Top Ten Tourist Places in Chandigarh
1.The Rose Garden:
The Rose Garden in Chandigarh is named after India’s former president Zakir Hussain and is called the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden. The garden is said to be spread about thirty to forty acres containing nearly 825 varieties of roses in it and more than 32,500 varieties of other medicinal plants and trees. Many therapeutic plants are found to be grown here and some of them include camphor, bhel and more. It is being maintained by expert gardeners and has a clean and organized look. It is a garden where one gathers to enjoy the view and spend his free time so it contains food stalls and the necessary sitting area and walking paths.
2. Rock Garden:
The name refers to a sculpture garden located near Sukhna Lake. The Rock garden isalso known by the name Nek Chand’s Rock Garden after its founder. Nek Chand was a former government official who started cultivating this garden secretly in his spare time. He kept it hidden from the government authorities for 18 years, till 1975. The garden features several interlinked causeways that run along the waterfalls of the Sukhna Lake and is landscaped with pottery and sculptures of dancers, animals and musicians.
3.Le Corbusier Centre
The office was named after and used by the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier used the building as his office during the time he was commissioned to plan the city of Chandigarh. The center has now been converted into a museum dedicated to the architect and displays the life and times of Le Corbusier.
The largest succulent botanical garden in Asia, the Cactus garden covers an area of 7 acres. The garden features more than 3500 different species of cacti and was established in 1987. The garden attracts a huge number of tourists and botanists each year.
5.Mohali Cricket Stadium
The home of the IPL team Kings XI Punjab, the Mohali cricket stadium is the seat of the Punjab Cricket Association. The stadium was established in 1993 and took 3 years to complete. The stadium has been a venue to many local and international matches in India and has been a favorite venue of the cricket fans in India.
The first planned city of post independence India, Chandigarh is frequented by thousands of tourists each year. The plethora of gardens and picnic spots, along with the clean and cool surroundings the city of Chandigarh is a must visit for every tourist who plants to visit India.
Also known as the Yadavindra Gardens, the Pinjore gardens were created by a Nawab under the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The garden was expanded and reconstructed by the Maharaja Yadavindra of the State of Patiala. The garden houses several palatial structures that display a distinct blend of the Rajasthani and Mughal styles of architecture.
7.Museum and Art Gallery
The massive art Gallery is located in sector 10 and is one of the most interesting places in Chandigarh. The museum contains antiquities from the Indus valley civilization to different paintings and coins from the ancient and historical times. The gallery also contains the dinosaur fossils which were excavated in the region.
8. Sukhna Lake
Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh, India is a reservoir at the foothills of the Himalayas, the Shivalik hills. This 3 km² rainfed lake was created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills. Originally the seasonal flow entered the lake directly causing heavy siltation. To check the inflow of silt, 25.42 km² of land was acquired in the catchment area and put under vegetation. In 1974, the Choe was diverted and made to bypass the lake completely, the lake being fed by three siltation pots, minimising the entry of silt into the lake itself
9. The Capitrol
Palace of Assembly is a legislative assembly designed by noted architect Le Corbusier and located in Chandigarh,India.It is part of The Capitol Complex comprises three buildings — Legislative Assembly, Secretariat and High Court.