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Chandigarh which is also known as ‘City Beautiful’ enjoys the position of being the first planned city in India.
 
After India gained Independence from the British in 1947, the young country’s first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru took a personal interest in the creation of the city of Chandigarh because he wanted it to symbolize a new modern and progressive Indian state. The initial master plan of the city was laid out by noted American architect-planner Albert Mayer while famed Swiss born French architect and planner Le Corbusier designed several buildings and layouts of the city. The city today serves as the capital of two prosperous Indian states Punjab and Haryana and is also a union territory which is administered by the central government.
 
Chandigarh is located in the foothills of the Shivalik mountain range which are the southernmost mountains of the Himalayan system. The city is named after the Hindu Goddess, Chandi. In fact an old temple dedicated to this goddess of supreme reality is located at a distance of 15 km from the city of Chandigarh.
 
Chandigarh is laid out in a grid system and the city is divided into 47 self contained ‘sectors’ or neighborhoods which are entirely self sufficient as they are equipped with their own shops, educational and health care institutions, places of worships, recreational facilities and green spaces. The city is actually divided into four main areas of activity, the capital complex which is located in the northern part of the city and is home to the Secretariat, Legislative Assembly and High Court. Sector 17 which is administrative center of the city that houses the state government institutions as well as shopping malls, offices and banks. The educational hub of the city which contains several engineering is located in its western section while the eastern section of the city is its industrial center.

 

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The Rose Festival
 
The Rose Festivalwhich is held annually in the month of February at the Dr Zakir Rose Garden is Chandigarh’s premier event. This festival which showcases nearly 500 varieties of roses is organized by the Tourism Department of Chandigarh Administration. The festival is usually held over three days in the last day of February. Aside from the floral displays the festival also features music and dance performances, various competitions and exhibitions.
 
The Mango festival
 
Chandigarh’s annual Mango festivals held at the gorgeous Pinjore Gardens every June. The festival attracts mango producers from all over the country who compete in various competitions. Additionally agro and food industries that process the fruit use this occasion to display new products like jams, pickles and juices.
 
The Chandigarh Carnival
 
This two day extravaganzais held during the month of November every year at Chandigarh’s premier recreation facility Leisure Valley which extends over several sectors in Chandigarh. The carnival is an exceedingly popular event in this planned city as it features a parade of elaborately decorated floats as well as several exhibitions and competitions which enthrall and delight the crowds.
 
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2.http://www.chandigarh.co.uk/fairs-festivals/mango-festival.html
 
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Chandigarh holidays - How to Get There

Airlines like Thai airways, Cathay Pacific, Eithad, Emirates and Cathay Pacific provide air links to Chandigarh from Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne. The average flight time of these journeys depends on the route that you chose to take and the stops that you are compelled to make but they generally extend over 20 hours.
 
Australia does not have a diplomatic mission in Chandigarh and the city is served by the Australian High Commissionwhich is located in New Delhi.
 
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