Delhi-Chandigarh Various options?

#1 Mar 15th, 2006, 22:23
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I am providing this for the benefit of whole community. Those who like this information may do provide their valuable feedback.

Various options to go to Chandigarh from Delhi

BY ROAD (250 kms)
Take NH1 to Amritsar which goes via Panipat-->Karnal--> Ambala Cantt
Take NH21 after Ambala Cantt (there are clear sign boards for this)

Road Condition until Ambala is very good. One way 3 lane road and you can cruise easily at 100 KMPH (though 90 is authorized limit). After Ambala, it is a two way single road and if you drive safely at 80 KMPH it may take 50 minutes to reach from there. Delhi-Ambala once you cross Delhi border will not take more than 3 hours. One can complete journey in less than 4 hrs with no breaks.

There are various meal options enroute, best being at Murthal (50 minutes from Delhi) and another being 'Haveli' at Karnal (125 kms) just after toll barrier.

BY TRAIN
Although there are many options but the best being:
Janshatabdi leaving New Delhi at 1540 reaching Chandigarh at 2000. Fare for AC is Rs 350 and that of 2nd class (pretty good) is Rs 107. Snacks are available at reasonable cost (Rs 4 for tea, Rs 10 for burger)

Shatabdi (speed but luxury is at stake) departs at 0740 (arrive at 1100) and another at 1715 (arrive at 2020). Light snacks are being served for free. Fare is Rs 415 for Chair Car.

BY BUS
There is a saying, you call roadways enquiry and ask for Chandigarh bus timings and you get an answer, 'Jab dil kare chale aana'. Ample bus service every 5 minutes and it is 24 hours though post 10PM it is 15 minute service. Normal bus takes just less than 5 hours and cost Rs 125 while a deluxe bus (runs every hour till 12am from 7:30am) cost Rs 250 and AC Volvo will take around 4:30hrs but charge Rs 350. Between 7 and 10Pm there are as many as 5 buses while during day time it runs at specified timings (7AM, 1:30PM).

BY AIR
3 flights daily but all of them leave around 12:30PM. Jet Airways, Indian and Air Deccan. They take around 50 minutes and will charge anywhere between Rs 1500 and Rs 3500.

BEST HOTELS at Chandigarh
Aroma (Sector 22, Rs 2200), Shivalik View (Sector 17, Rs 2500), The Taj (Sector 17, Rs 5000), Mount View (Sector 10, Rs 3500). There are many budget hotels in Sector 35 on Sector 34/35 dividing road where room rent costs between Rs 1200 and Rs 2500.
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#2 Mar 16th, 2006, 03:13
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>>CHANDIGARH AS A CITY
>>Jisne Chandigarh na dekha usne bhala kya dekha. It is the only PLANNED city in India and whosoever has come had not left without admiring its beauty, cleanliness and wide roads. Come visit and fall in love.

If you fall in love with the city consult a psychiatrist. It may be a planned city but the extensive use of concrete makes you wonder if you are visiting some planned city in the soviet bloc.

The rock garden is a complete bore, if it was anywhere else it would have closed down years ago.

Even by the standards of planned cities Chandigarh is nothing spectacular. Maybe because it is in India, people used to non planned architecture feel it has the wow factor.

If you want to see wide roads there are plenty in Patiala and Jullundhur. As for cleanliness I can show you plenty of places in and around Chandigarh which are strewn with rubbish and also plenty of potholed roads.
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Shere, I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I lived in Patiala for 1 year and found it to be dirty, unfriendly, and parochial. Comparatively, Chandigarh was cosmopolitan, clean, with lots of trees, nice roads, fewer dogs/beggars, and low-key traffice. Reminded me of Delhi in the 1970s when I was growing up. I didn't really care whether it was "planned" or not but what I liked was that people cared about cleanliness.
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I think it all depends on your perspective. I've spent a few weeks in Chandigarh, and found it to be the least interesting city I have yet to visit in India. That said, I thought it would be a good place to live because of the characteristics pointed out by Rakesh Sharma.
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Originally Posted by raos Shere, I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I lived in Patiala for 1 year and found it to be dirty, unfriendly, and parochial. Comparatively, Chandigarh was cosmopolitan, clean, with lots of trees, nice roads, fewer dogs/beggars, and low-key traffice. Reminded me of Delhi in the 1970s when I was growing up. I didn't really care whether it was "planned" or not but what I liked was that people cared about cleanliness.
My reference to Patiala and Jullundhur was only with regards to nice wide roads.

Things have changed there are now plenty of bad roads in Chandigarh, the place has become over populated, this has led to rubbish problems and the cleanliness is not what it used to be. I have relatives who bought property in Chandigarh when it was going up and even they say standards have dropped.

I have never really found it very interesting. I have always found the place lacks the heart and soul of cities like Jullundhur, Amritsar etc. I even think Hoshiarpur is more interesting than Chandigarh.

The only plus point for Chandigarh is that it is close to Himachal.

If Chandigarh dissapeared overnight it would not really bother me too much.
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no sir Hoshiarpur is not interesting than chd. u r wrong
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[QUOTE=shere
If you fall in love with the city consult a psychiatrist.[/QUOTE]

Now that's an unnecessary remark, shere ! I love Chandigarh; and I'm sure I do not need to consult anybody.

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This information was provided by me to help people in getting to know more about this route and was not intended to start any chain mails on whether Chandigarh is beautiful city or not or to say Rock Garden is not worth visiting (God knows the people's interest which try to force others to follow their persuit).

I have stayed in Chandigarh for almost 23 years and can bet on this that the infrastructure that this city can provide is really worth staying. Yah, the population is increasing and so is traffic but wherelse it is not the case? Atleast we are widening our roads to accomodate this.
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Rakesh Sharma,

These are forums so I will not shut up. In case you had missed the point forums are for debate and making our views known. Yes you posted a write up and I disagreed with the last part of your write up. It is nothing personal as you are making it out to be.

I would rather stay in a Peruvian cave than stay in Chandigarh. If you could travel out of India and see other cities then maybe you would understand why I have come to those conclusions about Chandigarh. Go and see real cities like Prague, Budapest, London, New York and Moscow and compare these with Chandigarh. If you want planned cities come and take a look at Milton Keynes (I also think Milton Keynes is awful).

I have a cousin from Punjab who studied in Chandigarh he was always going on about Chandigarh this Chandigarh that. He visited the UK in 2004 and only then was he able to recognise why I always thought Chandigarh was a dull place. I took him to places like York, Chester, Shrewsbury, London, Brighton etc etc and he was able to recognise that Chandigarh was not the world beating city he had grown up thinking it to be.

Chandigarh may have looked good in the 1960s but it is nothing special in todays world. Whilst other cities have knocked down their concrete montrosities they are preserved in Chandigarh. The imposed method of restricting individuality has resulted everything looking the same. The place has no character.

Cities like Jullundhur have a heart and a buzz about them which Chandigarh has always lacked. Look at the flagship sector 17 shopping area, the whole area is crying out for redevelopment. I would rather walk around Rainek bazaar in Jullundhur than sector 17.

Manreet, please tell me what you find interesting about Chandigarh. Maybe next time I could see and do things at these interesting places. I have been to most the parks and found them boring, the only thing that interested me close to Chandigarh was Pinjore Gardens. The Rock Garden was boring same with rose garden, the lake was ok.

Also was Gandhinagar not meant to have been a planned city ?
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Budapest etc etc, are these in India? Not, then why are you qouting?

I have stayed in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi, Noida, Gandhinagar, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Chandigarh. Thus by my own experience I can state with confidence that it is oen fo teh best cities to live in in INdia. Probably you must be here for a while and if you have not liked Rock Garden, then I really cannot comment on your likings.

But yes, I can bet that London UK, Nottingham UK, Rochester US are nothing better than Chandigarh except that they are in developednation while this is in India where there are cities like Merrut.....
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I am quoting because like Jullundhur, Amritsar etc these "foreign" cities all have character. Just for you I will extend this list to Lahore and Peshawar.

Maybe you like Rock Garden. I prefer Mughal gardens like the one at Pinjore and even the Aam Khas Bhag near Sirhind.

It has nothing to do with developed nations, if it was I would not have so much time for Jullundhur. I think if you ever visited then you too could recognise that Nottingham and London are 100 times better than Chandigarh.

CHANDIGARH AS A CITY
Jisne Chandigarh na dekha usne bhala kya dekha. It is the only PLANNED city in India and whosoever has come had not left without admiring its beauty, cleanliness and wide roads. Come visit and fall in love.


Your review mentioned visiting not living in the place. I honestly have not seen anything in Chandigarh to justify visiting the place. I was there in 2004 and had to venture to Chandigarh again last year to get the car serviced (thank god I could turn by the Tribune Chownk and get the car to the dealer without further venturing into the concrete jungle).

Here read the views of someone who knows what he is talking about :

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2005/20051115/cth1.htm#7
Manmohan Singh Virdi, Chief Architect to the Diwan of the Royal Palace, Muscat.


What are your views on Chandigarh?

There is openness but the city lacks character. It is easy to design a building but it is difficult to give it a specific character. The architecture is also marked by monotony. For example, it is hard to differentiate between government schools, colleges and hospitals. However, it is an economical style of architecture. Apart from this, Chandigarh also lacks the elements of culture and heritage as are found in Amritsar and other old towns in Punjab.

What other drawbacks do you see?

The traffic and parking arrangements are not satisfactory. The width of roads in the entire Chandigarh are the same irrespective of the traffic load. For instance, the stretch from Aroma hotel to the bus stand is almost always congested while many other roads have light traffic. Besides, parking areas are available but there is no proper utilisation of the facility.

What are some of the important projects with which you have been linked?

I keep coming to Chandigarh off and on. I was closely associated with the design of Punjabi University, and Muscat city. I also designed a Coca Cola factory. I have an industrial project in hand in Australia, where I will be going soon
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Mr Rakesh Sharma je ,

SHERE JE is 100 % right, we are on a forum where most of the users are from country other than OUR BHARAT MAHAN (India) so we should talk or grade a particular city/place in that context.

so Patiala and Hoshiarpur are more interesting than CHANDIGARH ,which was so the in 1960s and 70s, but not now anymore.
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Originally Posted by shere If Chandigarh dissapeared overnight it would not really bother me too much.
I understand that forums are to discuss your opinion..but hey wats this..?
I was born there so i am attatched to it and cant hear comments like this.
So yes it is a forum so please watch your word

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