best places to visit in chandigarh

Chandigarh is the capital of both Punjab and Haryana, which is a borderline city and grasps the culture of both states. One of the most organized cities in the country has a unique architecture in Chandigarh. The city itself is quite beautiful and there are many things to look around and around the city.

1. Sukhna Lake sightseeing

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At the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, which is called Shivalik Hills; the beautiful Sukhna lake is located. This reservoir has become the most visited tourist destination in the city. It is recently accomplished with a mini cruise ship to take the guests around the water to see the scenes. It is a Japanese imported vehicle which is two floors long and is of high quality, so the ride is somewhat luxurious, enjoyable and pleasant.

Location: Sector 1, Chandigarh 160001, India
Timings: 5 am to 9 pm (All days of the week)
Entry: Free
Nearby Major Attractions: Botanical Garden, Sacred Heart Church, Hari Mandir, Government Museum and Art Gallery.
Nearby Stopover: Hotel Rajshree, Hotel Royal Castle, Hotel Pride, Jullundur Hotel & Restaurant.
How To Reach: Sukhna lake is located in Sector 6. It is situated near Punjab Raj Bhawan and Uttar Marg.
Average charges: Rs 2000/-

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This Garden in Chandigarh is also known as Nek Chand’s Rock Garden, which is named after its titleholder Nek Chand. It is a sculpture garden that was started by the government official as a hobby and now the city has become a sight. It has more than 2,000 sculptures created from anything, from debris to remains to trash.

Location: Uttar Marg, Sector 1, Chandigarh 160010, India
Charges: All days of the week: 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM (1st April to 30th September), 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (1st October to 31st March)
Timings: Rs 30/- per person for adults and Rs 10/- per person for children
Nearby Major Attractions: Leisure Valley, Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh Rose Garden, Elante mall, Musical Fountain.
Nearby Stopover: OYO 15015 Hotel Ska Hometel, OYO 322 Hotel Royal.
Average Charge: Rs 1000/-
How To Reach:

The location of Rock garden Chandigarh is pretty close to the High Court of Haryana and Punjab. The beautiful place is located in Sector 1, Chandigarh, and can easily be reached from any part of the city.

Air The nearest airport to Rock Garden is the Chandigarh International Airport.
Road – You can hire a cab, an auto, or board a local bus to reach this Garden. After visiting the Rock Garden of Chandigarh you can also visit the Sukhna Lake which is just 2 kilometers away from the garden.

3. Elante Mall

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The second largest shopping mall in northern India is Elante Mall. With an industrial exterior and present-day interior, this shopping center features modern-day India. This includes 20 acres of land in the area and tall with four floors. The shopping variety deals with high-end brands and bargaining, with eatery occasionally.

Location: 178-178A, Purv Marg, Industrial Area Phase I, Chandigarh, 160002
Charges: INR 0*
Timings: Monday to Sunday, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm*
Nearby Major Attractions: Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl, Chandigarh byCycle, Gurudwara Nada Sahib, Sarkaria Cactus Garden, Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Pinjore Gardens.
Nearby Stopover: The Pelican Hotel, Hotel Orbit.
Average Charge: Rs 1500/-
How To Reach:

Road – The mall is located in the industrial area of Chandigarh and is easily accessible from all parts of the city. You can hire a cab or a tuk-tuk to reach the mall.

Regular bus services are also available from various parts of Chandigarh which can be used to reach the mall. The nearest bus stop for Elante Mall is the Central Mall Bus Station.

4. Bargain at The Tiny Shop

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In the basement, this local shop was opened far, safe, somewhat hidden away from main road and foot traffic, but it has become a famous city treasure. The store has been around since 1980. These knickknacks (small showy ornaments or piece of jewelry) have a wide variety starting from artistic accessories that are designed locally.  It’s one of the best things to do in Chandigarh. 

Location: Basement SCO 186-88, 17G, 17C, Chandigarh, 160017
Charges: No charges*
Timings: All days of the week, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.
Nearby Major Attractions: Butterfly Park, Topiary Park, Hibiscus Garden.
Nearby Stopover: FabHotel Evergreen Dera Bassi, Treebo Trend Saffron.
Average Charge: Rs 1000/-

5. Smell the flowers at the Garden of Fragrance

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Garden of Chandigarh when spreads its fragrance, it feels like just press the escape button mode from the city’s busy life and industrial buildings. In fact, the metro area of this city was seen as a “garden city” and accordingly it is spread with many parks and gardens. Near Hibiscus (China rose) Garden, the garden of the aroma is found in many varieties of local and exotic flowers and some pleasant walking paths.

Location: Fragrance Garden Rd, 36B, Sector 36B, Chandigarh, 160036
How To Reach: The garden is located in Sector 36 which is situated at the southern side of Hibiscus Garden in Sector 36 A, near Alliance Francaise.
Charges: No entry fee*
Timings: Open from Monday to Sunday, 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM*
Nearby Major Attraction: ISKCON Temple Chandigarh, Panjab University.
Nearby Stopover: OYO 9575 Hotel Absolute Comfort
Average Charge: Rs 2000/-

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6. Drive To The Open Hand Monument

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Amongst the most famous sights around the city is the Open Hand Monument. This quick drive-spot was built to celebrate peace and prosperity. It is a symbol of saying“the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and unity of mankind”. Le Corbusier is the renowned architect behind the famous figure. It’s one of the popular places to visit in Chnadigarh.

Location: 31, Capitol Complex, Uttar Marg, Chandigarh, 160001
Charges: Free*
Timings: 24-hours*
Nearby Major Attractions: Smriti Upavan, Capitol Complex, Bougainvillea Garden, Suhana Lake, Butterfly park.
How To Reach: Rent a cab.
Nearby Stopover: OYO 7372 Platinum Inn, Hotel Silver Bell.
Average Charge: Rs 800/-

7. Tower of Shadows

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Chandigarh is known for its well-organized and detailed infrastructure and architecture. There are many different places in the entire city with statues, monuments, and buildings. One of these is the Tower of Shadows, which was also created by Le Corbusier. It makes the sun’s rays efficient and deals with light in a fascinating manner. It’s one of the best places to visit in Chandigarh. 

Location: Capitol Complex, Sector 1, Chandigarh, 160001
How To Reach: The Capitol is located in Sector 1, Chandigarh and is situated at Uttar Marg.
Charges: NA
Timings: Mon-Sun : 06:30 AM – 08:30 PM*
Nearby Major Attractions: Geometric Hill, Capitol Complex Tourist Centre, Sukhna Lake Park.
Nearby Stopover: OYO 12025 Hotel Kamal Palace, OYO 8452 Hotel New Arya 2, OYO 8424 Sunflower, OYO 9732 Amar Motel.
Average Charge: Rs 800/-

8. Take a day trip by the Timber Trail

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The so-called Timber Trail goes along Highway 22 and leads to the Parwaano, which sits between the foothills and forests. There, fresh air and beautiful scenes all over and the adventures searches replace the usual tourist destinations.

Location: Himalayan Expressway, Chandigarh, India
Charges: Open all days from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
All Adult – INR 1250* and All Children – INR 1000*
Best Time To Visit: Feb – Apr, Aug – Nov.
How To Reach: Chandigarh to Timber Trail distance is just 35 km that makes it convenient for visitors to reach the destination by boarding a bus or hiring a taxi. Tourists can also drive to this spot that takes approximately 40 minutes.
Nearby Attractions: Kali Mata Temple, Gilbert Trail, Gilbert Trail, Kali Mata Temple.
Nearby Stopover: Neovedic Resort, Saakar Hotel.
Average Charge: Rs 2500/-

9. Pray at the Mansa Devi Mandir

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Mansa Devi Temple cannot be located exactly within the city but it is a regular pilgrim place for the Hindu religion. This temple was built for Goddess Mansa Devi and it is a holy temple for her worshippers. Even if you are not a follower of Hinduism, then the spot is with some excellent architecture and cultural heritage.

Location: Mansa Devi Temple Complex, Panchkula, Haryana 134114, India
Charges: No entry charges*
Timings: All days, 4:00 AM – 10:00 PM; 4.00am to 10.00pm (Summer) 5.00am to 10.00pm (Winter)
How To Reach: The famous is located in Panchkula. It is situated right next to Deer Park and Mela Ground, near Chandimandir.
Nearby Hotels: OYO 15015 Hotel Ska Hometel, Mint.
Average Charge: Rs 2000/-

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