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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the ways to reach Chandigarh?

Benazir Khan DEC 10 2012
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Zip through fluffy clouds or click-clack your way through the colorful countryside, you can choose from different travel options to reach Chandigarh:

  • By Air

A number of flights connect Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahmadabad, Goa, Bangalore and Srinagar to Chandigarh, direct and those with layovers. Currently a domestic airport, it will be soon be integrated with the upcoming international airport. From the airport you can avail of taxicabs and autos to reach your place of stay.

  • By Train

Fall asleep, read your favorite book or simply settle down comfortably and sway to the rhythmic movement of the train, setting the ideal tone for your trip to Chandigarh. Chandigarh railway station links the city to a number of other cities throughout the country, including Delhi and Mumbai. Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen are two important trains that ply between Delhi and Chandigarh daily, terminating at Kalka. The ride takes you through semi-urban regions in the midst of transition, gradually giving way to rolling farmlands and cultivated fields, where farmers are busy working hard and tractors and buffaloes complete the scene.

  • By Car

Being well connected via road to Delhi, a drive to Chandigarh may be one of the fun-filled ways to reach Chandigarh. A journey that covers a distance of 250 km and lasts 5-6 hours via NH1 and NH22, it takes you through some of the more interesting cities of Haryana and Punjab like Sonipat, Panipat, Karnal, Kurukshetra and Ambala. With plenty of options to rest and eat on the way, a car ride can also be your choice if Chandigarh is your gateway and drive through to Himachal. However, from December to February, taking a car trip to Chandigarh may not be advisable as the roads are often enveloped with thick fog, with visibility less than 3-4 feet early morning and at night.

  • By Bus

Another road trip option is to take the bus. Comprising of 2 bus terminals, one at Sector 43 and the other at Sector 17, Chandigarh is extensively connected with bus services to the surrounding regions. The one at Sector 43 has buses plying from Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttranchal, Jammu and Delhi, while the one at Sector 17 has buses plying from all major cities of Haryana and Delhi. From Delhi ISBT, Volvo, Deluxe and normal buses embark every 15-25 minutes.

With so many comfortable and fun-filled options available, travelling to Chandigarh will not be a tiresome task. Simply pack your bags, book those tickets and head out for an awesome journey.

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