Chandigarh

A modern city designed by Le Corbusier in the 1950s is a feast to the eyes. With enough emphasis on walkways, parks, roundabouts and at a couple of hours away from the summer retreats of Kasuali, Chail and many more Himalayan towns, Chandigarh is a great place to be. It is the capital for both the states of Haryana and Punjab, also a Union Territory in itself.
Within the city, one can go to Rose Park, the Lake, Nek Chand’s Rock Garden made out of waste (probably the most unique in entire world) and spend a good evening at Satara Market (Sector 17).
Chandigarh doesn’t attract a lot of tourists since it is mostly used as the gateway to Himachal (link). Very well connected with roads, a high speed train from Delhi and an airport, the city is among the rich and developed cities of India. Being close to Himalayas, it gets very cold during winters and summers are also warm, so best time to be here is Feb-April and then Sep-Nov.

Best Time to Visit: February to April and September to November

Languages Spoken: Hindi, Punjabi

Climate: Hot summers and cold winters

Places of Interest: Nek Chands rock garden, Rose Garden, Sukhna Lake

Knowledge Centres: Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh Museum

Chandigarh to Mandi – The fast and furious highway ride

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It was a long long hill drive for sure and in such perfect conditions of roads that if I had any longing for hill drive then it should have been satisfied completely by now (Must have been 200 kms in hills in this journey). After having a bump free ride for at least 400-450 kms till now, finally I was to face reality.

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