Chandigarh Travel Guide
Chandigarh Travel Guide
Chandigarh is the first planned city. The place is full of life and colors. It is serving as the capital of two Indian states Haryana and Punjab. One of the 7 union territories of India, Chandigarh has got its name from the temple dedicated to Hindu Goddess ‘Chandi’ who is also known as the Maa Kali. The Chandi mandir is located in the vicinity of the selected site. ‘Chandi’ is the goddess of Power and ‘Garh’ is the fort. Together it means Fort of Goddess Chandi. Chandigarh is also known as the 1st planned city in India.
The city was designed by French architect Charles - Edourad Jeanneret who is popular as Le Corbusier. Chandigarh is considered as the finest experiments of twentieth century in modern architecture and urban planning. You can enjoy viewing lush green forest area, where you can spot Deers, barking Deers, Wood Peckers, Peacocks and Parrots.
History of Chandigarh
Though the city is the best example of modern urbanization, but according to the historians, the city is believed to be the home of Harappans. Almost before 8000 years, the Harapan civilization used to dwell right where the present Chandigarh is standing. The area where modern Chandigarh is standing was once a wild lake which was surrounded by marshlands. There are many fossils remains have been discovered in this area which are showing the proof of widely aquatic animals and amphibian’s life of that ancient time.
After India gained independence and Punjab was divided into two parts, when Punjab was divided into two East Punjab and West Punjab. Chandigarh serves to refugees to resettle them. The people, who were uprooted from West Punjab which is now in present day Pakistan, were refuge in city of East Punjab. In 1966 the city was declared as the capital of Punjab and Haryana. Being situated between both the states, Chandigarh was declared as Union territory which comes under direct control of Central Government.
Culture Traditions and Cuisine of Chandigarh
Most of the people living in Chandigarh are from Punjab. The culture of this city is showcasing a distinct Punjabi overtone in it. The culture of cosmopolitan city is actually been formed by the blend of two opposite forces. On one hand people love dancing and partying whereas on the other hand they are also very hard working and are well established in their chosen field. The people of Chandigarh are warm and open hearted with friendly nature.
Majority of the locals of Chandigarh speaks in the native dialect that is Punjabi. The official language is English. The script of the language is Gurumukhi which has close similarity with Hindi in its oral form. So even if you don’t know Punjabi you will able to understand the language and find it easy to communicate. Beside this Hindi is also another poplar language. Youth generally speaks English Punjabi or Hindi Punjabi.
Generally men wears trousers and shirts, women wears Salwar suit, sareed as well as traditional Patiala suite. People of Chandigarh love music and dance. Bhangra is the traditional dance which is popular throughout the country. People also love to do theaters beside dance and music.
Food of Chandigarh
The food of Chandigarh is well known for its good taste and richness. The nourishing scrumptious food of the city will brings you closer to this lively city. Generally pure Punjabi food is famous throughout Chandigarh which includes Wheat made huge rotis, Paranthas dipped in ghee and butterly naan are some of the staple food of Chandigarh. The main characteristics of Chandigarh food include, butter, ghee, makkhan (cheese) without which the meal is incomplete.
Locals love to have various kinds of Parathas in breakfast which is made out of flour/wheat stuffed with different vegetable. Aaloo ka Paratha, Methi ka Parantha, Punjabi lachha Parantha, Chole Kulche is savored as breakfast. You will fall for classic Punjabi non-veg dishes such as tandoori chicken and kababs.
Punjabi vegetarian dishes are Dal makhni, Makki Di Roti, Baingan Ka Bhurta, Palak Paneer, Stuff vegetable paranthas. Non-veg Punjabi dishes are Butter Chickem. Haryali Chcken, Rogan Josh, Fish Tikka, Seekh kabab, Beef Karahi etc.
Best Places to Visit Chandigarh
Chandigarh has emerged as one of the favorite tourist destination among travellers.
There Are Some Best Places in Chandigarh to Visit During Your Tour -
One of the famous picnic spot among the locals. It is 3 km long lake. You can enjoy water activities such as boating, Yachting etc.
A unique garden which is made out of industrial and domestic wastes. It is established as an open air exhibition. It is open all days from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Government Museum and Art Gallery:
The museum has a great collection of Pahari and Rajasthani miniature painting with stone made Gandharan Sculpture.
Some other places that comes as major Chandigarh attractions are – Shankar’s international Doll Museum, The Capital, Sector -17 Plaza and many more.
Best Time to Visit Chandigarh
Summers here is generally hot and dry. This weather extends from mid of March to mid of June. The best time to visit Chandigarh is post monsoon from August to November.
How to Reach Chandigarh
Well knitted bus routes are offered to you, Some major station to reach Chandigarh are Manali, Mohali, Jaipur, Amritsar, Gurgaon etc.
Chandigarh Railways Station is approx 8 km from the city centre. The railways connect Chandigarh with different cities of India.
Chandigarh airport is located approx 12 km from main city. Various commercial flights like Indigo, Air India connects you with different cities of India.
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