Chandigarh Travel Guide, India
Chandigarh Travel Guide: An Introduction
Chandigarh is India’s first planned city. The capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana as well as of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, Chandigarh city is where nature exists in perfect harmony with the fast pace of modernization, bringing it recognition as ‘The Beautiful City’. The world-renowned architecture of the city and its urban planning is indeed worth watching but there is much more to Chandigarh, as this Chandigarh travel guide will tell you.
Chandigarh Travel Guide: City Architecture
Chandigarh is an ideally planned city – a gift of modern architecture and the dream of master architects like Albert Mayer, Matthew Nowicki and Le Corbusier. The city is divided into identical rectangular sectors, with each sector being an independent unit, having its own markets, schools and other facilities within walking distance. The various city-sectors are linked to each other by road networks and the city itself is connected to national highways. (The city has 8 different road/path networks, one meant especially for pedestrians and cyclists.) The city is surrounded by a thick green-belt. Some architecturally-significant buildings and structures in Chandigarh city are – the Assembly and Secretariat buildings, the School of Art, the Museum and Art Gallery, the High Court building, etc.
Chandigarh Travel Guide: Economy and Infrastructure
Chandigarh has a strong economy, which is reflected in the high-standard of living. The city’s per capita income is the highest in the country. Actually, a large part of the population is employed in different government services; retired government employees comprise a considerable fraction of Chandigarh’s population. There are about 15 medium to large scale industries in Chandigarh beside the many small scale industry units. Three key trade promotion organizations of India – FICCI, CII and PHDCCI are also headquartered at Chandigarh. Chandigarh also boasts of an excellent banking infrastructure and almost all major Indian banks have their regional offices in the city.
Speaking of transport, it goes beyond saying that Chandigarh has the best infrastructure. Chandigarh city is well connected by road. Two National Highways NH 21 and NH 22 link the city to other parts of India like Ambala, Leh, Kalka and Shimla. Regular bus services are available towards the capital, Delhi and to the important cities of the neighboring states. Chandigarh has a railway station located about 10 km away from the ISBT. Regular trains connect Chandigarh to all the metro cities and some major junctions like Ambala, Lucknow, Bhiwani, etc. The Chandigarh Airport is served by major airlines operating in India. Public buses are available for local transport, but you can also use private vehicles. The well-maintained roads and ample parking space only add to the pleasure of Chandigarh travel.
Chandigarh Travel Guide: People and Culture
Chandigarh is a multi-cultural city – you will find Bengalees, Kerlians, Oriyas and Tamila other than Punjabis here. The people of Chandigarh are quite friendly/affable irrespective of their caste or creed. Cheerful, broadminded and essentially well-to-do, they are adopting the modern life-style without being disrespectful of their own culture. It would not be wrong to say that the people have the zest of living life to the fullest.
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