Fly To Chandigarh, India
Chandigarh is the capital city of both Punjab and Haryana, although the city isn’t part of either state. It’s actually a Union Territory controlled by the central government, and it has a distinctly different feel to the rest of India.
As India’s first planned city, Chandigarh is the pinnacle of organisation, with clean, straight roads, good hotels, large department stores and air-conditioned buildings. While some people find the non-traditional atmosphere disappointing, the locals have certainly embraced the Western-influenced modernity. Chandigarh is a magnet for young, ambitious Indians with a passion for glamorous living, and the disposable income to make it happen.
Book the cheapest flights to Chandigarh with Travelstart and explore this unexpectedly green, modern city as a destination in itself, or as part of a wider Indian trip. It makes a great break from the chaos of some of India’s larger cities, and offers a unique insight into a different side of modern Indian culture.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Chandigarh, India. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and remember to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- There is a South African Honorary Consulate in Chandigarh. House No 545, Sector 10, Union Territory of Chandigarh. Phone: + 91 172 274 4435.
See and do
Chandigarh is famous for its architecture and urban design, featuring work by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Jane Drew, Maxwell Fry and Narinder S. Lamba. You’ll find the largest of Le Corbusier’s Open Hand monuments here, standing as a 26 meter high symbol of peace and reconciliation, and the giving and taking of ideas. The Capitol, the Secretariat, the High Court and the Legislative Assembly buildings are all highly regarded examples of Chandigarh’s architecture.
If you prefer a little nature with your man-made structures, Chandigarh has some beautiful outdoor attractions too. The Rock Garden, designed by Nek Chand, is a popular place to visit, and covers several acres of land with hundreds of sculptures set in interlinking courtyards. Sukhna Lake is a great place for an afternoon stroll, run, or picnic, and the small amusement park and paddleboats provide plenty of entertainment for the kids.
Chandigarh has the highest income per capita in India, and this is reflected in the wide variety of high-end restaurants, night spots and shops. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking out souvenirs, and between Sector 17’s major brands and Sector 22’s hard-bargaining markets, you’re bound to pick up some special finds.
Getting around Chandigarh is a lot less scary than the rest of India, and not only because of the exceptionally low crime rate. You’ll find plenty of public transport options, from buses and taxis to the more traditional auto and cycle rickshaws. With the wide roads and organised traffic, renting a bicycle is also a good option, and PedalChandigarh offers cycle tours of the city via a convenient public cycle path.
Chandigarh International Airport – IXC
Food and beverage: There is a restaurant and snack bar in the Departures area, as well as a tea and coffee bar outside the terminal.
Currency Exchange: There are foreign exchange facilities in the Domestic Arrivals area at Chandigarh Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminal to airport security, who will direct you appropriately. Chandigarh Airport’s lost & found is run by the AAI.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: The Chandigarh Ashok, Hotel KLG Starlite, The Fern Residency Chandigarh, Hometel Chandigarh, Silky Resorts and Hotel Silver Bell.
Car Hire: Carzonrent has rental vehicles available at the Chandigarh terminal. Cars are usually rented with a driver, but can be hired for self-drive as well.