Zirakpur is a town on the outskirts of Chandigarh. It is located on the Ambala-Chandigarh highway.
The town lies under the Mohali district of Punjab. and has a population of approximately 96,000 (according to the census 2011).
If you are traveling from Delhi towards Chandigarh, you will see the iconic Decathlon store and McDonalds store as you enter Zirakpur after crossing the Derabassi flyover.
This connectivity benefit explains why this small sleepy town has developed so fast and is the first choice for most people who are looking to buy a house in Zirakpur.
Zirakpur, along with Mohali, Panchkula and Derabassi lies on the outskirts of Chandigarh.
Most of these areas are characterized by easy connectivity, high disposable incomes and a relatively low cost of living.
Zirakpur is centrally located and has easy access to public transport.
The city lies at conjunction of roads from Chandigarh, Delhi, Patiala and Shimla. State transport buses ply on these roads and you can easily catch buses to any of these places from here.
Chandigarh international Airport is only 8 to 10 km’s away from Zirakpur centre. The airport is located in Mohali.
The airport has connectivity to 2 international and 14 domestic destinations.
Zirakpur does not have a railway station of it’s own. The Chandigarh railway station is about 7 km’s away from the Zirakpur flyover (Chandigarh end) and is only a 10 minutes drive at the maximum.
Google maps screenshot is attached
There are two or three bus station on the national highway itself: one where you can catch buses for Delhi, one for Patiala at Patiala chowk, One for Shimla at Paras Downtown mall and one for Chandigarh near the flyover.
Apart from these major cities, you can catch buses for the following cities r: Bhatinda, Ambala, Yamunanagar etc.
Auto & Taxis
Autos and taxis are freely available and major app aggregators like Ola and Uber offer services in the town.
Airport road Mohali is perhaps the biggest gamechanger for the Tricity and the surrounding regions.
With the completion of this road, Zirakpur will ac as a centre as Mohali, Panchkula and Shimla Kalka highway will be connected through a 200 feet road providing easy and fast road connectivity.
Chhatbir zoo is the biggest zoo of the region.
People from as far as Himachal and Haryana come to chhatbir during the weekends or weekdays with kids.
You can get more details on the zoo here: Chhatbir Zoo
There are multiple standalone and Mall multiplexes in the city, with many more slated to open in the future.
Inox, PVR and carnival are some of the multiplex brands that are present in Zirakpur.
There are plenty of shopping options available here. Here are some superstores and other shopping brands in Zirakpur:
- Easyday for grocery and other day to day shopping
- Metro, cash and carry for Bulk business shopping
- Big Bazaar
- Pita Pit
- Burger King
- All major apparel brands
One of the major reason people from outer states visit or settle in Chandigarh and surroundings is because medical facilities here are very good as compared to the other states.
Zirakpur has a couple of government hospitals at Dhakoli and Derabassi. There are many private clinics and hospitals as well.
A number of well known private hospitals such as Fortis, Max and Alchemist are only a half an hour drive away at the most.
Government hospital sector 16 Chandigarh and, PGI Chandigarh are also nearby.
My 3 favorite things about Zirakpur
Zirakpur is a nice little town that allows me good career opportunities, good work life balance and affordable housing.
But this is not all here are my 3 favorite things about living in Zirakpur:
- The town is very close to the hillstations such as kasauli and Shimla so I can visit these places along with my family in winters or summers. It takes a maximum of 2 hours to kasauli and 4 hours to Shimla
- Weather: Although the weather can be very hot during the summers Zirakpur does have the benefit of getting rains whenever it gets very hot.
- The location is quite central and it allows me to travel to any major destination with ease.
My 3 least favorite things about Zirakpur
- Traffic: if you are coming from a bigger city, traffic is a breeze. However the national highway can get a bit busy during the rush hours. The stretch around the Patiala chowk is especially troublesome during rush hours.
The government is planning a flyover to ease the congestion but it will take time. I am sure though that this trouble will not last.
By local standards a traffic jam would probably delay you by a maximum of 5 minutes at the most.
2. Infrastructure: Zirakpur has grown exponentially after 2004. From a population of 20,000 to more than a lakh now, the town has not been able to keep infrastructure up to date.
Inner roads, sewerage in some places is troublesome still.
3. Zirakpur town can sometimes seem like an island of chaos between Chandigarh and Mohali, which are planned.
Many illegal colonies and builders have made the town their homes and one has to be careful while selecting a property.
You can also read this blog that will help if you are looking for a house/ flat in Zirakpur: 3 golden rules to invest in Zirakpur Real Estate
What do I do ?
I am a Real estate professional and I write this blog as a hobby.
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Zirakpur is a good place to live with family. Chandigarh, Zirakpur, Mohali and Panchkula offer a good lifestyle and work-life balance.
For those thinking of moving from Metros to the Tricity, I would highly recommend it. I did the same a few years ago and I am happy about my decision.