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Chandigarh acclaimed as ‘The City Beautiful’ is India’s 1st planned modern city designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. It is a city and a union territory that serves as the joint capital of two states – Punjab and Haryana. Chandigarh along with adjoining cities of Mohali (Punjab) and Panchkula (Haryana) are together called Chandigarh Tricity. The name Chandigarh comes from the combination of two words – Chandi and Garh, where Chandi refers to Hindu goddess Chandi and Garh refers fort. Also, the name is a derivative from Chandi Mandir, an ancient temple devoted to the goddess Chandi. Due to the high altitude, the climate of the city is pleasant throughout the year. Because of its good urban planning and low crime rate, the city of Chandigarh is a favorite tourist destination.

Here’s a list of the best attractions in the city:

Rock Garden

The Rock Garden is located in the middle of the Capitol Complex and the Sukhna Lake. Created by artist Nek Chand, the garden depicts the value of trash materials. The rock garden is built by using junk like broken tiles, crushed chinaware and sanitary ware, old street lights, useless bricks, caps, and bottles, bicycles handle- bars and much more. The garden is open all seven days of a week and attracts tourists of all ages.

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Open Hand Monument

This monument is located in Sector 1, the Capitol Complex of Chandigarh. It is designed by the architect Le Corbusier. The Government of Chandigarh values it as its emblem. The height of the monument is 26 meters (85 ft) and the metal structure weight is 50 short tons (100,000 lb). It was designed to rotate in the wind.

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ChattBir Zoo

It’s a zoological park situated close to Zirakpur having a large variety of birds, reptiles, and mammals. The lion safari is the most interesting part about this zoo. It is the most developed zoological park and the Royal Bengal tiger is its pride. The zoo is closed only on Monday. It was a raw land and transformed into a perfect habitat abode for wild animals. The animals here enjoy open natural surroundings. This favors their behavior and health both.

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Government Museum and Art Gallery

Located in Sector 10-C (near Rose Garden), The Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh is a natural history museum and an art gallery. It has the following sections – The National History Museum, Chandigarh Architecture Museum, the National Gallery of Portraits; other than the gallery. The museum/art gallery exhibits 10,000 Indian artwork sculptures and paintings. It also offers two museum shops and a small cafeteria.

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Sukhna Lake

Located in Sector 1, Sukhna Lake is one of the most magnificent artificial lakes in India. It was created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe. Sukhna means a wish – fulfilled, perfect to its name, the lake will sooth your heart completely with its fascinating scenic view.

Winter months make Lake Sukhna, a sanctuary for many alluring migratory birds like the Cranes, Siberian duck and Storks. The lake is also a famous venue for many festivities, where the most popular one is the Mango Festival. The festival is held during the monsoon season and displays numerous varieties of mangoes. Sukhna Lake offers the promenade, the Lakeview Cafeteria, the fast food shops and boat rides. Children enjoy mini train and number of joyrides here.

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Zakir Hussain Rose Garden

Covering an area of 30 acres , the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is the Asia’s largest Rose Garden. More than 1600 different species of roses make this garden a complete alluring place. There are around 32500 other trees and medicinal plants that add to its beauty. All plants have been planted beautifully and systematically through well-managed flower beds and carved lawns. Also, the Rose Festival is celebrated every year by end of February or beginning of March.

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Pinjore Gardens

Well-known as the Yadavindra Gardens, the Pinjore Gardens is located in the Panchkula district of Haryana. The garden houses several lavish structures that portray a distinct blend of the Mughal and Rajasthani architectural styles. A central waterway runs through the entire stretch, with fountains at regular intervals. There are few cafes and restaurants present inside the gardens, where you can enjoy the picturesque views of the Shivalik Hills.

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The first planned city after independence, Chandigarh is visited by a large number of tourists each year. The plethora of picnic spots and gardens, along with the cool and clean environment makes this city a must visit for every tourist who plans to visit India.


Chandigarh: A Well- Organized And A Beautiful City

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