We reached Chandigarh soon, meanwhile I explained to them (Australian touring group) that though Leh Ladakh is no less than any other town in terms of technological resources but credit card functionality and ATMs are still bit problematic aspects. Actually there are very limited ATMs for cash withdrawal catering huge population, resulting in long queues often and credit card acceptance is also limited to fewer shops only so it is advisable to carry cash and do the necessary shopping beforehand in Chandigarh or Manali itself in order to save oneself from credit card acceptance ordeal in Leh Ladakh. Using ATM or credit card in Leh Ladakh should to be the last option.
We planned to take halt in this city for night stay, meanwhile we had some time but Chandigarh had lot to offer like Government Museum and Art Gallery, Shanti Kunj, Garden of Fragrance, International Dolls Museum, Sukhna Lake, Nek Chand’s Rock Garden, The Rose Garden of Chandigarh, Butterfly Park and Leisure valley etc. but we planned to visit only 1-2 destinations in Chandigarh, our priority was Government Museum and Art Gallery. We had our lunch in car itself to save the time to reach Government Museum and Art Gallery on time as it closes down at 4.30 P.M. in the evening. It is the only place where one can see some of the rare collection of art including painting and sculpture of Pahari, Rajasthan and Gandharan. Most of these collections were brought from Lahore in 1948 post partition of India. The Museum has four major parts i.e. the art gallery, the national history museum, the national gallery of portraits and the Chandigarh architecture museum.
Then we spent later part of the evening near Sukhna Lake which is 3 KM long manmade lake originated from Sukhna Choe stream. Though we were bit late for the water sporting activities like boating, water skiing and yachting etc. but overall it was soothing to have a slow walk nearside. Then after a little shopping trip from sector 17 market we all landed in our respective rooms to start our journey afresh tomorrow morning to Leh Ladakh.
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