A day in the lap of nature awaits to seduce you with its serenading beauty, flora and fauna all around, resplendent blue sky with Shivalik mountain range at the backdrop and mesmerizing picturesque gardens, Chandigarh has all that and more for you. This capital city of Haryana and Punjab, a Union Territory in itself, is architecturally well planned giving it an urban setting, has gained tourism momentum by leaps and bounds over the decades as holiday lovers’ throng in by taking flights to Chandigarh from all over the world.

Take a romantic stroll in the cool and calm gardens; go for a relaxed time with family along Sukhna Lake for boating as the sun sets in or hang out at the most popular street food on Chandigarh roads, there is something or the other for everyone. Cheap flights to Chandigarh from London within India and outside are available with every major airline making it easily accessible for the tourists.

A Walk to Remember alongside Gardens and Lake

·         Rock Garden: Originated over a beautiful fantasy in disguise by Nek Chand, once discovered by the officials it went on to be transformed into a magnificent garden full of sculptures made up of recycled industrial waste and home throw away items. Located feasibly between Capitol complex and Sukhna lake, it has a gorge forest setting spread over sprawling 40 acres. Though it is open throughout the year for its admirers, however the best time to visit is during Aug-Sep as it’s the onset of Teej festival which makes it a delight to watch with the breeze of festivities in the air.

·         Sukhna Lake: An artificial man made reservoir located in Sector 1, this amazingly calm place is a very popular hangout destination for families, couples and young kids. Go there to witness the morning glory jus as the sun crawls up, for a family picnic, water adventures as boating and water skiing or just for meditation. Besides the lake, there is a walking path, a cafeteria, shops and a mini-amusement park.

·         Rose Garden: Set up in 1967and named after President of India, this is Asia’s largest garden and is also known as Zakir Hussain Rose Garden. The most popular signature attraction for visitors, this enigmatic garden sits widely over 30 acres housing the rarest 1600 species of flowers. Rose Festival, held in February every year, draws many curious travelers from all over the world by taking tickets to India from London. It is a great place to find some tranquility in the midst of everyday chaos and bustle.

Shop and Dine for a Perfect Day End

·         Go Shopping in Chandigarh: Indulge your shopaholic side into some extravaganza at the high end shopping hot spots in Chandigarh at sector 17, 22, 25 and Manimajra, where you have a whole lineage of practically all designer brands under the sky. Pick up some traditional tip turned handmade footwear (juti), traditionally hand embroidered dupattas and other handicrafts.

·         Chandigarh Cuisine: While vacationing, don’t mind gaining some extra pounds by savoring traditional Punjabi cuisine prepared with extensive use of oil, butter, ghee and spices. This is the ultimate destination for a big foodie where restaurants and rustic road side small eating joints welcome you with a whipped yoghurt drink called “Lassi” followed by Butter Chicken, Sarso ka Saag (traditionally cooked seasonal spinach), Makke di roti (bread prepared from grinded corn) and the spicy fish with a aromatic herbs. What makes all this even more sumptuous is the earthen tandoor used in its preparation.

Chandigarh has very often been a favorite place for filming Bollywood movies which has also been a booming factor for the tourism hike substantially. Within reach distance from Shimla, Kasauli and Manali, it also houses one of the biggest medical institutes of India, PGIMER. Budget hotels in Chandigarh are a plenty vis-à-vis luxury stay options for visitors of all preferences. Also popular among the young crowd are motor biking road trips and cycle tours of the city in morning and night as well.

6/11/2013 08:24:43 pm

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6/11/2013 09:00:31 pm

It's all about City of Punjab Khooshbu, simply the best city around with greenry atmosphere

6/15/2013 09:57:28 pm

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