Chandigarh is the best-planned city in India, with architecture which is world-renowned, and a quality of life, which is unparalleled. As the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh it is a prestigious city.
The face of modern India, Chandigarh, is the manifestation of a dream that Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru envisaged and Le Corbusier executed. Serenity and a city are two diametrically opposite concepts, which however, get belied in the ‘City Beautiful’. Chandigarh is a rare epitome of modernization co-existing with nature’s preservation. It is here that the trees and plants are as much a part of the construction plans as the buildings and the roads. India first planned city, is a rich, prosperous, spic and span, green city rightly called THE CITY BEAUTIFUL
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Chandigarh falls under Koeppen’s CWG category i.e. it has cold dry winter, hot summer and sub tropical monsoon. Evaporation usually exceeds precipitation and the weather is generally dry. The area experiences four seasons :
(i) Summer or hot season (mid-March to Mid-June) (ii) Rainy season (late-June to mid-September); (iii) Post monsoon autumn/transition season (mid September to mid-November); (iv) Winter (mid November to mid-March). The dry spell of summer is long but with the occasional drizzles or thunder storms. May and June are the hottest months of the year with the mean daily maximum & minimum temperatures being about 370C & 250C, respectively. Maximum temperatures can rise up to 440C. Southwest monsoons with high intensity showers commence in late June. The weather at this time is hot and humid.
Places to visit
Chandigarh offers a rich fare of places of tourist interest within short intra-city distances, amidst a clean environment.
ROCK GARDEN – Chandigarh has the distinction of having world acclaimed Rock Garden. It consists of art objects made from industrial and urban waste. It is the first one of its kind in the World.
SUKHNA LAKE – This man-made Lake is situated in the foothills of Shivalik Range and offers an ideal place for quiet communion with Nature. It also offers boating and other water sports facilities.
LEISURE VALLEY – A lesser known aspect of Chandigarh is that it is one of the few cities of the world with well planned landscaping. An 8 km linear park runs through the city.
MUSEUM & ART GALLERY – It has the largest collection of the world famous Gandhara (Buddhist) Sculpture after Lahore. It has also large number of miniature Indian paintings.
ROSE GARDEN – The largest Rose Garden in Asia, it is spread over an area of 27 acres and has more than 17,000 plants representing some 1,600 varieties of roses as well as several fountains.
OTHER GARDENS – Chandigarh-lives. It breathes. Botanical Garden, Terraced Garden, Fitness Trails and Hibiscus Garden, Garden of Fragrance
SPORTS FACILITIES – Chandigarh provides its residents splendid facilities for all types of sports activities. Many international & national level competitions are held here. There is a Cricket Stadium, Astro Turf Hockey Stadium, CLTA, Golf Courses.
Hotels in Chandigarh
In the true sprit of the young and pulsating Chandigarh, Hotel Mountview here is also all chic and stylish.
Well equipped for both, the business as well as the pleasure traveler, the hotel provides everything to make for a perfectly luxurious stay. Opulently done rooms come coupled with a personalized service and excellent dining options. Guests can always rest assured of a complete luxury.
Hotel Shivalik View
Savour the best facilities and services of this modern hotel located in the heart of the city whether on business or a pleasure trip. The one of biggest hotel in the city is reputed for impeccable standards of service and luxury.
For clean and reasonably priced accommodation in the city, there is nothing to surpass CITCO’s Hotel Parkview located in Sector 24, Chandigarh. It is easily accessible from ISBT, Sector 17, Chandigarh.
How to reach
Buses of several State Road Transport Corporations connect Chandigarh with many cities and towns of neighbouring states. Buses may be air-conditioned, deluxe, semi-deluxe or ordinary. The Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) is located in Sector 17 (City Centre) and Sec 43.
BY TRAIN (Online reservation)
Chandigarh Railway Station is about 8 kms from the City Centre in Sector 17. Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen provide two train connections every day between Chandigarh and Delhi. Paschim Express connects the city to Mumbai. Chandigarh Transport Undertaking and the Corporation buses ply to and from the railway station to coincide with the arrival and departure of important trains. CITCO coach offers free transfer to CITCO hotels as complementary.
Chandigarh’s airport is 12 km. from the City Centre. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways connect Chandigarh with , Delhi, Bombay, Jammu & Srinagar. The Corporation has a well maintained Tourist Information Centre at the Airport.
AIRLINES FLYING TO & FROM CHANDIGARH
Indian Airlines http://indian-airlines.nic.in/ Jet Airways http://www.jetairways.com/ Kingfisher http://www.flykingfisher.com/ Go Air http://www.goair.in/