7 Awesome Restaurants in Chandigarh to satisfy your Appetite

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Chandigarh is a well-projected city which offers happening nightlife, local shopping areas, and unique lifestyle. As you drive into the city, you can’t help but agree with the popular claim of it being the best-planned city in India. From beautiful tourist places to big shopping malls and from street food joints to some stunning restaurants and cafes, Chandigarh has it all. When you visit the city beautiful, make sure to spare out some time to visit the city’s amazing eateries.

Eating Out in Chandigarh: Top 7 Restaurants!

The city beautiful is no longer just about butter chicken and dal makhani. It is now a home to some amazing restaurants and cafes serving delightful global fare, especially European, American and Asian. The city’s love for scrumptious food reflects in the array of fine dining choices available here.

Barbeque Nation

Established more than a decade ago, this restaurant is one of the top rated and most visited restaurants in Chandigarh. Here, you can enjoy scrumptious barbeque starters with live music and dance performances. The unique thing about this place is that you can grill your snacks yourself. Ranging from sumptuous starters to magnificent main course, the restaurant offers it all. Visit this place once and you will be in love with it.

Where to find: SCO 39, Madhya Marg, Sector 26, Chandigarh
Food hacked for Mocktails, Gol Gappe, Paan Kulfi, Bbq, Beer, Sea Food
Hours of Operation: 12 Noon to 3 PM, 6:30 PM to 11 PM
Cost: Rs 1,300 for two people (approx.)

Virgin Courtyard

The beautiful and soothing white and blue décor of the restaurant makes you feel like you are dining in some Mediterranean country. It is a perfect place for dinner for Italian food lovers. The restaurant offers a variety of delicious food items. Try the arancini, served with a tangy tomato-based sauce and radish shavings when you visit this place.

Where to find: SCO 1A (Backside), Madhya Marg, Sector 7
Food hacked for Red Wine Chicken Risotto, Oven Roasted Pork Loin, Mustard Cheddar Crusted Sole and Spaghetti Aglio Olio.
Hours of Operation: 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Cost : Meal for two: Rs3,500

Whistling Duck

If you love big spaces, ample sunlight and community tables, then the Whistling Duck is the place to go. This stylish contemporary restaurant serves a varied selection of global cuisines. Some of the dishes in their menu sounds very interesting and they do live up to the hype too. The place also offers a variety of innovative cocktails.

Where to find: SCO 10, Back Lane, Sector 26

Food hacked for Kheer, Lal Maas, Karela Salad, Vietnamese Prawn Curry, Chicken Curry, Rendang Curry, Veg Panini.
Hours of Operation: 11:30 AM to 12 Midnight
Cost: Rs1,700 for two people (approx.)

Swagat Restaurant and Bar

One of a string of swanky restaurants along Madhya Marg in Sector 26, this South Indian–themed place serves North Indian, South Indian and Chinese cuisines. The place is popularly known for its Coastal Mangalorean fare and Chettinad seafood – from prawns, squid, crab to tandoori pomfret and fish gassi (coconut-based curry).

Where to find: SCO 7, Madhya Marg, Sector 26

Food hacked for Koliwada Prawns, Chicken 65, Mangalorean Gassi, Malabari Fish Curry and Ceylon Parottas.

Hours of Operation: 11:00 AM to 12:00 Midnight
Cost: Rs 1,600 for two people (approx.)

Pirates of Grill

From Global Cuisines to Desi Favourites, the restaurant serves a number of mouth-watering delicacies. The Pirates themed restaurant clubbed with a lavish buffet, topped with some live music is a place to satisfy your taste buds. The restaurant also has grills embedded in the tables for that authentic grill experience to customize your own food your own way.

Where to find: Elante Mall, Shop No. 313, Third Floor, Elante Mall, Chandigarh

Food hacked for Pudina Paneer Tikka, Salsa Potato, Brazilian Churrasco Chicken and Angoori Kofta Curry
Hours of Operation: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Cost: Rs 1,400 for two people (approx.)

Pal Dhaba

Craving for those sumptuous delicacies? Pal Dhaba is the place to satisfy those hunger pangs. An evergreen dhaba popular for it’s Chicken and Mutton dishes is one of the oldest eateries in the city. The dishes offered by this all so famous “Dhaba” are aromatic and lip-smacking.

Where to find: Shop 165-166, Sector 28-D, Chandigarh

Food hacked for Tandoori chicken, butter chicken, butter keema kaleji, mutton and chicken curries.
Hours of Operation: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Cost: Rs 700 for two people (approx.)

Brooklyn Central

Located in the courtyard at Elante Mall, Brooklyn Central is an American-style resto-bar. The urban set up teamed up with simple decor creates a casual space to catch up with friends for a fun-lunch.The menu of this restaurant offers popular dishes from across the globe.

Where to find: Courtyard, Elante Mall

Food hacked for Cinnamon French Toast, All American Corn Chowder Soup, hot dogs, grills and Brooklyn’s Pancakes and Waffles.
Hours of Operation: 11am-11:30pm
Cost : Meal for two @ Rs:3,000 approx.

Have a little mercy on your taste buds and throw yourself a great treat!

Movie Ticket prices to rise in Chandigarh

Do you often visit cinema for most of the movie releases? Well, guys here is certainly a disappointing news for all of us. Movie tickets are set to get costlier with the Lok Sabha passing a bill to allow the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to levy entertainment tax. The tax will be imposed in addition to 28 percent GST, which is already being levied on cinema.

Going with the decision, Chandigarh’s Mayor Asha Jaiswal said it would help to increase the revenue of the city’s Municipal Corporation. The increased revenue can be used for developmental works. Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is supposed to get around Rs 17 crores per annum from the multiplexes and theaters in the city. Soon, a meeting of officers would be called and a detailed proposal for tax would be laid before the House for its approval.

Multiplex operators have expressed disappointment with the decision saying it would ruin the entertainment industry. An official from a multiplex said if the tax is imposed, it would put an extra burden on movie-goers, resulting in a big loss for the multiplexes.

Once the tax is imposed, the movie industry will have to pay 58 percent tax, which would lead to a hike in the rates of the movie tickets. At present, the movie tickets in multiplexes start from Rs 150 and it varies on weekdays and weekends. Now, with the implementation of entertainment tax, the prices are set to rise.

There are a number of seven multiplexes and three single-screen theaters in the city. With the rise in the amount of tax, the multiplexes are sure to suffer reduced profits. The decision of the city’s municipal corporation will render the movie tickets beyond the reach of the common man.

Multiplexes in Chandigarh

  • Fun Multiplex, Manimajra
  • DT Cinemas, DLF City Centre Mall, IT Park, Manimajra
  • PVR, Centra Mall, Industrial Area, Phase 1, Chandigarh
  • PVR, Elante Mall, Industrial Area, Phase 1
  • Wave Cinemas, City Emporium Shopping Mall, Chandigarh
  • Piccadilly Cinema, Piccadilly Square, Sector 34
  • Cinepolis Cinema, TDI Mall Jagat, Sector 17

Theatres in Chandigarh?

  • Kiran Theatre, Sector 22
  • Neelam Theatre, Sector 17
  • Batra Theatre, Sector 37

However, Let us see if the prices of the movie tickets increase in the city or not.

Chandigarh gets a single number for all Emergency Services

Following the pattern of USA, the city beautiful is all set to get a one spot emergency number. The UT Administration has started the process to launch a single number — 112 — for all sorts of emergency services. If you are seeking the helpline for police, ambulance, fire department, women helpline or disaster management, 112 is now the way to go.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a grant of Rs. 4.5 crore to UT administration for setting up of National Emergency Response Service- 112.  As per the sources, UT Adviser Parimal Rai held a high-level meeting of officers to discuss the issue on Thursday. Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal, DGP Tejinder Singh Luthra, and senior officers of other departments were a part of the meeting.

Existing Emergency Numbers

With the introduction of a new integrated number, any person in distress will be able to avail all the facilities in one single call. It becomes very difficult for the public to remember different numbers for different emergency situations. At present, a person has to dial 100 for Police Helpline, 101 for Fire brigade, 102 for ambulance and 108 for emergency disaster management. The existing helpline numbers would continue to work along with 112 for almost a year and then they would be phased out gradually.

This is how 112 will work

The facility of 112 will work in the same way as the 911 facility works in the USA (United States).  A high-tech control room is proposed to be established at The UT Police Headquarters in Sector 9, Chandigarh. The all in one helpline number would ensure a well-coordinated response to those in distress. The administration is planning to start the service soon.

Confused about how the number would actually function? Well, let us make it simple for you to understand. When a person would dial 112, the call would automatically be directed to the concerned department. The system will track the location of the caller and the same will be shared with the nearest help center. It would also be linked to a panic button on the phone screen. Well trained persons who can speak Hindi, English and Punjabi will be debuted at the control room for attending the calls. This number would be accessible from all mobiles as well as landlines phones. 112 will work on phones even if outgoing call facility from your phone has been debarred or the service is temporarily suspended.The user can also communicate through an SMS on the same number.

UT Administration might begin the trial of this new helpline from September.

 

 

7 Famous cafes in Chandigarh | Price and Details

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There are times when all that we need is a cup of coffee. From 5-stars restaurants to hi-end cafes, Chandigarh has got them all. A vibrant Coffe culture has been brewing in the city beautiful and it is now home to interesting cafes whose beverages and food are sure to draw your attention.

Famous coffee shops in Chandigarh

Want to go for a coffee date? Or planning just a casual cup of coffee with friends?  Here, we have rounded up a list of few great cafés offering some best-brewed coffees.

The Willow Cafe, Chandigarh

Located at sector 10, this cafe is famous for its aroma and ambiance. As you step into the cafe, you get a feel of London. Everything here has been designed according to the London theme. The food which is served here is unique. Though finding Indian cuisines is a bit difficult here but their menu will surely satisfy your taste buds. A cup of coffee here would cost you Rs. 135.

Location- SCO 1, Sector 10-D, Chandigarh.

Price range: Average ₹1,300 for two people (approx.)

Contact no. : 0172-6530234

Hours of operation : 08:30 am – 12:00 am

Cafe Nomad Chandigarh

Located at Sector 7 of Chandigarh, Cafe Nomad offers a variety of mouth-watering cuisines along with a relaxing cup of coffee. You can indulge in a variety of salads and pizzas and could also opt for a fine dining experience. The starting range for a cup of coffee at Nomad cafe is Rs. 125.

Location- 178, Inner Market, Sector 7, Chandigarh.

Price range: Average ₹1,500 for two people (approx.)

Contact no. : +91 172 654 1469

Hours of operation: 10:30 – 23:30

Books & Brew, Chandigarh

This coffee place has a special ambiance. Designed with a different style and cozy sitting arrangement, books and brew is a favorite place for book lovers. Added Indoor games with soft music make this place great stress busters. a cup of coffee here would cost you Rs. 70. Along with Coffee, this cafe offers various light snacks to its customers.

Location- SCO 8, 1st Floor, Sector 16, Chandigarh.

Price range: Average ₹600 for two people (approx.)

Contact no. : +91 172 254 1616

Hours of operation: 09:30 – 22:00

Barista Lavazza Chandigarh

Barista Lavazza is a chain of espresso bars located at various locations of Chandigarh. The place provides you with a warm and relaxing atmosphere to enjoy your coffee. A cup of coffee here starts at Rs. 72.

Location– SCO 422, Sector 35-C, Sector-35, Chandigarh
SCO 36, Sector 11-D, Sector-11, Chandigarh
Also in Sector 17.

Price range: Average ₹600 for two people (approx.)

Contact no. : 0172 4014905

Hours of operation: 09:30 am – 11:00 pm

Lords Cafe, Chandigarh

Whether it’s a simple cappuccino or an ice blended coffee, Lords cafe is the way to go. Located in Sector 16, Chandigarh, Lords cafe offers you a range of pizza’s and pasta’s to enjoy your cup of coffee. The cafe has a comfortable ambiance.

Location– SCO 10, Sector 16-D, Chandigarh

Price range: Average ₹800 for two people (approx.)

Contact no.: 0172 5003904

Hours of operation: 10 AM to 11 PM

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Located at Elante, the cafe offers a huge variety of beverages to satisfy your senses. The cafe also offers a wide variety of light snacks. They also have amazing stuff to satisfy your sweet tooth. A cup of coffee here starts at Rs. 120

Location- Shop 45, Courtyard, Elante Mall, Chandigarh.

Price range: Average ₹900 for two people (approx.)

Contact no. : 0172 4620333

Hours of operation: 9 AM to 12:30 AM

Indian Coffee House

Located in sector 17, Indian coffee house is a vintage place. Guests are greeted here by the rich aroma of coffee and the charm of an old cafe where time tends to stop. The servers wear traditional kurtas and turbans. You can visit the cafe for great conversations over steaming cups of rich aromatic coffee. The cost of a cup of coffee here would cost you Rs. 27. The place is famous for its filtered coffee.

Locatio: SCO 12, Sector 17-C, Chandigarh.

Price range: Average ₹200 for two people (approx.)

Contact no.: 0172 2702804

Hours of operation: 9 AM to 10 PM

 

 

UT Administration to introduce 1000 more E-Rickshaws in Chandigarh

With the aim of reducing air pollution and promoting eco-friendly modes of transport, Chandigarh administration has come up with e-rikshaw policy. The city will soon get to see 1000 more e-rikshaws running on the roads of Chandigarh. The UT administration has initially decided to issue only 1000 licenses for these battery operated vehicles. The licensing work for these e-rikshaws will be taken over by State Transport Authority (STA).

It is a great move by the administration as the city is currently experiencing traffic jams at peak hours of the day. Also, the increasing number of vehicles in the city adds to the increasing pollution levels in the city. The step taken by the UT administration will not only reduce the air pollution levels of the city but will also result in less diesel and petrol consumption.

At present, a total of 300 e-rikshaws are running on the roads of Punjab University, Rock Garden, and Sukhna Lake. Now, to avoid the traffic the administration is planning to allow the entry of e-rikshaws throughout the city restricting only a few spots.

 No E-Rikshaws on V-1, V-2 & V-7 roads

The battery operated vehicles which were earlier limited to operate only at Rock Garden, Punjab University and Sukhna Lake will now be plying on almost all the roads of Chandigarh. The e-rikshaws will not be permitted to operate on  V-1, V-2, and V-7 roads.

V-1 roads are the stretches from Zirakpur to Tribune Chowk, Transport Chowk in Sector 26 to Sector 47 and Transport Chowk to Manimajra,  National Highways like Madhya Marg and Dakshin Marg comprise V-2 roads and V-7 roads include Pedestrian paths and cycle tracks.

Rules to be followed

  • The vehicle must be equipped with first aid box and fire extinguisher.
  • A grey Uniform has been made compulsory for all the e-rikshaw drivers.
  • The helpline number 1073 of traffic police should be displayed on the vehicle.
  • The vehicle should bear the name, address and telephone number of the permit holder.
  • The owners of the vehicles will be required to dispose of the used batteries only through an authorized e-waste disposal agency.
  • For any traffic offenses, the battery operated vehicles will be liable for penalty under Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 and Chandigarh Motor Vehicle Rules, 1990.

 

E-Rickshaws – Friends with your Pocket

E-Rickshaws are proving to be a good-good in every sense. Along with, being eco-friendly these vehicles will fit perfectly in your pockets. The fare for the E-rickshaws is yet to be decided but it will cost you way lesser than that is being charged by auto-rickshaws.

These vehicles are exempted from value-added tax (VAT) and road tax for registration by the UT administration. The vehicles should have a type-approval certificate from the designated testing agencies as prescribed by the Union ministry of road transport and highways.

In order to keep the availability of the rickshaws up to demand the STA would closely watch and regulate the number of vehicles to be registered.

 

Another death in Chandigarh due to Swine Flu| Death toll rises to three

Chandigarh is in the grip of swine flu and the situation seems to be getting worse as the city witnessed another swine flu death case on Monday. The deceased was a 56-year-old UT police head constable who took his last breath at GMCH-32 on Monday afternoon.

As per the doctors Jasbir Singh, was at high risk, as he was suffering from both diabetes and hypertension. A resident of the Police Lines, Sector 26, the UT cop was taken to the hospital at a late stage.

Jasbir Singh was taken to the Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16 after his condition deteriorated on Saturday. He was given medicines and was discharged. After which he was again rushed to GMSH-16 late night by his family. Jasbir was shifted to GMCH-32 on Monday morning where the doctors didn’t even bother to examine him for at least 45 minutes, says his son.

Earlier Swine Flu deaths in the city

With the death of Jasbir, the death toll due to Swine Flu rose to three in the city. The first swine flu death was reported on July 14 when a 42-year-old man from Sector 37, Shyam Verma, breathed his last at PGI. The city beautiful witnessed another death on June 25 when a 60-year-old woman from Maloya died at GMCH-32. Meanwhile, a total of 13 people has been tested positive for the disease.

Last week, three PGI doctors tested positive for Swine flu from departments of nephrology, psychiatry and pediatric medicine. One of the doctors contracted the flu from her five-year-old baby. The condition of all four of them is stated to be stable now.

Symptoms

The symptoms of Swine Flu are similar to that of the common cold: a sore throat, cold, cough, persistent high fever and difficulty in breathing.  One should not take these symptoms lightly and consult a doctor. In case fever persists and there is difficulty in breathing, the patient should visit the screening centers at government Hospitals.

Health Advisory for people to stay safe

It is advisable to keep away from mass gatherings. For people who are suffering from a sore throat and fever should immediately seek medical assistance. Abstain yourself from coughing or sneezing in public without covering your nose or mouth. One must take healthy diet and adequate rest. Personal hygiene should be maintained by washing your hands properly. Proper distance should be maintained while visiting hospitals or public gathering.

The Rs. 1.44 crore Job turns out to be a mystery| Google denies hiring the Chandigarh boy

The news of Harshit Sharma, a 12 standard boy studying at a government school in Chandigarh being offered Rs 1.44 crore by Google has been doing the rounds on the internet for the past few days. The news went viral like wildfire as soon as the boy revealed his apparent selection with Google at such an enormous package. The public relations department of Chandigarh even released a statement, congratulating the boy for his huge achievement. Well, there comes a twist to this story as Google has now refuted this much-publicized news. A spokesperson from Google India said that there has no such record of the boy’s candidacy.

About the Genius

Harshit Sharma, the genius who bagged a high paying job with Google is a 16-year-old boy from Chandigarh. He originally hails from Mahana, a small town in Kurukshetra Haryana. Harshit is a student of Class XII (IT stream) of Government Model Senior Secondary School in Sector 33-B of Chandigarh. The parents of the student are teachers.

Harshit alleges that he has a keen interest in graphics and he has always wanted to be a graphic designer. He claimed that he had applied for this job in May and was interviewed online. He was selected on the basis of the posters he has designed.

Revelation of the news

The news of the 16-year-old Harshit landing a job in Google went viral on the social media. The boy with extraordinary graphics skills will join the search giant as a graphic designer. He was offered INR 1.44 crore, which stands at INR 12 lakh a month. Firstly, he was supposed to get training in graphic designing with a monthly stipend of Rs 4 lakh for a year.

Harshit on being interviewed told that it was a dream come true for him. He always wished to be a graphic designer. Information on his Facebook account read, ‘Works at Google’, ‘living in California’. However, soon after Google denied the news of Harshit being hired, two phone numbers of the boy were switched off.

On Tuesday, the director of school education, Rubinderjit Singh Brar said: “I am inquiring into the matter. I can only comment by tomorrow.”   Indra Beniwal, the school’s Principal informed that Harshit came to her and told her about Google’s offer. However, she denied having seen any such offer letter by Google.

Google’s take on the news

As soon as the news of the Chandigarh boy struck to Google, a representative from Google came forward with a report that it does not have any information about the Chandigarh student’s employment at Google. Google further clarified that it does not recruit any person directly from schools anywhere in the world. The tech-giant denied the authenticity of the news by explaining no such “Google Link” exists as alleged by the 16-year-old.

 

GMCH becomes the first government hospital to get its Navigation App

To aid the patients and visitors Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32 has come up with the concept of getting a real-time navigation system under an e-health project. This system will prove to be of great help to guide patients to the right door in its multi-floor, multi-block maze. The navigation system will work just like google maps. 

Students of the Panjab University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) have been working on this Android-based application, while the hospital is working out its cost. Recently, The student developers from the UIET gave a presentation about the system to the concerned UT Officials.The mapping work for the system has been completed and soon the navigation system will come into operation. GMCH is the first government hospital to get this smart facility.

The hospital has around 4000 average daily visitors. It becomes difficult for the patients to read department signs as many of them are less literate. This great initiative by the hospital will help the patients to get hassle-free treatment.

Previous Initiatives by GMCH,32

  • GMCH earlier started with the online registrations and appointment. The patients can now register themselves online and avoid those long queues.Going a step further from the PGI, GMCH has divided the OPD hours into time slots and patients can choose a suitable time slot for their appointment.
  • Last year, the hospital also took an initiative to get a few GPS-enabled wheelchairs for patients to access the hospital but sadly it ended at trial.

Future Projects

As of now, all the navigation systems of the hospital are offline and this would be the first online navigation system. The hospital officials are planning to bring many upgradations in their working process to ease the patients with their visits and treatment. GMCH is currently planning to make MRI, X-ray, and other laboratory test reports available online to build a patient history for better analysis.

PGI is also planning to adopt this navigation system if everything works as per the expectations of the officials. Hope this real-time navigation system brings a little relief to the patients.

 

Now Travel from New Delhi to Chandigarh in less that 2 hours| All thanks to Semi-high speed Trains

Gone are the days of long tiresome travels, here comes a good news for all the city beautiful folks! Indian Railways have set up a project for new semi-high speed trains that would soon be running between Delhi and Chandigarh. The task of submitting the execution strategy and implementation model involving up-gradation of the Delhi-Chandigarh route has been assigned to SNCF, the French Railways.

Semi-high Trains – Reducing the Tavel time

These semi-high speed trains are likely to cut the travel time to two hours with just one stop at Ambala. That’s a significant reduction in travel time given the distance of 245 km’s being currently covered in three hours thirty minutes by Shatabdi Express and up to seven and a half hours if you opt for the cheapest route to Chandigarh. At present, there are 13 direct trains running from New Delhi to Chandigarh, including the Kalka Shatabdi, the Uhl Janshatabdi, and the Himalayan Queen.

The Delhi-Chandigarh corridor is one of the busiest in the country and is spread over 245 km long route. With around ten major curves in 32 km on the current rail route, this isn’t really the ideal route for fast trains. Despite all the curves on the proposed semi-high speed route, The Indian Railways is going full steam to achieve the target to run trains at speed of up to 200 Km/hr.

Earlier, the plan was to straighten up these curves to facilitate uninterrupted speed but now the public transporter will not go for straightening up the curves and instead opt for slowing down while negotiating the track, according to the railways.

Project Cost

The cost for this semi-high speed train project could hover at around Rs 10,000 crore, with Rs. 46 crore per km to run the train at 200 Km/Hr. The cost will include upgrading the Delhi-Chandigarh corridor and rolling stock. If completed successfully, it will make the journey from New Delhi to Chandigarh a lot easier.

Other Priority Routes

Indian Railways have identified nine priority routes for modernization and introduction of semi-high speed trains. The Delhi-Chandigarh route is one of those nine proposed routes. Other routes include Delhi-Kanpur, Delhi-Agra, Mumbai-Ahmedabad, Mumbai-Goa, Nagpur-Bilaspur, Chennai-Bengaluru-Mysore, Chennai-Hyderabad and Secunderabad-Nagpur. The total track distance to be upgraded is 6,400 Kilometers.