Chandigarh, (Agencies): Chandigarh, globally known for its architecture and urban planning has become a hot spot among foreign tourists with over 39,000 of them visiting the city last year.

Broad and clean roads, a lush green cover with sprawling gardens and a calendar full of events.

Tourists from Britain, France, Canada, the UAE, Pakistan, the US, Germany, Malaysia, Australia, Switzerland, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Iran among others are heading to visit this 'city beautiful'.

Around 39,500 foreign tourists visited the city in 2010, whereas 37,967 and 32,074 foreigners visited in 2009 and 2008 respectively, according to official figures from the Chandigarh tourism department.

"We have seen a remarkable growth in the arrival of foreign tourists. They are not using this city merely as a stopover point but are also visiting various tourist spots," Chandigarh tourism deputy director Vinod Kalia said.

"Places like the Rose Garden, Rock Garden, Sukhna Lake, Le Corbusier centre and the government museum are the favourites," he said.

Sally Gayle, a tourist from Britain who is in the city on an educational trip now, said: "In the case study in my architecture diploma course, I have to study the buildings designed by Corbusier.”

"This is my second visit to Chandigarh and I have become a big fan of its wide roads and cleanliness. Everything is very well planned," Gayle added.

In November and December last year, 2,931 tourists from Britain visited, followed by 1,162 and 1,116 from Germany and the US respectively.

"Maximum number of tourists come to Chandigarh in October-February, when so much is happening in the city."

The administration is also extensively promoting tourism. Events like the Chandigarh carnival, rose festival, New Year extravaganza, theatre festival, crafts mela and world tourism week are organised regularly.

According to the Tourism officials, over 900,000 domestic tourists visited the city last year.