Zirakpur is a satellite town, in Mohali District, Punjab, near Chandigarh in India. It is set on the foothills of Shivalik hills. It is part of the tehsil Dera Bassi. It mainly comprises of the following areas- Baltana, Dhakoli, Lohgarh Bhabat, Nabha, Ramgarh Bhuda , Peer Muchhala, Dyalpura. Assessing cities on the basis of five key parameters — real estate, people, physical infrastructure, social infrastructure and business environment — a recent study concluded that India’s hottest emerging city is Chandigarh. India's first planned city got top ranking for the potential of its real estate market, physical infrastructure and business environment. While there is little space left within the city itself, Chandigarh scores because of the rapid development taking place on its outskirts, in areas like Panchkula, Mohali, Zirakpur and Dera Bassi on the Chandigarh-Ambala highway. Good connectivity, low operational costs and high disposable income also contributed to it being declared India’s hottest emerging city. Zirakpur got its name from a small village, which is now a part of the present Zirakpur town. For long it remained a bunch of small villages located along the Chandigarh-Ambala highway. Then Chandigarh started to expand and these villages started to seem like a part of Chandigarh. Before the year 2000, the city had a population of less than twenty thousand. Soon a small village Baltana, which is a part of Zirakpur now, started having some population growth being near to Panchkula and Chandigarh. From 2004 ownwards the city's population started to increase rapidly, with booming property prices and the arrival of a large number of residential projects in the suburbs. The city's estimated population as of 2010 is nearly 1.5 lacs. Tourist information Sight Seeing The Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, also known as Chhat Bir Zoo locally, located in Chatt Village, now in zirakpur municipal council. It is located on the road to Patiala. One day, you can plan a trip to the tourist spots in Chandigarh like Rock garden, Rose garden, Chandigarh Museum and Art gallery, etc. Another direction you can head to is Shimla where on the way you can see Timber trail, Pinjore garden, Kasuali, Solan, Chail, etc. You can also head to Amritsar, and visit the Golden Temple and the Wagah border Zirakpur is well connected through air-conditioned and non air-conditioned local buses with Chandigarh, Panchkula and other neighbouring areas. The inter-state buses going from Chandigarh to Delhi, Patiala, Rajpura, Bathinda and most of the northern cities of Hayrana pass through Zirakpur. There is scope for improvement for connectivity to other neighboring cities. The Chandigarh Metro is also planned to connect Zirakpur with other parts of the region in second phase. Mass rapid transport system is the urgent requirement of the Zirakpur to decongest the ever-growing road traffic and jams. Zirakpur is located on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway and the Patiala-Shimla highway. At the intersection of these highways, a new flyover has been built mainly to cater to the Ambala-Chandigarh traffic. The bridge under area is poorly designed, as the road under the flyover turns to single lane while the same road before and after the flyover is two-lane, leading to a major chaos at times. The bridge was constructed by GMR constructions. There is no railway station of its own in Zirakpur. The nearest railway station is Chandigarh, which is around 8 km from here. For those traveling to the town by air, the nearest airport is situated in Chandigarh at around 5 km from here. VIshwakarma Temple,Gurudwara Naada Sahib,Gurudwara Bauli Sahib,Shiv Mandir-Green City.

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