Free entertainment for kids, dirt cheap clothes

On this Diwali, the Sector 17 Plaza, Chandigarhwas amusingly different sight. The funniest part was vendors selling readymade garments, shoes and woolens on temporary stalls in front of the branded retail stores. Like vegetable vendors, they were calling out prices of goods.  “Pachas rupai (INR 50.00), sirf sau rupai (only…

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Tips to hire cycle rickshaw in Chandigarh

Affordable cycle rickshaws are a good means for short distances within in Chandigarh. A cycle rickshaw ride is enjoyable because you get a clear view of the surroundings and a chance to breathe in fresh air.  The rides are more enjoyable in early mornings when mechanized vehicular traffic is sporadic,…

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Affordable medical service in Chandigarh

Finding a reliable medical practitioner in anew cityis difficult and time consuming, especially for a traveler. So, we would like to share our experience at Fortis Hospital in Mohali, India and Orthopedics Department of the Government Multi Specialty Hospital(General Hospital) in Sector 16,Chandigarhwith you. The government hospital is within walking…

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Shopping for Dusshera & Diwali

A Statue of Radha Krishna from Khadi Bhavan Chandigarh

On September 26, 2011,Chandigarh(India) kicked off festival season by inaugurating 10-day Ram Lila programs, a prelude to Dusshera (October 6, 2011), which will be followed by Diwali (October 26, 2011). Gifting, binging, decorating, bursting firecrackers and dressing up are ancient traditions associated with these festivals, requiring shopping. Today we will…

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International Doll Museum: Adventures of Legends, Dolls in Vibrant Costumes

rp_InternationalDollsMuseumCHD.pngWhen we visited the International Doll Museum at Bal Bhawan (Sector 23) in Chandigarh for the first time in 2006, it was in disrepair. But, we liked the idea and dolls from different countries. So, we spent some time in the museum.

Five years hence, in the beginning of the 2011, we visited the Bal Bhawan again to attend an arts and crafts exhibition. We also peeped through the new glass gate of the museum.  The renovated bright museum with dolls in authentic and colorful costumes was fabulous. We spent about an hour viewing properly lit exhibits. Most of the dolls appeared as if they had just stepped out from a professional beauty salon. Besides dolls from across the world, adventures of legendry figures, such as story of Buddha and Lord Ram, are narrated through dolls. However, its toy train was out-of-order. You can spend half a day at the museum with your kids reading each infographics complementing the dolls. A visit to the museum is worth your children’s leisure.

Sadar Bazaar for Local Brands and Imitations of National and International Brands

Sadar Bazaar for Local Brands and Imitations of National and International Brands

 

rp_ShoppingBag.pngSadar Bazaar in Sector 19, Chandigarh offers an assortment of affordable merchandise, including salwar suites, ready-made garments, fake jeans, track suites, t-shirts, under garments and woolens for children, men and women. Artificial jewelry, cosmetics, hair bands and other accessories are also available in the market. You can shop for local brands and imitations of national and international brands. You can also haggle.

There are permanent shops and temporary make shift vendors who display their wares on the ground. The bazaar, bursting at the seams, especially on weekends, has a downside: many hawkers sell used goods, including clothes, as fresh stock. Be careful! Shop carefully.

Street food vendors serve chats, popcorns, other snacks if you want a quick bite. However, the cramped market remains crowded most of the time. There is no dedicated parking, so haphazardly parked vehicles encroach on nearby pavements and road.

New Lake: a Good Recreation Area but a Long Way to Go

Flowers from New Lake in Chandigarh

New Lake, located opposite Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology (CIHM) in Sector 42 D, Chandigarh, was inaugurated in 2008. This toddler still needs lots of grooming. It is bare from all sides unlike Sukhna Lake in Sector 1. Seedlings have been planted. When they grow up and…

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Stroll, Work Out in Gulmohar Garden

Stroll, Work Out in Gulmohar Garden

 

rp_Flower.jpgIf you visit Chandigarh before an adventure trip to the Himalayas or just for sightseeing, or relocate to the city, and want a well-kept place to follow your exercise regimen under the blue sky, it offers many choices. For instance, Gulmohar Garden in Sector 27 near Radha Swami Satsang Beas is lush and beautiful. The public park, maintained by the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC), is away from main road and thus free from traffic noise. Gulmohar has swings and slides for kids and a track for walking and jogging in the morning and evening. Arbors will protect you from direct sun. There are enough benches to save your clothes from wet grass. Flowering plants and trees line the garden. And, if you are an inquisitive traveler, a public garden is a perfect place to know about locals and their lifestyle. Here, you can watch people from all sections of the society. In fact, if you are ardently religious, there is a temple next to the garden, where you can worship.

Sugarcane Juice: Indian Street Food that is Not Featured on Restaurant Menu

Sugarcane Juice: Indian Street Food that is Not Featured on Restaurant Menu

In India, street food varies from region to region. Moreover, many of street foods such as gol gappa, vada pav etc can be sampled in big and small restaurants but so far I have never seen sugarcane juice on a formal menu of an eatery. This nutritious, sweet and tasty juice is sold in exclusive juice shops and / or by vendors who travel with their hand- pulled / bicycle carts from street to street and market to market daily. Their carts feature washed sugarcanes, a hand-operated machine to produce fresh juice, a salt container, water container and a few glasses.

Juice rates vary from city to city. In Chandigarh, sugarcane juice with ice costs from INR 10 per glass to INR 20 per glass depending on size of the glass. Some vendors even charge extra money (INR 5 per glass) for juice without ice.

While buying the juice, ensure that the vendor does not mix the stale juice with fresh one and both containers and sugarcanes are washed properly. If you like, ask him to add lemon, mint and ginger to enhance  taste of the juice.

Open Hand Monument Welcomes Public

Open Hand Monument Welcomes Public

Open Hand Monument, a symbol of reconciliation and peace, in Sector 1, Chandigarh, India is now open to the common man, but there are some restrictions. Only non-polluting vehicles will be permitted near the monument. Travel agents and schools cannot bring more than 50 people at a time. On weekdays, you can visit the monument between10.30 A.M. and3 P.M, and on weekends, the monument will remain open between10 A.M. and 5 P.M.