The City of Gardens
A fast paced modern city, Chandigarh still fascinates tourists with its old-world charm. The union territory of Chandigarh, India is the capital of the twin states of Haryana and Punjab. The city positions itself between two seasonal streams, the Sukhna Choe and the Patiala ki Rao. Named after mother Chandi, the goddess of power, Chandigarh is the place where the temple of Goddess Chandi was set up. The city is beautified with green gardens, beautiful lakes and ancient temples. It is built as the archetype of a prosperous and modern India. It is famed for finely laid out residential blocks, gorgeous gardens and grid-planned roads.
After the segregation of India in 1947, thousands of migrants from West Punjab settled in the eastern towns. Lahore, the capital of undistracted Punjab went to Pakistan. The Indian part remained without a capital city, which led to the option of a site in the foothills of Shivalik range in 1948. That is how Chandigarh originated and got its name from an existing village, Chandi.
Major Tourist Attractions in Chandigarh
Covering a large area of 100 acres, Pinjore Garden is a spectacular land. It is also known as
Yadavindra Gardens. It has some mythological legends attached to it, which says that the Pandavas had visited the place during their exile. With its Japanese garden, mini zoo, nursery and numerous lawns, it is a preferred picnic spot for tourists as well as locals.
This famous garden in Chandigarh is a representation of artistry and innovation. Sandwiched between the Capitol Complex and the Sukhna Lake, the garden is put up with the industrial and the urban wastes. Sprawled in an area of 64 acres, Rock Garden is fashioned in the form of an open-air exhibition hall.
This man-made attraction lies in the base of the magnificent Shivalik range. It is a favourite picnic location for tourists. This 3 km long lake is built by blocking the flow of the Sukhna Choe stream. Tourists can enjoy strolling through the shores of this shining lake and relaxing in the tranquil of clean water. Yachting, water skiing and boating are the other activities that people can enjoy here.
Spread across a huge area of 17 acres, this garden boasts of various types of rose plants comprising 1600 plant varieties. It also has rare species of plants with medicinal value. The garden remains open to public from morning to evening. It also serves as the venue to host the annual festivals of garden.
The architectural splendour of the city is reflected in the Capitol Complex. The credit for the awe-inspiring structure of the Capitol complex goes to Le Corbusier. The complex houses the Legislative Assembly, the High Court and the Secretariat. The structure houses a twofold cover that appears like an overturned umbrella.
Other Places to See
Some other attractions of Chandigarh include Botanical Garden, Devi Chandalika Temple, Bamboo Valley, Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary and Leisure Valley.
Best Time to Visit
Between August and November.
The city offers some lip-smacking Punjabi delicacies including Makki di Roti, Sarson ka Saag and the traditional Punjabi choles.
Tourists can find here a variety of tip-turned-up jooties and Punjabi dupattas. Sector 17 serves as the main shopping area with handicrafts emporiums of various states. Tourists can buy wood crafts and embroidered silk garments.
Chandigarh has some of the luxury hotels, offering all modern facilities. Mid range and budget accommodation is also available.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is 11 Kms from the city. Various airlines operate regular flights, connecting Chandigarh to all main cities of India.
Chandigarh is well linked with Delhi and other important cities by Rail. Chandigarh Railway Station is the nearest railhead.
An excellent network of roads link Chandigarh with all major cities in North India. Regular bus services from different states like Haryana, Punjab, Himachal, Uttaranchal and New Delhi are also available.