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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

Take in Tank  

The One of the places I always went to as a teenager while playing for Punjab is what people in Chandigarh call Tank, a war memorial which has a Pakistani tank won during the 1971 war. I used to hang around the memorial a lot with my friends after cricket practice, talking about the philosophical things that teenagers do - life and left elbows mostly, or in my case, right elbows. That area is called Leisure Valley and it has a lot of things around it. It's almost 8km long, and there are tennis courts and a large museum complex near the tank. There's an art and sculpture museum and a city museum, but the one we remember most from our school days is the Natural History Museum and the dinosaur exhibits. To us that was Jurassic Park come to life. Yuvraj Singh

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Where to

  1. Swagath

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

  2. Hotel Majestic

    In Mohali, Hotel Majestic (from Rs 3300) is a stone's throw from the stadium.

  3. 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.

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Drive around  

The first thing I would recommend to everyone is to get a feel of the city. Drive around. The roads are wide and the traffic is mostly not crazy. It gives me a sense of being at home again. You can rent anything: a bicycle, a scooter, a motorcycle or a car. Some people diss Chandigarh and say it's not your typical "Indian" city, that it's too orderly, planned and geometric. They're just sticking to stereotypes they may have seen in movies and are missing the city's real life. I love Chandigarh's open spaces. They reflect its relaxed, fun-loving people. Drive around, it will make you feel like a local. Yuvraj Singh

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.

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