Chandigarh is capital of the state of Punjab and Haryana and one of the most modern cities in India. Chandigarh, the first planned modern city of independent India was designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. The city is divided into 47 numbered sectors. It has well-laid roads lined with rows of trees and beautifully planned buildings. Visitors that are usually exoecting more of the meandering sprawls and historic skylines as with the most old Indian towns and cities are surprised to see the well planned layout of Chandigarh and its sleek buildings. This is because that the city is almost 50 years old considering the age of the other cities present in India this city is an infant, so as to speak. The city comprises of a unique combination of old world and new modern world. As the city comprises of the new ultra mordern shopping complexes on one hand the city also have the road side vendors providing the cheapest clothes and the best bargains any one can possibly find.
Ironically, this new Indian city was born out of the partition of the country. A new capital city for the State of Punjab was required and Chandigarh was created to serve this purpose. This city symbolises the faith and confidence that the resurgent republic had.
Located in the northern parts of India and is the capital of two sates namely Haryana and Punjab.
Rainfall in Chandigarh:
111.4 cm (July to August)
Weather of Chandigarh:
Summer: 38 °C - 20 °C
Winter: 25 °C - 6 °C
Best Time to Visit: October to April
How To Reach Chandigarh
Chandigarh is connected to Delhi (daily) and Amritsar (bi-weekly) by flights of Indian Airlines. There is also a weekly flight to Leh from Chandigarh. Jet Airways has daily flights to Chandigarh from Delhi. The airport is 11 km away from the main city.
The railway station is 7 km away from the city center. It is well connected to the major cities of India like Delhi (238 km), Bikaner (575 km), and Jodhpur (827 km).
Chandigarh is well connected by road to almost every small and big town in northern India. Frequent buses ply from Chandigarh to Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and even Rajasthan. One has a varied choice that includes luxury buses, ordinary buses and taxis, all of which are readily available.
Capital Complex, Sector 17 Shopping Area and City Center, Leisure Valley, The Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Temple of Goddess Chandi.