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).

Sukhna Lake  

Visitors ride boats on the Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, March 26, 2010 Go for a walk around Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh's pride and joy. The picturesque 3km-long, man-made lake gives you an insight into the city's rhythms. Pick up a snack from the adjoining eatery and join the city's health-conscious in a brisk walk - or the other way around.


The restaurants in the CITCO hotels offer the regular multi-cuisine fare.

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.


Swagath (Tel 91-172-3045678) is a chain restaurant serving Mughlai and South Indian dishes.

Copper Chimney

A vendor sells roti and chicken to his customers, Amritsar, September 29, 2009 Try Copper Chimney (Tel 91-172-5087373) for great Indian food.

Black Lotus

Black Lotus at the Taj offers arguably the best Schezwan cuisine in town.


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


Ghazal (Tel 91-172-2704448), in the shopping and entertainment hub of Sector 17, is a long-standing favourite for its dal makhni.

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.


<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).

Eat Langar

Sikh devotees at at a <i>langar</i> at the Golden Temple, Amritsar, October 15, 2010 Langar is the food served in a gurudwara. It is free of cost and very tasty. You must try it, and maybe even offer to serve food to others, as many people from the Sikh community do.

Submitted by Aarohi Bhatt