Chandigarh Tourist Places and Travel Attractions

Chandigarh is a totally planned city of avenues, boulevards, gardens, geometrically designed quarters and public buildings of ultra-modern design, Chandigarh named after the temple of Chandi, was first conceived by Mayer and Novicki but adapted and carried through to completion by the world-famous Le Corbusier. The great French architect’s vision was executed by Pierre Jeanneret, Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew who completed most of the building between 1951 to 1965.

The basic planning unit of the city is the sector, each 246 acre, completely self-contained sector a rectangular 1.2 kms by 0.8 kms with a shopping street cutting across it. Each sector has its own schools, places of worship, and shops, none of which are more than 10 minutes walk away from home. The reason of its rapid development is also as it’s the capital of Punjab as well as Haryana.

When to visit: October to March

Places of Interest

Capital Complex: The Secretariat, Assembly and High Court buildings are Le Corbusier’s architectural masterpieces, Nek Chand’s Rock Garden’.

Museum & Art Gallery: More of Le Corbusier’s handiwork. There is much from the ancient to the modern among the 2,500 exhibits here.

Punjab University
: In beautiful hilly surroundings landscaped with parks and pools is one of the country’s most attractive campuses. Gandhi Memorial, Swimming pool, the Library and the student centre with its inexpensive but appetizing meals are special attractions here.

Shopping Centre
: All the gaiety of the city is to be found in this bustling super bazaar.

Sukhna Lake
: A 3 sq km artificial lake with a delightful promenade beside it. Boating and fishing with permission. The Zoo is nearby. Rowing and Paddle boats are available.

Zakir Rose: This, the largest rose garden in Asia, over 30 acres in extent, has over a thousand varieties of roses, milk bar, and jet fountain.

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