From Bolivia to Bhutan, the New York Times’ “52 Places to Go” list for 2018 is unsurprisingly filled with wanderlust-inducing destinations. This year, though, there’s only one Indian city on the list: Chandigarh.
Described as a “green city and a mecca for architecture lovers,” the capital of the northern states of Punjab and Haryana ranks at number 43. It is recommended for its Le Corbusier-designed government compound, the Capitol Complex, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the newly-opened luxury resort, Oberoi Sukhvilas, located over 8,000 acres of forest just outside the city.
Chandigarh is definitely off the beaten track for most tourists, despite its rich history and architectural heritage. Data from India’s ministry of tourism show that it’s the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh that attracted the most number of foreign tourists in 2016.