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Chandigarh

TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City
This Union Territory serving as a capital to the two states of Punjab and Haryana is also India’s first planned city, which was designed by the famous Swiss architect, Le Corbusier. Pedestrian-friendly, Chandigarh is modern for its times, clean and has some of the best shopping and eating places. For some cosmopolitan, stay-in-a-fancy-hotel times choose Chandigarh. Visit Nek Chand’s Rock Garden, which is a great example of wealth from waste. The man-made Sukhna Lake with a backdrop of the amazing Shivalik Hills is a great spot for various water activities. The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is a marvel that boasts of over 1,600 species of the flower and thousands of rose bushes along with other medicinal plants. The Mohali Cricket Stadium and the Chandigarh Golf Club are for those who love sports, and shopping for bright, colourful Punjabi products is something one can’t miss. Besides, the tastiest and most appetising Punjabi cuisine available here leaves one completely sated. Do, shop a lot, eat a lot and enjoy the liveliness that is Chandigarh.
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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Nek Chand's Rock Garden

Nek Chand's Rock Garden

The 25-acre rock garden in Chandigarh is a great example of wealth from waste. It represents the artistic genius of a humble man named Nek Chand who spent 20 years of his life bringing to the world a creative masterpiece like none other. Explore the 2,000 beautiful sculptures made from broken sinks and bicycle frames, broken glass bangles and other debris from around 50 villages that were torn down to build Chandigarh city. The wonderful theme of dancing girls and the elegant arcade of towering arches is quiet attractive. There are electric carts that shuttle tourists from here to Sukhna Lake.

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Sukhna Lake

Sukhna Lake

To escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, spend some time in the serenity of Sukhna Lake. An ideal place to be visited in the early morning or evening, the lake is a 3 km long man-made lake with a backdrop of the beautiful Shivalik Hills. Fill your senses with nature's gifts and enjoy the cool breeze and green trees as you take a walk around the lake. You can also consider a picnic by the lake or indulge in some water sports such as boating, yachting or water skiing. So come and de-stress in the peaceful surroundings of Sukhna Lake.

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Shopping in Sector 17

Shopping in Sector 17

Step out in the evening and head towards the hip and happening Sector 17. Shop for some chic brands here or for some local fare, consider buying the curly-toed Punjabi ‘jootis’, embroidered Punjabi ‘dupattas’ (stoles) in attractive colours and an impressive collection of woollens brought from Ludhiana in Punjab, known for its woollen products. Done with shopping, indulge in some satiating gastronomic experience. Gobble down mouth-watering ‘chaat’ dishes, kickass burgers and other tasteful fast food items. As evening turns to night, witness the illuminated fountain show that creates a magical club scene radiating bright light.

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Zakir Hussain Rose Garden

Zakir Hussain Rose Garden

Wander about in Asia's largest rose garden covering an area of more than 30 acres. Marvel at 1,600 different species and 50,000 rose bushes along with important medicinal trees. A visit to this botanical garden is a truly delightful experience. If you are planning a visit to Chandigarh in late February or early March, check the dates on the National Calendar of Events for the Rose Festival held in the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden. It boasts of an impressive display of cultural events, quizzes, a photography competition, and other exciting and engaging activities.

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Mohali Cricket Stadium

Mohali Cricket Stadium

Cheer Kings XI Punjab, the local team at an IPL match or catch an international game where Team India takes on the opponent at the stunning Mohali Cricket Stadium. Built in 1993, the stadium is the seat of the Punjab Cricket Association and has a capacity of around 30,000 people. Explore the stadium that boasts of world-class construction and well-thought of seating arrangement for the audience to enjoy unhindered views. Some gripping matches that have had thrilling ends. The pitch has proved quiet lucky for India as it won the match against Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup.

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Chandigarh Golf Club

Chandigarh Golf Club

Play a round of Golf in the beautiful setting of Chandigarh Golf Club. This club is exclusively for private members, hence get your connections sorted well in advance. It has a 7,202 yard, and an 18-hole golf course, which is known for its tight fairways. Enjoy playing the sport in the lovely green environment fringed by mango, ‘jamun’, eucalyptus, and ‘kikar’ orchards trees. Indulge in the fine facilities provided by the Chandigarh Golf Club such as the clubhouse, a swimming pool and a gymnasium.

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Chaat at Sector 26

Chaat at Sector 26

Indulge in a wide variety of ‘chaats’ (street snacks) all over Chandigarh, however, Sector 26 is a popular place to enjoy this tasteful savoury. Because it is light on the tummy, you can try out a variety of ‘chaats’ such as ‘aloo tikki’, ‘chaat tikki’, ‘sev puri’, ‘gol gappe’, ‘papdi chaat’, ‘dahi papdi chaat’, and moreEnjoy an interesting mix of spices that will please your palate at Sector 26.

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Trip to Kasauli

Trip to Kasauli

Located at a distance of 70 km from Chandigarh, is the beautiful hill station of Kasauli that was established by the British Empire during their powerful presence in India. Trek the dense woody forests here that houses endangered species of the Himalayan fauna, torrents, alpine paddocks, snow-clad mountains, and more. Experience a mesmerising sunset with marvellous views of the rolling hills from the Sunset Point, situated at a distance of 1.5 km from the bus stand. Enjoy a hike to Manki Point and take in the lovely views of the hills, valleys and lush greenery.

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Pal Dhaba

Pal Dhaba

Binge into some authentic Punjabi cuisine at Pal Dhaba in Sector 28. Most Indians, especially those living in the urban regions, will swear by the sumptuous and lip-smacking Punjabi food. Those who love non-vegetarian food should certainly try the butter chicken and mutton, which is considered to be the best in the city. Vegetarians too have a plethora of choices to binge on, such as the ‘shahi panner’, ‘channa masala’, ‘daal makhani’, ‘palak kofta’, as well as a variety of stuffed ‘parathas’ (Indian bread).

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Parade at Wagah Border

Parade at Wagah Border

A strong feeling of patriotism takes over when one witnesses the border closing ceremony, also known as the Beating Retreat or lowering of the flags between India and Pakistan at the Wagah Border. Located at a distance of about 265 km from Chandigarh, it is recommended to visit the Border from Amritsar, since it is only 27 km from there. Seating is categorised as VIP, foreign tourists, exclusive seating for women, and general seating. Join the patriotic crowd to witness the ceremony, which begins before sunset. Watch in awe as soldiers from either side of the border display a dynamic parade followed by a perfectly co-ordinated flag ceremony.

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Pray at Golden Temple

Pray at Golden Temple

Immerse in the spiritual aura of the Golden Temple and be in awe of the intricate marble carvings, topped with an upper part gilded with 750 kg gold, reflecting in the waters around. With Hindu and Islamic architecture, this golden structure with white marble walls encrusted with precious stones is a sight to behold. Pray and meditate at this holy place, which is also home to the Central Sikh Museum, Langar Hall, Akal Takht, and more. We recommend you travel to Amritsar and spend a couple of days there to visit the temple and other worthwhile attractions there.

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Rural Olympics at Kila Raipur

Rural Olympics at Kila Raipur

Join in the cheer and claps of millions of spectators at the three-day Kila Raipur Sports Festival held in a village by the same name in Ludhiana. The festival is one of the largest of its kind celebrated annually in February. Attended by locals and international tourists, you must experience the high adrenalin rush and infectious mood of the crowd. Be awed upon seeing unusual feats showcased by the participants through games such as hockey, ‘kabaddi’, Bullock Cart Race and some nail-biting stunts where people liftbicycles with their teeth, pull cars with their hair, teeth or ears, and others.

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Shop for Punjabi Finery

Shop for Punjabi Finery

Chandigarh is a great place to indulge in shopping for some vibrant Punjabi apparels and accessories. Explore Sector 17, 22 and sector 35, which are major shopping venues in the city. Choose from a wide variety of colourful Punjabi ‘jootis’ and ‘dupattas’, winter wear, the famous embroidered kurtas and stoles, and much more. For some hand crafted goodies, check out one of the many handicraft emporiums dotting the city. Enjoy the hustle and bustle while hunting for footwear, jewellery, ethnic and western wear as well as wonderful gift items to take back home.

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Elante Mall

Elante Mall

Go on a shopping spree at Elante Mall, the fourth largest mall in India, housing premium national and international brands. Spanning an area of 20 acres, Elante Mall has something for everyone. Shop for your favourite brands such as Zara, Marks & Spencer, Guess, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Jack & Jones, and many more. Satiate your hunger with some lip-smacking dishes that appeal to varying tastes at the Food Court. For those travelling with kids, there is entertainment for the little ones as well with plenty of gaming options that cater to different age groups.

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Patiala Peg

Patiala Peg

Down a liquor quantity of roughly 120 ml, basically filled in a glass, which is 50 percent larger than a normal shot glass. There is no need for you to wait for a special occasion to gulp down a Patiala Peg. Just order for one while enjoying a get-together with friends, along with some fried snacks. There is an interesting legend behind the name. It was basically an idea the Maharaj of Patiala played out where he wanted to trick the Irish Team into drinking more than they could handle. And, it worked. So came the famous Punjabi alcoholic measure—the Patiala Peg!

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Eat Makki di Roti and Sarso da Saag

Eat Makki di Roti and Sarso da Saag

Forget your diet plans and indulge in the traditional Punjabi dish of ‘Sarso da Saag’ and ‘Makki di Roti’. The ‘saag’ dish is garnished with a dollop of home-made white butter or the packaged butter and served with Indian bread made from corn flour, called ‘makki di roti’. It is easily available, especially during the winter months, in restaurants as well as in modest roadside ‘dhabas’. Enjoy this rich flavourful Punjabi cuisine where ‘Palak’ (spinach) is added to give colour, consistency and aroma. You cannot miss this mouth-watering and sumptuous meal while in Chandigarh.

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Devour Aaloo Paratha with Dahi

Devour Aaloo Paratha with Dahi

Binge into a flat bread made of wheat, stuffed with spicy boiled potatoes, along with some curd, green chillies and butter. The soft and tasty ‘Aloo Paratha’ can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Although made in many Indian households, nobody makes it better than the Punjabi community. It is quite filling and needless to say, absolutely tasty. Eat while it’s hot and you are likely to recommend it to others or maybe learn the recipe and roll some delicious ‘parathas’ back home. Pal Dhaba and Khalsa Vaishno Dhaba are good options to savour this dish.

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TraveLibro India Chandigarh Featured City Garden Of Silence

Garden Of Silence

Situated at the end of Sukhna Lake, the Garden of Silence is a place where you can enjoy a quiet and peaceful walk. Spend some time in the green surroundings of this garden marked by a large Buddha statue in meditative state. Soak in the serenity of the Garden Of Silence and enjoy a truly calming experience. The beautiful statue of Lord Buddha brings a sense of peace by its mere presence.

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