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
The restaurants in the CITCO hotels offer the regular multi-cuisine fare.
Black Lotus at the Taj offers arguably the best Schezwan cuisine in town.
Hotel Pankaj (from Rs 1090) is centrally located and offers decent accommodation.
Lava Pub at the Taj is highly recommended for a night out.
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.
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Sagar Ratna (Tel 91-172-2707710), part of the Swagath family, offers great South Indian dishes at bargain prices in a clean environment.
Take in Tank
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
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.