Chandigarh, a union territory that is the capital of both Punjab as well as Haryana, is India’s first planned city. It is one of the favorite road trip destinations from the capital city of India and other major cities. Chandigarh acts as a junction for many routes that lead to Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
This city is also known as the ‘Educational Hub’ for states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir, due to the presence of renowned educational institutes like Punjab University, Chandigarh University. It is also an attraction for students seeking coaching for various entrances and examinations.
Chandigarh has many spots that attract tourists to its heart like Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, and Rose Garden. Here is a brief guide of places to visit on your visit to Chandigarh.
The Capitol Complex
The Capitol is also home to the state’s Vidhan Sabha, High Court, and Secretariat and Chandigarh’s ‘Open Hand Monument’. It is a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The Open Hand Monument is a must-visit. The open hand Monument is a symbolic structure by the architect Le Corbusier. It symbolizes “the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind”. It stands 26 meters high and is design to rotate with the wind.
The Rock Garden is a massive open-air exhibition hall that displays sculptures create out of urban and industrial wastes that have been designed and executed by Nek Chand. This 40 acre wide Garden is full of art sculptures. A number of 5000 sculptures were build single-handedly by Officer Nek Chand. The Rock Garden in Chandigarh is a true example of ‘Best out of Waste’.
Zakir Hussain Rose Garden or “The Blooming Paradise” was named after India’s former president. This beautiful garden holds around 825 varieties of flowers and 32,500 varieties of trees and medicinal shrubs. The Rose Garden is a sight to behold when the flowers are in their full bloom in the months of February and March. The Rose Festival also takes place during these months, making it a good time to visit. The beauty of this garden get intensified by the presence of the mountains of the Shivalik range in the background and a gorgeous fountain that is aglow with colorful lights in the evening. This garden is the largest garden of its kind and is a must-visit while you are in Chandigarh.
Sukhna Lake is a vast beautiful lake present in Chandigarh stretching its boundaries for 3 sq. km. this lake is very peaceful and picturesque because of its pristine blue water and a view of the Shivalik Hills in the background. Sunrise at the Sukhna Lake is one of the most beautiful experiences one can get in the city.
Walkers and joggers carry out their exercise routines here at the lake It also has one of the longest rowing channels in the country that hosts the Asian Rowing Championships. The best way to enjoy a tour of the Sukhna Lake is to go on a lazy boating tour on it.
You can hire a boat for an individual or for a couple, which would cost you between INR 50 – INR 100. The lake offers a mesmerizing escape to its visitors at all times of the day.
Garden of Silence is a meditative place located at the end of the Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh. It offers a serene view of Shivalik Range and is one of the must-visit places in Chandigarh. This garden has been specially built for meditating purposes, as surrounding areas are very peaceful and full of greenery which makes it a perfect place for meditation. This garden also features a statue of Buddha in the center.
Government Museum and Art Gallery
Government Museum and Art Gallery in Chandigarh is one of the most prominent museums of India that speaks of the Indian history and partition. The museum is popular for its rich collection of paintings, artifacts, and sculptures. It is present in the center of the city and holds various beautiful pieces of art and culture. Visiting it can give you in-depth knowledge in the form of Gandharan sculptures, Pahari, and Rajasthani miniature paintings. It also holds some of the authentic and original paintings by great artists.
Le Corbusier Centre
It is a heritage spot dedicated to the ancient architect of Swiss-French origin Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier designed and planned the city of Chandigarh in 1949. This building houses his research, study, writings, works, and legacy.
Sector 17 Market
Sector 17 Market is the most popular in the city. Replete with several big brand stores, international outlets, food chains, and eateries, the market is popular both among the youngsters and the adults. A musical fountain show is also held in the market of sector-17.
. This show creates a great attraction for the visitors and the rhythmic music gives the whole place a very good vibe.
Elante Mall is the second-largest mall of Chandigarh present in Chandigarh’s industrial area sprawling over a vast 20 acres of land. It boasts of a massive food court lined with umpteen eateries, an enormous play zone for kids, and several apparel, footwear, and cosmetics outlets. This mall makes up for a perfect Go-To spot for the residents as well as the visitors of the city of Chandigarh.
Yadvindra Gardens (Pinjore Gardens)
25 km away from the city. Yadvindra Gardens is a beautiful group of Mughal gardens made in the 17th century. The garden expands over a massive area of 100 acres and is a beautiful place to unwind with nature in the ever-growing concrete city.
It is famous all over the world for its well-maintained greenery, refreshing fountains, and mesmerizing water bodies. The Garden serves as the venue of the annual Mango Festival which contains a display and market of a large variety of mangoes.
The best time to explore the gardens is in the evening time. The entire garden is lit up after sunset in such a way that the ambiance of the garden changes completely.