Chandigarh – The first planned city of India welcomes you!
General information and history of Chandigarh
Chandigarh can be described in just three words, planned, cosmopolitan and prosperous. This city was the result of a dream envisioned by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and which was given the practical shape by Swiss architect Le Corbusier in the year 1950.
The first planned city of independent India, Chandigarh is the joint capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana and is also known as “The City beautiful” due to the fact that this place is a grand mix of greenery with modernization merged into one!
Major Attractions of Chandigarh
A lake located at the heart of Chandigarh city is this lovely lake where sunset and sunrise gets a different meaning! In the calm and quiet environment, one can enjoy the breeze boating, watching birds, and the flora and fauna around.
Located close to the Sukhna Lake, The Rock Garden was cultivated and prepared by a former government official, Nek Chand who hid this place from the government for 18 years till the year 1975! This garden is full of sculptures and pottery work all over and is interlinked with the sideways of the Sukhna Lake too.
Mesmerizing its visitors with 1600 different species of roses spread over a 30 acre landscape, the Rose Garden is best visited during the Rose Festival time, during the end of February or start of March. The musical fountain shows makes the visitor’s evenings enchanting too!
International Doll Museum
Chandigarh also boasts of a one-of-a-kind museum where dolls and puppets from almost 25 countries are displayed. Established in the year 1985, this place is a hunting ground for kids with its major attractions being the toy train and the Indian doll section.
Located at a distance of 45 kilometers from the city of Chandigarh, Morni Hills is a perfect place to visit for bird and nature lovers. This place is an offshoot of the Sivalik range and is named after a Queen who is supposed to have ruled the region long ago.
Pinjore Garden, also known as Yadavindra Gardens was constructed by a Nawab during the Mughal times. This garden was later reconstructed and redecorated by the Maharaja Yadavindra of the State of Patiala. Currently this place boasts of innumerable palaces which give one the view of the Mughal Empire along with sprawling lawns making this a favored picnic spot.
This zoo located in the planned city houses innumerable wild animals, reptiles and birds and is also known as Mahendra Chaudhry Zoological Park. The major tourist attraction here is the famous lion safari that one should definitely try!
Le Corbusier Centre
This place was named on the Swiss Architect Le Corbusier who was responsible for giving Chandigarh the planned look it boasts of today. This was the building he used to sit in while planning the city and is currently a museum where his memoirs and times are held intact.
Established in the year 1987, the Cactus Garden is the largest of succulent gardens in Asia, filled with over 3500 species of cacti. Tourists flock here every year to encounter the wonder.
Besides these attractions, the city has plenty of shopping malls, restaurants, bars and pubs which will make your stay hot and happening!
Accommodation & Transportation
Being one of the major tourist destinations in North India, Chandigarh is full of budget hotels and the starred ones which are close to the tourist destinations. Private cars and public transportation is also affordable and can be used as required.
How to travel to Chandigarh?
The planned city is an easy reach by air with an airport located in the city and is well connected to major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Amritsar and Jammu. There are regular trains from different parts of the country to Chandigarh such as Shatabdi and The Himalayan Queen service. And even by car it’s a pleasurable journey, in case one loves long drives!
With such greenery and modernization awaiting one, you surely cannot give this “City Beautiful” a miss, for sure!!