July 24, 2015 at 7:07 am #11278illaParticipant
Famous as ‘The City Beautiful’, Chandigarh is the first planned city of India. Designed by French architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, popular as Le Corbusier, it is the only city that serves as capital for two states – Punjab and Haryana.
Renowned across the world, the city stands as a symbol of planned urbanisation. Chandigarh is also famous for its gardens like the Rose Garden and the Rock Garden. Contrary to popular perception of cities being noisy, Chandigarh is calm and peaceful.
Chandigarh has a dense cover of greenery. Forests which provide sanctuary for various animal species surround the city. Sukhna Lake is the home to a variety of birds including migratory ones.
Chandigarh has given India some of the best sportsmen in hockey, wrestling, cricket and other sports. There are some well-equipped Sports Complexes in Chandigarh run by the Chandigarh Administration. A 12 km track was made in 1999 for hosting the Bicycle Safari. Bicycle events are conducted on this track on regular basis. The Punjab Cricket Association stadium at Mohali, at the outskirts of Chandigarh is an international cricket stadium. The Chandigarh Golf Open Championship is one of the most prestigious golfing events in the country.
WHERE TO STAY
Various types of hotels are available in Chandigarh for stay depending on your budget. Luxury 5-star hotels are available for Rs 10000-Rs 18000. Budget hotels can cost around Rs 400- Rs 800. A lot of mid-range hotels are also available. Many of them have tie-ups with tour operators who provide various offers and discounts.
WHERE TO EAT
International fast food joints like McDonalds, Pizza Hut, KFC, etc. have outlets in Chandigarh. This city is also famous for serving exceptionally delicious ‘Indian Chinese’. South Indian, Italian, Continental and Thai cuisines are also served at various restaurants.
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