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
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.