The first thing that strikes one the visit of Chandigarh city is the expanse of resplendent Blue Mountains. The jagged skyline of the Shivalik Hills looms large over Chandigarh city that nestles happily below. The other distant element that catches the eye is the faint profile of the old temple dedicated to the Goddess Chandi, from which the city of Chandigarh takes its name.
Since Chandigarh is a newly developed city, it does not have many historic monuments to offer. However, the Chandigarh city boasts of several beautiful and well-maintained gardens that are a treat to the eyes. Amongst the must visit places of Chandigarh are the Rose Garden and the Rock Garden. The Capitol Complex is a must see. Tourists may stroll or enjoy boating at the Sukhna Lake of Chandigarh city.
The beautiful city of Chandigarh is worth visiting in itself and also acts as a base for further excursions in North India. A visit to Chandigarh is not complete without a visit to the temple of Goddess Chandi, which is located in Panchkula, 10 km away from Chandigarh. In fact, the name Chandigarh is derived from this temple.
The city of Chandigarh is easily accessible from the other important cities of India besides the states of Haryana and Punjab. The excellent road network, railway system and the air linking make Chandigarh a popular travel destination of northern India.