Chandigarh is the best-planned city in India, with world-renowned architecture and an unparalleled quality of life. Not only is it the capital of states Punjab and Haryana, but is also a union territory in itself. The face of modern India, Chandigarh is the manifestation of a dream that Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru envisaged and Le Corbusier executed. Serenity and a city are two diametrically opposite concepts, which however, get amazingly merged in this beautiful city. Chandigarh is a rare epitome of modernisation co-existing with nature. It is only here that trees and plants are as much a part of the construction plans as are the building and the roads. India’s first planned city is a rich, prosperous, spic and span, green city and is rightly called “The City Beautiful”
PLACES TO SEE IN CHANDIGARH
Government Museum and Art Gallery: The Government Museum and Art Gallery is one of the most renowned museums in India. Inaugurated in 1968 and situated in the heart of Chandigarh with a sprawling campus, this museum has a unique collection of art objects, paintings and sculptures. Nearly 40% of the Museums objects were brought from the Lahore Museum after Partition in 1948. This makes the museum’s collection even more remarkable.
Shanti Kunj: Shanti Kunj, true to its name, is a garden of peace and tranquillity which provides a break from all the noise and pollution. Located between Rose garden and the Cricket stadium, it can be visited easily. The lush greenery of Shanti Kunj is irrigated by a natural stream which divides the garden into five sections with different plant varieties. If one wants to meditate or enjoy a quiet time among beautiful flowers, Shanti Kunj is the place to be.
The national capital of India, Delhi beautifully manages to bridge two different worlds, i.e Old Delhi and the imperial city of New Delhi. Old Delhi is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined alongside crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. On the other hand, the imperial city of New Delhi, created by the British Raj, is a combination of spacious tree lined avenues and imposing government buildings.
Shimla is a beautiful hill station, located in Himachal Pradesh. Also known as Simla, your travel to this place will be one of the more unforgettable events of your life. This lovely hill station was 'discovered' by the British who immediately fell in love with this place. In fact, they went to the extent of declaring Shimla as their summer capital.
The Ridge of Shimla
Nestled in the lap of the Beas river valley is the heavenly hill-station and the popular tourist spot of Manali. Lying on the ancient trade route to Ladakh, Manali is of great significance to the Indian culture and heritage, as it’s said to be the home of the Saptrishis (the 7 sages). The drive to Manali is an experience in itself as you get to witness thrilling views all along.