Chandigarh, also called the 'City of Gardens', serves as the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana. The city of Chandigarh was the first planned city in India and is known internationally for its architecture and urban design. It is located near the foothills of the Shivalik range, the outermost edge of the Himalayas in northwest India.

Chandigarh derives its name from the Chandi Mandir, the temple of goddess Chandi located in the Panchkula district.