Anyone booking flights to Delhi has been advised to allow time to travel north from the city.

People who are jetting off on holidays to India should  consider exploring some of the areas off the beaten-tourist track, one travel expert has claimed.

Sarina Singh, senior author for Lonely Planet India, explained that the city of Chandigarh has a number of sights which are becoming increasingly popular with travellers in the country.

Among them are the Nek Chand Fantasy Rock Garden, which she claimed is now one of the most visited sites in India.

Ms Singh pointed out that the city is a great place to visit for “tourists with a penchant for architecture”.

“There are several good museums showcasing Chandigarh’s unique architectural history,” she informed.

Another reason that the small northern city is attracting ever-more visitors is its “clean green appeal”, according to the travel writer.

Figures released on March 1st by the Department of Tourism of Chandigarh Administration revealed that the number of foreign tourists who headed to the region rose by more than 5,000 in 2009 compared with the previous year.

Written by Nicholas Scott

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