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 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
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 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
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 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 .
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
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.