What comes to your mind when someone asks, have you been to “The city beautiful” ? some of you might say yes, I have been there and some of you might just wonder “Is there even a place like that “ ? You’ll be astonished to know that such a place exists that too in our own country, India. Post-independence, the first planned city; it is the capital of Punjab and Haryana – CHANDIGARH. Shimmering jewels on colourful saris and a large portrait of Gandhi, positioned so the first rays of the morning sun fall at his feet, are reminders that, while this city is an icon of modernity it is still firmly rooted in the country’s traditions. Chandigarh, the dream city of India’s first Prime Minister, Sh. Jawahar Lal Nehru, was planned by the famous French architect Le Corbusier. Picturesquely located at the foothills of Shivalik mountain range, it is known as one of the best experiments in urban planning and modern architecture in the twentieth century in India.
Chandigarh is called the city beautiful and the happiest city in India. Wonder why? Let us look at what this place has got to offer us.
Rock Garden of Chandigarh was started as a small activity in the 1950s, which now has hundreds of sculptures made from waste, and discarded materials. Millions of tourists from around the world visit this place every year. It is created out of industrial waste, home waste, rocks, broken glass, bangles and concrete. The sculptures in this place are being created by using items such as bangles, ceramic pots, tiles, bottles, and electrical waste. It won’t be an exaggeration to state that the brilliantly crafted sculptures in the Rock Garden of Chandigarh are a delight. Not just this but the garden has astounding man-made waterfalls which makes this place even more beautiful. It’s cleanliness and maze-like arches will make you love this place. The mysticism needs to be felt and not just read so make sure you visit this place. On average around 5000 people every day, I hope you will be counted in those 5000 someday! 🙂
The World of Le Corbusier
Resting at the foothills of the Himalayas and bordered by the state of Punjab to the north, west and south, and Haryana to the east, the union territory of India, Chandigarh, was master planned by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, who transformed earlier plans produced by Polish architect Maciej Nowicki and American planner Albert Mayer. Whether you want to see the modern architecture or traditional touch of india; this city has it all to offer you. Consisting of three concrete buildings, including the Palace of Assembly, the Secretariat and the High Court, the Capitol.Complex formed the city’s administrative centre and is symbolic of the architect’s work in the country.
Delicious Punjabi Food
Whenever someone asks me about my favourite cuisine, I need not rethink before saying “Punjabi cuisine “. It is not only famous among Indians, but also among foreigners. Punjab is known for its great hospitality and food. Let me list down some pocket friendly restaurants which serve mouth-watering food.
- Punjabi Dhaba
- Deluxe Dhaba
- Punjabi platters
- Lahori Dhaba
And many more…! I am already dreaming about the delectable food, are you too?
Zakir Hussain Rose Garden
Located in sector 16 of Chandigarh, Rose Garden is a blooming exhibit that showcases around 825 varieties of flowers and 32,500 varieties of trees and medicinal shrubs. Rose Garden in Chandigarh, also known as Zakir Hussain Rose Garden after the former president of India, is spread over 30 acres and is decked up with an exquisite variety of flowers making it quite popular among tourists and nature enthusiasts. Apart from serving as a host of other events, the Zakir Rose Garden serves as the venue for hosting an annual rose festival called Rose Festival, a major cultural event in Chandigarh during February or March. This is a must visit place with your friends and families. So, what are you waiting for? get ready to get lost in this mini world of roses!
A beautiful view, birds chirping and boat rides, at Sukhna Lake you will enjoy all these. The man made picturesque Sukhna lake in the foothills of Shivalik range is an idyllic place for quiet communion with nature and for offering water sports activities such as boating, yachting, water skiing, etc. The evenings see Sukhna again coming alive with tourists, and families thronging the promenade, the Chef Lakeview, Chico’s fast food joint, shops and of course the jetty for a boat ride. For children there are a number of joy-rides and a mini train. As night descends, the lights from the hill resort of Kasauli reflect in the lake and present a bewitching sight.
Sukhna is a sanctuary for many exotic migratory birds like the Siberian ducks, Storks and Cranes, during the winter months. Sukhna Lake is 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 performances.
Government museum and the art gallery
Chandigarh has something for everyone! Nature lovers, food lovers, adventure lovers and history lovers as well! Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, is a premier museum of North India having collections of Gandharan sculptures, Pahari and Rajasthani miniature paintings… Museums and art galleries play a great role in exhibiting a place’s rich culture and heritage. They reflect the times of history that are otherwise unknown to us. Each museum has a story to tell, a past to be explored. Let us visit the Government Museum of Art Gallery in Chandigarh that is said to have its existence linked to the partition of India in august, 1947.
The Art Gallery consists of various sections like Gandhara sculptures, ancient Indian sculptures, Indian miniature paintings, Medieval Indian sculptures, metal sculptures, epigraphy and numismatics and decorative art to name a few. Nehru’s modern vision and Corbusier’s utilitarian design culminated in the sculpting of various buildings in Chandigarh. Moving away from ostentatious frivolities of city planning, the model sought to emphasise efficiency and functionality. Everything from the pathways, to the grid-structure, was a product of deliberate design. The Government Museum and Art Gallery are symbolic of that vision; materialising sustainability for the cultural ethos of a democratic and egalitarian society deeply rooted in its history.
Elante Mall is a shopping mall in the city of Chandigarh in India. With the gross leasable area of 1,150,000 sq. ft, it is the second largest shopping mall in Northern India and the seventh largest in India. Elante is spread over an area of 20 acres. This mall is a combination of both international brands and local brands. Therefore, if you’re a shopaholic you can visit the international brands like CK, ZARA and many more. On the other hand, if you are looking for affordable shops to buy gifts for your friends and family, you will get them too. So, drop all your worries and shop till you drop.
Above mentioned are the best places to visit in chandigarh, although you can google for more things to do. Enjoy your stay in the happiest city in India and pack all the happiness and memories in your backpack while coming back.