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Chandigarh, An ethnic brew of architectural marvels and myriad cultures

Chandigarh, An archetypal example of planned construction

Chandigarh is a union territory that remains the capital city of both Punjab and Haryana. This is India's first planned city indeed. This is a traditional city that resonates with the rich cultural heritage of Punjab.

At the same time, it also has the modern elements; the city has to offer with its share of pubs, theaters, shopping malls, so on and so forth. The travel culture is predominantly visible across the city of Chandigarh. For a weekend drive or getaway amongst inmates of Delhi, a long drive experience from Delhi to Chandigarh offers a panoramic experience indeed. The 250 km ride on a bike can elevate your adrenalin rush.

Come on; let us unveil the travel culture, food, shopping vistas, heritage values, and a lot more the city has to offer. The Chandigarh tourism department can organize exotic tours for vacationers who are venturing into the city for the very first time indeed!

Chandigarh is a mix of ethnic or traditional values with a unique conglomeration of hip-hop culture too. The city is a cultural hub of both Punjab and Haryana. You have age-old artists and writers who hail from the city. As this is India's first planned city, there is no dearth of language, heritage, or culture. You have music, arts, and tribes showcasing various aspects of the city to you in a nutshell. You have museums, art galleries, and traditional musical grounds that conduct exhibitions or symposiums from time to time. You have training institutes that teach traditional forms of dances like the Bharatanatyam, Kathak, and ancient musical forms like Hindustani, instruments, and folk.

Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Punjabis, Jains, and Muslims live in equal harmony with one another while building the economy. Chandigarh is also known as the ‘Garden City of India’. Hence, the festivals and joyous occasions are celebrated with pomp and splendor all through the city. Baisakhi is one of the most important festivals that is celebrated with happiness and enthusiasm amid the Sikh community. People across the city of Chandigarh wear new clothes and distribute sweets amongst family and friends. Diwali, Navrathri, Shiv Ratri, Ganesh Chathurthi, and Christmas are celebrated with grandeur and fanfare. Punjabi, Hariyanvi, Hindi, English, and Marathi are some of the common languages that are spoken by the inmates of Chandigarh.

You have a Mango festival organized within the city’s hub. The festival commemorates the mango growers of the country. They showcase their luscious and sweet mangoes of different varieties. Rose Festival showcases different varieties of roses that bloom at the rich 'Rose Garden' that marks the iconic tourist hub of the city of Chandigarh. You have music, dance, and other performances that denote the sanctity of fresh shoots and flowers that bloom during February each year. You have music, dances, and other cultural activities that mark the 'Rose Festival' in its entire splendor. Therefore, we cover an elaborate gist covering the cultural and traditional aspects of the city of Chandigarh.

Historical of the city of Chandigarh

Chandigarh is India's first planned city covering the twin districts of Punjab and Haryana. The city of Chandigarh was a result of the Indo-Pak partition post-Independence of the country on the 15th of August 1947. Do you know why a palatial city named ‘Chandigarh’ was planned post-Independence? Here lies the answer for the same. East Punjab came under Indian administration and the province comprised mainly of Hindus and Sikhs. While Western Punjab, mostly dominated by Muslims, and was given away to Pakistan. Hence, the Indian Govt needed a capital city to rule East Punjab. The result of which, Chandigarh was born. The city is therefore known for its exotic design and architecture. The Chandigarh tourism department has exotic locales to help travelers explore modernity and contemporary outlook at its best. The vacationers or holidaymakers, therefore, get an opportunity to explore both worlds while they are here at Chandigarh. It was around 7th October 1955, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the formal President of India had formally inaugurated the city of Chandigarh.

Tourist sight-seeing in Chandigarh

You are going to explore some of the most exotic vacationing spots the Chandigarh tourism department has to offer. You can have a palatial boating ride with family and friends at the serene Sukhna Lake. Do you want to explore natural surroundings at their best? Then, you can marvel at the Rose Garden in Chandigarh, while it is at its full bloom. The Leisure Garden and the exquisitely designed Rock Garden are also some of the best tourist spots of Chandigarh. Come on, let us discover, some of the marvelous tourist locations, the city of Chandigarh has to offer.

Sukhna Lake

Sukhna Lake is situated at the foothills of Shivalik Hills. This is a man-made lake that is designed to perfection. This is the best Chandigarh tourist spot, worth exploring at full length. Sukhna Lake started a distributary named 'Sukhna' that falls from the Shivalik Hills. Hence, the name of the Lake is also 'Sukhna Lake'. You can explore the blue pristine waters of the lake. The super-exotic Chandigarh tourist spot offers morning joggers with a perfect backdrop of serenity, and they can get a whim of the fresh morning air. The lake has been landscaped with fresh flora and abundant greenery too.

You can take a boating drive to your heart's content as this lake offers one of the longest rowing channels, the country has to offer. Newly married couples can have lazy boating rides to enjoy life at its best. You have several fishes, migratory cranes, and other exotic varieties of Siberian ducks out here. The Lake is flanked by one of the best tourist places in Chandigarh. This is Rose Garden indeed. Hence, Sukhna Lake and its surroundings offer the best vacationing spot for holidayers.

Rock Garden

Most of the sculptures are made from industrial waste materials that have been spewed by industries and commercial establishments that lie on Sector 1 of Chandigarh. This is an open-air exhibition that displays artifacts and sculptures made from plastic water bottles. The wastes are procured via recycling waste materials from the landfills. The massive open-air symposium displays dolls made from glass bangles, nylon wastes, and plastics. This is one of the tourist places in Chandigarh worth deserving its mention indeed. The spectacle is hardly situated 1.5 kms away from the ever-green Sukhna Lake.

Rose Garden, Chandigarh

Rose Garden is one of the most iconic hub spot locales of Chandigarh. The sprawling garden is spread across Sector 16 of Chandigarh. The garden showcases 825 varieties of flowers and around 32,500 varieties of trees indeed. These are trees that not only provide shade for tourists on hot days but also are high of a medicinal value indeed. The Rose Garden is named ‘Zakir Hussain Rose Garden’. The Garden gets its name from the former President of India. As the garden spreads over a sprawling 30 acres and decked with beautiful varieties of roses and exquisitely designer shrubs, this is one of the best tourist places in Chandigarh amid tourists, vacationers, and holidayers who visit the city the very first time.

Thunder Zone, Chandigarh

Do you want a chilled-out amusement park out here in Chandigarh? Then do not miss out on the 'Thunder Zone' Amusement-park that has exciting rides. You also have a themed water park that can add to fun and frolic, after all. The Thunder Zone Amusement and Waterpark caters to people of all age groups. This is one of the top-notch tourist places in Chandigarh, worth exploring.

Pinjore Gardens

This is a touring spot, worth its mention indeed. The garden has been styled using 17th Century Mughal architecture. The Pinjore Gardens is spread over a massive 100 acres indeed. The vacationing spot offers resplendent views to tourists and holidayers, on the whole. You have shrubs, roses, and pretty-looking varieties of flora indeed. Here, you can unwind on Mother Nature as against living in a concrete jungle. You have greenery and landscaped areas all through the year.

As evenings approach, you find glistening water fountains that light up. The greenery, mesmerizing water fountains, and the refreshing feel this spot gives to its viewers can be comparable to none other. The touring spot is an exotic illustration of terrace gardens in India. During the festival of Baisakhi, this place serves as the hub spot venue for holding the world-famous Mango festival. A variety of mind-boggling mangoes sold by sellers across India put up their stalls here. Again, Pinjore gardens also house a miniature zoo, Japanese garden, serene waterfalls, and picnic spot areas for family and friends to have a beautiful spot to leisure into. The holiday spot is one of the best tourist places in Chandigarh, with the least element of doubt.

Terraced Garden, Sector 33, Chandigarh

Are you looking for one of the best tourist attractions in Chandigarh, that is simply one of its kinds? Then, terraced gardens located at Sector 33 in Chandigarh are the one you must ideally be looking at. You have the terraced gardens situated in easier proximity to city premises as such. You find a beautiful variety of shrubs and pretty-looking flowers that look vibrant and colorful indeed. This way, tourists get a visual glimpse of the attraction, Mother Nature can offer to us. The terraced gardens are not only a popular attraction in Chandigarh alone. People from neighboring towns or cities also come here to view the bloom of flowers and roses during the peak season.

As a matter of fact, this natural spot came into being just in 1979. You find a wide expanse of colorful and fascinating flowers like lilies, roses, orchards, chrysanthemums, jasmine, etc. Spread over a vast expanse of 10 acres, this natural spot provides stunning scenic views and is filled with exotic greenery all through the year. You have musical fountains that light up during the evenings. Folk songs are also rendered by artisans to keep travelers and guests well entertained. Tourists take wonderful photographs with water splashing in their background. This is therefore one of the most superlative tourist places in Chandigarh that cannot be given a skip at all.

Mansa Devi Temple, Panchkula

This is a temple that is nestled at the foothills of the mighty Shivalik mountain range. The temple was being built across 100 acres bordering the village of Bilaspur Village near the Panchkula district of Haryana. The Mansa Devi temple is dedicated to the worship of Shakthi Maa. It is believed that the divine energy of the cosmic forces sanctifies the forces of the Universe in Hinduism. This is one of the most prestigious religious tourist places in Chandigarh, indeed. The Mansa Devi temple has exquisitely been built at the back yard of which lies a huge tree indeed. Devotees tie sacred threads across the branches of the tree. It is believed that their prayers get answered this way! The Mansa Devi temple is surrounded by a huge number of devotees who visit the temple during the typical Navrathri season. The 9 days see the temple with the goddess incarnated in such a pretty manner. You find lush green gardens against the backdrop of the temple. You also find voluntary kitchens that operate within the temple premises. Here, free food is offered to all pilgrims who throng to the temple, as such.

Japanese Garden, Chandigarh

Chandigarh is a land of fresh parks and gardens. Located across Sector 31A of Chandigarh, within the park lies a Buddha stupa, a pagoda, well-maintained lawns, water bodies, etc. You have an underwater tunnel, and you have a dedicated hall that showcases intricate Japanese paintings.

Botanical Garden Chandigarh

Quite a number of tourist places in Chandigarh border on attractively designed greenery, landscape, and pretty-looking gardens. You have botanical gardens two on the number. Here at the first botanical garden, you can discover a huge variety of systematically arranged flower shrubs and plants that look even green and visually pleasing too. You have one such garden positioned near the 'Punjab University Campus'. The other botanical garden finds its place at Sector 1. This is in between the Rock Palace and the Sukhna Lake.

You have a wildlife sanctuary, hill towns, and lot many exotic tourist locales covering the wonderful city of Chandigarh.

Food in Chandigarh

Chandigarh tourism department lays special emphasis on the way the tourists have to be served. With the simple philosophy, 'Athithi Devo bhava’, guests are to be treated royally. Therefore, vacationers or holidayers who come here never go back on hungry stomachs. The city is known for its royal and palatial offering on food cuisines too. Lachha parathas, butter chicken, tandoori kulcha, chole bathure, chicken tikkas, tandoori fish, and kebabs are available amid street vendors and at restaurants too. Roh Di kheer, gulab jamuns, baalushahi, and kulfi are so tempting and mouth-watering that they can titillate the taste buds of any visitor who pays their first-time visit to Chandigarh. Sikh communities offer free food to hungry pilgrims via community events and at gurudwaras or langars.

Tourist activities in Chandigarh

You have quite a number of exciting holiday activities that can keep you on your toes through a holiday to this sprawling city. November to February is the typical winter weather wherein the climate can be cool and serene all through the year. You can book holiday packages at holidaying inns that tuck up the area surrounding Sukhna Lake. You can enjoy boating, visit the temple, enjoy quality moments with friends and family, go trekking, etc. You can visit Chhatbir forest to get a glimpse of the wild. You can visit Rose Garden and the botanical gardens to marvel at the beauty of Nature. Fun city and Aqua Water Park are exciting amusement parks that can help you forget the world around you. Likewise, you can plan quite some holidaying activities here that can leave vacationers in a spell-bound mode.

We have discussed end-to-end aspects covering the city of Chandigarh. You have learned culture, history, tradition, tourist locales, food, and a lot many interesting aspects the city of Chandigarh can offer to the tourists or vacationers who plan their vacation here. So, have not you packed your bags yet?

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