Chandigarh is one of the most planned Cities of India. This beautiful City is the joint Capital of Punjab and Haryana states of India and it is a Union Territory. The famous architect Le Corbusier is the master designer of this City. It is amazing to see the sectoral division of the City, long and wide roads, great architecture and many places of tourist interest. This City can be your starting point for the Himachal Pradesh Circuit tour. Chandigarh City is extremely hot in summer and extremely cold in winter and the temperature range is −1 °C to 46 °C OR 30 °F to 114 °F. The Chandigarh Rock Garden is World famous.
New Delhi to Chandigarh – 250 Km (Road, Train, and Air connectivity)
Chandigarh to Shimla – 121 km
Places of Tourist Interest in Chandigarh:
It is a large lake in Chandigarh very near from the Rock Garden. This reservoir is a picnic spot, and you will find hundreds of tourists visiting here daily. The lake has boating facilities, and the best part is hundreds of ducks living in this lake. They always come out of the lake and you can feed them. It’s a nice experience for children and adults as well.
Chandigarh Rock Garden
Rock Garden is a place you may like to visit each time you are in Chandigarh. It is the creation of a man named ‘Nek Chand’. He was secretly working on this garden for several years as a sculpture garden. When the government authorities found out about this place, due to public support, they allowed Nek Chand to continue his work and create a unique rock garden in the World. The raw material is broken pieces of stones, ceramics, glass, pipes, electrical parts and all such things collected from scrap. This place also has several human-made waterfalls and is a must visit place. There is an entry fee for this garden, and you need to visit during day time.
Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is a large botanical garden in Chandigarh spread on 30 acres of land. The garden is a marvel with 50000+ rose plants. Annual Rose Festival is a major event over here. The maintenance of this garden is with local administration and it is a major tourist spot and very famous for photography.
Elante Mall: Are you planning for some shopping in Chandigarh? Elante Mall is the second largest shopping mall in North India and third largest in India. The mall has more than a million square feet of retail space and you will enjoy shopping here.
International Dolls Museum:
This museum is in Sector 23 in Chandigarh. It displays a splendid collection of dolls and puppets from all over the World. The museum started in the year 1985 with a partnership between Chandigarh administration & the local Rotary Club. The collection includes dolls collected from countries like Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Russia, and Korea, etc. One more attraction for children here is the toy train.
Open Hand Monument: This monument is a design by the architect Le Corbusier (master Architect of Chandigarh). It is a hand of peace, prosperity, and unity.
‘Dhaba’ is the name for local roadside Punjabi restaurant on a highway, but there are many available in multiple sectors of Chandigarh with authentic Punjabi food. This City is a costly place to live but a major business hub in a North India. Make sure to visit the Chandigarh Rock Garden during this trip.