New Year has rung the bell with a bang. Amidst the happy mood across the tricity, people spent the morning of 1st January conveying best wishes, greetings through messages, whatsapp, etc. With people ready to leave behind their bad habits, Chandigarhian took resolutions as they bid goodbye to the old year. Between all this, let us have a look at how Chandigarh celebrated this New Year.
Shimla – The New Year Destination for Chandigarh People
Half of the Chandigarh decided to travel to Shimla with a hope to celebrate a white New Year. This led to the longest jam ever seen on the Chandigarh-Shimla highway. All the hotels were packed in Shimla as Chandigarhians decided to welcome the New Year with snow clad mountains. However, to much disappointment it did not snow in Shimla and a lot of Chandigarhians celebrated New Year’s in their car due to non-availablility of hotels. With Car-O-Bar happening in the hills of Shimla, Chandigarhians enjoyed the New Year with style.
New Year Parties in Chandigarh:
Facebook was overflowing with details of New Year parties happening in Chandigarh. All the events witnessed ful bookings and all the party hoppers in Chandigarh decided to party all night and bring the New Year with love and alcohol. With unlimited drinks and food, it did turn a little ugly for police officers in Chandigarh. Police Department had deployed over 2000 cops on the eve of New Yers in order to keep traffic, eve teasing, and drunken cases in control. There were over 20 special nakas by the police. However, UT police impounded more than 250 vehicles at special drunken driving nakas on Saturday night, a hike of 146 as compared to last year. Also, police received more than 1,600 calls in the control room which were allied to quarrels and noise pollution caused by youngsters of Chandigarh who decided to bring in New Year drunk.
Everyone relates crackers with Diwali but this New year, Chandigarh saw some good fireworks at different places in the city as soon as the clock struck 12 and we entered into the next Year. Sounds of crackers could easily be heard past midnight in Chandigarh. Some party organisers in various parts of the city had made special arrangements for firecrackers and rockets which could be seen in the sky.
A Visit to Gurudwaras & Mandir:
First day of the year saw Chandigarhians seeking god’s blessings. Religious people of Chandigarh were seen bowing their heads and seeking god’s blessing for good health, wealth and prosperity. All the gurudwaras like Sector 8, 34 and Nada Sahib experienced a zillion devotees filled with love and deep emotions for god to start their New Year.
A favorite of morning walkers and tourists, Sukhana lake in Chandigarh saw a rush unmatched on the 1st day of New Year. Chandigarh’s Sukhana Lake was filled with family and friends coming in together to enjoy the sunny afternoon. People were seen roaming around in groups and enjoying a great start to the New Year.
Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park at Chhatbir saw something completely bizarre. Breaking all records, on the first day of New Year, this Zoo in Chandigarh noted its highest number of visitors close to 14,290 inclusive of women and children. The highest number recorded in a single day for the year 2015 was 11,000 people in July 2015. Officials stated that since it was a Sunday and start of New Year, families wanted to educate the new generation kids regarding different species of animals as well as enjoy a family outing.
Another touristy spot of Chandigarh, Rock Garden played a host to friends and family who wanted to have a lazy Sunday soaking in the sun of 1st January 2017. People of Chandigarh welcomed the New Year with lot of fun and frolic. Chandigarhians had a great time picnicking with family and loved ones.
New Year Lunch @ Restaurants
Restaurants and cafes in Chandigarh saw a major rush as people preferred to step out for a hearty lunch with friends and family. People of Chandigarh were seen having delicious lunch on the 1st day of the new Year while discussing their resolutions, plans, etc. for the New Year.
People like me celebrated New Year confined within the walls of the house and lazing around hoping not to spend the coming days like this.