Top things to do in Chandigarh

Top Choice Gardens in Chandigarh

Nek Chand Rock Garden

Chandigarh's Rock Garden is unique: it's the surreal fantasy of the much-missed Nek Chand (1924–2015), a local transport official who, starting in 1957, spent almost 20 years personally creating more than 2000 sculp…
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 South Indian in Chandigarh

Indian Coffee House

Almost always busy with locals, this venerable, fan-cooled, 40-year-old institution is a great place for breakfast or lunch. Egg, toast and fabulously affordable filter coffee (₹31) share a menu of South Indian favo…
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…
Top Choice Multicuisine in Chandigarh

Cloud 9

Offering magical panoramic views of the tree-lined city and the distant Shivalik Hills, this smart, newly renovated restaurant and bar has two menus (Chinese and Indian/multicuisine), smiley staff and floor-to-ceili…
Sweets in Chandigarh

Sai Sweets & Bhoj Vegetarian Restaurant

This clean and wholesome sweet shop below Hotel Satyadeep serves tasty mithai (Indian sweets), such as ladoo (sweet ball made with gram flour and semolina), gulab jamun (deep-fried balls of dough soaked in rose-flav…
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 Himalaya by Russian artist Nicholas Roerich, elegant carvings from the Buddhist Ghandara civ…
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…
North Indian in Chandigarh

Gopal's

This popular Punjab restaurant chain is a clean and smart diner that churns out cheap, utterly delicious platters of dosas and chhole bhature – deep-fried puris (a flat savoury dough that puffs up when deep-fried) s…