3 Things You Must Experience While In Chandigarh

Designed by a French architect named Le Corbusier, Chandigarh, nicknamed as the ‘City Beautiful, isn’t just any sleepy Indian town. It is home to legendary architecture, mouth-watering delicacies and spectacular natural attractions and lifestyle that will enthrall you.

Geographically talking, this capital city of Punjab is in close proximity to some popular tourist places including Manali, Shimla and Dharmsala. So, if you want to plan a beautiful weekend gateway, the city gives you some real good choices.

While in the city, visit the post-modern architecture pieces, world-class restaurants, shopping markets, art galleries and soak some culture. Spend just a day in this charming Punjab city and you are sure to experience the zest of life amidst locals. Did I say the city has been called as the perfect city in the world by BBC writer Jonathan Glancey ?

If you happen to arrive in Chandigarh anytime soon, here are 6 things you must engage yourself into.

Watch beautiful sunset at Sukhna Lake while boating

It’s one of the most sought-after spare-time destinations in the city. This spectacular man-made lake was created in 1958 in the cradle of the Himalayas. The best time to visit this lake is during evening. Here you will see one of the most stunning sunset vistas. Board a boat, sit idle and feel one with the nature. You must try meditating at the Buddha Garden in Sukhna Lake. It’s a perfect place to feed your soul with calmness and feel rejuvenated.

Take a walk in the Rock Garden

Nek Chand’s Rock Garden is truly a one-of-a-kind place to visit. It is home to some mind-blowing sculptures, statues and other architecture pieces. And it is worth knowing that all sculptures – there are about 2000 – are created by an individual called Nek Chand over a period of two decades. Chand was a local transport officer and it is said he used only waste stone, debris and other junk to build this fabulous-looking sculpture garden. Isn’t it interesting?

Go on your own gastronomical tour of the beautiful city

Your visit or stay in Chandigarh isn’t complete without sampling some of its must-try delicacies including Tandoori Chicken, Chole, Aloo Paratha, Lassi and Palak Paneer. There won’t be much hype saying the city is a Mecca for gourmands. Sample lip-smacking parathas with stall chai at the bus stand in Sector 17.

While on your culinary tour, don’t forget to have some rajma chawal at Student Centre corner of Punjab University. Indulge into mouth-watering butter chicken at Pal Dhaba in Sector 28. For night wanderers, Night Food Street in Sector 14 is a perfect place to appease your tummy. From international cuisines to desi street or dhaba food, you will find it all in Chandigarh.

So, when are you arriving in Chandigarh?


Top 5 Shopping Junctions in Kolkata

Kolkata is well-known for its lowest-cost of living as compared to the other cities in India. Thus, Kolkata is the most apt place for the shopaholics. The city is a profitable asylum for shop owners, traders and international brands. The old and authentic markets of Kolkata such as New Market, Gariahat and Bara Bazar still preserve their patronage and negotiating culture. Although in the past few years the city has been flooded with a plethora of shopping malls, there are a handful of shopping junctions that still maintain their authenticity and old vibes. Following are the top 5 shopping junctions of Kolkata:

Dakshinapan Shopping Center
If you are looking for the Indian artifacts and handicrafts then Dakshinapan is the best place to check out in Kolkata. Here you can also find a wide range of traditional Indian attire and terracotta products. After an enjoyable shopping spree if you feel exhausted just gulp down a cup of fruit flavored tea from the renowned Dolly’s tea shop. Dakshinapan remains open on weekdays from 11 am to 7.30 pm. This shopping paradise remains closed on Sundays and on Mondays it opens after 2 pm.

Gariahat Market
This renowned market of Kolkata lies in the Ballygunj area of South Kolkata. The extensive shopping area of Gariahat is dotted with a plethora of shops, restaurants, stores and roadside stalls which sell a wide array of jewelry, clothes, saris, electronics, pets and furniture. A huge variety of items displayed on the meandering road of Gariahat mesmerizes everyone. The most tempting thing of Gariahat which attracts the buyers is the reasonable prices, diversity of miscellaneous items and the bargaining culture. After a heavy shopping binge you can refuel yourself by gorging on a range of scrumptious street foods like egg rolls, momos, puchkas and chowmein from the roadside food stalls and restaurants.

Bara Bazaar
Bara Bazaar is the biggest wholesale market of Kolkata. Here you can find everything under a single roof. Whether you are looking for a small jam bottle or seeking bridal clothes for an elaborate wedding, Bara Bazaar is a center for everything. A majority of shops here are owned by the Marwaris and Gujaratis. This famous market of Kolkata remains open on all days from 10.30 am to 7.30 pm except on Sundays it remains closed.

New Market
This is the oldest market of Kolkata which is also famous as “Hogg’s Market”. New Market is located on the Lindsay Street of Kolkata. This shopping paradise offers more than 2000 stalls and is flocked by a plethora of people throughout the day. Here you can splurge on an extensive range of saris, handbags, jewelry and footwear at quite reasonable prices. New Market opens at 10 am and closes at around 8 pm daily. The market remains closed on Sundays.

Hatibagan Market
This vivacious marketplace of North Kolkata is bound to take your breath away. This place earlier used to be a hub for pet business. The Hatibagan market area comes under the jurisdiction of Shyampukur and Burtalla police stations. Hatibagan lies in the vicinity of Shyambazar. This renowned shopping place of Kolkata is scattered with a plethora of stalls, shops and cinama halls. Star Theatre is the most renowned and oldest cinema hall of Hatibagan. You can splurge on the best quality Bengali cotton and silk saris at the most reasonable prices from some of the oldest and the renowned traditional shops of Hatibagan.

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5 Things Every Hyderabadi Takes Pride In

The charming city of Hyderabad features a captivating blend of old-Islamic-world and hi-tech business hub. No matter what part of India you are living in, you might have heard of the famous Hyderabadi Biryani, the breathtaking architecture and its lingo. However, this isn’t all about the capital of Andhra Pradesh! There a lot more that makes this city one of the best places to live in the country.

Here are top 5 things Hyderabadis love most about their city.

Great Quality of Life

2016 ‘Quality of Living’ ranking list by Mercer is out and Hyderabad comes out as the most liveable city in India consistently for second year, securing 139th global rank. Some of the key parameters considered in this Mercer survey include individual safety, social-political environment, health and medical facilities/awareness, environment quality, public services, education and recreation facilities.

A Fast emerging business hub

There is no doubt that Hyderabad is one of the up-and-coming business hubs of India, giving a real tough competition to current IT hubs Bangalore and Pune. Government bodies, investors and incubators in this Telangana capital have been pulling out all stops to develop the city to serve the most powerful business ecosystem of the nation.

The fascinating Andhra city is soon going to be the first-of-its-kind and largest warehouse home of e-commerce giant Amazon in India. Uber too have opted the city for establishing its largest international office. It is worth noting that the city has currently over 1800 startups.

The Hyderabad Startup Ecosystem will possibly be bigger than the Bengaluru Startup Ecosystem by 2018, says Sanjay Enishetty, 50K ventures

Enriched Food Scenes

The moment your ears listen to a word Hyderabad, it instantly reminds you of Hyderabadi Biryani regardless if you have tasted a real one or not. However, that’s just a tip of the iceberg! The city’s gastronomy reveals a strong influence of both north and south India’s cultural in its delicacies. The city is famous for its kebabs, Haleem and chai. For those with a sweet tooth, sheer khurma and Shahi Tukda are a must-try. I know you are soon going to begin your foodathon in the city!

The cosmopolitan society

While in Hyderabad, you will find people from most parts of the country. This truly matters for those who have migrated to the city for employment or business purpose. And there are many into this list as the city is a hub for IT, Pharma and Biotech industry in India. The city has world-class infrastructure, excellent road network and good weather. Compared to other cosmopolitan cities, newly migrated people will find it easier to sync with the city for comfortable living.

Proximity to Nature

For those who often plan to elope in nature-friendly places on long weekends and holidays, Hyderabad is a great place. Drive a few kilometers from the city and you can breathe into open air surrounded by raw nature. Hussain Sagar, the Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, Papi Kondalu, Bidar and Nagarjunasagar are some of the nearest tourist destinations.

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