The Sukhna Lake is a large manmade lake located close to the Rock Garden at Chandigarh. The three square kilometre lake is the favoured picnic spot of Chandigarh families. Paddle boats can be hired at the boating club attached to the lake.
There are a few shops located within the lake complex that sell souvenirs and handicrafts. There is also a cafe run by Chandigarh Tourism that serves good South Indian and Continental snacks.
chandigarh-The planned city
Chandigarh also called The City Beautiful, is a city in India that serves as the capital of two states: Punjab and Haryana. However, administratively, the city is not under the jurisdiction of either state, it is administered by the Central government and hence classified as a union territory.
The city derives its name from Chandi Mandir, a temple of goddess Chandi, located in nearby Panchkula District of Haryana. The word Chandigarh literally means "the fort of Chandi".
Chandigarh is known for its high standard of living with highest per capita income in the country and tops the list of Indian States and Union Territories
Here are given some fast facts about the weather & climate of Chandigarh:
Winter temperature: 4-14°C
Summer temperature: 37-44°C
Annual rainfall: around 111.4 cm
Monsoon season: July - September
Best season to visit: between mid-August to November
"best time to visit"
The best time to visit Chandigarh is the period between mid August and November, when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. Since Chandigarh is located in the plains; it enjoys a moderate weather like other North Indian cities experience. Summers are sometimes very hot and then the arrival of monsoon comes like a pleasant surprise. Read on to know more about the Chandigarh peak time…
The ideal time to visit Chandigarh starts by the mid of August. By that time, the monsoons are almost over and the temperature keeps dropping, giving a warm welcome to the winter season. Tourism is on its boom during this season. Tourists come from different parts of the country to visit this beautiful city of gardens
Nek Chand Fantasy Rock Garden Part 1
Lonely Planet describes this place as having a "Lost World feel" and they're not wrong. To say this place is unique is an understatement and with all this in mind, its not surprising that it has become Chandigarh's main tourist attraction.
The creator of the rock garden, Nek Chand was a Road Inspector in the Engineering Department of the Chandigarh Capital Project. He roamed the Shivalik foothills and picked up stones resembling bird, animal, human and abstract forms. He brought them on his bicycle. The first seven years (1958-65) were spent collecting natural material, urban and industrial waste. Gradually his collection mounted to a staggering twenty thousand rock forms of amazing beauty. These were deposited around a hut which he had built for his work and contemplation. He built the Rock Garden from this improvised hut which was located by the side of a stream.
On 24th February, 1973, the Rock Garden was accidentally discovered by Dr.S.K.Sharma who headed an Anti-malaria party a vector reconnaissance duty in the forest which the garden is located. Soon thereafter, Dr. M.S Randhawa, (the first Chief Commissioner of Chandigarh), visited and placed the matter before the Chandigarh Landscape Advisory Committee, as its chairman, at a meeting held on 23rd June, 1973 suggesting that this garden of rocks, stone and scrap was the most unusual and it should be preserved in its present form, free from the interfearence of architects and town planners. The Rock Garden was thus inaugurated in 1976.
The garden features a series of canyons, waterfalls, archways, walls and figures of people and animals made out of concrete, boulders, pebbles and junk such as broken pottery and old bracelets.