Formed in 1947 after India’s ‘Tryst with Destiny’, the city of Chandigarh is nothing short of an urban-planning marvel. The devil, as they say, is in the details. This meticulously-planned city is a shining example of the adage. Widely decorated as the first planned city of independent India, Chandigarh is a unique blend of culture, modernization, and natural preservation.
Situated at the foothills of the mighty Shivaliks, Chandigarh’s name has its roots in the Hindu deity of power – ‘Chandi Devi’. Planned and executed under the supervision of American and French architects, the city boasts of a grid layout with each unit serving as a sector. Wide six-lane roads with narrow pedestrian lanes connect each of these sectors, while the streets within the sectors only allow slower traffic.
[I often write about my love for various cities in the world, especially the streets. You might like to read about The Streets of Hong Kong]
The public transport seamlessly connects major areas of the city with each other and with the neighboring states of Rajasthan, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh. The city is also consistently counted among the cleanest cities in India.This city in the truest of terms is a well-structured panorama that is a sight for sore eyes.
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Chandigarh undoubtedly has the most developed infrastructure in the country. The city bleeds green. There are parks and shopping centers in every sector. There are as many trees as buildings, which is a treat for nature-lovers. The natural beauty effortlessly blends with the modern architecture,engulfing visitors with a sense of serenity and tranquility.
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Chandigarh also houses several popular tourist attractions, the most well-known being the Rock Garden. This artistic marvel developed in secrecy by a Chandigarh resident called Nek Chand is now one of the most famous attractions in the country. Other places of interest include The National Gallery of Portraits, Sukhna Lake, Capitol complex, and Rose garden.
Chandigarh is also home to some of the best hotels in the country. Hotels in Chandigarh are an epitome of luxury and comfort, providing the perfect nest for visitors in the city. For someone planning a visit to this beautiful city, the hotels are as much part of the experience.
One of the notable hotels in Chandigarh is the ITC hotel, known for its legacy of comfort and elegance.A renowned brand in the world of hospitality, ITC’s strategic location provides visitors an unparalleled experience of this beautiful city. Be it business or leisure, visiting this modern wonder of city planning promises to be a refreshing treat.
[Read my article Nothing Like The ITC Maurya Hospitality to know about my experience with the ITC hotels]