Haryana. Also known as “The City Beautiful”, Chandigarh features beautiful lakes, well-maintained gardens and dense greenery. Some of the city’s main tourist attractions include Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Rose Garden, Garden of Fragrance, Butterfly Park and International Dolls Museum. Being an important travel destination of India, it is well-connected to other major Indian cities by air, road and rail.
 
How to Reach Chandigarh by Air
 
Located around 12 km away from the city centre, Chandigarh Airport links the city with rest of the country by an extensive network of domestic flights. Regular flights from Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Srinagar and Ahmedabad are available for Chandigarh.
 
How to Reach Chandigarh by Road
 
Chandigarh has excellent road connectivity with other neighbouring cities. Many direct buses are available from cities like Mussoorie, Shimla, Mcleodganj, Dharamsala, Delhi, Kullu etc. The National Highway 1 connects Chandigarh with Delhi, which takes around 4 to 5 hours.
 
How to Reach Chandigarh by Rail
 
Located about 8 km away from the city centre, Chandigarh Railway Station has several frequent trains plying from New Delhi. From the railway station, you can take buses, autos or taxis to reach any place of the city.

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looking for a best hotel 4 star property with delicious food quality and service. Please suggest.
You can go at maya hotel , sector 35 Chandigarh They have amazing services with great food. And the rooms are very luxurious. Bathtubs included.
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What is the charge for a cab for local sight seeing in Chandigarh for half day?
Dear Guest , Normally the charges for half day tour ranges from Rs.900 to Rs.1200. You can also enjoy Hop on Hop off bus which is an excellent and cheaper option. Regards, Glades Hotel
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Please tell me which hotel's food quality is best? Location is not important.
Hotel Park Inn, Sector 35-C, Chandigarh is very good. Must try.
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Are slippers, shampoo, soap, towel etc provided in semi deluxe room?
Not slippers, but others are provided and with complementary water bottles and tea/coffee sachets and with kettle.
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I have plan for trip to Chandigarh on 2nd September. Will situation there be under control till 2nd Sept?
Chandigarh was always under control. Issue was in Panchkula. That too only for 24-26. All is good now
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