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Chandigarh

Chandigarh, the capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, was designed by modernist architect Le Corbusier. His modernist buildings include the Capitol Complex with its High Court, Secretariat and Legislative Assembly, plus the giant Open Hand Monument. The nearby Rock Garden is a park featuring sculptures made of stones, recycled ceramics and industrial relics. Piergiorgio Sclarandis photographed this city in 1993 and he published a book called Chandigarh – Le Corbusier in India

Facts:
Elevation: 350m
Area: 114 km²
Population: 808,515

Fun Fact:
It is noticed that the sectors in Chandigarh don’t have a Sector 13, a superstitious belief that the no.13 is not auspicious.

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Srinagar

Srinagar is the largest city and the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus, and Dal and Anchar lakes.

Facts:
Elevation: 1,585 m
Area: 294 km²
Population: 898,440

Fun Fact:
Kashmir has “two” capitals Jammu is the Winter Capital of the state whereas Srinagar is the Summer Capital of it. Srinagar is also the Largest City of the State Jammu and Kashmir.

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Kargil

Kargil is a city in the Kargil district of Ladakh, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh.

Facts:
Elevation: 2,676 m
Area: 14,086 km²
Population: 143,388

Fun Fact:
Kargil is situated at a distance of 215 km from Srinagar, although it remains isolated from the rest of the nation for nearly seven months a year due to closure of Zojila pass connecting it with rest of the nation.

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Leh

Leh, a high-desert city in the Himalayas, is the capital of the Leh region in northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir state. Originally a stop for trading caravans, Leh is now known for its Buddhist sites and nearby trekking. Massive 17th-century Leh Palace, modelled on the Dalai Lama’s former home (Tibet’s Potala Palace), overlooks the old town’s bazaar and mazelike lanes.

Facts:
Elevation: 3,500 m
Area: 45,110 km²
Population: 27,513

Fun Fact:
Due to its high altitude and clear skies, the region has emerged as an important astronomy center. The Udaipur Solar Observatory and 2-Meter Himalayan Chandra Optical and Infrared Telescope are some of the Indian Astronomy studying facilities that are situated in Ladakh.

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Manali

Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a backpacking center and trekking destination. Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing in the Solang Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley. It’s also a jumping-off point for paragliding, rafting and mountaineering in the Pir Panjal mountains, home to 4,000m-high Rohtang Pass.

Facts:
Elevation: 2,050 m
Population: 8,096

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