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Chandigarh

When Swiss architect Le Corbusier was commissioned with the job of designing Chandigarh from scratch in 1950, he conceived a people-oriented city of sweeping boulevards, lakes, gardens and grand civic buildings, executed in his favourite material: reinforced concrete. Seventy years on and the parks, monuments and civic squares are all still here, albeit somewhat aged.

Architecturally, Chandigarh may not be everyone’s cup of chai, but this prosperous and cosmopolitan city is, nevertheless, a very comfortable city to visit. And in Nek Chand’s Rock Garden, Chandigarh has one of the region’s most intriguing attractions. The city is also just a short bus-hop from the quiet hill-station getaway of Morni.

Officially a union territory controlled by the central government, Chandigarh is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana. Each sector of the city is self-contained and pedestrian friendly. Most visitors concentrate their attention on Sector 17 (for shops and restaurants) and Sector 22 (for hotels).

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