Chandigarh, Situated at the foothills of the Shivaliks (the first of three parallel chains of the Himalayas), Chandigarh is a well planned city in the Northern part of India and is the capital of two Indian states – Punjab and Haryana. It is one of the Union Territories of India and is also the country’s first planned city. The city was planned by French architect Le Corbusier. Chandigarh is best travel hub for travel northwards to the hill resorts of Chandigarh Kulu, Manali, Dharmashala and Dalhousie. Chandigarh is located 270 km north of Delhi. The name of the city is derived from the Goddess of power known as Shri Chandika whose temple is on Chandigarh-Kalka Road. The temple is known by the name of Chandi Mandir. The temple is believed to be an ancient site and has a major religious significance for Hindus. Chandigarh originated in 1953 and today serves as the capital of two states, i.e. Punjab and Haryana. It is administered by the Central Government and is hence classified as a Union Territory.
Chandigarh – a city of Charming Contrast; a pulsating modern town famous for its architecture and landscape. “Chandigarh” derives its name from the temple of “Chandi” located in the vicinity of the site selected for the city. The deity ‘Chandi’, the goddess of power and a fort or ‘garh’ lying beyond the temple gave the city its name. The city is known for its beautiful gardens, especially the rose garden. There is a unique garden in Chandigarh named rock garden, which showcases exquisite artwork made by using industrial and urban wastes like porcelain, forks, metal wires, play marbles, auto parts & broken bangles etc. There are lot of places to explore in and around Chandigarh like Sukhna Lake (manmade), Leisure Valley, City Center, Museum of evolution of life, city museum, Bougainvillea Park, Gurdwara Nada Sahib, Mansa Devi Shrine and many more.
Chandigarh's economy is dominated by industries manufacturing food products or providing repair services, with basic metals and alloys and manufacture of machinery occupying a second rung. Other two most important industries viz. IT and Tourism have experienced rapid growth in their respective field to carry forward economy to a new height. Other sources of income include cultivation, animal husbandry, fishery and, trade and commerce. Wheat, maize, paddy, vegetables are the major crops of Chandigarh. The source of income for the people is provided by the industries dealing with various products. The major industries comprise manufacture of paper, basic chemicals, basic metals and alloys and machinery. Some other important industries include food products, metal products, electrical goods, transport equipment and repair services.
The city of Chandigarh enjoys extreme weather conditions and a good amount of rainfall annually. This picturesque town is thronged by tourists throughout the year for the variety it offers to a visitor. The city houses innumerable beautiful gardens with a host of flowers and well manicured lawns to the delight of a nature lover. A basic idea about the weather of Chandigarh would make ones stay at the city even more pleasurable and the stay at the city can be planned accordingly.
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