Sight-seeing


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.

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Visit the Rock Garden  

Sculptures made of waste material at the Rock Garden, Chandigarh, March 26, 2010 They say if you throw a rock in Chandigarh it will land in a garden. I am not sure exactly how many gardens there are, but us Chandigarh folk seem to love gardening - there are gardens full of roses, hibiscus, and one that has only scented flowers. But the most famous one is the Rock Garden. It began as the work of one man, Nek Chand, who was a road inspector when Chandigarh was being set up. He wanted to make a small garden for himself. But this is like no other garden you will find in the world. He used all kinds of waste material - broken tiles, stones, bottles, old taps, bangles, cycle tyres - to come up with a garden of sculptures, figures of people and animals, which he set up in an area that got bigger and bigger. Yuvraj Singh

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.

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

Drive around  

Local men drive tractor along a road, Chandigarh, March 23, 2010 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

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.

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).

Rock Garden  

Sculptures made of waste material at the Rock Garden, Chandigarh, March 26, 2010 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.

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  3. S Lounge

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Must Do

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.

Tips for Travellers

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.

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