But we had plan to stay the night in Chandigarh to explore the very nightlife. We reached Chandigarh at 1700 hours on 1st September 2019, and straight way went to the famous “Rock Garden”, a fantasy created by Shri Nek Chand, yeah it will give you feel like Mohan Jodaro or any other town found after excavation.
Our final destination was the world-famous Rock Garden by Nek Chand. It was extremely hot as we reached here around noon, but the things that the place offered was too much to neglect. Apparently when the city of Chandigarh was being designed and built, every bit of rubble and trash from the construction of the city was brought here and used to design the unique exhibits. To better understand the significance of each exhibit there is a QR code available next to each which one can scan using a mobile app, we found this feature commendable although we saw none of the other visitors using it. After spending a good couple of hours we exited the park and got ready for some nice Punjabi street food. It was time for a plate of khulcha chole and some thirst-quenching shikanji.*Rock garden is open from 9AM -7PM from April 1 to September 30 and from 9AM to 6PM in winters. An adult ticket would cost you INR 30.
Marvel at the creativity at Chandigarh Rock GardenStart your day by visiting the Rock Garden of Chandigarh. This 40 acres garden is a visual splendor. The garden was founded by Nek Chand in 1975 and comprises of colourful mosaic of art pieces and sculptors created by household and industrial wastes. This was initially started as a hobby that has now turned into a major attraction of Chandigarh. The garden has more than 2000 sculptures all created from junk and debris and wastes such as industrial waste, scrap, bottles, bangles, broken ceramics, bottles and pipes. The garden has different phases demonstrating the various installations and structures in them. Phase one has terracotta pots and structures made from tiles, mirrors, broken bangles and other things. Phase two has a huge waterfall and the third phase has statues of elephants and camels.Opening hours: All days of the week- 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM (April- September), 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (October- March)
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh is a sculpture garden in Chandigarh, India. It is also known as Nek Chand's Rock Garden after its founder Nek Chand, a government official who started the garden secretly in his spare time in 1957. Today it is spread over an area of 40 acres. It is completely built of industrial and home waste and thrown-away items.It is near Sukhna Lake. It consists of man-made interlinked waterfalls and many other sculptures that have been made of scrap and other kinds of wastes (bottles, glasses, bangles, tiles, ceramic pots, sinks, electrical waste,brokenpipes, etc.) which are placed in walled paths.In his spare time, Nek Chand started collecting materials from demolition sites around the city. He recycled these materials into his own vision of the divine kingdom of Sukrani, choosing a gorge in a forest near Sukhna Lake for his work. The gorge had been designated as a land conservancy, a forest buffer established in 1902 that nothing could be built on. Chand’s work was illegal, but he was able to hide it for 18 years before it was discovered by the authorities in 1975. By this time, it had grown into a 12-acre complex of interlinked courtyards, each filled with hundreds of pottery-covered concrete sculptures of dancers, musicians, and animals.His work was in danger of being demolished, but he was able to get public opinion on his side. In 1976 the park was inaugurated as a public space. Nek Chand was given a salary, a title ("Sub-Divisional Engineer, Rock Garden"), and 50 laborers so that he could concentrate full-time on his work. It appeared on an Indian stamp in 1983. The Rock Garden is still made out of recycled materials. With the government’s help, Chand was able to set up collection centers around the city for waste, especially rags and broken ceramics.When Chand left the country on a lecture tour in 1996, the city withdrew its funding, and vandals attacked the park. The Rock Garden Society took over the administration and upkeep of this unique visionary environment. The garden is visited by over 5,000 people daily, with more than 12 million visitors since its inception.Teej Festival is a festival celebrated with lot of pride by women at Rock Garden Chandigarh.