Chandigarh is a Union Territory in India which serves as the capital for the states of Punjab and Haryana. The city is popular for being the first planned city in India after independence and was designed by the Swiss born, French architect Le Corbusier and is well known for its urban design. The name Chandigarh means "The Fort of Chandi" and the city gets its name from an ancient temple called Chandi Mandir, which is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Chandi, near the city. Chandigarh was also reported to be the cleanest city in India in 2010, by a national government study.
Administration of Chandigarh: The administrative control of Chandigarh lies under the Ministry of Home Affairs. A Deputy Commissioner, an officer belonging to the Indian Administrative Services is responsible for general administration in Chandigarh. A senior Superintendent of Police, an officer from the Indian Police Service is responsible for the maintaining law and order in the area.
Tourism in Chandigarh: Chandigarh is one of India's most well planned cities and has a lot of interesting tourist attractions. A few popular tourist attractions in Chandigarh are The Rock Garden, built by Nek Chand, this is a garden which contains art which has been fashioned out of urban waste and is an absolute treat. Other interesting places in Chandigarh are the Open Hand Monument, the Capitol Complex, The Rose Garden and Sukhna Lake among others.
|Lat Long||30.733408, 76.779799|
|Area||114 km2 (44 sq mi)|
|Population as per 2011||10,54,686|
|Official Languages||Hindi, English|
|Railway Station||Chandigarh (CDG), Chandigarh Railway Station|
|Tourist Attractions||Leisure valley, Rock garden, Sukhna lake, Open hand monument, Capitol complex.|
|Nearby Tourist Attractions||Kasauli, Chail, Solan, Shimla.|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Transport||Airways, Roadways, Railways, Car, Local Transport.|
|Vehicle registration||CH-01 to CH-04|
|Food and Cuisine||Makki di Roti, Sarson ka Saag, Dal Makhni, Kadhi, Punjabi Chhole, Palak Paneer, Stuffed Vegetable Punjabi Parantha, Baingan da Bhurtha, Tandoori Chicken, Butter Chicken, Bhuna Ghosht, Kebab, Amritsari Fish, Tandoori Fish, Fish Tikka, Chicken Biriyani, Lamb Biriyani, Keema Naans, Reshmi Tikka, Malai Tikka, and Pork Pickle, Punjabi Lachha Paratha, Chicken Tikkas, Amritsari Fish, prepared Tandoors, Naan, Tandoori Roti, Kulcha, Lachha Paratha, Phulka or Chapatti, Aloo Paratha, Mooli Paratha, Poori, and Bhatoora, Milk and Milk Products - Curd, Buttermilk, and Lassi etc|
|Religion||Sikhs, Hindus, Christians and Muslims|
|Festival||Baisakhi Festival, Lohri, Holla Mohalla, Gurpurab, Bhaiya Dooj (Tikka), Teeyan, The Festival of Gardens, The Mango Festival, The Chrysanthemums Show, Teej Festival, April Fool's Day, The Chandigarh Carnival, The Plaza Carnival, Karwa Chauth, Dusshera, Diwali, Raksha Bandhan etc.|
|Monuments||Open Hand Monument, Capitol Complex, Martyr's Memorial, Tower of Shadows, Geometric Hill, Martyr's Memorial.|
|Places of interest||Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, The Government Museum and Art Gallery, Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, ChattBir Zoo, Shankar's International Dolls Museum, Open Hand Monument, Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Chandigarh Golf Club, Shanti Kunj etc.|
|Markets||Sector 17 Market, Sector 22-D Market, Sector 15, Sector 14, 17, 19 and 22: Book stores, Sector 7 and 34: Furniture shops, Sector 17, 22 and 9: Garment stores, shoes shops and Electronic goods shops, Sector 28 and 21: Automobile center, Sector 7, 18 and 22: Hardware shops and Malls- Elante Mall, City Emporium Mall, DLF City Centre etc.|
|Hotels||Hotel Rajshree, Amara Hotel, The Toy, KC Hotel & Spa, Lemon Tree Hotel, Hotel Solitaire, The Lalit, Hometel Chandigarh, The First Hotel, Hotel Monarch, The Gaur, Hotel Abs - 17, Hotel Cama, JW Marriott Hotel, Pallavi West, Park Plaza Chandigarh, Regenta Central - Ashok, Welcom Hotel Bella Vista etc.|
|Industries||Paper Manufacturing, Basic Metals and Alloys and Machinery, Food Products, Sanitary Ware, Auto Parts, Machine Tools, Pharmaceuticals and Electrical Appliances, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, (FICCI) the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII),The Chandigarh Administration is focusing on Promotion of Information Technology (IT) Industry, Major Indian firms and Multinational Corporations like Quark, Infosys, Dell, IBM, TechMahindra etc.|
|University/College||Panjab University, Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET), Punjab Engineering College, DAV College, University Business School Panjab University, G.G.D.S.D. College, Chandigarh College of Architecture, University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Chitkara University, Department of Laws Panjab University, Chitkara Institute of Engineering and Technology, Sri Sukhmani Institute of Engineering and Technology, Aryans Group of Colleges (AGC) etc.|
|Notable people||Kirron Kher-Indian actress and theatre artist, Yuvraj Singh-Indian International Cricketer, Jeev Milkha Singh-Professional Golfer, Kulraj Randhawa-Punjabi Film Actress, Ayushman Khurrana- Indian Film actor, Yami Gautam, Indian film actress, Surveen Chawla, Punjabi Film Actress, Gul Panag-Indian film actress and Social Activist, Kapil Dev-former Indian International cricketer, Abhinav Bindra-Olympic Gold Medalist, Ramesh Kumar Nibhoria-Winner of Ashden Awards-UK, Neerja Bhanot-Flight Attendant and Model.|
Last Updated on : November 22, 2014