Chandigarh is one of the beautiful cities of India and is the capital of both Haryana and Punjab and is itself a union territory that is directly administered by the Central Government of India. The hilly backdrop and the neat straight angled roads are the striking features of Chandigarh. The city got its name from the goddess Chandi, the temple of which is situated at a distance of 15 kilometers from Chandigarh.
Chandigarh is divided into 47 sectors and they are divided into quarters that have residences, offices and government buildings in different places. The neat geometrical design reflects the architectural genius of the planners of the city Albert Mayer and Mathew Novicki. This is not only a place of tourist attraction but also a commercial and industrial center.
The city has an attractive airport which has regular flights to major Indian cities. You can get into the city by air or by train or by road. There are frequent trains to and from New Delhi and there are daily trains to Mumbai, Howrah, Lucknow and Jaipur. Chandigarh is the gateway to the state of Himachal Pradesh from its southern parts. If you are traveling from Delhi or Noida or nearby cities, you can also hire cars. There are numerous car rentals that operate from these places regularly. The most ideal choice would be to reach Chandigarh by buses. There are Volvo buses that ply from Delhi to Chandigarh and their fares are comparatively higher.
There are many places of visit in Chandigarh such as Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Rose Garden, The High Court, The Secretariat, The Legislative Assembly, Pinjore Gardens, Museum and Art Gallery, Mohali Cricket Stadium and Cactus Garden. Apart from these places there are many shopping areas in the city in Sector 17, Sector 22 and Sector 35. However the prices of the items sold here are slightly higher than that in Delhi and you cannot expect to get good bargains.
Chandigarh is the home to many renowned educational centers and the students of nearby states come and stay here for higher education. There are many engineering and medical colleges located within the city. This has led to the high influx of students’ community. Also the ever growing IT and BPO industry has led to the expansion of the city and all these have brought about a revolution in the hotel industry. Many hotels have sprung up in various parts of Chandigarh. To meet the demands, the city administration had introduced the bed and breakfast scheme at affordable prices.
Most of the hotels in Chandigarh also have restaurants in them. These restaurants serve Punjabi and Chhattisgarh cuisine. Continental, North Indian and South Indian dishes are also served. Many roadside outlets are seen in Sector 8 where Amritsari fish and special Waraqi wraps are popular. To find out the good Chandigarh hotels and Chandigarh restaurants, you have to refer a reliable Chandigarh travel guide. This will make your travel smoother.