A Road Trip From The Charming Chandigarh To The Holy Rishikesh

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Chandigarh is the first and the best-planned city in India. It is an excellent and most significant experiment of urban planning of the last century. Officially a union territory that is controlled by the central government of India, it is also the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana. It is the face of modern India – a face that the country wants to project to the outside world. Chandigarh is the dream of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, ably executed by the Swiss architect Le Corbusier in 1950. The city is designed as “sectors” and each sector is self-supporting with civic buildings, lakes, parks and pedestrian-friendly areas. The much-huddled sectors are Sector 17 and Sector 22, which are known for shopping and restaurants. Rishikesh is a holy town in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. The rivers Ganga and Chandrabhaga join here. The main attraction of Rishikesh is the river Ganga in her magnificence, flowing rapidly through this town. Rishikesh is famous for the art of yoga and it is the Yoga Capital of the world. Hasya Yoga (laughter therapy) is quite popular here. It has many ashrams and during the month of March, an international yoga festival is organized here. Rishikesh is the gateway to the four holy temples on the hills viz., Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri; more popularly known as Char Dham. The Beatles played at Rishikesh in the late 60s, thereby opening a new destination for the world population who seek spirituality and peace. Spirituality aside, Rishikesh has gained popularity for adventure sports such as river rafting, trekking, bungee jumping, etc. In fact, Rishikesh is known as the white water rafting capital of India.

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