This city is not easy to reach (5 hours by train/bus if you do not book the express train on time, long queues to purchase bus tickets during the week-ends).
However, for those who are found of modern architecture and urban planning, it is an interesting showcase of a potential 'smart city'. However, there is a long way to go before achieving such a goal. The plan of Le Corbusier has not been applied in accordance with the original project. Therefore, the city is a nightmare for pedestrians (endless roads, dangerous crossings, difficulty to find directions...) and it is not safe for cyclists (cycling paths interrupted in many places). Yet this city is increadibly green and well maintained (with apparently a strong support from the central state). Regulations are stringent, you will not find rubish and cows as in other Indian cities. As a result, property prices are very high, and only civil servants (who enjoy representational housing) and wealthy households can afford to live there.
Clean and orderly with wide avenues and green spaces. You might forget you are in India. City was built completely from scratch in the 1950's.
Unlike older large cities such as Jaipur and Delhi, shopping in the 3-4 open markets is leisurely and pleasant with no touts and aggressive shop owners jumping out at you as you walk by and chasing you down the sidewalks.
The Nek Chand Rock Garden was amazing and is well worth a visit. I found out about it on the net and travelled all the way from Australia to see it.
The sculptures and installations are all made from recycled materials and the grounds are very clean and tidy and well maintained. The entry price is very reasonable. Just be careful to duck your head going under some of the entrances - they are quite low in places. All in all a magical place and I am so glad I made the effort.
Must Visit to Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Sukhna Lake, Elante Mall, Centra Mall, Funcity Amusment Park, Etc.
.. and lastly Sector-17 Market.
Chandigarh is not really a tourist place. Fewer people speak English than in other places I have visited, such as Jaipur, Jodphur.
However, you don't get bothered so much as a tourist. It feels safe. There are nice parks, full of flowers and trees. It's the nearest I have seen to a European city in India. There is an animal welfare shelter you can contact if you see animals in distress.
BEST DEVELPOING CITY WITH ALL FEATURES WITHIN 1 TO 2 YEARS, THIS CITY IS VERY GREEN AND HAS WONDERFUL CLIMATE