In this piece of article, we will be taking you to Chandigarh where we will travel the major tourist magnetism it holds. As you may already know that the name Chandigarh has derived from the auspicious Hindu temple dedicated to Devi Chandi. However, the temple itself is 15 Km away from the city. This is the sole reason that it is not included in the list. Enough chit chat! Let’s get started on our Chandigarh tour. We have carefully picked the places we feature in this list. Aspects like, variety, accessibility, and family-friendliness has been taken into the account. As you can see this a very short and crisp list and also we have tried to keep repetitiveness at the bay. So there might be an exclusion of 5 Places to visit in Chandigarh because we have listed someplace similar with a greater repute.
5 Places to visit in Chandigarh:
1. Rock Garden of Chandigarh
The Rock Garden is one of a kind garden of sculptures. Also, it is popularly perceived as Nek Chand’s Rock Garden named after its founder. Nek Chand, a government official, began designing the garden covertly in his spare time s from the year 1957. With an expanse of forty acres (160,000 sq.m.) the Rock garden is among the most fascinating tourist spots in Chandigarh.
What’s so interesting about this garden? Well, for the fact that it’s entirely built of industrial and home scrap and dumped items. Hence the sculptures here are made utilising bottles, glasses, bangles, tiles, ceramic pots, sinks, and electrical waste. Moreover, apart from sculptures, this garden also features man-made connected waterfalls adding more to its beauty. In a world of pollution and the subsequent expensive eco-friendly campaigns, Nek Chand’s garden has been taking a stand for the environment long before it was in trends.
2. Sukhna Lake
Are you a photographer or a painter? If you’re either one of these and looking for a spot to beat the creative block you have been having, visit this lake. Sukhna Lake stretches across 3 km and is enclosed by a golf course on the south and the famous Rose Garden on its western end. Being a safe haven of a number of migratory birds like cranes and Siberian ducks it puts forth quite a destination for bird watchers.
The scenic appeal of the lake serves as a true pleasure for the photographers and artists who love to seize the breathtaking spectacle. Oh, I almost forgot about water sports! The Sukhna Lake also holds the record for the longest channel for rowing and yachting in Asia. Thus, if you are into water sports, you are in for a treat as well.
The lake has its origin in the year 1958 and is one of the best Places to Visit in Chandigarh. It was created by damming the Sukhna Choe stream running from the Shivalik hills contributing in its name.
3. Zakir Rose Garden
So, by far in our Chandigarh tour, we have been in a recycled sculpture garden and tranquil lakeside. What’s next? How to mix things up further? What about some flora and fauna?
Zakir Hussain Rose Garden covers over 30 acres of land and features 50,000 rose-bushes of 1600 distinct species. Named after the former president of India, Zakir Rose Garden has the repute for being Asia’s largest rose garden. It is said that the garden is famous not only for the roses but also for plants of medicinal value. What are those? Some of the plants you can find here that has rich medical properties are bel, Behera, Harar, camphor, and yellow Gulmohar.
How to enjoy this place? For starter, put your earphones on. Play a piece of soothing music. Keep your nostrils free. And start cruising around this garden. I’m sure you will figure out the rest.
4. International Dolls Museum
This one is a bit offbeat than the rest. The International Dolls Museum was instituted in 1985 by Chandigarh’s Rotary Club. And it showcases dolls and puppets of diverse cultures from all around the world. To be more specific you can enjoy as much as 25 countries’ cultures such as Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Korea, Spain, and Russi.
.It is located in sector 23. Moreover, you can use the neighboring Bal Bhavan as a landmark to track this place down.
Speaking of the collection, this place holds a total of about 250 specimens that ranges from dolls representing Indian tribes and brides to Indian mythical characters (the Ramayana). Besides your kids will surely love the dolls depicting fairy tales like Snow White.
5. Chandigarh Capitol Complex
Finally, we had secured the concluding spot for the one and only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Chandigarh. Chandigarh Capitol Complex is a matchless legacy from the very maker and planner of the city itself Le Corbusier to India.
It situates itself in the sector-1 of Chandigarh India and it covers over an area of approximately 100 acres. By intention, it is a principal demonstration of Chandigarh’s architecture and antiquity. It encompasses three main buildings, three iconic monuments, and a lake. Those being:
- Palace of Assembly or Legislative Assembly
- High Court
- Open Hand Monument
- Geometric Hill
- Tower of Shadows.
So, these are some Places To Visit In Chandigarh. As we stated earlier we excluded several tourist attractions of this enchanting Chandigarh India in favour of the length of this blog. Not only these Top 5 Places to visit in Chandigarh in India, but also we will like to mention a few of them as honorary entries such as Government Museum and Art Gallery, M.C. Zoological Park, Chhat Bir Zoo, Zirakpur, Elante Mall, Prachin Chandi Mata Temple.