Government Museum & Art Gallery
Opened in 1968, this museum and art gallery is located next door to the City Museum in sector 10. It houses magnificent Gandhara period stone sculptures, prehistoric fossils and artifacts, Hindu statues, cloth and miniature paintings, decorative arts, coins and modern art. More pictures can be found in one of my travelogues.
Open: Tues-Sun 10am-4.30pm. Closed Mondays. Admission: Rs2 for all visitors, Rs5 for still camera.
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The City Beautiful: Chandigarh
"The city Beautiful: Chandigarh"
French architect La Corbousier with the help of brother Pierre Jinert, the English couple Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew, as well as a number of Indian architects, designed Chandigarh, the present capital of Panjab and haryana. It came into being at the foot of the Sivalik Hills, running parallel to the Himalayas.
It was built in 1953 and although the capital of two states, it is administered by the Central Government, Since 1986 there has been talk about including it in Punjab on the basis of language. Its altitude is 1150 ft. and its area is 114 sq. kms. Literacy rate 78.73% or fourth place in the whole of India. There are too few females here - only 790 to every 1000 males!
Right across the city from north to south, runs a seasonal stream, the banks of which have been landscaped to provide a continuous stretch of green. Each sector has parks and recreational centers to provide much-needed relief from the gloom of city living. Chandigarh is on the world map for it's famed Rock Garden, a visual treat of craftsmanship from discarded materials, which is a reflection of the environmental awareness within the city.
It is a very modern city built in 47 sectors except unlucky number 13. Each sector is self-complete. There are market places and shopping centres. The sectors are connected by State Transport buses, auto-rickshaws and taxis. The Secretariat, Terrace Garden in Sector 33, State Library, Super Market, Sukhna Lake, Rose Garden, Shanti Kunj, Moonlight Garden, Bougain Villea Garden, The Museum, The High Court, Vidhan Sabha and University - each is a fine specimen of modern art. The snow-white dome of Chandidevi's Temple on the north-east of the city is visible from the lake. The city has been named after the goddess whose temple stands on the slope of the hill. Route 32 buses ply between the city and the temple.
Another attraction for travelers to the city is the Rock Garden by Nekchand, built with multicolored pieces of useless stones and other throw-away objects. This magic garden covers an area of 6 acres. All visitors to Chandigarh should see the garden. In summer it is open from 9-13.00 hrs. and again 15-19.00 hrs. From October to March, they are open from 9-13.00 hrs. and 14-18.00 hrs
Another attraction for Chandigarh tourists is the Sukhna Lake, area 3 sq. kms. in sector 6. Even local residents take walks along the shores of this artificial lake. There is boating arrangement on all days except Mondays.
In sector 16 one can see Asia's largest Rose Garden Zakir Gulab Bag spread out over 30 acres of land. Here bloom 50,000 rose-trees of 1600 species out of 2000 which authority have planned to cover. It is open from morning till evening. But then the flowers there are to be seen not to be plucked.
The Museum and the Art Gallery are two other marvelous examples of this architect's work. Exquisite pictures and sculptures increase their attractiveness. They are in sector 10. Open from 10-12.30 hrs. and 14-16.30 hrs. on all days except Mondays.
Visitors to Chandigarh should also see the Punjab University Building in sector 14. The ground is hilly, the natural surroundings beautiful. The attractiveness of the whole terrace has been enhanced by parks and pools all over it. Almost all tourists try to capture the charm of Gandhi Bhavan with their cameras. The novelty of design of the University Library Building and the Circular Student's Center impresses tourists. Super Market or shopping centre is there at sector 17 surrounding Neelam Theater. The market consists of several sky-high mansions which are no less attraction to tourists.
Chandigarh has an organized network of well-maintained, wide, metalled roads, kept clean and litter-free, moving on course to becoming a world Heritage city by 2020 A. D. Even during the monsoons, potholes are a rare sight. The sanitation of the city reflects the planning and foresight of the architect.