According to a recent study, Chandigarh is the fastest emerging city in India in terms of real estate development, infrastructure and the standard of living. Originally a village on the outskirts of Chandigarh, Zirakpur is now a rapidly developing locality situated about 14 km from the main city. With an estimated population of above 1.5 lac, Zirakpur is located on the road to Patiala. Excellent inter and intra city connectivity is available here. The Chandigarh International Airport is located about 9 km from here. The Chandigarh Railway Station is about 14 km from here. Most inter-state buses plying from Chandigarh to Delhi pass through Zirakpur. If you’re looking to spend a night or two here, and finance is not a constraint, you can book hotels in Zirakpur that are 5-star and 4-star rated, and offer luxurious amenities. Want to go easy on your wallet? You will find numerous budget hotels in Zirakpur and as well as 2-star and 3-star rated which provide good quality service. You can also opt for serviced apartments. Being close to Chandigarh city, Zirakpur is a feasible destination for business travellers. Drop by the famous Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park (Chattbir Zoo) located in the Chatt village for the variety of wildlife and the lion safari. To shop for essentials, apparel and other things, head to Paras Downtown Square Mall, Cosmo Palace or City Center. Known as the ‘Wedding Capital’ of the region, it is not uncommon to see fireworks in the skies of Zirakpur.