Traveling from Mysore to Chandigarh – Day 1
We started from Mysore at about 3:30 am to Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore. Initially we were planning to travel by Flybus from Mysore, but later decided to take cab because the cost would be the same as we were three. Being early hours, it took us just less than 3 hours to reach the Airport. Our flight departure time was 9:30 am. Before getting into the airport, we had our breakfast at Fresh Menu.
SpiceJet Experience from Bangalore to Delhi
At Bangalore Airport
Checked in at about 8:00 am. SpiceJet offered an upgrade to front row, priority baggage and free food for Rs 1,000 each and later they closed the deal with Rs 2,000 for three of us, which was a good deal. We were told that free food is only for two which was bit of a surprise and annoying.
On the flight – Spicejet
We ordered wraps, green tea and Cappuccino. Green tea was not available, so had to settle with another Cappuccino. Food was ok, service was good.
Experiences Traveling from Delhi to Chandigarh by Road
One of my friend at Delhi arranged for a sedan for my road travel from Delhi to Chandigarh and then to Manali. Happy Singh is our driver till the end of this trip.
Delhi is too hot and air is too thick to breath
Roads are good at our national capital Delhi, but too much of traffic, temperture is at the rise, getting hotter. The air is too thick to breath. You can feel the Delhi Pollution as soon as you land at the Delhi Airport.
Food at Gulshan Dhaba – Murthal
You will find lots of dhabas on the highway. We were traveling on NH 1 or GT (Grant Trunk road). Gulshan Dhaba is a very good place to have food. This place is open 24×7. It is a pure vegetarian restuarant.
We have a mini thali and some parathas. Served traditionally.
Experience Staying at Hotel Maya at Chandigarh
At Chandigarh we stayed at Hotel Maya, Hotel is good. Ideal for a short stay.
Places to visit at Chandigarh – Day 2
Chandigarh is the first planned city of modern India. Currently, Chandigarh is the most cleanest city in India as per the Swatch Bharath program by our prime minister. Personally after spending about 40 hours at Chandigarh, I feel that Chandigarh is a well maintained city and deserve the cleanest city title.
There are many places to visit at Chandigarh. Looking into our time constraints and the climate (was too hot for us, it’s March end), we decided to visit the most important 3 places as suggested by my friend.
Rock Garden / Nek Chand’s Rock Garden at Chandigarh
This is a must visit place if you are in Chandigarh for a vacation. This is a unique garden which is made of industrial and home waste materials like broken wash basins, etc. This is a very big place, would take around 2-3 hours to see the place properly.
Place is well maintained, looks clean, but I had problem finding the exit route.
Full details of the Rock Garden
Sukhna Lake / Boat Ride at Chandigarh
It’s a beautiful lake, but you should go there when it is not too hot. Evening after 5pm would be a good time to visit the place.
Rose Garden – Chandigarh
There are about 30k varieties of flowers and plants at this garden. I loved the roses and took some good pictures. It’s a well maintained garden with no entry fees. Ideal place for picnics.
Lunch at Pal Dhaba Chandigarh
We were lucky to unknowingly get into one of the most popular place to eat at Chandigarh. You can have traditional Punjabi food at Pal dhaba including non-vegetarian.
Overall experience at Chandigarh
A pleasant place, good food, good people, good roads, really a clean and well planned city.