The guidebooks don’t really rate Chandigarh too highly, but we, being the weird people we are, LOVED it! It’s such a wonderful place to take a child!
It’s a new city, designed and built on a grid system. We stayed in sector 22, which turned out to be toy shop land. Each sector is full of parks and footpaths and it's just so easy to get around! And clean!
We were warned to avoid sitting class trains in India so many times. So naturally, we were a little apprehensive when the first train we booked ONLY had 2S - second class non-AC seating available. We figured that we didn't have much choice and bought the tickets.
We expected Pratap Nagar to be small. But I don’t think we expected it to be quite as small as it was. It was a really quaint and cute town, with literally 1 street, with just the essentials. 1 barber, 1 chai shop, 1 stationery shop, 1 corner store, 2 restaurants and a couple of tailors.
We wandered around the town and into the surrounding villages, mingling with locals, playing cricket with the kids, drinking too many chais… It’s such a peaceful place. The village children are so creative in their fun. They play cricket with sticks and tennis balls, and scale poles to get the ball off the roof if they have to!
The town almost has it’s own economy even! Prices are just crazy. A glass of chai = 5 rupees, a samosa = 6 rupees (a little cheaper than normal), a 40 minute haircut and shave = 50 rupees (that’s 80c!!) etc. It’s not a rich place that’s for sure, but there is a lot of community love there. Everybody knows each other and looks out for each other.
We spent a beautiful, peaceful week, doing nothing much apart from drinking chai, doing yoga, playing with the children, hiking and staring at the mountains.
Roh did a few hikes around the area, until he started seeing fresh tiger poo… The guide at the guesthouse had warned him it was a 50/50 chance to see one, but he hadn’t quite believed him until he saw the poo!! Beautiful walks, with no one else on the trails, lots of flowers and butterflies and peaceful seclusion! But take a stick…
We are Roh and Rob and we are backpacking around India with our toddler Gypsy. Follow our adventures!