Chandigarh is India’s first planned city and is not only a Union Territory but also the capital of both the states of Punjab and Haryana. Chandigarh will greet you with flavors of modernity and antiquity. Known as the cleanest city in India, Chandigarh was designed by the Swiss-French modernist architect, Le Corbusier. Apart from the city’s architecture and buildings, it is also famous for its clean roads and greenery.
Being the capital of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh has a number of dishes from both these states. Famous for its street foods like Golgappa, crispy and hollow puris, filled with sweet and tangy chutneys, yoghurt, chaat masalas, potato or chickpeas, when served with flavored water brings about a burst of taste in your mouth. Alu Tikki, Dahi Bhalla and Chaat are some of the other popular street foods. Chole-Bhature accompany each other like a dream. Chole is made from chickpeas and bhature is made with flour and milk and is soft and slightly fermented. Kulfi is made of condensed milk, and loaded with nuts, raisins, pistachios, saffron and other dry fruits and is a dessert item usually served after dinner. Amritsari Kulchas and Parathas are other staples of every household here. Sarson ka saag and Makke ki Roti is a popular combination eaten mainly in winters. This is made from the leaves of the mustard plant and the bread is made from corn. Some of the other popular dishes are Paneer Tikka, a cottage cheese preparation, Rajma Chawal, which is kidney beans and rice and Pakoda Kadhi. Known for its high nutritional value, Pinni is another famous sweet of Punjab.
The majority of the population speaks Hindi, and Punjabi and English are also considered as official languages.
Fairs & Festivals
Chandigarh is a festive city. The people are jolly and celebrate every festival with great enthusiasm. Baisakhi, the festival of harvest is celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm. The Chandigarh Mango Festival is a one of a kind where people who grow and trade mangoes get an opportunity to showcase their produce. Many agricultural universities also participate and exhibit the latest hybrids of mangoes. It is celebrated every year in the month of June. The Chrysanthemums Show is an annual flower festival which showcases a wide variety of flowers from different parts of the country. Holla Mohalla is another festival which celebrates Holi, brotherhood and bravery. Other festivals celebrated in the state of Punjab and Haryana are also celebrated here in Chandigarh.
The Sukhna Lake is beautiful for boating. Chandigarh’s Rock Garden is very well known for having been entirely designed out of discarded industrial and urban waste while the Leisure Valley is an 8-kilometre-long well-maintained park which houses Asia’s most extensive Rose garden, a very popular draw among tourists and locals alike.
Another famous place to visit in Chandigarh is the Capitol complex, which is also often referred to as Le Corbusier Centre. Earlier used as Le Corbusier’s base, this UNESCO World Heritage Site has now been converted into a museum. The Capitol is also home to the Punjab’s Vidhan Sabha, High Court, and Secretariat. The Pinjore Gardens, The International Dolls Museum and the Garden of Silence are some of the other popular spots.