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Chandigarh

Chandigarh

Weather

The best time for visiting Chandigarh is from September to March although the city gets regular inflow of tourists in the winter months as well. Summer season in Chandigarh starts from March up to May with temperatures ranging from 35 °C to 42 °C. Sometimes it reaches as high as 45 °C. Monsoons in Chandigarh are active from June to August bringing moderate rainfall resulting in rise in humidity levels in the city. Winters from November to February have maximum temperature from 20 °C to as low at 5 °C. Fog and Frost is a common occurrence during winters.

How To Reach

By Road:

There is an excellent road network in Chandigarh. Chandigarh is at the cross section of two national highways namely National Highway 21 running from Ambala to Kinnaur and National Highway 22 running from Chandigarh right up to Leh. There is a regular bus service linking Chandigarh with other neighboring cities of Punjab and Harayana. The distance between Delhi to Chandigarh is 248 kms while driving from Jaipur to Chandigarh is 496 kms.


By Air:

The city is well connected with regular daily flights from various cities including Delhi and Amritsar. The airport is located at a distance of about 12 kms from the city center and is one of the most beautiful airports in northern India.



By Rail:

The city is well connected with major cities via train. There is a regular train service between Chandigarh and New Delhi taking nearly five hours to reach the destination. Chandigarh is also very well connected by train to Ambala and Amritsar offering regular train services at regular intervals.


Overview

Chandigarh is one of the metro cities in India located at the footsteps of the Shivalik mountain ranges. Designed by renowned French architect Edward Le Corbusier, Chandigarh is the city of ‘Sun, Space and Verdure’ and is a fast-paced city that retains an old world charms.

 

Chandigarh is the capital of Haryana and Punjab besides being a union territory. Chandigarh city is an epitome of brilliant planning and is divided in to 47 sectors, each of them is intertwined by well knit roads. Flanked by carefully carved parks, lakes and continuous line up of trees, Chandigarh is a dream destination of every Indians. It is one of the most widely visited places in Northern India. While landmarked in modern town planning, Chandigarh is a major transit point to the Himalayan cities of Shimla and Solan.

 

Chandigarh like other Indian cities does nt have too many historical attractions but the city is remarkable for its art galleries, shopping festivals and gourmet delights. The Shivalik range forms a spectacular backdrop to Chandigarh. The city offers a host of shopping opportunities right from handicrafts emporiums located in sector 17 to wood crafts and the traditional leather jutties

 

Chandigarh is also a vibrant city with a number of festivals around the year. Baisakhi celebrated in mid-April, the Festival of Gardens, a three day festival held in the Rose Garden of Chandigarh and the Mango Festival are the top among them.  The annual Chandigarh Carnival in November is one of the most highly anticipated festivals in the city while the Chandigarh Plaza carnival is a very popular weekly fest organized every Saturday evening by a private group to encourage local artists’ offers immense festivity and cultural communion.

 

In short Chandigarh is a city for art lovers, shopaholics and festive lovers. There are lots of opportunities for them to explore than anywhere else in India. And last but not least, Chandigarh is a paradise for food lovers too.