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Chandigarh – Known as “City beautiful”

The first planned city in India , Chandigarh is a Union terittory and capital of two states- Punjab and Haryana


  1. Post Indian Indpenedence Lahore , then capital of Punjab went to become part of Pakistan
  2. American planner and architect Albert Mayer was tasked to design a new city called “Chandigarh” in 1949 to become capital of Punjab. Then
  3.  Le Corbusier to succeed Mayer and Nowicki ( architect partner of Mayer), who enlisted many elements of Mayer’s original plan without attributing them to him
  4. Chadigarh was completed by 1960
  5. On 1 November 1966, the newly formed state of Haryana was carved out of the eastern portion of East Punjab and Chandigarh became capital of newly formed Haryana state also

Activities for tourists

  1. Visit rock garden
  2. Visit International dolls museum
  3. Row through Sukhna lake
  4. Visit Zakir Hussain Rose garden
  5. Visit terrace garden

How to reach there


Chandigarh Airport has scheduled commercial flights to major cities of India including DelhiMumbaiKolkataHyderabadBangalorePuneChennaiLehSrinagar, Jaipur, Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Indore. The airport has international flights to BangkokDubai and Sharjah.


Chandigarh Junction railway station  provides connectivity to eastern states with link to cities like KolkataDibrugarhsouthern states with trains to VisakhapatnamThiruvananthapuramBangaloreChennaiMadurai and Kollamwestern states with trains to RewariJaipurAhmedabadMumbai and Pune; central states with trains to Bhopal and Indore; other northern states with trains to LucknowAmritsarLudhianaAmbalaPanipatKaithal and Kalka.

Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. Shimla (112 kms away)
  2. Nangal wetlands ( 82 kms away)
  3. Amritsar (225kms away)
  4. Dehradun ( 172 kms away)
  5. Patiala (72 kms away)

Some hotels in Chandigarh for tourists and tour operators with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Hotel Rajshree

Velvet Clarks Exotica


Red Fox Hotel, Chandigarh

The Fern Residency, Chandigarh

Hotel Diamond Inn


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