Top 6 Places to visit in Chandigarh

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A perfect combination of ancient and urban, this city has been deemed the most futuristic in the country, while also having been occupied by the Harappan civilisation almost 8,000 years ago. In fact, BBC has named Chandigarh as a perfect city with regard to its cultural growth, modernisation and architecture. Nek Chand Rock Garden is a unique and fascinating site, built solely by a man (after whom the garden is named), who used remnants from various demolition sites (particularly the debris while Chandigarh itself was being built) and a whole lot of scrap to build 2000 sculptures, statues, all integrated on walled paths, wherein one can also see man-made interlinked waterfalls. A short walk away from there is the artificial Sukhna lake, a landmark for families to relax and walk around while enjoying street food and keeping kids busy with quaint toys bought from vendors all around. Pertaining to Le Corbusier's (chief architect of the city) vision of Chandigarh being a garden city, Rose Garden is home to over 1,500 varieties of rose and the Garden of Fragrance is perfect for those mind-refreshing walks. Popular places to visit for an insight into Chandigarh and the entire country's history through various artworks are the Government Museum & Art Gallery and the Chandigarh Architecture Museum. Being one of the top four metro cities of the country, Chandigarh has a bustling food scene, home to every cuisine you can think of right from Mediterranean (Kelong, Virgin Courtyard) to Thai (Tao- Bar & Lounge). Some popular places for Punjabi dishes are Punjab Grill and Sher-e- Punjab. Chandigarh is also close to many hill stations such as Solan, Kasauli, Shoghi and Naldehra.

Sukhna Lake - Chandigarh

Sukhna Lake is situated in Chandigarh, India, is a small reservoir at the foothills of the Himalayas, the Shivalik slopes. This 3 km² rainfed lake was made in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe, a regular stream descending from the Shivalik Hills.The lake was made by Le Corbusier and the Chief Engineer P L Verma. To safeguard its quietness Corbusier demanded that the highest point of the dam (promenade) to be disallowed for vehicular traffic. Sukhna is a conjoined piece of the city of Chandigarh. Le Corbusier had predicted that the city's inhabitants would be drawn it for the 'care of the body and spirit'. The city organizers were profoundly joined to the lake. To such an extent that Pierre Jeanneret's fiery debris were inundated in the lake in 1970, according to his wishes by his niece. The lake is confronting major issues like weed abundance, catchment sufficiency and silting that are essentially contracting its size and depth of the lake.
The 3km long beautiful manmade Sukhna lake offers a view of the foothills of Shivalik range. The well maintained and clean surroundings of lush trees add to the beauty of this place. Sit by the lake and enjoy the cool breeze or go boating! History: This lake was created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills. Originally the seasonal flow entered the lake directly causing heavy siltation. To check the inflow of silt, land measuring 2542 hectares was acquired in the catchments area and put under vegetation. Le Corbusier’s greatest creation, his vision for Sukhna lake still lives on. Carrying on his legacy, till date no motor boats are allowed in the lake and neither are any motor vehicles on the promenade.
Damini Aggarwal

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Personally, I like this place the most. It's a good place to go in evening & spend some time there… If you are there on Sunday, don’t miss the cultural program by Chandigarh Tourism Dept.
Vj Sharma

137 Followers, 5 Reviews


Finally, after soaking in quite the taste of Amritsar, the journey found a home back to where it almost began. At Chandigarh, I stopped by Sukhna lake, as it was time for sunset. This placid lake dances along with waves that are so calm that everything merges languorously in it.
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Rock Garden - Chandigarh

The Rock garden is located between Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake. It is filled with man-made interlinked waterfalls and numerous different models that have been made of waste and scraps and different sorts of squanders like glasses, bangles, jugs, tiles, clay pots, sinks, electrical waste, etc which are displayed on walled paths. The beautiful nursery is visited by more than 5,000 individuals every day, with more than 12 million guests since its inception. Nek Chand was offered a salary, a title Sub-Divisional Engineer, Rock Garden, and 50 workers so that he could focus full-time on his work. It showed up on an Indian stamp in 1983. The Rock Garden is still made out of reused materials. At the point when Chand left the nation on an lecture visit in 1996, the city pulled back its subsidizing, and vandals assaulted the recreation center. The Rock Garden Society took control over the organization and upkeep of this interesting visionary environment.
It is amazing to know how a man's vision and hardwork can create a masterpiece out of waste materials. This place spread over 40 acres has everything you can think of, rocky terrains, waterfalls, swings, amphitheatre, aquarium and statues etc. This garden demonstrates how urban and industrial waste can be fruitfully recycled. History: The creator of the Rock Garden, Nek Chand, was a Road Inspector in the Engineering Department of Chandigarh Capital Project. The first seven years (1958-65) were spent collecting natural material, urban and industrial waste. Gradually his collection mounted to a staggering twenty thousand rock forms of amazing beauty. 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
Damini Aggarwal

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Rock garden is near to Sukhna Lake. The entrance leads to a magnificent, almost, surrealist arrangement of rocks, boulders, broken chinaware, discarded fluorescent tubes, broken and cast away glass bangles, building waste, coal & clay-all juxtaposed to create a dream folk world of places, soldiers, monkeys, village life, women and temples. In the end there is a huge open space surrounded by different kind of mirrors having special effects. There are lot of things to do for children.
Vj Sharma

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Rock Garden The Rock Garden of Chandigarh is one of the most architecturally lauded spots in India which was single handedly created by Nek Chand in 1957 among the bottom of the gorges of Sukhna Lake and then later it was taken over by the government. It is built like a maze with interconnecting courtyards which compose of many art objects and sculptures, statues which are made with the help of industrial and domestic wastes like bathroom fittings and accessories, floor and wall tiles, sockets, broken switches, broken bangles, etc. This unique architectural build of the garden attracts peoples and it also arise the fact that the wastes can create such beautiful things which is an added asset.
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Park / Garden Architecture
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All days of the week 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM (1st April to 30th September) 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (1st October to 31st March)
Budget
Rs 5 per person for adults Rs 3 per person for children

Rose Garden - Chandigarh

Originally named as the Government Rose Garden or the Jayalalitha Rose Garden after the name of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, this is a wonderful place to spend time in. This garden is spread over a hilly area and it is an extremely beautiful and romantic place. You should best visit this place during mid- summer to find the roses in full blossom. The different colours and the sweet fragrance of the flowers are just awesome. This place is perfect for spending time during the afternoons on the lush green fields of this rose garden.
Be ready to witness the wide variety of roses in this botanical garden. History: Named after India's former president, Zakir Hussain and created in 1967 under the guidance of Dr M.S. Randhawa, Chandigarh's first chief commissioner, the garden has the distinction of being Asia's largest.
Damini Aggarwal

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Rose garden is spread over 30 acres of land having 1600 different species of roses. These have been planted beautifully carved out lawns and flowers. I have not any good photograph of rose belts because most of the time I visited the place without camera or in out of season. Every year, either at end of February or beginning of March, a big festival known as Rose Festival, is celebrated at this garden. Don’t miss the musical fountains in the evening.
Vj Sharma

137 Followers, 5 Reviews


Best time to visit
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Things to do
relax, photography
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Budget
Admission- INR 20, Still Camera- INR 30, Cam corder- INR 75

ISBT 43 - Chandigarh

ISBT 43 is new Inter State Bus Terminus in Chandigarh in sector 43.
Last 3 days were really awesome and touching. I met some really beautiful souls. Met with an accident slapped a stranger (gunaah) tried off riding and now on my way to chandigarh and then chitkul, i can't wait to reach there and see baspa river, explore this village. This guy is allah ka banda. "Aasmani kitab" he says - reader who teaches in school how to read this book which is a book of god. How wonderfully he explained "Khuda ek hai" to me. He is having roza so he only eats once a day. May allah give him strength
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Shanti Kunj - Chandigarh

The Shanti Kunj - Chandigarh is situated in sector 16, Chandigarh. This is situated inverse to Rose Garden. A peaceful, commotion free normally undulated garden, with a winding stream going through the recreation center isolating it into five territories delineating distinctive types of trees & plants, such as medicinal, flowering, vertically growing trees, environmentally suitable and Shade giving trees. The scenes are pleasant in the greenery enclosure. A serene spot to spend some time. Although not as well known as rose garden, this greenery enclosure has a delightful scene view. It likewise has a lake in spite of the fact that there is very little water. The best time to visit Shanti Kunj is amid the evening. No significant slow down is accessible inside. This is an exceptionally quiet place. There are such a large number of assortments of plants and trees including medical plants. Even in Summer there are beautiful flowers sprouting which is quite uncommon. Best place to spend a quality evening.
This is situated at a very peaceful place that is free from noise and pollution. It is located between Rose Garden & the Cricket Stadium in Sector-16. This is full of lush green grounds and varieties of plants/trees like vertical shaped trees, trees that provide shade, trees apt for environment & flowering trees. Also there are some medicinal plants that are utilized to cure several diseases. There is a natural stream that runs in this garden. Try to cover this place while you go to Rose garden.
Vj Sharma

137 Followers, 5 Reviews


Best time to visit
In the Evening
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All days of the week 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Budget
Free

Nek Chand Rock Garden - Chandigarh

The Rock garden is located between Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake. It is filled with man-made interlinked waterfalls and numerous different models that have been made of waste and scraps and different sorts of squanders like glasses, bangles, jugs, tiles, clay pots, sinks, electrical waste, etc which are displayed on walled paths. The beautiful nursery is visited by more than 5,000 individuals every day, with more than 12 million guests since its inception. Nek Chand was offered a salary, a title Sub-Divisional Engineer, Rock Garden, and 50 workers so that he could focus full-time on his work. It showed up on an Indian stamp in 1983. The Rock Garden is still made out of reused materials. At the point when Chand left the nation on an lecture visit in 1996, the city pulled back its subsidizing, and vandals assaulted the recreation center. The Rock Garden Society took control over the organization and upkeep of this interesting visionary environment.
The Rock Garden was built by Nek Chand who was a government official. The most interesting thing about the rock garden is that it was built entirely out of waste materials and discarded items such as galss bottles, pottery, crockery, rags etc. He started building this garden in secret and spread it over 12 acres single handedly. It was declared illegal by the state authority however, the people rallied behind him and saved this garden from certain demolition. Today, it is a place frequented by all who visit Chandigarh and has proved to be a tourist magnet.
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Things to do
Park / Garden Architecture
Open Hours
All days of the week 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM (1st April to 30th September) 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (1st October to 31st March)
Budget
Rs 5 per person for adults Rs 3 per person for children

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