Chandigarh, derives its name from a temple Chandi Mandir in the vicinity of the site selected for the city (deity Chandi, goodess of power), and a fort or ‘garh” beyond the temple, called Chandigarh. It is twin capital of the northern states of Punjab and Haryana. It lies in the valley surrounded by Shiwalik Hills that hem the great Himalayas. Besides the architectural beauty that abounds in every corner of the city, the wide tree-lined avenues, rolling green scapes, clubs, shopping centres & numerous other places provide captivating experience. It is a gateway to many hill stations & tourist destinations. There are the beautifull hill stations of Kasauli, Chail & Shimla in Himachal Pradesh, just a few hours drive from the city.
Chandigarh is a city in Northern India that serves as the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana. The city of Chandigarh was the first planned city in India post independence in 1947 and is known internationally for its architecture and urban design. The city has projects designed by architects such as Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Jane Drew and Maxwell Fry. The city tops the list of Indian States and Union Territories with the highest per capita income in the country. The city was reported in 2010 to be the cleanest in India, based on a national government study, and the territory also headed the list of Indian states and territories according to research conducted using 2005 data by Human Development Index.
Chandigarh has a humid subtropical climate characterised by a seasonal rhythm: very hot summers, mild winters, unreliable rainfall and great variation in temperature (−1 °C to 41.2 °C). The average annual rainfall is 1110.7 mm. The city also receives occasional winter rains from theWestern Disturbance originating over the Mediterranean Sea. Cold winds usually tend to come from the north near Shimla, capital of Himanchal Pradesh and from the state of Jammu and Kashmir, both of which receive their share of snowfall during wintertime.