Chandigarh being a modern planned city has the best managed shopping areas with the perfectly lined up shopping arcades, well managed and ample embarked parking lots, and well behaved shoppers in general. Unlike other tourist destinations in India, Chandigarh is not a city steeped in history and heritage. So shopping in Chandigarh is a different experience.
The most popular shopping arcade is in Sector 17, which is also known as City Centre. Planned around four pedestrian concourses meeting at a central chowk (intersection), the Sector 17 of Chandigarh is a pedestrian’s paradise dotted with fountains, sculptures, and groves of trees.
Sector -17 provides you with huge selection for clothes, shoes, electronics, sports goods, books and anything an avid shopper seeks. Here, you can find virtually anything and everything.
Other than a government store Phulkari, Sector –17 does not hold much in terms of ethnic Indian shopping, there is no traditional item that is specific to Chandigarh, but one can go for the famous curly-toed Punjabi jootis, embroidered Punjabi dupattas (stoles) in vivid colours and a wide collection of woolens sourced from Ludhiana (famous for hosiery and woolen industry, this place is 100 Kms from Chandigarh.)
Sector -35 is the newer part of the city with upcoming restaurants and hotels.
Sector -22 is famous for its jewelry shops and Indian Snack shops. It also holds a huge “Rehri Market”.
Shopping in Chandigarh is a style statement. You will not like to drive out of posh markets of sector 17 and sector 22 without indulging in a shopping spree. In the evenings, when the colorful mosaic of neon signs and the aesthetically illuminated fountains come alive, Sector 17 becomes the Chandigarh city’s biggest outdoor club.
Cinema Halls in Chandigarh
Chandigarh has Seven Cinema halls. Three in Sector 17 and one each in Sectors 22, 32, 34 and 37. Some of them were designed by the founder Design and Development team of Chandigarh. Like K.C. theatre was designed by Aditya Prakash who was the assistant of famous Architect Jane Drew. Cinema in Chandigarh is moving into new grounds with the authorities waving the green signal for conversion of existing cinema halls to multiplexes.
Tagore Theatre (Sector 18) and Punjab Kala Bhawan in the Rose Garden are popular venues for music, dance and drama performances.