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Boating  

Visitors ride boats on the Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, March 26, 2010 You must go boating on the Sukhna Lake and visit the Rock Garden nearby. If you like to shop, head to the Sector 17 or Sector 22 markets. And enjoy a late-night meal at the food street outside Panjab University.

Eat chaat  

A street-food seller cuts onions on his cart at the Sector-22 market, Chandigarh, March 25, 2010 On your drive, you should stop off at the Sector 26 market, which should be easy to find. It used to be one of my favourite haunts because it serves up India's best golgappas (fried, hollow cupcakes filled with potato and tamarind water) - a snack that has to be eaten to be believed. In Mumbai, it's called paani puri in Kolkata puchka but its best version is to be found in Chandigarh. It's delicious, cheap and always surprising. After that you can then head off for some tandoori chicken, perhaps. Yuvraj Singh

The hills  

The cable car up to the Timber Trail Heights resort, Parwanoo, March 26, 2010 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).

Sagar Ratna

A cook prepares <i>dosas</i>, south Indian rice pancakes, in a restaurant, Bangalore, August 5, 2010 Sagar Ratna (Tel 91-172-2707710), part of the Swagath family, offers great South Indian dishes at bargain prices in a clean environment.

Hotel Pankaj

Blackpool Bed and Breakfast hotels advertise to attract French customers, Blackpool, May 14, 2009 Hotel Pankaj (from Rs 1090) is centrally located and offers decent accommodation.

Noor

Try Noor at Hotel Pankaj (Tel 91-172-2709891) for a reliable multi-cuisine spread.

Hotel White Palace

Hotel White Palace (from Rs 1700) promises all the basic facilities and is not too far away from the stadium.

Parkview

Parkview (from Rs 1900), run by the Chandigarh Administration, has a few rooms in this category.

Wild West Pub

While they could certainly do with more women customers, Wild West Pub (Tel 91-9815159686) at Khyber restaurant in Sector 35 has enough character to guarantee a good time.

Aerizzona

Chandigarh's oldest dance club, Aerizzona (Tel 91-172-2740622), is still going strong in Sector 17.

Dhabas

<i>Poori</i> and <i>chole</i>, an Indian meal of fried puffed bread and spicy chickpeas  curry, Amritsar, September 30, 2009 Among dhabas, you won't go wrong with Pal Dhaba or Sher-e-Punjab dhaba (Tel 91-172-2660222).

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Where to

  1. Copper Chimney

    Try Copper Chimney (Tel 91-172-5087373) for great Indian food.

  2. Parkview

    Parkview (from Rs 1900), run by the Chandigarh Administration, has a few rooms in this category.

  3. Zinc

    Zinc (Tel 91-9914449022), with its subdued lighting and retro/lounge/trance music, is a great place to put your feet up.

Must Do

Rose Garden

Admire the Rose Garden, Asia's largest, where 50,000 bushes of 1600 species bloom in all splendour. The Rose Festival is celebrated every year in February-March.

Tips for Travellers

Winter is in its tail-end during February and March but sometimes it can last longer, or unleash a cold wave before bowing out. So carry a warm jacket, a cap and a shawl while in the city.

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