Chandigarh exudes cosmopolitan European flair with its grand buildings, spacious boulevards and lush gardens. From colourful spice markets to sizzling street food stalls, there are also plenty of opportunities to experience traditional Indian culture and cuisine.
Things to do in Chandigarh
Divided into distinct neighbourhoods, Chandigarh’s most popular part is Sector 17. Compact and pedestrian-friendly, it's brimming with shops, restaurants and cultural attractions, such as the National Gallery of Portraits. Inside, you’ll find photos and paintings of significant people and events that led to India’s independence.
Dreamt up by a local artist, the Nek Chand Rock Garden showcases over 2,000 sculptures. All were built using unorthodox materials like stones, reclaimed industrial debris and recycled ceramics. It's dotted with waterfalls and is a great place to escape the city crowds.
The Capitol Complex anchors the city and is home to civic buildings like the High Court, Secretariat and Vidhan Sabha. Stroll around this 40-hectare UNESCO World Heritage Site and admire the geometrical concrete architecture.
No trip to Chandigarh is complete without devouring the sumptuous Indian cuisine, as the city is dotted with fantastic restaurants serving traditional Mughlai fare. Head to Saffron for chicken malai tikka and authentic butter chicken paired with soulful live music.
Getting around Chandigarh
Autorickshaws and taxis are the fastest way to get around the city, while local buses also run throughout Chandigarh. Chandigarh International Airport is around nine kilometres south-east of the city centre, with taxis making the trip in around 30 minutes.