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For decades Chandigarh was known as an affluent but quiet, laidback city ideal for retired people that had little to offer beyond its modern town planning and its semi-comatose pace of life. All true then, but in recent years the City Beautiful has been working hard to shed that image. The newfound vibrancy is reflected in its bustling shopping areas, spilling restaurants and spanking new malls. Many leading restaurants in the downtown areas have undergone a makeover to look classier, but it is difficult to say whether they have moved away from the traditional Punjabi menu. The weekend action is clearly on the outskirts of the city: at a newly opened mall with a multiplex at Mani Majra, and some nightclubs at Panchkula. The Taj Group is making a foray into the otherwise uninspiring local hotel scene with a hotel coming up in the Sector 17 commercial centre.

Chandigarh is a modern city, one of the first to initiate the concept of town planing in India. Broad avenues divide the city into 61 sectors and the sectors are quartered into zones ĎA to Dí. The pollution-free air, the wide tree-lined boulevards and avenues, the Lake and the plush interiors belying the dull exteriors contribute to making Chandigarh a charming place for residents and visitors. Though Le Corbusierís architecture tends to get monotonous, the general organised air is a fine compensation.


Capitol Complex 
(Sector 1): Showcases Le Corbusierís talent in the buildings designed by him Ė the High Court, Secretariat, Open Hand Monument, Geometric Hill and Tower of Shadows.

Rose Garden 
(Sector 16): The largest rose garden in Asia has some 1,600 varieties of roses.

Rock Garden  
(Sector 1): World acclaimed garden exhibits one man Nek Chandís genius to create works of art out of industrial and urban waste.

Sukhna Lake 
(Sector 1): This man made lake is ideal for quiet communion with nature and water sport facilities such as boating, water skiing, canoeing and skulling. There is a cafeteria, a pub, a souvenir shop and a boating section run by CITCO.

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