Chandigarh The City Beautiful

Chandigarh is a city and a union territory in the northern part of India that serves as the capital of the states of Haryana and Punjab. As a union territory, the city is ruled directly by the Union Government of India and is not part of either state. The city of Chandigarh was the first planned city in India post-independence in 1947 and was known internationally for its architecture and urban design. The master plan of the city was prepared by Le Corbusier, transformed from an earlier plan by the American planner Albert Mayer.

The city tops the list of Indian States and Union Territories by per capita income in the country. The city was reported to be the cleanest in India in 2010, based on a national government study.

Rock Garden

The Rock Garden 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. it is completely built of industrial & home waste and thrown-away items.

 

Rose Garden

Zakir Hussain Rose Garden Asia's largest Rose Garden and is spreaded over 30 acres of land having over 1600 different species or roses. These have been planted beautifully carved out lawns and flowers beds. Like the cultural zone which is just across the road in sector 10. Every year, either at the end of February or beginning of March, a big festival known as Rose Festival, is celebrated at this garden.

 

Sukhna Lake

Sukhna Lake is an artificial lake at the foothills of the Himalayas, the Shivalik hills. The creation of the lake was one of the greatest gifts from Le Corbusier and the Chief Engineer P L Verma to the city of Chandigarh.The lake is fringed by a golf course to the south, and Nek Chand's famous Rock Garden of Chandigarh to its west.

Open Hand Monument

One of the most significant monuments planned by Le Corbusier in Chandigarh is the Open Hand. The monument is a place to visit in Chandigarh. Rising 85 feet high from a sunken trench, a giant hand in metal sheets is designed to rotate "like a weather cock, not to show the incertitude of ideas, but to indicate symbolically the direction of wind .

 

Government Museum and Art Gallery

The Government Museum and Art Gallery is an art gallery in the Indian Union Territory Chandigarh, located in the city of Chandigarh (Sector 10-C near the Rose Garden). Established in August 1947 and was designed by noted architect, Le Corbusier. The museum/art gallery exhibits 10,000 mostly Indian artwork such as sculptures and paintings. The attached Reference library houses approximately 10,000 media.

 

ChattBir Zoo

ChattBir Zoo (formally Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park), is a zoological park located near Zirakpur, India that houses hundreds of different mammals, birds and reptiles. One of the major attractions of Chatbir Zoo near Chandigarh is the lion safari. The Royal Bengal tiger is the pride of Chattbir zoo. You can also find distinctive species of birds. The zoo is open every day except Mondays.