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Accomodation

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What are the top 3 easy on the pocket accommodation options in Chandigarh?

a. Hotel KC Royal Zirakpur

This is a 2-star hotel located in close proximity of the Chandigarh airport.

Address: Ambala Highway, Near Try Bird Healthcare, Green Park Colony, Lohgarh, Zirakpur, Punjab 140603

Rooms: They have 24 well-appointed Semi-Deluxe and Deluxe Rooms

Tariff: Room Rents vary between INR 1,100-INR 1,750 per night


b. Hotel Diamond Inn

This is a 2-star budget hotel within 500 m of the Chandigarh Railway Station.

Address: Plot No. 116-A, Near Chandigarh Railway Station, Dariya Chandigarh, 160001

Rooms: Deluxe, Super Deluxe, and Family Rooms

Tariff: Room Tariff starts from INR 1,595/- per night


c. Hotel Empire Inn

This is a 1-star hotel located at a stone-throw distance from the Chandigarh Railway Station.

Address: Near Central Bank of India, Dariya, Chandigarh 160001

Rooms: There are 2 categories of rooms - Deluxe and Super Deluxe

Tariff: Room Rent starts from INR 1,000/- per night

What are the top 3 mid-range accommodation options in Chandigarh?

a. Lemon Tree Hotel, Chandigarh

This 3-star hotel is close to the railway station and business hub of Chandigarh.

Address: Plot No. 3 MW Industrial Area Phase I, Industrial Area Phase II, Chandigarh 160002

Rooms: There are 81 rooms and suites in this property.

Tariff: Room Rent starts from INR 3,000 per night


b. The Altius Boutique Hotel (Kings Cross Sports Bar and Lounge)

This 4-star hotel in Chandigarh is well known for its unique decor and stylish rooms.

Address: 25/9, Industrial Area, Phase II, Chandigarh 160002

Rooms: There are 21 air-conditioned and well-appointed rooms

Tariff: The room rent varies between INR 5,000-INR 7,500 per night.


c. Country Inn and Suites by Radisson Zirakpur

This is a 4-star hotel located only 2.7 Km away from Chandigarh Airport and good for business travellers. 

Address: S.A.S, NH21 Ambala-Chandigarh Highway Zirakpur, Punjab 140603

Rooms: there are 3 different categories of rooms available here - Superior, Deluxe, and Suite Rooms

Tariff: Room rent varies between INR 5,599-INR 7,499 per night

What are the top luxury accommodation options in Chandigarh?

a. JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh

This is one of the 5-star hotels in Chandigarh's business district.

Address: Plot No. 6, Dakshin Marg, Sector 35, Chandigarh 160035

Rooms: There are 5 major categories of rooms here - Deluxe, Executive Club, Studio, Luxury Suite, and the Presidential Suite

Tariff: Room rent varies between INR 5,669-INR 15,299 per night

Dining: There are 5 luxury dining options here - Chandigarh Baking Company, Saffron, The Cafe @ JW, 35 Brew House, and Oregano


b. Taj Chandigarh

This is a new 5-star property in Chandigarh that was built close to both business and shopping district of the city.

Address: Block No. 9, Sector-17A, Chandigarh 160017

Rooms: There are 4 categories of rooms here - Superior Garden View Room, Deluxe Garden View Room, Luxury Suite, and Presidential Garden view One-bedroom Suite.

Tariff: The tariff varies between INR 5,400-INR 31,350 per night

Dining: Get 4 luxury dining options over here - Dera, Black Lotus, Lava Bar, and Cafe 17


c. Hyatt Regency Chandigarh

This 5-star property is ideally nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas and also in the centre of Chandigarh.

Address: 178, Industrial Area Phase I, Chandigarh 160002

Rooms: There 211 rooms divided into 12 categories - King Bed with Balcony Room, King Bed with Club Access Room, Twin with club Access Room, King Room, Twin Room, Courtyard-view King Room, Courtyard-view Twin Room, Regency Suite King, Presidential Suite, Regency Executive Suite, Diplomat suite, and Premiere Suite.

Tariff: The room rent ranges between INR 7,000-INR 16,000 per night for EP accommodation.

Dining: There are 4 luxury dining options out here - Browse, Stage, Urban Cafe, and Piccante.

Attractions

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What are the top 3 Instagram/selfie spots in Chandigarh?
  • Sukhna Lake
  • Leisure Valley
  • Rock Garden
What are the top 3 attractions you can visit free of cost in Chandigarh?
  • Garden of Silence
  • Japanese Garden
  • Zakir Hussain Rose Garden
What are the top 3 child-friendly points of interest at Chandigarh?
  • Mahendra Chaudhury Zoological Park 
  • Butterfly Park
  • Children Traffic Park
What are the top 3 points of interests for couples in Chandigarh?
  • Garden of Fragrance 
  • Sukhna Lake
  • Terraced Garden
What are the 3 must visit attractions at Chandigarh?
  • Rock Garden 
  • Le Corbusier Centre
  • Open Hand Museum

Activities

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What 3 spots can I head to for an adrenaline rush in Chandigarh?

There are no hardcore adventure sports in Chandigarh. If you are into trekking, you can take a weekend off and head to Himachal for trekking and gliding.

 

Otherwise, in Chandigarh, these two are light adventure sports-

  • Sukhna Lake Boating experience
  • Timber Trail walk of Chandigarh
What are the top spots to experience the Art & Culture of Chandigarh?
  • Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10C
  • Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35
  • Lalit Kala, Sahitya and Sangeet Natak Academy, Sector 34 

 

Top 3 art and cultural fairs:

 

  • Chandigarh National Crafts Mela - happening annually in November
  • Maha Moorkh Sammelan - happens every year on 1st of April 
  • Indo-Pak Mushaira - annual event of December to connect people from both the countries
What are some festivals that I must not miss at Chandigarh?

 

Punjabis might celebrate many festivals, but nothing can beat these 3-

  • Baisakhi - Held in April for celebrating the harvest.
  • Chandigarh Carnival - A 3-day festival in November to promote local culture and talent.
  • Lohri - Punjabi Folk Festival for winter, held annually in January.
  • Rose Festival – A 3-day festival for floral display, held annually in February at the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden.

Chandigarh Literati – It is a 3-day International Literature Festival, held annually in November since 2013

Food

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What are the best pure vegetarian restaurants in Chandigarh?
  1. Pehalwan Parantha Point - North Indian cuisine
  2. Jalandhar Sweets - North and South Indian cuisine and sweet items. 
  3. Captain Sam's - Fast food and Pizzas
Where can I eat like a local in Chandigarh?
  1. Apna Dhaba for Aloo ke Paranthe
  2. Pal Dhaba in Sector 28 for Amritsari Machchhi, Sarson de Saag and Makki di Roti
  3. Sindhi Sweets in Sector 17 for best Punjabi Lassi in Chandigarh
Where can I find the best street food in Chandigarh?
  1. Bholey Di Hattey, Sector-44 for Rajma Chawal
  2. Amritsari Kulcha Hub for Aloo stuffed Kulcha with Choley
  3. Grand Punjab Restaurant, Mohali for creamy Lassis
What are the best premier restaurants in Chandigarh?
  1. Virgin Courtyard, Sector 7 for Italian and Continental cuisine
  2. Cafe 17, Taj Chandigarh for North Indian and Italian cuisine
  3. Patio Terrace, Golden Tulip for North Indian, Thai, and Chinese cuisine.

Transportation

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What are the average cab fares in Chandigarh?

Like other places in India, App cabs have become the predominant mode of transportation here in Chandigarh as well.

 

  • Ola Cabs with minimum fares starting from INR 35
  • Uber Cabs with minimum fares starting from INR 25
  • Mega cab, having a base fare of INR 20 during daytime and nil surcharges for night drives.


How can I access public transport in Chandigarh?
  • There are 43 public bus routes here under Chandigarh Transport Undertaking with a minimum fare of INR 10 for non-AC buses and INR 25 for AC buses.

 

  • Auto-rickshaws on rent are a good option. But they do not charge by the meter.

 

  • Radio-taxis are also available, but since the rise of app cabs, they are used less by the public. 

Shopping

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Where can I find the best bargains in Chandigarh?
  • Sadar Bazaar, Sector-19 for bargaining opportunities in fashion accessories and footwear.
  • Palika Bazaar, Sector-19 for first even street cashback in India
  • Shastri Market, Sector-22 for shopping at wholesale
What are the top 3 spots for shopping if I feel like indulging in Chandigarh?
  • Elante Mall was the biggest shopping mall in India during its inception.
  • DLF City Centre for brand shopping
  • Sector-17 plaza is perfect for everything from stationery, to cool posters and even the shaadi (marriage) shopping
Where can I shop like a local in Chandigarh?
  • Punjab Government Emporium for best traditional Punjabi attires
  • Bittu Bangle & Art Jewellery, Sector 22 for traditional fashion accessories
  • 1469 Pure Punjabi for traditional Punjabi clothing

Tips and Suggestions

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How safe and accessible is Chandigarh in the night?

If you have night-travel plans in Chandigarh, it is best to hire a car. The last public bus leaves the station around 8.45 PM. 


Safety tips for late night travel

Chandigarh is believed to be one of the safest cities in India. The city streets are buzzing until 9 PM. Even if it is safe to travel late at night, we recommend you hire transportation of your own.


What currency is accepted in Chandigarh?

Local currency for Chandigarh is Rupees. You are always expected to carry coins and smaller currency notes while you are using public transportation. If you are exchanging bigger denominations at street shops, it is suggested you check the change properly while accepting.

The currency exchanging points are mostly open until 6 PM. So, if you need some change, get it done while there is time.

Bargaining tips and tricks

Public transport operates on a fixed rate basis. You can use the bargaining skills while you use the Autorickshaw.

For best bargain experience in shopping, go to Palika Bazar, Rehri Market or Shastri market.

What is the tipping culture in Chandigarh?

Tipping is not mandatory in Chandigarh.

What are some common greetings/gestures that will be useful at Chandigarh?
  • Sat Sri Akal is a common greeting when you meet people
  • Kripa karke stands for Please
  • Tuhada Dhanavada stands for Thank you
What gestures are an absolute no at Chandigarh?

Helping people on road is the biggest gesture when in Chandigarh. So, if you can do try to help.

What is the weather like in Chandigarh?
  • Chandigarh experiences a humid, subtropical climate.
  • April to June is summer months, where the maximum temperature can go up to 45 degrees.
  • Winter is from December to February. The temperature can go as low as -1 degree centigrade. 
  • Chandigarh experiences heavy to moderate rainfall throughout the monsoon months, i.e., July to September.
What should I pack for Chandigarh?

Tourists visiting Chandigarh between March to September, are suggested to pack light cotton clothing for comfort, umbrella, and sunscreen. The temperature is very high during these times over here along with bright sunlight. October and November are cooler months but do not forget your shawl if you plan to take a stroll outside in the evening.

 

By the end of November, be prepared to experience extremely chilly wind and cold weather. Do not forget to pack heavy woollens and jackets if you travel during winter. 

What are the Emergency Helpline Numbers for Chandigarh?
  1. Medical Consultation: 104
  2. Ambulance: 102
  3. Police: 100
  4. Fire Brigade: 101
  5. Women Helpline: 1091
  6. Child Helpline: 1098
What items are prohibited in Chandigarh?
  • Smoking in public is strictly prohibited in Chandigarh
  • Single-use plastic is banned over here.
Who are the top 2 network service provider in Chandigarh?
  • Vodafone
  • Reliance Jio

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