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Why Travel Chandigarh?

About 256 kms from Delhi, placed at the base of the Shivalik Ranges, Chandigarh is popular for being the first-planned city of the country. This fabulous city is the administrative capital of both Haryana and Punjab and is the perfect option to plan a weekend getaway from Delhi. Chandigarh, a union territory that is the capital of both Punjab as well as Haryana Chandigarh is known for its urban design and architecture that was done by architects like Le Corbusier (team lead), Maxwell Fry, Pierre Jeanneret and Jane Drew. This clean city is dotted with a number of tourist attractions and receives a decent footfall of tourists, all round the year. The city has been after Goddess Chandi.


Designed by the ace architect Le Corbusier consisting of 47 self-contained sectors, India's first planned city is known for its unique blend of urbane architecture and natural bliss. The sharp skyline of the Shivalik Hills and the faint image of an old temple dedicated to Goddess Chandi protectively looms over the city. The town is a beautiful blend of architecture, design, natural beauty, gardens, heritage and urbanization. Some of the places that a tourist must visit in Chandigarh include the Rock garden which is an absolute marvel of art and design, Rose garden, Pinjore gardens and the Government Museum and Sukhna Lake along with a few others.



Connnectivity :

By Rail : The city of Chandigarh is well-connected by train to Delhi. There are frequent trains which ply between the two cities. Once at the railway station, you can hire a cab to go to your desired destination.


By Air : The domestic airport of Chandigarh is located at a distance of around 8 km away from the city centre. There is regular air service through daily flights between the 2 cities. Hire a cab to reach your desired destination.


By Road : Delhi and Chandigarh are two important cities, well-linked to each other by road. You can either rent a cab for Chandigarh or you can opt for Deluxe Volvo buses and semi deluxe buses are available from Delhi.

The town also has a number of pubs as well as a microbrewery. While in Chandigarh do try the Lachha Parathas, Butter Chicken, Amritsari Kulche, Chicken Tikkas, Chole Bhature, Tandoori fish, Kebabs and countless more. Also try the sweet treasures that the city offers such as Roh di Kheer, Jalebi, Baalushahi, Gulab Jamun and Kulfi 



An Ideal Itinerary


Day 1- Reach Chandigarh by noon, check into the hotel, relax and have a nice, extended lunch. Visit the Sukhna Lake in the evening to watch the sunset and have tea at the CITCO cafeteria while soaking in the beauty of the place. Go for a boat ride and lose yourself into the serenity and calmness of the eerie, yet beautiful lake. 

Day 2- Head off to the Rock Gardens and explore the beauty of the man-made rock garden, take crazy pictures and explore the garden. Visit the various gardens the city has to offer and breathe in the clean, fresh air. 

Day 3- Start the day on a more lazy note and explore the local markets of Chandigarh, especially the market of Sector-17, that happens to be the favorite among locals. Sample local food and go back to the hotel room to pack up and leave by noon. Return home after a nice weekend, or head to the nearest hill station for an extended holiday.



Few Places of Interest


Rose Garden

Founded in 1967 as Zakir Rose Garden, it is the largest rose garden in Asia. Spread in 17 acres of land, this park houses over 1600 plant varieties including all types of roses. Contrary to its name, it does not only have roses, but there are a number of rare medicinal plants as well including Harar, yellow Gulmohar, Camphor, Bel and more. This well-planned and well-maintained garden is open for public viewing from morning to evening. A major crowd puller, this park plays host to a number of cultural festivals and a rose festival.


Sukhna Lake

Sukhna Lake is a man-made lake that lies at the base of the Shivalik ranges. This 3 km long artificial lake is quite popular as a picnic spot amongst locals as well as tourists. This lake becomes the venue of a number of activities such as water skiing, boating and yachting. Sukhna Lake is known to have the finest of channels, perfect for yachting and rowing and there it hosts Asiatic level Rowing Championships. Every morning people can be seen here enjoying the cool breeze, indulging in bird watching, taking a leisure walk and partaking in jogging.



Rock Garden

Placed between the Capitol Complex and the Sukhna Lake in Sector 1, Rock Garden is a proof of human imagination and novelty. One of its kind, this garden is known to have sculptures that are made-up of industrial and urban wastes includes coal, clay, china ware, broken glass bangles and discarded fluorescent tubes. Created by Chandigarh’s former Road Inspector, Nek Chand is spread in 64 acres of land. This garden also hosts Teej festival every year.


Pinjore Gardens

Covering an area of around 100 acres of land, Pinjore Gardens is a must-visit as it is home to a number of attractions. Also known as Yadavindra Gardens, this garden has a mythological connection also, dating back to the days of Mahabharata. This garden comprises of a Japanese garden, a mini zoo, a nursery and a number of beautiful well-manicured lawns. The garden looks beautiful during the day with its descending terraces and during the night because of its colourful fountains. The yearly mango festival and Baisakhi festival are organized.


Leisure Valley

The Leisure Valley has come-up as one of the most sought-after picnic spots of Chandigarh. This garden is spread throughout the city, which starts from Rajendra Park in Sector-1 and concludes at the Bougainvillea garden in sector 3. The garden gets a curved twist when it passes the brink of Sector-23.  This cluster of beautiful garden becomes the venue of a 3-day long affair in the month of February, which is a cultural delight.



Chandigarh is known for housing a number of shopping venues that offer a variety of products. The city has a mix of traditional kinds of local markets, shopping complexes and shopping malls. This city offers an interesting mix of traditional stores and contemporary outlets. If you love shopping, you have unlimited options. There are handicrafts from Haryana and Punjab including Phulkari items, durries, jutties, parandis, colorful dupattas, interesting knick-knacks and much more. In Chandigarh, you can get clothes and accessories of most of the international brands. Some of the shopping centres are also nice places to hang out as they include cafes, eateries, fountains, sculptures and trees. Shopping complexes of Sector 17, 35, 22, 14 and 19 are some of the popular ones. 


A small town set in the midst of lush green forests covered with oak, pine, deodar trees, Binsar has plenty of tourist attractions including green meadows, temples and the Binsar wildlife sanctuary.
Binsar is a scenic, sleepy and a cut-off travel destination, situated in Kumaon region of Uttarakhand state, which will bring you much closer to the nature. Binsar is situated amidst Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary.  The main attraction of Binsar is the 300 kms of majestic and panoramic view of Himalayan peaks from Zero point.Zero-point is located inside the premises of Binsar wildlife sanctuary, which apart from being a home to a various variety of wildlife species, is also dotted with the lush pine and deodar trees. 
The Binsar wildlife Sanctuary at an altitude of 900 meters to 2500 meters makes Binsar town a popular tourist destination. Located just 33 km north ofÊAlmora, this town dotted with oaks, pines and rhodendrons is also famous as a pilgrimage spot. Besides the Binsar wildlife sanctuary, you can also visit the Kasar Devi temple and the Bineshwar Mahadev temple. Kathgodam is also located very close to BinsarDevi temple wildlife Sanctuary at an altitude of 900 meters to 2500 meters makes Binsar town a popular tourist destination. Located just 33 km north ofÊAlmora, this town dotted with oaks, pines and rhodendrons is also famous as a pilgrimage spot. Besides the Binsar wildlife sanctuary, you can also visit the Kasar Devi temple and the Bineshwar Mahadev temple. Kathgodam is also located very close to Binsar.

Zero-point is the top most point of the wildlife sanctuary and requires a short trek of 2 km that takes you to the zenith of natural beauty. Zero point provides the 360-degree view of the Himalayan ranges, which includes Nanda Devi, Kedarnath, Shivling, and Trishul. Do not miss the sunrise or sunset from Zero-point, as it is the most recommended activity to do in Binsar owing to the beautiful landscapes.
The best time to visit Binsar is during summers and during the month of October and November.

Binsar does not have too many options for food and cuisines. The handful of restaurants that it houses serve Kumaoni, Continental and typical Indian platters. You can also find some cakes, jams, pastries, homemade breads and more. Also try the local cuisine here which includes Bhaang Ki Khatai, Mixed dal Salad, Kappa (a green curry), Sisunak Saag(a dish prepared with green leafy vegetables and many local ingredients), Aloo ke Gutke( a Kumauni potato dish), Rus ( a preparation of many dals) and much more.

An Ideal Itinerary
Day 1- Arrive in Binsar. Check-in at the hotel. Visit the Binsar Wildlife sanctuary, which is a reserved habitat for the variety of wildlife species. Then visit the most attractive point of Binsar- Zero point, located inside the sanctuary which offers the panoramic view of the hills Himalayan ranges draped in snow. Then, seek the blessings from Kasar Devi temple and Bineshwar Mahadev temple. Back to hotel. Day 2- You can visit Almora in the same trip.

Binsar Wildlife SanctuaryBinsar Wildlife Sanctuary was setup in 1988, is spread over an area of 45.59 km and is situated at an altitude varying 900 to 2500 metres with an average height of 2412 mts. Binsar is rich in its flora and fauna due to the proximity with Binsar Wild Life Sanctury. The slopes have a varying expanse and the terrain has been shaped by the action of running water.The sanctuary has been declared an ‘Important Bird Area by Bird Life International‘. as there are more than 200 species of birds in the sanctuary, including Forktail, Blackbirds, Laughing Thrush, Kalij Pheasant, Nuthatches, Parakeets and Monal.The dense Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary is the home of 200 bird species, Barking Deer, Himalayan bear, leopard, fox, musk deer, langur, porcupine, flying squirrel, chital, jungle cat etc.


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