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Chandigarh, the dream city of India's first Prime Minister, Sh. Jawahar Lal Nehru, was planned by the famous French architect Le Corbusier. Picturesquely located at the foothills of Shivaliks, it is known as one of the best experiments in urban planning and modern architecture in the twentieth century in India.Chandigarh derives its name from the temple of "Chandi Mandir" located in the vicinity of the site selected for the city. The deity 'Chandi', the goddess of power and a fort of 'garh' laying beyond the temple gave the city its name "Chandigarh-The City Beautiful".
In March, 1948, the Government of Punjab, in consultation with the Government of India, approved the area of the foothills of the Shivaliks as the site for the new capital. The location of the city site was a part of the erstwhile Ambala district as per the 1892-93 gazetteer of District Ambala. The foundation stone of the city was laid in 1952. Subsequently, at the time of reorganization of the state on 01.11.1966 into Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pardesh, the city assumed the unique distinction of being the capital city of both, Punjab and Haryana while it itself was declared as a Union Territory and under the direct control of the Central Government.

Postal Code 160017 GPO ISD Code 91
STD Code 0172 Internet Address www.hotelredwood.com
Longitude 760 48' E Latitude 300 50' N
Area 114 square kms Altitude 304 - 365 metres above MSL
Annual Rainfall 111.4 cm/yearly average Monsoon July - September
Climate Winter    Min. (Nov-Jan) 4oC - 14oC
Summer Max. (April-July) 37oC - 44oC
Towns (NAC) 3 - Manimajra, Burail and Attawa
Villages 27 Population 10.39 Lacs
Urban Population 89.8% Literacy Rate 81.9%
Prevalent Winds From the South East in Summer. From the Northwest in Winter.
Air Quality Chandigarh's ambient air quality is better than that of most other cities in the world. In Chandigarh only non polluting and power driven industries are permitted.
By Road

The Union Territory of Chandigarh is well served by an excellent network of roads. The National Highways No. 21 (Ambala-Kinnaur) and 22 (Chandigarh-Leh) are the chief road arteries linking Chandigarh with the rest of the country. The city is within motorable distance from a number of popular towns and pilgrimage centres. Some important road distances (in kilometers) from Chandigarh are given below :

Agra 452 Khajuraho 864
Allahabad 867 Kurukshetra 70
Ambala 46 Lucknow 743
Amritsar 240 Ludhiana 100
Anandpur Sahib 80 Manali 320
Badrinath 577 Mount Abu 1016.
Bhakra Nangal 125 Nainital 568
Chail (H.P.) 120 Nepal 1400
Darjeeling 1790 Panipat 165
Delhi 248 Pathankot 246
Gangotri 535 Patiala 65
Jaipur 507 Rishikesh 276
Jalandhar 134 Shimla 120
Jammu 380 Srinagar 666
Kanyakumari 2979 Udaipur 926
Kasauli 77 Vaishno Devi 400
Kedarnath 505 Varanasi 996
BY BUS

Buses of several State Road Transport Corporations connect Chandigarh with many cities and towns of neighbouring states. Buses may be air-conditioned, deluxe, semi-deluxe or ordinary. The Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) is located in Sector 17 (City Centre).

Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU)

The CTU is an Undertaking of Chandigarh Administration. It provides both inter state services and local transport services. The CTU coaches are well maintained and the important cities which are connected by CTU buses are Delhi, Dehradun, Haridwar, Shimla, Manali, Katra (J&K) and major towns of Punjab and Haryana.

RESERVATIONS & ENQUIRY -
ISBT Sector - 17
Transport Telephone Timings (Hrs)
Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) 2700006
0500 - 2100
Haryana Roadways 2704014
0500 - 2400
Punjab Roadways 2704023 0400 - 2000
ISBT Sector - 43
Transport Telephone Timings (Hrs)
Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) 2624413
0500 - 2100
Haryana Roadways 6577050
0900 - 1700
Himachal Roadways 2668943 24 hrs.
Pepsu Roadways (PRTC) 2624543 0420 - 2105
Punjab Roadways 2606672 0400 - 2000

Chandigarh Railway Station is about 8 kms from the City Centre in Sector 17. Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen provide two train connections every day between Chandigarh and Delhi. Paschim Express connects the city to Mumbai. Chandigarh Transport Undertaking and the Corporation buses ply to and from the railway station to coincide with the arrival and departure of important trains.

RAILWAYS ENQUIRY - 131, 132, 2653131, 139
Superintendent 2658924
Station Master 2654782
Train Status 1333, 131, 132, 2654775,  2658713-714-715
Train Booking - Railway Station 1333, 2641651
Ticket Booking - ISBT Secto-17, Chd. 2708573, 2720242
PRM AMBALA 2610800, 2610811, 9813136444
Sr. Divisional Comp. Manager, AMBALA 9417495959
BY AIR

Chandigarh's airport is 12 km. from the City Centre. Indian Airlines and Jet Airways connect Chandigarh with , Delhi, Bombay, Jammu & Srinagar. The Corporation has a well maintained Tourist Information Centre at the Airport.

Relevant telephone numbers
AIRLINES ENQUIRY 
Flight Enquiry, Airport 2656029, 2705062, 2704034
Director, Airport 2659886
Air India, Reservation Office, Sector 34-A 2624941-943
Station Manager Tele fax:-2624942
AIRLINES FLYING TO & FROM CHANDIGARH
Indian Airlines http://indian-airlines.nic.in/ 
Jet Airways http://www.jetairways.com/
Go Air http://www.goair.in

 

 

Tourism

The word tourism defines tourists, as people who travel to and stay in other places outside the usual environment. During vacations many outside tourist came and visit the india. There are many things to see in Chandigarh like Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Leisure Valley, Museum & Art Gallery, Elante Mall, Sector 17(Markets) etc.

Sukhna lake

The Sukhna lake is situated in Sector 1 Chandigarh. In order to promote eco-tourism, it had been decided to replace the four-streyed tower on the island, which is used during the annual rowing event conducted at the lake, with a temporary structure. The lake also has a full length watercourse, developed in 1989 along with the tower when the city hosted the Asian Championship in 1989. All outside tourist come and visit the lake and this is the perfect place to go for boating and this is also a bird watchers paradise. The lake is a very popular for the picnic sport. The towers are an eyesore to visitors.

Rock Garden

A Rock garden also known as rockery garden, is a type of garden that features uses of stones and rocks along with plants native to rocky environments. Chandigarh is a modern city, built in a 1950s from a design by the french architect Le Corbusier. It is a monument of international importance which express this global problem through imagination and beauty. Chand used thrown away and industrial waste items everyday.

In the Chandigarh Rock garden is perhaps the most world's curious. It was created by Shri Nek Chand Saini, a resident of the city in 1958. He belongs to the Gurdaspur district in Punjab province. The urban waste material such as mute rocks turned into art objects and broken plugs, waste bottles, saucers, plates was turned into creative patterns. The rock garden is visited by over 5000 people daily.

Rose Garden

Rose Gareden is situated in the Sector 16 Chandigarh. It was created by Nek Chand Saini, a resident of the city in 1985. Every year there is a rose festival in Rose Garden. Many people come from different places to this festival. Rose Garden is well decorated with different kinds of flowers. In the festival there are different kinds of stalls like popkorns, ice cream, tickis and many more. The festival of garden (Rose Festival) the mega event of the U.T.

Elante Mall

Elante Mall is the largest mall in the region which has been recently opened at Industrial Area Chandigarh.The mall spread over 1.15 million sq. ft. of retail space is touted to be the largest mall in this region which has the blend of department stores, international and domestic lifestyle brands, a hypermarket, multiplex, entertainment zone, food court and open spaces.
The mall is built by L&T Realty and offers 218 brands under one roof which makes it the shopper's destination. The mall houses famous brands like Mark's & Spencer's, Lifestyle, Shopper Stop , Westside and Pantaloons department stores offering clothes, bags, lingerie, shoes, perfumes etc. At the food zone there are popular names like McDonald's to Chilis to Noodle Bar in addition to a food court of over 20,000 sq. ft. with a seating capacity of 750 seats, a gaming section for children to have fun while their mom's are busy shopping; and last but not the least the multiplex PVR for movie buffs. While there is a Mango & Swarovski for the rich & the wealthy, there is also a Lifestyle, Westside and Shopper Stop for the more discerning customer. Speaking on the launch, Shrikant Joshi, Chief Executive of L&T Realty said, "We are delighted to offer the eagerly awaited mall, Elante, to the people of the beautiful town of Chandigarh. The overall development plan of this project also includes a world class hotel and office spaces which should also be opening very shortly."

Chandigarh IT Park

The Chandigarh Technology Park, an integrated technology park, ideally located amidst the lush green surroundings at the foothills of Himalayas, in close proximity to the residential and recreational areas.
DLF in collaboration with Chandigarh Administration has undertaken the IT Park project, which offers 6,50,000 Sq. ft. of ready built workspace of global standards for IT/ITES companies an amenities block as part of the complex. DLF IT Park, Chandigarh with total land coverage of 12.5 acres is DLF's most ambitious and prestigious IT/ITES project to date. The IT Park already has an operational space of over approx. 6.5 Lacs sq. ft

Shopping Center(sector 17)

Shopping Center is located in sector 17. A scene in a market is very interesting. Although the market is quite spacious, it is always full of rush andtraffic especially in the evening. There are footpaths on both sides of the market for the pedestrians. Sector 17 is the main shopping center of the city.

Specially, in the afternoon when the school children come home from their schools, they go on observing things of their interest displayed by the shopkeepers in the display windows.In the evening they come with their parents and insist on buying some article or the other. Then they would visit some eating place or a restaurant. On holidays and other days off the market is overcrowded with people especially students.They all look for latest varieties of all things.