Chandigarh Travel Guide and Tourism

Chandigarh is India's first planned city, quite distinct from the rest of the country and considerably better organized. It is the capital of both Haryana and Punjab, but the city itself is not part of either state, being a union territory, i.e. administered directly by the central government. It was one of the early planned cities in post-independence India and is internationally known for its architecture and urban design. Chandigarh has various visitor attractions including theme gardens within the city. Some notable sites are Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Parrot Bird Sanctuary Chandigarh, and Leisure Valley. Chandigarh as a perfect city with regards to its cultural growth, modernisation and architecture. Rose Garden is home to over 1,500 varieties of rose and the Garden of Fragrance is perfect for those mind-refreshing walks. Chandigarh has a bustling food scene, home to every cuisine you can think of right from Mediterranean (Kelong, Virgin Courtyard) to Thai (Tao- Bar & Lounge). Some popular places for Punjabi dishes are Punjab Grill and Sher-e-Punjab. Chandigarh is also close to many hill stations such as Solan, Kasauli, Shoghi and Naldehra.
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Hotels and Homestays in Chandigarh

Best Time to Visit Chandigarh

Peak Season: The period between mid August and November, when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold.

Shoulder Season: Winters occur during November to February and the weather is pleasant if one is looking to plan a trip during this period of time.

Off-season: The summers of Chandigarh can be quite hot. The average temperature during summers is between 35°C to 42°C. 45 °C is the maximum temperature reached during the summers.

Budget for Chandigarh

For Budget Travellers: INR 800 - 1000 a day

  • Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses: INR 700 - 800
  • Food in local cafes and street eateries: INR 30 - 150
  • Public Transport in buses and autorickshaws: INR 15 - 100
  • Sightseeing: INR 10 - 50

For Mid-range Travellers: INR 1200 to INR 3000 a day

  • Accommodation in mid-range hotels and resorts: INR 850 - 1000
  • Food in mid-range cafes and restaurants: INR 200 - 500
  • Local transport in local taxis or car rentals: INR 200 - 400


For Luxury Travellers: INR 4000 and upwards

  • Accommodation in 4* or 5* hotels: INR 3000 and upwards
  • Food in upscale restaurants and bars: INR 700 and upwards
  • Local transport in private taxis: INR 2000 and upwards
  • Guided tours: INR 1500 and upwards