A royal visit
Visit Patiala, an hour's drive from Chandigarh. It was the city of kings, so you can see the fort the old market called Qilla Bazaar.
Submitted by Vivek Ahuja
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).
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The best hotel here is undoubtedly the Taj Chandigarh (from Rs Rs 8400), and highly recommended despite being some distance away from the stadium.
Visit the Rock Garden, local artist Nek Chand's innovative garden created from waste like frames, forks, broken bangles and the like. The weird and wonderful figures are testimony to the artist's eco-awareness long before the environment became a buzzword.
Tips for Travellers
Since public transport isn't up to the mark in Chandigarh, try to rent a car for your stay. Driving is enjoyable and you'll find it easy to get back to the city from the stadium whenever you feel like. Otherwise you'll need to organise a cab for each trip.