Chandigarh, the 'city beautiful' beckons

The hill stations of Himachal Pradesh have always been crowd pullers.

Published: 10th October 2013 08:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th October 2013 08:36 AM   |  A+A-

The hill stations of Himachal Pradesh have always been crowd pullers. These tiny settlements in the misty mountains take you back in time with their brick buildings, churches and schools. Favourite among most are the moments spent sipping chai at small cafes and just savouring the nature. But the best part about these trips is the journey. So if you are planning a trip up north, then a stop at Chandigarh is a must. You could take a flight or train upto this beautiful city, spend a couple of days sightseeing and then head to the hills.

Known internationally for its architecture and design, Chandigarh has a lot to offer. 

A stroll in Sector 17 market: This market is a sight to behold. Lined with plush showrooms and even small shops, the market is a one stop shopping destination. And if you are not the shopping kind, you can simply take a walk or sit on one of the benches with a cup of coffee. Cultural events take place every weekend.

Mornings at Sukhna: When in Chandigarh, wake up early to experience the famous Sukhna Lake. In the early hours, you can see scores of people exercising, running or meditating by the lake. Very well maintained, the jogger’s path is decked with canopies of trees.

Chat at sector 23: You will thank us for recommending the Garg Chat in the market of Sector 23. It is the best pick. The vendor who serves pani puri is properly dressed in formals and wears gloves to ensure cleanliness. Chat papri and bhelpuri are popular here.

Coffee at Nik Bakers: A self claimed European eatery, Nik Bakers can be tried for pastries and coffee. Located in Sector 22, it is a peppy hangout for all.

Shop for traditional wear: The Palika Bazaar in Sector 19 is a shoppers paradise.  Small shops housed in a big complex, this bazaar sells anything and everything. You can pick up ethnic wear, dresses, juttis, artificial jewellery and cosmetics at cheap prices.

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