Chandigarh “The City Beautiful” is known for its urban planning, architecture, cleanliness, greenery and kind of lifestyle it offers to its residents. It is situated between three states i. e. Haryana, Punjab & Himachal Pradesh. Its location makes it a hot tourist destination. Tourists traveling to Shimla, Kullu & Manali Amritsar can’t stop themselves visiting Chandigarh. Tourists destined to Shimla should have a halt in Chandigarh and explore this City Beautiful. In this post, I am going to tell you why you should visit Chandigarh and best places to visit in Chandigarh.
Best Places to Visit in Chandigarh
Sukhna Lake is on top of the best places to visit in Chandigarh.
I have spent almost 3 years in Chandigarh and Sukhna Lake is one of my favorite destination as a tourist spot. Available leisure activities, spacious lakeside sitting area and food court make it special. Boating, swinging equipment for children, availability of painting and other artist make it a perfect family destination.
A trip to Flower festival 2019
At special occasion, you can enjoy the music programme at Sukhna Lake. The best time to visit Sukhna Lake is Sunday evening when there are a huge crowd and special programmes for tourists.
The fee to visit Sukhna Lake
Visiting Sukhna lake is totally free. There are no entrance charges at Sukhna Lake. Leisure activities and dining are slightly costlier.
Facility available at Sukhna lake
- Swinging equipment for children
- Painting Exhibition
- Food court
Boating for 30 minutes cost 400 to 600 Rupees depending upon the boat you choose. In the evening time, you can spot 50 to 100 boats in Sukhna lake. Sukhna lake also provides perfect photoshoot scenery and you can click a selfie for your Social media profiles.
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh
Rock Garden is also known as Nek Chand Rock Garden of Chandigarh. Nek Chand was a Govt official who started it in his free time. If you are at Sukhna Lake, you must visit Rock Garden. It’s less than 1 KM away from Sukhna lake and one of the very popular tourists place in Chandigarh.
The best part of Rock Garden is its man-made interlinked waterfalls and sculptures of domestic and industrial waste. The rock garden has many man-made narrow passages give you touch of hilly terrain.
There are several spots for photography near waterfalls in The Rock Garden Of Chandigarh. To be frank, Rock garden is not like a regular trip tourist destination but you should visit it at least once. The Rock garden is the only place in Chandigarh that is named as Garden but you will not find any tree, grass park or garden like atmosphere. That is the thing that separates it from other tourist destinations in Chandigarh.
Entrance Fee to visit Rock Garden
There is an entrance fee of Rs 30 per adult and Rs 10 per child in Rock Garden.
Timing to visit Rock Garden
Rock Garden is open all days in a week. Timing of Rock Garden is given in table
Morni Hills (Haryana)
Morni Hills is one of my favorite place on my destination list whenever I plan for a weekend tour. Although it’s not located inside Chandigarh. Morni Hills is in Haryana and around 35 Kilometers away from Chandigarh.In fact, Morni hills stretch starts around 10 kilometers away from Chandigarh. Morni Hills stretch touches the boundary of the Panchkula City of Haryana.
Though roads to Morni Hills is not so good, you can enjoy hill driving for 8 to 10 kilometers. Three curves are very sharp and steep, one needs to be very careful while driving. All around view at top of Morni Hills is amazing. During monsoon season, the temperature remains below and one can capture moments of cloud flowing around the hilltop.
There is Tikkar Tall lake and you can enjoy boating there. Boats are not operational 12 months a year. There are a restaurant and an amusement park for children too. Morni hills visit is best for people who want a peaceful environment and lush green around. I found Morni hills one of the best places to visit in Chandigarh for weekend trips with family & friends.
Rose Garden Chandigarh
Rose Garden is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Chandigarh. Thousands of tourists and locals visit this garden every day. Rosegarden is a perfect place for the nature enthusiast.
Best time to visit the rose garden is evening time. Rose garden Chandigarh is also known as Zakir Hussain rose garden after former President of India Mr. Zakir Hussain. Rose Garden is the largest garden of its kind in Asia. There is around 1600 species of Roses and more than 50000 rose plants. Apart from rose plants, medicinal plants are also planted there.
This is very spacious and spreads in around 37 acres. You can take a morning walk or evening walk to explore varieties of Roses and medicinal plants. There are vehicle parking and food courts just outside it and visitors can bring food inside Rose garden. In other words, this is one of the best tourist places to visit in Chandigarh due to all available facilities nearby it.
The garden was built in 1967 and located in Sector 16 Chandigarh. Zakir Hussain Rose Garden hosts Rose festival of Chandigarh every year in the month of Feb & March.
Best time to visit Rock Garden Chandigarh
Best time to visit Zakir Hussain Rock Garden is February when you can see all varieties of Roses blossom. You should not visit during autumn. Garden is open from 0600 AM to 10 PM.
Entry fee in Rose Garden
There is no entry fee to visit Rock Garden Chandigarh.
Address of Rose Garden
Jan Marg, 16B
Sector 16, Chandigarh, PIN 160016
Chhatbir Zoo (Must visit place in Chandigarh)
Chhatbir Zoo situated near Zirakpur is well connected with road. The Chhatbir Zoo is popular due to varieties of animals, birds, reptiles, well-managed surrounding and Lion safari. There is ample vehicle parking outside the zoo. Chhatbir Zoo is well maintained and offers perfect picnic spot experience to visitors. Home-made food is allowed inside Zoo but plastic carry bags are strictly prohibited inside it. There is an electric car/ferry service inside the Zoo. Small kids and old people can equally enjoy the trip to Chhatbir Zoo due to ferry service. Main attractions of the Zoo is the white tiger. If truly want to enjoy the trip to this Zoo, one must try lion and deer safari.
It takes around 3 to 4 hours to completely enjoy the tour to the Chhatbir Zoo. Chhatbir Zoo is the best place to visit in Chandigarh with family and friends. This Zoo is boon to wildlife photographer and offers rich wildlife habitat and flora-fauna. Children can also learn about animals, reptiles mammals and other animals. There is the sitting area at a regular distance for taking rest. Best time to visit the Chhatbir Zoo is Sunday evening time. Though it is opened 06 days a week and remains closed on Monday for maintenance.
Chhatbir Zoo Chandigarh Timing & Address
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Chhatbir Zoo Road (Near Zirakpur)
Chhat Punjab (140603)
Chhatbir Zoo entry fee
Entry fee is Rs 60 per adult and Rs 25 per child. The parking is also chargeable. There is no place to keep belongings so visitors need to carry their belongings during the visit.
Funcity Chandigarh (Most visited place in Chandigarh)
Funcity Chandigarh is the most recreational place in Chandigarh. It is spread across 42 acres of land and considered one of the largest Funcity in Northen India. Funcity has mainly two places, water park & Amusement Park. Apart from the water park & amusement park, there is a resort too. In the amusement park, Visitors can enjoy 20 hydraulic rides. It has Fun on wheels, Crazy bull, Paddle fun, arcade games, Kids castle, Gyroscope, Spin O spin, Froggy Fun, Fun spin, Grand Prix, Spacewalk, Fun Slide, Thumak-Thumak, Toto train, Dreamboat, Fun Flights, Razzle Dazzle, crazy cars, Big Apple, Bowl speed, Crusader slide, Hedge Maze, & 5D theatre.
Visitors can purchase tickets only for the amusement park. But I will recommend visiting the waterpark. The real fun of this city is in the waterpark. Amusement park rides are available in another fun city too but its park offers best landing pools, wave pool, activity pool and water slides. The best part of the waterpark is that it has a few small pools for children too. Waterpark has crusader, bowl speed slide, well shower, lazy river, pendulum, family pool, crazy cruise, aqua dance, Typhoon tunnel, activity pool, red dragon slide and wave pool.
It requires a full day to experience all rides in the waterpark and the amusement park. Best time to visit Funcity Chandigarh is from April to August during summer. Outside food is not allowed inside Funcity and visitors require to purchase food items from stalls available inside the waterpark. Food prices are costlier as compared to market price. Availability of so many leisure activities for kids and adults makes Funcity Chandigarh among Top 10 best places to visit in Chandigarh.
Funcity Chandigarh Timing and Address
Funcity remains open 7 days a week and there is a huge rush on holidays. Funcity opens at 10 AM and closes at 0700 PM daily
Funcity is located at Ramgarh near Panchkula Haryana.
Chandigarh-Nada Sahib Gurudwara Barwala Road,
Funcity Ticket prices
Funcity Chandigarh ticket price is given in below table
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There is no entry fee for person above 65 years and children under 3 feet. Tickets can be purchased online or offline mode.