India’s first planned city, Chandigarh, was drawn meticulously into life by the French-Swiss urban planner, Le Corbusier. Majestic government buildings set amid soothing greens and self-contained residential areas make this city a pleasure to visit and a joy to explore.
Chandigarh International Airport is about 9km southeast of the city centre. It offers connections by air to most metros in the country. A new international airport is also under construction.
Chandigarh Railway Station enjoys excellent connectivity to the rest of India. There are frequent services to New Delhi, as well as daily and weekly trains linking Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Lucknow and Jaipur to the city.
Chandigarh is served by two main inter-state bus terminals – in Sector 17 and sector 43. There are frequent bus services to and from Delhi, New Delhi Airport, Haridwar, Jaipur, Rishikesh, Amritsar, Dehradun, Jammu and Manali.
Chandigarh is well connected by road. National Highway 1 links it to New Delhi with a travel time of about four to five hours. The scenic route faces heavy fog in the winter months of December to February, when road travel is not advisable.