Chandigarh, endowed with magnificent backdrop of the Shivaliks, sparkling gardens and a planned township, is one of the most beautiful and glamorous cities of India. With its lush green surroundings, blooming gardens, shady trees, wide roads, excellent communications and the most charming people, the city surely stands up to its name as the City Beautiful.
Chandigarh was conceived as the first planned city of independent India in the early 1950s. Declared the common capital of the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana, Chandigarh is probably the cleanest and most pollution-free city in India. Natural beauty coupled with a multicultural population has given rise to an impressive line-up of gardens, galleries, museums complimented by some outstanding architecture.