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An incredible staycation in Chandigarh for the workaholics

Go for a refreshing stay at JW Marriott in Chandigarh
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‘Staycations’ are the next best thing for travellers who are hard pressed to find breaks from their work schedules. Spending a hassle-free weekend and pampering yourself is no fantasy. Make it happen at Chandigarh, a short hop from Delhi. Book yourself into the JW Marriott for a laid-back weekend along with immersive experiences of the farming outdoors.

Designed by the legendary Swiss-French architect, Le Corbusier, Chandigarh is India’s first planned city. With its wide tree-lined roads, organised sectors and contemporary architecture, Chandigarh has rightfully earned its name as the ‘City Beautiful’. The picturesque views of the rolling Shivalik Hills will remind you of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.

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Indulge in a grand stay at the JW Marriott, Chandigarh


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Abandon your frantic city life and soak in the splendour of this plush hotel which offers remarkable amenities for you to relax and have a good time. The interior of JW Marriott Chandigarh embodies the contemporary design aesthetic of Le Corbusier. Located in the heart of the city, the hotel offers spacious rooms with splendid views of the city, an in-house spa, a 24-hour coffee shop, a fine-dining Indian cuisine restaurant, Saffron and a bakery and café, Chandigarh Baking Company.

‘Me’ time at the Quan Spa

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Detox your mind and body with a soothing massage at the Quan Spa. A sauna session along with a deep-tissue massage will reboot your senses and we promise that you’ll be ready to take on the world. Ask for the best massage options for your skin type.

City Sights

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Chandigarh has a lot to offer for all kinds of travellers. If you love heritage walks, architecture and nature then we suggest that you head to the Capitol Complex (a Unesco World Heritage Site) Corbusier’s tour de force that houses the Secretariat, Assembly Hall, High Court, and the Open Hand, a sculptured symbol of Chandigarh’s aspirations. Next, visit Nek Chand’s open-air museum, The Rock Garden. Marvel at the sculptures, bridges, waterfalls and other characters made entirely out of construction waste. End the day with a walk or a boat ride at Sukhna Lake. Enjoy the sunset at this impressive man-made lake.

If you are an avid shopper and a foodie, head towards Sector 17 for worthy buys and a fine street food experience. Shop for Punjabi juttis, phulkari dupattas or sarees and oxidized jewellery. Don’t miss out on a visit to Sindhi Sweets in Sector 17, an Indian confectionary store that styles varieties of chikkis and gajaks.

Immersive Experiences

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If you are in the mood for a ‘Farm-to-table’ experience and are curious to see how Punjab’s traditional peanut brittle and gur (along with other sugarcane by-products) is made from scratch, request the hotel to arrange a farm visit for the day.

Dine, drink and dance at 35 BREWHOUSE at JW Marriott

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One of a kind in Chandigarh, 35 Brewhouse is the first microbrewery in a five-star hotel in the region. It prepares and serves the finest malts procured from Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, US and UK. The live band plays golden Bollywood numbers on Friday nights which will slip you into a nostalgic mood. The brewery’s exquisite menu offers a delightful mix of Indian, Oriental, Western and Italian comfort food. The pizzas and non-vegetarian sizzlers are a must-try.

Fine Dining at Saffron

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Saffron, the Indian fine dining restaurant has dishes curated from pre-partition Punjab. It serves delicious Amritsari macchi, saffron tandoori murg, raunak-e-seekh and numerous vegetarian delights. Do try the North Indian favourites like kadhai jhinga, raan-e-sikanderi and tari wala desi kukkad.

Top Tip: Women’s Day weekend is just around the corner. So book your tickets, pack your bags and head to Chandigarh with your girl gang for a delightful and relaxing weekend.

AUTHOR'S BIO: Shweta has been the Picture Research Manager at Lonely Planet India for the last 7 years. Apart from her passion of travelling around the world, she loves to bake. She aspires to open her own patisserie one day.