3-Day Chandigarh Itinerary

Day 1:

Rose Garden and Museum visit

10:00 AM – 01:00 PM

First spot has to be the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, to give your trip a perfect start.

It is known to be the largest rose garden in Asia. It has countless varieties of not only roses but many herbs and plants that are used for medicinal purposes. The display of flowers, lawns and arches make it one of the most visited spot for tourists and localities as well.

Time duration: 1 hour – 1.5 hours

Mode of Transport: Auto or OLA/UBER; hardly takes 10 minutes.

After the visual treat, you head for some knowledge session at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, 500 meters from Rose Garden.

The museum holds immense historical significance. The artefacts, sculptures, paintings and other collections are from undivided India. These were held in Lahore before partition and are now displayed here.

Time duration: 1 hour – 1.5 hours

Mode of Transport: 5-minute walk

For lunch, Sector-9C or Sector-8B are the places to be which is at a distance of 1.5 km from the museum.

These markets have respective food courts. Amritsari Kulcha Hub is pretty well known at Sector 9C and the price range is Rs. 300 – 400 for two.

At Sector 8B, you can try Uncle’s Jack. The price range at this outlet is Rs. 600 – 700 for two.

Mode of Transport: Autos will drop here at the food court.

Two Landmarks of Chandigarh

02:00 PM – 07:00 PM

After putting your hunger to rest, you head towards the iconic and legendary Nek Chand’s Rock Garden, just 2 km from the markets.

The garden is number 1 attraction in Chandigarh and is visited by more than 4000 people daily. The inception of the garden came from putting waste materials into good use using the creator’s imagination and creativity. The garden sets you on an artistic journey.

Time duration: 1.5 hour – 2 hours

Mode of Transport: Auto or OLA/UBER.

Next attraction is just a few steps away from the Rock Garden and a perfect place to spend evening – Sukhna Lake

Mornings and evenings are the busiest hours here. Walkers, joggers and runners prefer this spot over any other. For tourists, the lake happens to be an ideal place to wind up a long day. Boating, joy-rides, souvenir shops and fast food joints keep you engaged.

Time duration: 1.5 hour – 2 hours

Mode of Transport: 15-minute walk

That will be it for the day and you head for your hotel.

If you are looking to spend the night outside, Sector 17 market comes to life post sunset and give the real taste of nightlife in Chandigarh. At Sector 17 market, you get spoilt for choices when it comes to shopping or eating.

Day 2:

Tribute to Architect of the City and a unique garden visit

10:00 AM – 01:00 PM

Le Corbusier Centre is a museum and is located 5 km from the centre of the city.

The building used to be the office of Le Corbusier, the man who designed and planned the entire city.  Each room has been allotted for a specific set of documents. A tour inside the museum helps to understand the fundamentals behind developing and building Chandigarh.

Time duration: 45 min – 1 hour

Mode of Transport: Auto or OLA/UBER.

Second attraction for the day is one-of-a-kind, Cactus Garden, 11 km from city centre.

Such garden is exclusive and hard to find anywhere else. The garden is home to some rare and endangered species of cacti. It is a research centre and is situated in Panchkula. Plantsmen and garden lovers will love to visit this unique garden.

Time duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Mode of Transport: OLA/UBER.

You can look to have your lunch here and there are multiple restaurants and food joints around the garden.  Gopal Sweets is very popular in this area which serves vegetarian North Indian, South Indian and Chinese cuisines at a price range of Rs. 500 – 600 for two. Just 500 meters from Cactus garden.

More Gardens

03:00 PM – 07:00 PM

After cactus garden, you would love to see the newly built, Japanese Garden.

Inaugurated in the year 2014, the garden has gained immense popularity. The decoration, cleanliness, energetic visitors are something you cannot afford to skip. The architectures and sculptures which are native to the land of rising sun make it photographer’s paradise.

Time duration: 1 – 1.5 hours

Mode of Transport: An OLA/UBER will take 15 minutes.

Your garden tour ends at Garden of Fragrance

The garden is so named because of the blooming fragrant flowers. No doubt, this is one of the most colourful gardens. An ideal place to spend your evenings and wind up the day.

Interested folks can look to visit the ISKCON Temple adjacent to the garden.

Time duration: 45 min – 1 hour

Mode of Transport: Auto from Japanese Garden.

Head towards to hotel and give yourself some rest.

Nightlife

Night owls and shopaholics will be very keen to visit the Elante Mall. The mall is very prominent and is receives large number of footfalls daily. Scout for the restaurants and bars that suits your mood and enjoy the late evening.

Mode of Transport: Auto or OLA/UBER

Day 3:

Today’s itinerary caters to children’s amusement and excitement. The attraction are a little out of bound from the centre of Chandigarh. To have a hassle free transportation, book a cab for full day’s journey.

Cricket Stadium, Water Park and Historical site Visit

10:00 AM – 06:00 PM

Every cricket lover would love to visit PCA Stadium.

PCA is known to host some of the famous matches be it the World Cup 2011 Ind vs Pak Semi-final or 2010 Ind vs Aus Test match. Relive those moments of nostalgia at the ground.

Time duration: 30 – 45 min

Post this, head towards the Thunder Zone Amusement and Water Park and get a chance to relive your childhood days.

The amusement park has several rides to enjoy. Kids gonna love to stay as long as possible. You can have your lunch at the food court. Don’t forget to carry extra clothes.

Time duration: 3 – 4 hours

The last site will be Fateh Burj, 5 km from the amusement park.

Fateh Burj is lesser known but is taller than Qutub Minar with 100 meters in height. The minar is dedicated to the brave warrior of the Sikhs, Banda Singh Bahadur who fought fiercely against the Mughals.

Time duration: 30 – 45 min

That will be the end of sightseeing in Chandigarh.

If willing to step out for supper, you can explore some options at Sector 7C or Sector 26 and cherish the moments you had spent in the city.

 Trivia: Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary is a conservation area and is protected by Forest Department. Visit to the sanctuary needs permission for which visitors need to send application to the concerned authority. For more details visit http://chandigarh.gov.in/green_suk_wild7.htm and http://www.chandigarhforest.gov.in/sancturies/.

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