Indias First Planned City
Chandigarh is a union territory that is the capital of both Punjab, as well as, Haryana. India’s first planned city, Chandigarh is traditionally a Punjabi city at heart with a healthy dose of modernity; Chandigarh’s food and gedi culture (a leisure drive or ride the city) is what the capital is known for! Located at a distance of 265 km from Delhi, Chandigarh is one of the popular weekend road trip destinations and other major cities but also acts as an important staging point when one heads to destinations in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
A favourite activity of the locals at Chandigarh is boating at the beautiful Sukhna Lake. However, the other important attractions in the city are the Rock Garden, the Leisure Valley & Rose Garden. Chandigarh’s Rock Garden is very well known for being entirely designed out of discarded industrial and urban waste, while the Leisure Valley is an 8-kilometre-long well-maintained park that houses Asia’s most extensive rose garden, a very popular draw among tourists and locals alike.
Another famous place to visit in Chandigarh is the Capitol complex, often referred to as Le Corbusier Centre. Earlier used as Le Corbusier’s base, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has now been converted into a museum, and tourists are free to visit it. The Capitol is also home to the state’s Vidhan Sabha, High Court, and Secretariat.