While travelling to Himachal, we spent a day in transit at Chandigarh and decided to explore the place. With limited time, we zeroed in on a few must-visit landmarks of the city.
Also known as Nek Chand’s Rock Garden after its founder Nek Chand, a government official, who started the garden secretly in his spare time in 1957. It is spread over an area of forty acre. The installations in the garden are built of industrial and home waste and discarded items. All the sculptures here are made of used bottles, glasses, bangles, tiles, ceramics and waste items which makes the garden unique. The waterfall inside was in full flow as it had started raining during our visit. With a few food stalls spread around, we spent a leisure time admiring this quirky wonder.
A five minute drive by an e-rickshaw brought us to Sukhna Lake which is a chill-out spot for the locals and tourists. With nice views, boat rides and a couple of hotels and fast food joints, this place is perfect to spend an evening leisurely. For those interested in shopping, there are souvenir shops located nearby.
Sadar Bazaar Sector 19C
After some sightseeing, it was time to visit the local market. After consulting with a rickshaw-wala, he took us to Sadar Bazaar, a local market filled with countless shops selling everything. Be ready to bargain and have patience. The market is like a huge maze that one can get lost in. Right from first copies, to all types of quality of clothes, there is nothing that you won’t get here.
At the end of the day, it was time for Chandigarh’s famous Butter Chicken. Pal Dhaba is known for their chicken dishes. Gorging on the chicken with Amritsari Kulcha and a large glass of lassi, we ate to our heart’s content. The Dhaba has indoor as well as outdoor seating, plus a good parking space.
It was now time to call it a day in Chandigarh. Leaving with some beautiful memories, we were ready for our next adventure.