Get away to the hills
Chandigarh is an hour and a bit from the Shivalik range, the foothills of the great Himalayas. They are full of beautiful towns and one of my favourites is Kasauli, which has a lot of the British Raj left over in it, just an hour away from Chandigarh. There's a resort there I love, called Timber Trails, which is accessible by cable car and is a lovely place for a break. The route to this place is well marked and the roads are good. But some advice before you head off there: go to the Sector 17 market, do a bit of shopping, and fill your car's tank. The best place to get gas? Just opposite the Sector 17 market, behind Neelam Cinema, is the most trustworthy and efficient petrol station in all of Punjab - the National Service Station. It just happens to belong to me, but I'm not biased. After I've shown you around, it's only fair you go there, isn't it? And one more thing, don't break any traffic rules. Traffic cops in Chandigarh are very, very tough. Yuvraj Singh
Drive up to the Himalayas. Kasauli, a charming Raj-era hill station, is just two hours away. Moments after leaving the city limits, the air develops a clean, cold nip. Stop for a fabulous lunch at Giani da Dhaba (don't miss the lemon chicken).
Hotel Pankaj (from Rs 1090) is centrally located and offers decent accommodation.
Hotel White Palace
Hotel White Palace (from Rs 1700) promises all the basic facilities and is not too far away from the stadium.
Parkview (from Rs 1900), run by the Chandigarh Administration, has a few rooms in this category.
In Mohali, Hotel Majestic (from Rs 3300) is a stone's throw from the stadium.
Hometel (from Rs 3500) is a new hotel with good rooms and excellent dining options, about 8km from the stadium.
The other government-run hotel, Shivalikview (from Rs 5500), promises good facilities and a location in the heart of the city.
Hotel Mountview (from Rs Rs 8300), run by the Chandigarh Administration, has elegant rooms and pleasant views, as well as what they claim is the best bar in the region.
The best hotel here is undoubtedly the Taj Chandigarh (from Rs Rs 8400), and highly recommended despite being some distance away from the stadium.