Designed by the famous architect Le Corbusier in 1950, Chandigarh is one of the earliest planned cities in India and is internationally renowned for its urban design and architecture. As one of the most beautiful cities in India, it was designed to be people-friendly and therefore is home to abundant greenery, lakes and stunning avenues. Fondly called the City of Gardens, Chandigarh is also a famous tourist destination and welcomes people from all over the world. There are plenty of things to do in Chandigarh which include exploring famous monuments, special gardens and enchanting markets. The best thing about the city is, that the people here are equally welcoming.
Besides historical monuments, there are plenty of adventure activities in Chandigarh that you can experience with your friends and family. If you are planning to visit the city anytime soon, then read along as we compiled a list of the best things to do in Chandigarh to make the most out of your time here.
7 Things To Do in Chandigarh
1. Explore the Rock Garden
An open-air exhibition of sculptures made completely from industrial and urban waste material, Rock Garden is spread over 40 acres and was designed by an ex-road inspector, Nek Chand. The exhibit has around 5000 pieces in all shapes and colours and has beautiful mosaic pattern walls. You will surely be left marvelling at the fact that all the beautiful art pieces are made from waste redefining the concept of ‘best out of waste.’
2. Go Boat Riding at Sukhna Lake
Located on the foot of Shivalik Hills, Sukhna Lake is a man-made reservoir that stretches for a distance of 3 km. You can take a tour of the lake by getting on the boat and paddling through the serene waters. The promenade in front of the lake is frequented by joggers and people looking to find tranquility.
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3. Shop at Elante Mall
As the biggest mall in Punjab, Elante Mall houses the best brands both local and global. Besides having the best shops, the mall has recreation options for all age groups and boasts an entertainment zone, a food court and multiple open spaces. It is perfect if you wish to spend your day shopping and having a fun-filled time with your family.
4. Take a Tour of the Government Museum and Art Gallery
One of the most renowned museums in India with regard to our country’s history and partition, the Government Museum and Art Gallery in Chandigarh has a rich collection of paintings, sculptures and artefacts. The architecture of the museum itself is highly revered as it was designed by Le Corbusier.
5. Bask in the Beauty of Pinjore Gardens
Made by the Mughals in the 17th century, Pinjore Gardens spread over a massive area of 100 acres. Pinjore Garden has a restored Mughal-era monument and a terraced landscape with castles, a mini zoo and a Japanese garden. The garden is also the venue for the Mango Festival between the months of April to June and is perfect to spend a laid back day with your loved ones.
6. Stroll Into Sector 17
Sector 17 is a shopping hub with amazing and top-notch stores offering a wide range of clothes, shoes and accessories. If you’re looking for ethnic Punjabi dresses and shoes, you can find shops that offer a variety of them along with local handicraft items. With so many options to shop, eat and have fun, it is also considered as ‘pedestrian’s paradise’. In the evening, you can also enjoy a musical fountain show here which attracts locals and tourists alike.
7. Revel in the Glory of the Rose Garden
If you enjoy nature, then exploring Rose Garden is a must for you. Home to over 825 varieties of flowers and 32,500 varieties of trees including medicinal plants, the garden is loved by tourists from all over the world. If you visit during the months of February and March, you can witness the flowers in full bloom and it is truly an experience unlike any other.
With so many fun things to do in Chandigarh, a trip here is sure to make you feel rejuvenated. The city has several places to explore to make your trip worthwhile, and while you’re here, we at The LaLiT Chandigarh aim to make your stay far more memorable. As one of the best 5-star hotels in Chandigarh, providing you with a luxurious stay is our topmost priority. Besides having a spa and a pool, we also have some of the best restaurants in Chandigarh where you can dine and unwind after a long day of sightseeing.
So book your tickets and embark on an epic journey.