By Vikramaditya Prakash

Chandigarh is a unique city, besides being one of the newest city in the twentieth century, characterized by the seal of Le Corbusier, who planned the city and was also the architect of its most emblematic buildings including the Capitol Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Chandigarh, you will also find the work of a large team of architects led by the partner of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, who conducted the master plan and built much needed public housing and facilities much needed in the city, along with the British team of Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew. As a result, Chandigarh is one of the benmarch cities of the Modern Movement. Also worth of noting are Indian architects (such as MN Sharma, A. Prakash, BP Mathur and JK Choudhury) who worked alongside Le Corbusier and Jeanneret to turn Chandigarh into a reality. Although unknown to most, they have played an important role in modern and contemporary Indian architecture. With this useful guide, you will discover the city and its architecture along three types of routes, depending on how travellers plan their trip, as well as suggestions for other places you can visit on the outskirts of the city. Each itinerary offers practical information to enjoy the architecture, and visitors will be introduced to the culture and lifestyle of the city.

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Architecture – Travel







   Publication date

December 2014

About the author

Dr. Vikramãditya “Vikram” Prakãsh grew up in Chandigarh, India. He received his B. Arch. from the Chandigarh College of Architecture, Panjab University (1986), and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History and Theory of  Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University, New York (1989, 1994). He taught at the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, India (1991 – 1993) and Arizona State University, Tempe (1994-1996) before joining University of Washington in 1996.

He teaches studios, lecture courses and seminars on issues in global architecture and urbanism and postcolonial history and theory at the University of Washington in Seattle (USA). He is the Director of the Chandigarh Urban Lab, a multi-year project that studies Chandigarh, historically and today, as a case study in contemporary midsized urbanization in India.

Readers reviews

Beautifully designed and carefully edited, Indian Architectural Travel Guides have become my companion since they first came out, in 2014. Chandigarh in Indian Punjab is a city I know inside out, nevertheless CHD CHANDIGARH has been instrumental in guiding my aimlessly wanders. A new joy arises. The guide books dedicated to cities where modern architecture of post-independence India has deeply transformed the urban fabric, see Ahmedabad or Pondicherry among others, have changed the perception of the identity of the whole nation.

Maristella Casciato, Senior Curator, Head Architectural Collections, Getty Research Institute (USA)


In late November 2014 I arranged a travel for a group of 20 Swedish architects to India, “Built heritage and contemporary architecture in India”. We were able to attain some of the very first copies of the Chandigarh Architectural Travel Guide from Altrim Publishers, fresh from the press. We spent four full days in Chandigarh and the Altrim city guide proved to be invaluable, with its concise format, knowledgably text and informative layout. The suggested city walks to selected areas and buildings in the city, with maps, photographs, plans and descriptions served us excellently. Altrim Publishers is breaking new ground with its architectural guides, opening up a new arena of knowledge, for both domestic and international travellers.

Jan af Geijerstam, Historian and Heritage Expert, Stockholm (Sweden)


I’m director WalkaroundIndia, a small travel agency, and I also work in  Punjab University in the department of Hotel and Tourism Management. It’s been like 3 years that I had started my own travel company and I conduct my special curated walks for a architects, for students, for tourists and take them around the lane of the city not only the popular tourist destinations. So when I started with this venture and I was here in Chandigarh, I was very much puzzled about which book should I buy to have the maximum advantage to get along the lanes of the city. I searched a number of books, but luckily I got this book CHD-Chandigarh by Vikramaditya Prakash, and believe me it is a regular souvenir which I often give it to my tourist, to my students, to my architects and all my clients. It’s such a wonderful book, it has all the details, beautifully drawn maps which actually a person needs for exploring the lanes of the city.

I highly, highly recommend Altrim Publishers CHD-Chandigarh if you are coming and traveling to Chandigarh

Dr. Avita Khawas, Heritage Walk expert, Assistant Professor at the Punjab University, (Chandigarh, India)


I remember the deep emotion I felt while sitting on a bus from Delhi in January 2015 reading the motorway sign that said ‘Welcome to Chandigarh, the City Beautiful’ as if it were yesterday. It was like a dream come true to visit the city designed by Le Corbusier. I am an inquisitive person with a desire to learn, and I always enjoy the feeling of being guided, showing me new worlds and possibilities. The Altrim guide books are like that. An outstretched hand to guide you on your architectural journey, providing you with the right amount of accurate information while leaving space for your imagination and spontaneity.

Alba Balmaseda, Academic Associate at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences, University of Stuttgart (Germany)

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