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?