Chandigarh, the city beautiful, is known for its sheer beauty and peace all over the World. There aren’t many cities that are build from scratch turning into a full body with a serene nervous system. Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru once dreamed of a city “ Let this be a new town, symbolic of the freedom of India, unfettered by the traditions of the past, an expression of the nation’s faith in the future” and Le Corbusier in 1955 made his dream come true. Chandigarh is not some typical metropolis, there are many places to visit here some of which hold a rather deep emotional hold over the people.
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh is a sculpture garden in Chandigarh, India, 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 64 acres . It is completely built of industrial and home waste and thrown-away items.
There are various sculptures made from broken glass bangles, china ware, discarded tubes etc across the whole garde. With breathtaking serene waterfalls. Playgrounds for kids, swings and several picnic areas complete the premises.
The nostalgia never seems to go down no wonder how many times you visit that place. The garden is maintained fairly well by the committee and even by the visitors. An open air theatre and a vast pavilion with a center stage are the other highlights of the rock Garden.
If you are looking to take an insight into the versatile heritage of Chandigarh, rock garden is a must see.
Elante mall is located near Tribune Chowk Chandigarh and is one of the famous malls in this region. For a fashion enthusiast, it is a serene temple with major leading brands across the world.
One can never get bored in the Elante mall, well, who does not loves passing time watching all newly released movies in the PVR cinema section at the Elante mall or the divine variety of food offered by variety of cafes. Party halls, cafes, bars etc. name it and you will find it here.
It is the hot spot of the city and is very well worth the hype. Fun city with number of games for kids and even for adults, 7D movies theater, bowling alleys etc are the major attractions for the family and friends gathering. Shop or window shop, you will not find yourself being tired of visiting the mall ever.
Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh, India, is a reservoir at the foothills (Shivalik hills) of the Himalayas. It is a great place for a walk and for enjoying boating with your friends or family.
The breathtaking view makes the morning walk more refreshing and the famous shikara rides are also famous here. Get your portrait painted by the freelance artists, or shop at the souvenir shop, you will never get tired of its utmost beauty.
Camel rides are also the attraction of sukhna lake. Feel like you are in the wind by riding the dangerous bull back and feel the adventure. From getting your photograph clicked at Chandigarh peace symbol to eating the local delicacies at the lake, you would not ever be disappointed.
Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, is a botanical garden located in Chandigarh, India and spread over 30 acres (120,000 m2) of land, with 50,000 rose-bushes of 1600 different species. 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.
The place is a site to behold when the flowers are in full bloom making the garden look like heaven. It is located at sector 16 Chandigarh. Rose festival is organised in the rose garden every year with tons of events and cultural programs making it a famous tourist attraction.
The garden is filled with local people in the evening enjoying their evening walks and sports. The rock garden is a must see if you are a fan of the nature’s beauty.
Located in Parwanoo. Chandigarh, timber trail is a major tourist attraction. It is a cable car ride that takes you to the most divine environment you can ever get away from the city hussle, so keep your cameras ready to capture its divine beauty.
Sprawling across an area of 1.6 acres, Timber Trail Heights caters to your every need, be it luxury, serenity or recreation. The Moksha spa resort is the ultimate place that welcomes you for a relaxing spa with famous little suites to rent and forget about the tensions of the World.
The Jaw-dropping view of the surroundings, cycling in the mountains, trekking, spa, and Ayurvedic massages are sure to keep you hooked to this place.
Distance from Chandigarh to cable car terminus: 35 km; 40 minutes’ drive.
The Government Museum & Art Gallery is designed by the Swiss born French architect, Le Corbusier. The Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh is part of the series of three museums of Unlimited Growth designed by Le Corbusier, the other two being Sanskar Kendra, Ahmadabad and Museum of Western Art, Tokyo.
It houses the collection of sculptures, miniature paintings, modern and contemporary art, textiles, decorative art, coins, manuscripts and pottery. The museum is located in the centre of the city and attracts visitors from around the World.
With historic collections of paintings, artifacts, and sculptures, the museum is known for its brilliant architecture as well. The building of the museum is divided into three levels; it has its library, experiment lab, exhibition hall, and auditorium.
The museum is divided into 4 sections with each section displaying the different historical collection. Ancient India, Medieval India and gandhara period are the time zone covered by the whole museum. For the history enthusiasts, the museum is worth visiting.
Funcity is a water and amusement park located near Nada Sahib Gurudwara Barwala Road, Ramgarh, Punjab. It is approximately 30 minute drive from Chandigarh and is the biggest Amusement Park and Water Park in entire northern region spread over 43 acres of scenic land.
It offers most exciting and Hi-Tech hydraulic rides with maximum standards of safety. You can get a combo ticket for both the parks or even individual ones depending upon your mood.
The water park attracts many visitors in the summer. It has various adventurous rides providing exhilarating experience. The big apple roller coaster is bound to give you a once in life experience. It is a perfect place to spend with family and friends without burning a hole in your pocket.
Ticket fare- combo- Rs.990/
Water park-Rs. 970/
Amusement park-Rs. 490/
Le Corbusier Centre has been set up by the Chandigarh Administration, at the old Sector 19 office of the city’s architect, Le Corbusier. The Swiss-French architect used the office while conceptualizing the city almost six decades ago.
This Museum has documents, plans and photos of Le Corbusier, along with enthralling letters enlightening the politics following the project, and also one from Jawaharlal Nehru to the Chief Minister of Punjab.
As this center shows what contributions have done by Le Corbusier to make this beautiful city Chandigarh. This Museum is made for the fans and followers of Le Corbusier. The main aim of the Centre would be preservation, interpretation, research, display of the works and legacy of Le Corbusier.
Address: Old Architect Building, Madhya Marg, Sector 19B, Sector 19, Chandigarh, 160019. Hours- Tuesday to Sunday- 10 AM to 5 PM, monday closed
Yadavindra Gardens, formerly Pinjore Gardens, is a historic 17th century garden located in Pinjore city of Panchkula district in the Indian state of Haryana. It is an example of the Mughal Gardens architectural style, which was renovated by the Patiala Dynasty Jat Sikh Rulers.
It was built in the foot hills of Himalayas as a one of the Mughal gardens summer retreat for the Aurangzeb. The garden has a top most tourist attraction and houses a mini zoo, historic places, Japanese garden, nursery and a number of picnic spots.
According to the Hindu mythology, it is said that it is over here that Pandava brothers have rested during their exile. Especially at weekends, fountains are switched on and after dusk, lights pick up the beauty of the palaces by night. If you are a fan of historic gardens with a breathtaking view of greenery, Pinjore Garden is worth seeing.
Address: Ambala-Shimla Highway, Pinjore, Haryana 134102
Hours:7AM–9PM, Phone: 01733 231 877
Comprising of two gardens, the botanical gardens spread over Chandigarh and is adorned by a huge variety of systematically arranged plant species that are both exotic and evergreen. One is placed in the Punjab University campus and the other is positioned in between the Sukhna Lake and Rock Garden in Sector-1. If you are great fan of science, botanical gardens are worth visiting. Their instant beauty is bound to leave you mesmerised. The garden consists of 15 Botanical Sections. The primary aim of setting up of Botanical Garden is to promote research, education, ex-situ conservation and to spread awareness about our floral heritage. In addition, the garden would help promote eco-tourism in Chandigarh. The scientific facts associated with the flowers are rather interesting.