Le Corbusier's Chandigarh
Chandigarh, India's first planned city is unlike other cities of Punjab and Haryana. Even though we have been visiting Punjab since our childhood, Chandigarh stands out as a modern city more organised than most cities of India. You can expect wide roads, greenery and low height concrete buildings. Le Corbusier, a French architect planned the city with his purist concepts keeping it simple in structure with a emphasis on lines. The city is divided into grids cut by a main road called Madhya Marg, which literaly means the middle path. He was influenced by the philosophy of buddhism of choosing the middle path to find balance. Situated about 4 hours north from delhi, the road trip lets you experience all things punjab has to offer, from the fresh air of agricultural fields and authentic organic dhaba food. To spend a cultural day in Chandigarh on must visit the Capitol area to experience the architecture of Le Corbusier as well as the National museum and gallery which exhibits prints from Raja Ravi Verma, MF Hussain and more, artefacts and scriptures, textiles and sculptures of different Indian historic periods. For someone who is a nature lover, chandigarh offers lakes and walks. One can visit Sukhna lake in the city or the Sukhna sanctuary in the evenings.