The City Beautiful
Chandigarh is a city and union territory in India that serves as the capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana . It is also referred to as The City Beautiful due to its beautiful surroundings, central grid of gardens, each dedicated to different species of flora. The city of Chandigarh was the first planned city in India and is known internationally for its architecture and urban design. The city has projects designed by architects such as Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Jane Drew, and Maxwell Fry.
1) SIGHT SEEING
Rose garden Location - Sector 16, Chandigarh 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 and has nearly 1,600 varieties of roses. It is a spacious garden covering an area of 27 acres and not just consists of 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.
Rock Garden Location - Sector 1, 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 openair 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 is a unique creation and connoisseurs come from different parts of the world to see this amazing garden.
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Sukhna Lake Location - Sector 6, Chandigarh Sukhna Lake is a beautiful lake that lies in the foothills of the Shivalik range. The unique thing about Sukhna is that it is a manmade lake. It is 3 km long and was created in the year 1958. This was done by damming the Sukhna Choe, which is a seasonal stream flowing down from the Shivalik hills. People visit this place in the morning to enjoy the cool breeze and the beauty of nature. The 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.
Leisure Valley Location – Sector 1, Chandigarh Leisure valley is the most beautiful and popular tourist attraction destination in Chandigarh. It is like a garland of gardens that beautifies the entire city. The gardens begin 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 and it is here that different kinds of theme gardens are set up. Open Hand Location – Sector1, Capital Complex, Chandigarh Open hand is one of the most significant monuments of the city. The credit for laying down its plan goes to Le Corbusier. 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 meters 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.
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