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Connected by pedestrian walkways and tree lined boulevards Chandigarh is the most European of all India’s modern cities. Designed by Swiss architect Le Corbusier in 1950 it was a projection of what was to come for newly Independent India. Our selection of the best places to stay in Chandigarh are all very central, so ideal bases for exploring the wider city.
The combined capital of Haryana and Punjab, Chandigarh is famed for its hearty cuisine. Punjab Grill, renowned restaurateur Jiggs Kalra’s baby, works wonders with the tandoor. Dining amidst the ivory and gold décor creates a truly regal feel.
Architecture fans will be fascinated by Le Corbusier Centre. Documenting personal letters and sketches as well as the physical and political journey toward the creation of Chandigarh.
A labour of love for local artist, Nek Chand Rock Garden is a display of 20 years of his sculpture work. Totally over 2000 sculptures they are made from the stone, junk and debris left over from the 50 or so villages that were destroyed in order to build Chandigarh.
Another must see is Sukhna Lake, a huge manmade lake which is perfect for watersports, or simply taking a stroll and admiring the surrounding nature and views.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Chandigarh are all chic, modern and centrally located.
For unrivalled glamour
- The Lalit Chandigarh is a work of art itself. With fine dining, sprawling modern suites and a five star spa, guests are treated like movie stars.
For an eco stay
- Championing its green principles throughout all of its properties, The Fern Residency provides guests with a central stay. A fun, atmospheric bar completes it.
For business and leisure
- Whether in town on business or holiday the Hotel Taj Chandigarh offers provides the stellar service one would expect from this global name. Classic rooms, attentive staff and a large pool and gym - it’s a great all rounder.
Still not sure which to book? From five star glamour to eco-luxury, browse through our list of the best places to stay in Chandigarh to start to plan your trip. Alternatively check out all our hotels in the Punjab. Or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Chandigarh
The Fern Residency 34 rooms from 45Chandigarh
A hotel chain with a conscience The Fern upholds strong eco and social responsibilities. Located in the heart of Chandigarh this modern hotel provides a comfortable stay. Rooms are decorated in dark woods, accent colours and contemporary art. There is a bar and restaurant serving regional dishes.Great walks - Through Zakir Hussain's 30 acres of fragrant Rose Gardens.Sights nearby - Sukhna Lake is a pleasant location to spend an afternoon.
The Lalit Chandigarh 179 rooms from £99Chandigarh
Decorated in that traditional Lalit avant-garde style rooms are expansive and awash in solid woods and deep colours whilst bathrooms feature cavernous egg shaped baths. With state of the art spa, gym and salon as well as sunny outdoor pool and top class business facilities you'll want for nothing.Local markets - Rainak Bazaar is awash with treasure and trinkets: clothes, jewellery and street food.Great walks - Perambulate the fragrant Zakir Hussain Rose Garden.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
Hotel Taj Chandigarh 149 rooms from £94Chandigarh (Punjab)
Providing the stellar service that one would expect from a Taj property, although foremost a business hotel Taj Chandigarh possesses character making it popular amongst tourists too. A rooftop pool and spa plus chic dining options certainly help. Rooms have earthy palettes and large bathrooms.Great walks - Through the very photogenic Nek Chand Rock Garden.Views - Great views from hotelSwimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorSpa