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Top Choice Gardens in Chandigarh

Nek Chand Rock Garden

Nek Chand Rock Garden is unique: it's the surreal fantasy of a local transport official who, starting in 1957, spent almost 20 years personally creating more than 2000 sculptures using stones, debris and other disca…
Top Choice Notable Building in Chandigarh

Capitol Complex

At the epicentre of Le Corbusier’s planned city are the imposing concrete High Court, Secretariat and Vidhan Sabha, shared by the states of Punjab and Haryana. All three are classic pieces of 1950s architecture from…
Top Choice North Indian in Chandigarh

Gopal's

Every Indian city or town should have a restaurant like Gopal's – an air-conditioned, clean and smart diner that churns out cheap, utterly delicious platters of dosas, puris and chhole bhature (deep-fried flatbread …
Top Choice Italian in Chandigarh

Virgin Courtyard

This fantastic alfresco dining address, spread across an ivory-white villa and a shaded courtyard, is arguably the closest you'll get to Italian cuisine in Chandigarh – albeit with an Indian twist. Try the arancini,…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Chandigarh

Hibachi

On the ground floor of Hotel Icon, Hibachi is the place to go if you're craving some Japanese or Southeast Asian food. There's some imaginative sushi on offer here, along with Burmese khao suey, pad thai, Chinese ku…
Top Choice Mughlai in Chandigarh

Ghazal

A Chandigarh stalwart and still going strong, Ghazal has a dignified air and a fine menu of Mughlai classics including chicken and mutton, plus some well-prepared Continental and Chinese dishes. The vegetable jalfre…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Chandigarh

1469

Named after the birth year of Guru Nanak (the founder of the Sikh faith), this funky independent clothing store sells fabulously colourful scarves, shawls and traditional Punjabi clothing, as well as modern T-shirts…
Gallery in Chandigarh

Government Museum & Art Gallery

You’ll find a fine collection of artworks and treasures at this impressive state museum, including trippy paintings of the Himalayas by Russian artist Nicholas Roerich, elegant carvings from the Buddhist Ghandara ci…
Lake in Chandigarh

Sukhna Lake

Fulfilling the leisure objective of Le Corbusier’s urban master plan, this landmark artificial lake is a popular rest and recreation stop for Chandigarh's resident families. It has ornamental gardens, a children’s f…
Museum in Chandigarh

Le Corbusier Centre

One for fans of 20th-century avant-garde architecture and design, this fascinating museum displays documents, sketches and photos of Le Corbusier, along with letters revealing the politics behind the Chandigarh proj…