From New Delhi or Jaipur, you can easily find cheap flights to Chandigarh on Indian Airlines, Jet Airways or Air Deccan. Chandigarh flights from either city take about an hour and a half and are normally fairly crowded. Indian Airlines also features daily cheap flights to Chandigarh from Mumbai. The airport is only about 10 kilometres from the city centre. Your best option for travelling to the city from the airport after your Chandigarh flight has landed is to take a taxi. Ask the taxi driver for a card or write down the taxi's phone number in case you need a ride later, because taxis can be difficult to track down in the city.
Chandigarh is a city made to be seen by bicycle. If you run out of pedal power, there are plenty of cycle-rickshaws with drivers for hire to get you to the next festival, museum or anywhere else you wish to go in the city. Make sure you take a trip through the parks and walk to see some of the astounding sculptures and architecture close up at some point during your stay in Chandigarh. If you absolutely have to get behind a wheel, the larger hotels will rent you a car at outrageous prices. Save your money if you can to spend on the paddle boats on Lake Sukhna instead.
Travellers love taking a detour to Chandigarh when they're in Northern India to experience the surreal urban planning of Swiss architect Le Corbusier, and for good reason. Chadigarh is a wonderful sight to see. Le Corbusier carefully constructed 79 sectors in a perfect rectangular grid, which acts as a showcase for his futuristic dreams of marrying civilization to nature. Chandigarh is the only planned city in India and is definitely worth the price of a cheap ticket off your scheduled route. One of the best time for travellers to visit this city is when one of the many lively festivals are taking place.
At the geographic midpoint between the wild extremes of Kashmir and Nepal, Chandigarh is like an escape in reason and logic. Even the stunning natural beauty here is constrained to carefully tended gardens and the manmade lake of Sukhna. Pick up local artisan fabrics and craftwork at Phulkari. There will certainly be a festival going on sometime soon with delicious food, so stay and wait if you don't arrive in the middle of one. The nighttime fun here is low key, as you would expect in a planned community. Go retro on a couch surrounded by lava lamps at the Lava Bar or join the celebrities and royals at the Zinc Lounge for a sophisticated cocktail. If you're looking for a night club, Antidote is about your best choice, as it's the most hip of the nightclubs in the nearby area. Stop in for a drink or more and relax on one of the white sofa lounges this club has to offer.