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Tourist Sights & Attractions

Rock Garden
Chandigarh rock garden is an epitome of creativity and innovation. It is a unique garden that consists of various art objects. But the best part about the rock garden is that each of its artwork has been made by using industrial & urban waste. It is located in Sector 1 between the Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake. The credit for laying its foundation goes to Nek Chand, who was the then Road Inspector in the Engineering Department of Chandigarh Capital Project.
Rock garden has been established in the form of an open-air exhibition hall. The garden houses sculptures made by using a variety of different discarded waste materials like frames, mudguards, forks, handle bars, metal wires, play marbles, porcelain, auto parts, broken bangles etc. Rock garden in Chandigarh, India is a unique creation and connoisseurs come from different parts of the world to see this amazing garden.

 

Sukhna Lake

Sukhna Lake is a beautiful lake that lies in the foothills of Shivalik range. The unique thing about Sukhna is that it is a manmade lake. It is a 3 km long lake that was created in the year 1958. It was done by damming the Sukhna Choe, which is a seasonal stream flowing down from the Shivalik hills. Sukhana Lake of Chandigarh, India has become an integral part of the city.

People visit this place in the morning to enjoy the cool breeze and the beauty of nature. Chandigarh Sukhna Lake serves as a great picnic spot and an apt place for pursuing water sport activities like boating, yachting and water skiing etc. The atmosphere over here is very serene and thus apt for meditating. Also, you can savor the melodious humming of birds. People come here in the evening time to forget their worries and relax for a while. So, if you want to rejuvenate yourself, then Sukhna Lake is the perfect destination for you.

 

Open Hand Monument

Open hand in Chandigarh, India is one of the most significant monuments of the city. The credit for laying down its plan goes to Le Corbusier. It is located in sector 1 in the Capitol Complex. Chandigarh open hand monument has been designed in the form of a giant hand made from metal sheets that rotates like a weathercock, indicating the direction of wind. This giant hand is 14 metres high and weighs around 50 tonnes. The significance of open hand is that it conveys the social message of peace and unity that is "open to give & open to receive." Open hand is the city's official emblem.

 

 

Leisure valley

Leisure valley is the most beautiful and popular tourist attraction destination in Chandigarh. Chandigarh Leisure valley is like a garland of gardens that beautifies the entire city. It begins from Rajendra Park in Sector 1 that is basically used for long walks, yoga and other fitness workout activities and stretches till the Bougainvillea garden in Sector 3. It also covers the splendid garden of roses in Sector 16. Leisure valley takes a curvaceous turn, when it enters Sector 23. It is in the Leisure valley in Chandigarh, India that different kinds of theme gardens are set up.

 

National Gallery Of Portraits
The National gallery of Portraits in Sector-17 is one of the popular art galleries of Chandigarh, India. Here, you can find the portraits of Indian Freedom Fighters, rare documents, sculptures, ceramic murals, books on the freedom struggle, etc.
 

Museum of the Evolution of Life (Science Museum)

Inaugurated on 14 August 1973. A large cyclorama gallery is the focus of the museum; it depicts the origin of the earth and the evolution of life. Other galleries introduce the viewer to astronomy, geology and the world of ancient man.
Visiting Hours :10.00 a.m. to 04.30. p.m. all days except Monday and official holidays.

 

Child Art Gallery

This gallery exhibits works by young artists of the Chandigarh. The museum frequently organises art workshops for students and children.
Visiting Hours :10.00 a.m. to 04.30. p.m. all days except Monday and official holidays.

 

National Gallery of Portraits

Located in Sector 17B and inaugrated on 11th September 1977 with portraits of Indian freedomfighters, rare documents and recordings of the voices of 125 prominent figures of India's Independence movement. The gallery now contains approx. 1066 photographs plus fascimiles of original writings, sculptures and ceramic murals . Some 1300 books on the freedom struggle of India kept in the library of the gallery.
Visiting Hours : 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. all days except Saturday & Sunday and official holiday

International Dolls Museum

Situated in Bal Bhawan ,Sector 23 and inaugrated on 24th December, 1985, it contains more than 300 dolls from nearly every country in the world. Ten ceramic murals and a large model train completes the display.
Visiting Hours : 09.00 a.m. to 05.00 p.m. all days except official holidays.


Punjab Kala Kendra
Located in Sector-16, Punjab Kala Kendra is the office of the Punjab Arts Council (Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi). It has an amazing collection of contemporary art and also organizes exhibitions in its art gallery.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose garden

Rose garden of Chandigarh, India is the largest of its kind in Asia. Named after India's former President, Zakir Hussain, this beautiful garden was set up in 1967 with the support of Chandigarh's first Chief Commissioner, late Dr M S Randhawa. Chandigarh rose garden contains more than 17,000 plants. There are nearly 1,600 varieties of roses over there. It is a spacious garden covering an area of 27 acres. Dr. Zakir rose garden not just consists of the gorgeous roses, but also trees of medicinal value. Some of the medicinal plants that can be spotted here are bel, bahera, harar, camphor and yellow gulmohar. Rose garden serves as the venue for hosting the annual festival of gardens, a major cultural event of the city.

 

Chandigarh Botanical gardens

Chandigarh Botanical gardens are one of the main tourist attraction places of this beautiful city. There are two botanical gardens in Chandigarh, India, one located in the Punjab University and another between the Rock Garden and Sukhna Lake in Sector 1. The botanical garden of Punjab University has distinctive varieties of plants. On one corner, you can find cacti and succulent plants, while; the other corner contains several evergreen and exotic plants. Also, you can find gorgeous lotus flowers over here. The botanical garden that lies between the rock garden and Sukhna Lake is spread on an area of 88 acres. The best part about this garden are the rare species of plants and small lily pools. Apart from these two botanical gardens, one more garden of such kind is in the process of establishment, where you'll be able to find indigenous plant species and trees of medicinal value

 

Cactus Garden
The biggest Cactus Garden in Asia is located just 8 km away from Chandigarh in the city Panchkula. The unique garden has hundreds of different varieties of cactus. Some varieties are very unique & rare.

 

Children's Traffic Park
Open on all days.Concrete paths wander over the gently rolling slopes of this park they are laid out to form "roads and intersections" and furnished with all sorts of road signs. This place, safe from heavy speeding vehicles is useful for children who are learning to cycle, and designed to teach them to use the road safely.


Rajendra Park
This vast open space has been left in its natural state, resembling the land of a village common. Sporting events such as horse shows are held here from time to time.  

 

Chandigarh Bougainvillea Park

Covering a total area of 20 acres, Chandigarh Bougainvillea Park is located in sector 3. This garden exhibits different varieties of bougainvillea flowers. Bougainvillea Park of Chandigarh, India was set up in the year 1976. You can spot about 65 distinctive varieties of Bougainvillea shrubs planted over here. The park contains creepers that cover a large collection of bowers, arches, pavilions and arcades. The popular annual Bougainvillea show is hosted here. Fitness tracks have also been laid over here.
 

Shanti Kunj

Shanti Kunj garden in Chandigarh is situated at a very peaceful place that is free from any noise and pollution. Therefore, it has been rightly named as Shanti Kunj. It is located between the Rose Garden and the Cricket Stadium in Sector 16. In the Chandigarh Shanti Kunj park, you can find different varieties of plants and trees like vertical shaped trees, trees that provide shade, trees apt for environment and flowering trees. Also the garden contains a plenty of medicinal plants that are utilized to cure several diseases. There is a natural stream that runs through this garden and also is responsible for dividing the whole area into five different segments

 

Garden Of Fragrance

Garden of fragrance in Chandigarh, India is a must visit garden of the city. It is famous for its distinctive aromatic and fragrant plants. Garden of fragrance is located in Sector 36 on the south side of the Hibiscus Garden. Some of the fragrant plants that can be found here are Raat ki rani, demask roase, motia, Champa, Haar Shingar, mehndi and varieties of jasmine. Chandigarh garden of fragrance also serves as a fabulous picnic spot. Tracks have been laid in the garden and now people come here in the morning and evening time to carry out their physical workouts

Punjab University
Educational activities are spread all over the city. However the premier institution Punjab University is located in the north west corner of the city in the sector 14. This sector has University’s administrative offices, educational blocks subject wise and residential hostels for students and houses for university’s employees. Sector 14 and university are synonymous in Chandigarh. To some this sector looks the most beautiful of all the sectors. No doubt about it. Its beautiful red sand stone buildings have been built on awe stuck landscape. The focal point is the Gandhi Bhawan, which is centre for learning philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. This Bhawan seems to be floating like a lotus in a large water pool. An early walker in this sector will witness some exquisite scenes. Under the flowering trees the dropped flowers provide such designs on the groung as if a carpet has been laid on which colourful pattern have been woven on the expensive campus. There are 190 colleges affiliated to this university which are situated in the Union Territory of Chandigarh and some other states.

 

Secretariat
The largest building in the Capital Complex. It is huge slab type building, intended as a work place for about 4000 people In the hands of Le Corbusier this basically dull framework has turned out to be something of a sculpture. It is shaped like an eight storey concrete slab incorporating a high drama of plasticity and grandeur, especially in the centre portion which contains the offices of minister with its distinctive high parapet, concrete walls offers a memorable experience to visitors at the highest point of repose and recreation in the city. The High Court
The High Court the law interpreting structure is one of the first architectural monuments to be built in the Capitol complex. The structure of this building has a double roof, projecting over the office block, like a inverted umbrella shading its lower part and forming trough from which the monsoon rainwater is discharged through huge spouts at magnificent outward sweep symbolically that the law is an umbrella of shelter for the ordinary citizen. The rear wall of the court room are decorated with large woollen tapestries designed by Le Corbusier .

 

Religious Places

 

Chandi Devi Temple
The temple of Mata Chandi is approximately 15 km from Chandigarh. The city of Chandigarh derives its name from a temple Chandi Mandir in the vicinity of the site selected for the city (deity Chandi the Goddess of Power) and a fort or garh beyond the temple called Chandigarh.

Jayanti Devi Temple
This temple is 13 km from Chandigarh Bus Stand. Actualy ancient temple of Jayanti Devi is situated in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh but the Pindi of Devi was brought from that temple.This beautiful temple is situated on the bank of Jayanti river surrounded by Shivalik hills.

 

Ancient Shiv Temple of Saketri  
The temple at Saketri is an ancient historical Shiv temple, just 5 km from Mansa Devi Temple and about 20 km from Chandigarh bus and thousand of devotees throng this temple on the sacred day of Shivratri for pooja and to get blessings of Lord Shiva.  

 

Mansa Devi Temple
the temple of mansa Devi is about 15 km from Chandigarh bus stand and situated in the state of Haryana. Devotees from all over the country visits this temple for blessings of goddess Mansa Devi. There are two temples new and old. The new temple was built by the Maharaja of Patiala.  

 

Naina Devi Temple
This temple is situated at the altitude of around 1300 meters. The holy place link through a cable car. Devotees are blessed for prosperity & happiness by mata Darshan. The reservoir of Bhakhra Dam present a splendid view at the back drop.  

 

Gurudrwara Nada Sahib
Nada was a very small village in Patiala State, which is situated in Haryana and about 15 km from Chandigarh On returning after his victory on Mughal, Guru Gobind Singh Ji stayed at this place and Nadu Shah a follower of Guruji welcomed and served Guruji by all means. Guruji blessed Nadu Shah due to your services this place will be famous by the name of Nada Sahib. Thousands of people came here to fulfil their wishes with deep faith from all over the India and abroad.

 

Nabha Sahib Gurdwara

Nabha Sahib Gurdwara is located on the road to Patiala, which is about 15 kms away from the city of gardens. This pilgrimage spot reminds us of the history of Sikhs dating back to 1695. Chandigarh Nabha Sahib Gurdwara has a lot of religious significance. It is said that after the execution of Guru Tegh Bahadur in Delhi, there was one Bhai Jaita, who had picked up the body of the Guru for its cremation at the Anandpur Sahib. While he was on his way back, he kept the mortal remains in the Gurudwara Nabha Sahib near Chandigarh at the request of a disciple of the Guru, who was an aged Muslim saint named Dargahi Shah Faqir. People gathered here to pay their last respect to the Guru.