The quaint town is considered very beautiful with rich food molded with the goodness of everything Punjabi. It is filled with lush greenery, is systematic & has a coating of modernity to it. With its cosmopolitan urban planning, very low crime rate and favorable climatic conditions the city is an enticing tourist attraction for the tourists. This city has a lot to offer from fascinating galleries to clamoring nightlife to structural wonders. Chandigarh offers ample option to its vacationers like trekking with companions, bicycling, and voyaging solo or in a group. Here are the handpicked things to do in Chandigarh when around:
12 Perfectly Perfect Things to do in Chandigarh
1. Sniff into the Flora of the Rose Garden
This is the largest botanical garden in Asia. Zakir Husain Rose Garden spread over an area of 30 acres is well known for its variety of roses and medicinal herbs. The calm and breezy weather with the aroma of roses all around makes the experience very unique in itself. This place can calm your senses in every way and is very visually appealing; hence garnering a huge amount of tourists every year.
The park exhibits some 825 rare and exquisite varieties of roses. The other attraction is 32,500 varieties of trees and medicinal plants. During the end of February and beginning of March, Rose Festival is held with around 20,000 visitors from all over the country.
- Location: Sector 16, Jan Marg
- Opening hours: All days of the week- 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
2. Feel Blissful at Leisure Valley
Leisure valley is aesthetically an important tourist attraction. It is a chain of beautiful and unique gardens which can awaken the senses of the visitors. The stretch starts at Rajendra Park and goes 8 km long. The included gardens are Rose Garden, Hibiscus Garden, Shanti Kunj, Garden of Fragrance, Bougainvillea Garden, etc.
This place is known as ‘the lungs of the city’, as it not only adds to the beauty of the place but also helps in curbing down pollution. A 3-day long carnival is held in the Leisure Valley which aims at promoting the talents of the elderly as well as the children.
- Location: Near Jan Marg, Sector 10B
- Opening hours: All days of the week- 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM
3. All the Shopaholics head to Sector 17
The Sector 17 Market is a strong blend of top of the line stores and great boutiques. You can browse things like clothing, shoes, electronic stuff, branded things and more. Regardless of the occasion and celebration, this place has perfect things for all the shopaholics.
- Location: Sector 17
- Opening hours: All days of the week- 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
4. Feel Mesmerized at Iskcon Temple
The Iskcon temple is all about enticing and charm. It features beautiful deities of God Krishna and Radha. Visitors said to have experienced the presence of God and supernatural powers. Visiting temple is a great way to achieve mental peace and get rid of fatigue. Visitors are suggested to attend and take part in Aarti as it is highly soothing and calming to the mind.
- Location: Dakshin Marg, Sector-36B
- Opening hours: All days of the week- 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
5. Boating at Sukhna Lake
Snuggled at the foothills of Shivaliks, Sukhna Lake is beautiful set amid the mesmerizing scenery of Chandigarh. This is a man-made lake with a stretch of 3 kilometers that flows down from Shivalik Hills. The pristine blue water and the peace around make it a perfect location morning joggers and solitude seekers, walkers who come to enjoy the fresh air.
Apart from a delightful place, it is home for various sports activities such as boating, solar cruise, trampoline jumping etc. One can find several species of fishes and migratory birds like cranes and Siberian ducks. This place is also declared as the reserved national wetland by the Government of India.
- Location: Sector 1
- Opening hours: All days of the week- 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM
6. Visualise the Creativity at Rock Garden
This artistic place has been designed as an open-air exhibition hall with the help of industrial and urban wastes. The massive 40-acre garden was founded in1957 by Nek Chand. It comprises a colorful mosaic of art pieces and sculptures created with industrial and household waste. It has about 5,000 statues, making it prime attractions of the city and a must visit.
The place has different phases demonstrating various installations and embellishments in them. Phase one has terracotta pots, chambers made from tiles, mirrors, broken bangles etc. The second phase consists of a huge waterfall and the third phase has statues of elephants and camels.
- Location: Uttar Marg,Sector 1
- Opening hours: All days of the week- 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM (April- September), 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (October- March)
- Entry fee: Rs. 30 for adults, Rs. 10 for children
7. Roopkund Trek
Snuggled at an elevation of 5,029 m in the midst of Nanda Ghunti and Trishul Peak, this place is filled with mystery. The surroundings have a mesmerizing and captivating beauty of lush green mountains and rocky glaciers, making it a perfect trekking trail. The human and animal skeletons found around the path of the trek are said to be around 500-600 years old.
This frozen beauty is very famous amongst tourists. If one is aiming at an adrenaline pumping activity this place serves as a perfect trekking trail. It is advised to carry warm clothes as it gets really cold at night.
8. Explore Yesteryears at Pinjore Gardens
This is a place dating back to the Mughal era in the district of Panchkula. It expands over a massive area of 100 acres and a great place to unwind with nature. The well-maintained greenery, mesmerizing water bodies, and refreshing fountains attract tourists from all over the world. It is a planned terrace garden and annual Mango Festival is held here.
Apart from being a garden, this place houses a mini zoo, a serene Japanese garden, an area dedicated to historic places. So, this place has a good mixture of activities for everyone, be it kids or adults. Post sunset the entire garden is lit up enhancing the ambiance of the place.
- Location: Pinjaur, Panchkula
- Opening hours: All days of the week- 7:00 AM – 10:30 PM
- Entry fee: Rs. 20 for adults
9. Explore Wildlife at Chattbir Zoo
Located at Zakirpur road this zoo is a home for mammals, reptiles, birds etc. Famously known as Mahendra Zoological Park this wild spot has the lion safari as one of the major attraction. One can visit the Asiatic lion reserves where you can view the enigmatic Royal Bengal Tiger roaming freely in all its splendor. It offers great sightseeing of various wild creatures, making it a must visit on our list.
10. Feel the Vibe and Chill at Terraced Gardens
Spread on a 10 acres land this attraction is a home of colorful and vibrant flowers. It has various levels, designs and shapes hence the name. The lighted musical fountain which comes to life in the evenings is surely going to catch your attention. The gardens are very popular amongst couples and youngsters and couples who visit to enjoy the peaceful silence.
The Chrysanthemum Show at Terraced Garden is a grand event providing an opportunity to visitors to come and experience the diverse cultures and flowers of Haryana and Punjab at a single location.
- Location: Sector 33 B, Sector 33
- Opening hours: All days of the week- 5:30 AM – 9:00 PM
11. Brownie Lovers head to Nik Bakers
No trip is complete without food, so let’s talk about some talked places in the town. This bakery is a must visit with mouth-watering quiches, tarts, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, pizzas and more. They claim to use the finest of ingredients from across the country. Their breakfast which consists of waffles, pancakes is to die for. Our recommendation is Mutton Cheese Burger here, cheese straws and tequila-filled handmade chocolates
- Location: PMSCO 441 & 442, Sector 35 C
- Opening hours: All days of the week- 8:00 AM – 11:30 PM
12. Live the Night at Hops n Grains
This is the first microbrewery in the city with chic interiors. The vibe of the place can turn up the energy levels to another extent. They have a huge in-house brewery where one can have Premium Lager, Weiss Beer or Dunkel (Dark). They usually have happy hours every day. The menu offers a wide variety of finger foods ranging from the international classics to desi favorites – such as Nachos, Mezze Platters Beer Batter Prawns, Amritsari Fish, Tandoori Bharwa Aloo, Buffalo Chicken Wings, Seekh Kebabs, etc.
The myriad choice of places that Chandigarh offers definitely overwhelms the visitors. The plethora of spots conjoined with the clean and cool surroundings makes this city must visit for every tourist. With a huge number of wonderful eateries, you’re ensured to have a good time. Do let us know how did you find these places in the comment sections below and also if there is something cool in the city that we may have missed.