Panchkula is located in close proximity to Mohali and Chandigarh. Like its sister cities, it is also a planned city. There is a considerable cantonment area, with a large military presence. The city is largely residential and is one of the best places in the state to live. There are a multitude of educational institutions, school, hospitals etc in the city, as well as hotels, cinemas and shopping malls. The city is a modern, well planned, highly livable city, with a lot of opportunities on offer.
The IT sector has started to blossom here as well, with various IT parks, and business accelerator programs in the city that target its high literacy, entrepreneurial populace. The main tourist attractions are the Kaushalya lake, pinjor gardens, cactus gardens, nada sahib, morni hills, and the excellent sport facilities, including the Tau Devi Lal sports complex, and an excellent 18 hole golf course.