It would be fun to play tourist in your own city after the pandemic ends. Visit the best of Chandigarh spots you’d usually take for granted to experience the city and see the places that make it so popular.
Sometimes these attractions are overlooked, but after the COVID-19 ends just try them out.
Here’s a list of Best of Chandigarh & must things to do in Chandigarh.Wouldn't it be fun to play tourist in your city after the pandemic ends? Click To Tweet
1. Head down to the Sukhna Lake
Go for a serene and peaceful walk at the beautiful Sukhna Lake. You can head down for boat ride and spend some time with migratory birds. It has a clear scenic view of Shivalik Hills.
Sukhna lake is a nice place to feel a cool breeze in the early morning. Many of the walkers and joggers are seen on the track. It is the best place in Chandigarh for a garden picnic with the family and friends. Not to forget, there are tons of adventure sports facilities and rides for kids.
Food at Sukhna Lake has a lot of options too. It is a must visit place for the nature photographers in Chandigarh.
2. Catch the view of the city from Chandigarh-Shimla highway
Go for a long drive with you loved one to enjoy the mountains. When you reach TTR (Timber Trail ), park your car at a safe space and see the majestic view of the city from the Chandigarh-Shimla Highway. On your way, you can either buy eateries from McDonald’s Fun Republic (Manimajra Branch) or buy Chana Kulcha from a street vendor.
In Fact, if you have time to spare then you can extend this long drive to Shimla and spend a joyful day.
3. Enjoy at one of the top 3 amusement & water parks in Chandigarh
Ever wondered what water parks near you are waiting to blow your mind? There are 3 water parks in Chandigarh along with amusement parks for a fun day. In the scorching summer, going to a water park is the most relaxing activity for your kids.
- Fun City in Chandigarh
Fun City in Chandigarh is the most popular attraction. It is one of the most preferred picnic places by the schools as a recreational activity. Fun City water park is called Wunder Water that is available throughout the summers but is closed down during the winters. It has 17 different slides in 6 different landing pools along with a sea wave pool and an activity pool. The Amusement Park has 20 hydraulic rides.
Fun City Chandigarh Ticket Price: ₹ 590
Fun City Water Park Ticket Price: ₹ 970
Combo Ticket Price: ₹ 990
Visit Fun City official website for more details and tickets booking.
- Thunder Zone
Situated on Mohali-Sirhind Road, Thunder Zone Amusement park is divided into 3 sections i.e. Fun Zone, Water Park, and Amusement Park. This water park near you has 4 pools, 2 attractive water slides while the amusement park has many other rides.
Thunder Zone Ticket Price (Amusement Park): ₹ 500
Thunder Zone Water Park Ticket: ₹ 850
Combo Ticket: ₹ 900
Visit Thunder Zone Mohali official website for more details.
- Aqua Village, Pinjore
Aqua Village water park is situated at Pinjore Gardens. It has 5 pools including 2 with slides. Not only can you enjoy this water park near you but can rest at Pinjore Gardens after a fun-packed day at the water park.
Aqua Village ticket prices vary according to the rides.
4. Catch a game at Mohali Stadium
PCA or Mohali Stadium is one of the most loved places for the people who are cricket fans. Every year, several tournaments and championships are organized at PCA. Apart from this. PCA hosts several cricket matches. In 2019, it became host to India V/s South Africa -T-20 Match and India V/s Australia 4th ODI.
5. Take in art at the museums
There are a good number of museums in Chandigarh to soak in art, culture and history. It’s one of the other attractions for schools to take students on recreational school trips.
- Art Folio
- Chandigarh Art Gallery
- Chandigarh Architect Mseumm
- Government of Museum and Art Gallery
- IAC Art Collectors
- International Dolls Museum
- Le Corbusier Centre
- Museo del Gobierno y Galeria de Arte
- Museum Maison Jeanneret
- National Gallery of Portraits
6. Walk around the different gardens
Chandigarh is filled with gardens that why it is called ‘City Beautiful.’ The best Chandigarh gardens are mostly a part tourist attraction as well. Chandigarh is a small city so you would find any of your knowns hanging out in one of these gardens.
- Rose Garden
- Botanical Garden
- Bougainvillea Garden
- Hibiscus Garden
- Garden of Silence
- Terraced Garden
- Smriti Upavan
- Shanti Kunj
- Garden of Fragrance
- Japanese garden
- Butterfly Park
- Topiary Park
- Leisure Valley
- Fitness Trails
- Cactus Garden
- Garden of Palms
7. Eat your way through Sector-8
Sector- 8 is in the heart of every resident of Chandigarh for its eateries. This place is almost completely dedicated to the best restaurants in Chandigarh. It has so many options to eat from small cafes, fast food, Italian, Chinese, North Indian, South Indian, Asian, Healthy food and dessert places. Indeed a one-stop-solution for a Chandigarh foodie as it has more than 70 places to eat.
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8. Take a Double Decker Bus tour
Did you ever try Double Decker Bus in Chandigarh? The hip on hip off tourist coach will take you to all tourist spots like Sector-17, Rose Garden, Rock Garden and Sukhna Lake. Climb aboard the only red double-decker bus in Chandigarh and pretend you’re a tourist to take it all in by seeing the city from a new perspective.
It leaves from in front of the Shivalik View Hotel at 9 am, 10.30 am, noon, 2 pm and 3.30 pm. So next time you spot double decker bus in Chandigarh, just hop on it for a fun ride.
Chandigarh Double Decker Bus Fare
Point to Point fare: ₹ 10
Half a Day: ₹50
First, the half-day tour starts from Hotel Shivalikview, Sector-17, Chandigarh covers Zakir Rose Garden (Sector-16), Museum & Art Gallery (Sector-10), War Memorial & Bougainvillea Garden (Sector-03), Rock Garden (Sector-1). and Sukhana Lake.
Second, the full-day tour also includes Gandhi Bhawan, Panjab University (Sector-14) and Capitol Complex( Outer view- Sector 1).
Note: One hour tour ₹ 25/- per head and full-day tour
₹75/- per head can be booked for a group of minimum 20 persons in advance.
For details and booking please visit Chandigarh Tourism official website.
9. Go deep in the Chhat Bir Zoo
Chhat Bir Zoo is a gorgeous zoological park situated close to Zirakpur. The zoo offers a variety of facilities such as battery-operated ferry vehicles, ride your own bicycle for ₹ 20 and free of cost wheelchairs for differently able visitors.
Food court consists of two eateries at the entrance along with an ice-cream parlour. In addition to this, there are 2 canteens and 1 restaurant inside the zoo.
For public convenience, there are 7 toilets, 5 drinking water points and numerous visitors shelters.
Immerse yourself in the absolute beauty of the Zoo.
Visit Chhat Bir Zoo official website for more information.
10. Escape the city in the midst of Rock Garden
One of the Chandigarh’s most stunning and creative place is Rock Garden. Walk by the man-made interlinked waterfalls, open-air exhibition hall, theatre trove and a miniature maze all merged into fantasy land. The structures here are made of waste products. There’s always something interesting at Rock garden. Also, not to forget those high swings at the centre of the Rock garden in Chandigarh.
On the whole, it’s a place to escape from the conundrums of the city.
11. Visit Buddha at Garden of Silence
Chandigarh’s Garden of Silence is one of the most Instagrammed spots in the city. It runs just to the end of the Sukhna Lake and has an amazing statute of Buddha making it city’s most peaceful place to visit. It’s a silent park in Chandigarh but only during the morning hours. As an evening place, in spite of its name, it’s one of the most crowded places in Chandigarh.
12. See a bunch of movies
What’s better than enjoying the most awaited movie at one of Chandigarh’s theatres. There are a number of theatres in different malls across the city. For example Fun Cinemas (Fun Republic), Wave City Emporium Mall, PVR Cinemas (Elante Mall), PVR (Centra Mall), Cinepolis Jagat, Piccadilly Cinemas and so many others.
13. Take a day trip to Kasauli
Kasauli is 57.3 km from Chandigarh. It has a stunning backdrop of mountains.
This place is known for Monkey Point that has a mythical background to it and a church. Moreover, the local restaurants, design stores and cafes are among its many popularity.
14. Go to top night clubs [Disc]
The Chandigarh clubs are thronged with crowds every night. There are many night clubs in Chandigarh to attract the crowds who love to hang out in the nights. Truly, a happening Chandigarh nightlife is what makes it one of the most happening cities in India.
List of nightclubs in Chandigarh
- Buzz, Sector-17 Chandigarh
- 10 Downing Street, Chandigarh
- Score, Sector-8 Chandigarh
- Hypnotic Lounge Bar, Zirakpur
- Paara Club, Centra Club, Chandigarh
- Tao, Sector-26, Chandigarh
- Kitty Su, The Lalit, IT park
- Lava bar, Sector – 17, Chandigarh
- Ministry of Bar & Exchange, Sector- 26, Chandigarh
15. Eat at a fine dine
Go to your favourite places to eat or visit the ones that have always been in your wishlist. The restaurants in Chandigarh is the reward for all busy bees.
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16. Go shopping at Elante Mall
Elante Mall is a go-to place for any of your needs for shopping in Chandigarh. Soothe your shopping cravings here by exploring hundreds of stores. Additionally, it has a food court, numerous cafes, restaurants, disc (nightclubs) and a fun zone for kids.
17. Hop in your car for a late night drive
Nothing beats a late-night drive in Chandigarh. Post midnight, you might find the roads roughly empty which gives a perfect setting for a late-night drive with your loved one. Meanwhile, you can also stop for an ice-cream sold by the street vendors.
18. Put an end to sweet-tooth cravings
Are you a sweet-tooth? If yes, then you know all the delicious and yummiest places to go for putting an end to sweet-tooth cravings. Chandigarh dessert places and bakeries have a wide range of ice-creams and dessert options.
19. Get Timber Trail adventure streak on
Opt for a weekend getaway at Timber Trail Heights. On your way to Shimla-Chandigarh highway, you will find this sweet spot. Timber Trail resort offers a blissful stay amidst a calm environment. Take the cable car ride to reach uphills. You will experience the aerial view of the mountains. Reaching the uphills, you can head to Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort, Timber Trail Heights, Parwanoo and The Terrace, Parwanoo.
20. Family picnic at Pinjore Gardens
Pinjore Garden is a nice picnic place near Chandigarh. Next to the garden is Aqua Village, a fun water park. One can spend their time in both places. First, you head to the water park for some water activities and second, put a blanket in the Pinjore garden to have a garden picnic.
21. Eat at Indian Coffee House
One of the oldest eateries in Chandigarh is Indian Coffee House in Sector-17. The moment you step in, you’ll soak in the whiff of their famous sambar. Quite a cosy place to hang out with family and a must-visit place with your friends.
22. Spend some time with friends at Student Centre (Stu C)
Chandigarh Stu C is the heart and soul of every Panjab University student. It is one of the cheap eateries places. You can sit there for hours eating and enjoying the fountain. A wide variety of food and snacks are available.
23. Pay homage to the temples & gurudwaras
So next time you plan an outing, make sure to pay homage to one of these places.
24. Get your fitness freak back on
Best gyms in Chandigarh offer accurate guidance with a professional approach to reach your desired goals. You can find a gym in almost every sector of Chandigarh that provides a positive environment. Going to a gym in Chandigarh is not a fitness mantra but, nevertheless, a place to meet like-minded people.
Some of the best gyms in Chandigarh are Ozi’s Gym, The Code Fitness Gym, Gold’s Gym (mistaken said as Gold Gym), Flexity Gym, Club Pulse Gym and Burn Gym.
25. Pamper yourself at the beauty parlour
Finally, we have reached the best i.e. pampering yourself at a beauty parlour in Chandigarh. There are many beauty parlours offering services like a salon in Chandigarh.
Also, the spa centres in Chandigarh makes the perfect addition to the pampering list. So take a break from your busy schedule and pamper yourself at a beauty parlour.
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