Rose Garden: Love point for young couples
Rose Garden, is a botanical garden located in Chandigarh,its Asia's largest Rose Garden and spread over 30 acres (120,000 m2) of land, with 50,000 rose-bushes of 1600 different species but I was unlucky because I went in October and it was not good time to visit good . so you should visit after November then you can see many variety of rose flowers here. This is also called lover point for young couples.
- Theme Park Trips
Sukhna lake is good place to visit in day time where several amusement activities are available for kids and teens. Boating can be done in group of two, four in the lake.this is the best place in Chandigarh where you can spend some time in a cooling atmosphere.Sukhna Lake is also the venue for many festive celebrations too. The most popular is the Mango Festival held during the monsoons when scores of varieties of mangoes are on display. From time-to-time other food festivals, featuring specialities from different Indian States, are also held here, along with cultural
During the winter months many exotic migratory birds like the Siberian duck, Storks and Cranes etc can be seen near Sukhna lake.
- Theme Park Trips
Take a walk
Sukhna Lake is a beautiful lake that lies in the foothills of Shivalik range. The unique thing about Sukhna is that it is a manmade lake. It is a 3 km long lake that was created in the year 1958. Sukhana Lake has become an integral part of the city
- Water Sports
- Road Trip
8 kms away from Chandigarh in Panchkula.For Flower and plant enthusiasts its a must visit...
I had never seen these many varities of cactus in one place.........it was worth spending some time at this place......you can take an auto or bus reserve auto from chandigarh and back....
Asia's largest garden
Cactus Garden near Chandigarh, India is the largest succulent botanical garden of Asia. It is located at a distance of about 8 kms from the city of gardens. Situated in the heart of the city of Panchkula, it covers a total area of 7 acres. Cactus garden is known for its rare & endangered species of Indian succulents. You can spot nearly 3500 different kinds of species over there. Chandigarh Cactus Garden was set up in the year 1987. This unique garden consists of three green houses. It has been drawing more and more crowds every year, consisting not just of tourists, but botanists also.
Rose garden of Chandigarh, India is the largest of its kind in Asia. 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. There are nearly 1,600 varieties of roses over there. It is a spacious garden covering an area of 27 acres. Dr. Zakir rose garden not just consists of the 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
Sukhna Lake is a beautiful lake that lies in the foothills of Shivalik range. The unique thing about Sukhna is that it is a manmade lake. It is a 3 km long lake that was created in the year 1958. It was done by damming the Sukhna Choe, which is a seasonal stream flowing down from the Shivalik hills. Sukhana Lake of Chandigarh, India has become an integral part of the city
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 open-air 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 in Chandigarh, India is a unique creation and connoisseurs come from different parts of the world to see this amazing garden
The Rock Garden is now acknowledged as one of the modern wonders of the world. Over 5000 visitors each day, its a vast collection of walls built of terra cotta pots and sherds shade cobblestone paths, leading to large open areas occupied by pavilions built of concrete and stone.
You tend to get lost in the maze
- Road Trip
As no statues are allowed in Chandigarh, there's these fountains instead which can be found in the shopping centre in sector 17. One is the "dove of peace" sculpture, where water cascades down from one level to another in geometrically shaped tanks.
I wandered around the shops in sector 17 for a while and stumbled across this very strange sight. Dozens of guys sitting at little desks typing on typewriters! I haven't seen a typewriter for about 20 years yet alone used one. There were notices around saying "Notary" and "Advocate" so this lead me to believe that they were here to type up legal documents for people. Even though, in this age of computers and the internet, it really was a strange sight to see. Some of them looked older than the city they were in! Its very funny as there's internet places around with modern PC's so why they still use typewriters is a bit of a mystery but there was certainly the demand for them. I nicknamed the area Typewriter Row and moved on to find an internet place!
This man-made 3km long lake was created in 1958 with the intension of the creators of Chandigarh to offer it to the citizens so that they can be at one with the lake and its environments and its tranquility shall be guaranteed by banning noises (which should be done countrywide!).
Paddle boats are available to hire for Rs30 (34p) for 30 mins, so I decided to take one out and have a bit of fun. So I paid in the booth and walked down to the waters edge and donned a red life jacket and got into one. I paddled out to the opposite shore and was receiving a lot of looks from the locals especially girls who I waved to and smiled at and they did the same and giggled!
Nek Chand Fantasy Rock Garden
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. More pictures can be found in one of my travelogues.
Open: 1st April-30th Sept: 9am-7pm, 1st Oct-31st Mar: 9am-6pm. Open daily. Admission: Rs10.
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
Located some distance away from the other two buildings that make up the Capitol Complex, the High Court was built between 1951-57. The structure has a double roof, projecting over the office block like a parasol or an inverted umbrella. The magnificent outward sweep of the upper roof is symbolic of protection and justice to the people. The place is surrounded with people and cars and I watched judges and barristers walking along in full black suits and gowns.
- Historical Travel
Open Hand Sculpture
One of the most significant monuments planned by Le Corbusier in Chandigarh is the Open Hand which is located near the High Court in sector 1. 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 (that is the state of affairs)." It is also meant to convey a message of peace "open to receive."
- Historical Travel
Otherwise known as the Legislative Assembly, this building stands next to the Secretariat and is where the ministers assemble for political meeting of government. The shape of the cupola is an "obliquely truncated hyperbolic parabolic", according to one website. Its different, that's all I can say!
- Historical Travel
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