Chandigarh, acclaimed as ?The City Beautiful? is India?s 1st planned modern city designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. It is a city and a union territory that serves as the joint capital of two states ? Punjab and Haryana. Chandigarh along with adjoining cities of Mohali (Punjab) and Panchkula (Haryana) are together called Chandigarh Tricity. The name Chandigarh comes from the combination of two words - Chandi and Garh, where Chandi refers to Hindu goddess Chandi and Garh refers fort. Also, the name is a derivative from Chandi Mandir, an ancient temple devoted to the goddess Chandi. Chandigarh spreads over an area of approximately 114 sq km. It experiences an utmost climate with hot summers (March to June) and chilly winters (November to February). The monsoon season is pleasant in the evenings but humid during the daytime. The most pleasant time to visit Chandigarh is autumn (August to November). All three common means - road, rail, and air, provide perfect connectivity to the city. GetMeCab is an ideal option to choose for reaching and exploring the beautiful city.
There are lots of interesting places in Chandigarh
which fascinates the people and tourist like:
• Sukhna Lake
Located in Sector 1, Sukhna Lake is one of the most magnificent artificial lakes in India. It was created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe. Sukhna literally means 'a wish fulfilled'. Perfect to its name, the lake will sooth your heart completely with its fascinating scenic view. Winter months make Lake Sukhna, a sanctuary for many alluring migratory birds like the Cranes, Siberian duck, and Storks. The lake is a popular venue for many festive celebrations, where the most popular one is the Mango Festival. The festival is held during the monsoon season and displays numerous varieties of mangoes. Sukhna Lake offers the promenade, the Lakeview Cafeteria, the fast food shops and boat rides. Children enjoy mini train and number of joyrides.
• Rock Garden
The Rock Garden is located in the middle of the Capital Complex and the Sukhna Lake. Created by artist Nek Chand, the garden depicts the value of trash materials. The rock garden is built by using junk like broken tiles, crushed chinaware and sanitary ware, old street lights, useless bricks, caps and bottles, bicycles handlebars and many more. The garden is open all seven days of a week and attracts tourists of all ages.
• Zakir Hussain Rose Garden
Asia's largest Rose Garden spread over 30 acres of land and is situated in Sector 16. Over 1600 different species of roses make this garden a complete alluring place. There are around 32500 other trees and medicinal plants that add to its beauty. All plants have been planted beautifully and systematically through well-managed flower beds and carved lawns. Every Rose Festival is celebrated every year by the end of February or beginning of March.
• Government Museum and Art Gallery
Located in Sector 10-C (near Rose Garden), The Government Museum and Art Gallery of Chandigarh is a natural history museum and an art gallery. It was established in August 1947 and designed by noted architect, Le Corbusier. The Government Museum and Art Gallery has the sections like National History Museum, the National Gallery of Portraits, Chandigarh Architecture Museum, other than the gallery. The museum/art gallery exhibits 10,000 Indian artwork sculptures and paintings. It also offers two museum shops and a small cafeteria.
• Open Hand Monument
This monument is located in Sector 1, the Capitol Complex of Chandigarh. It is designed by the architect Le Corbusier. The Government of Chandigarh values it as its emblem. The height of the monument is 26 meters (85 ft) and the metal structure weight is 50 short tons (100,000 lb). It was designed to rotate in the wind.
• International Dolls Museum
The Dolls museum has dolls and puppets from more than 25 different countries. The museum is managed by the Indian Council of Child Welfare and was established in 1985. The prime attraction of the museum is the Indian section and the toy train.
• ChattBir Zoo
It?s a zoological park situated close to Zirakpur having a large variety of birds, reptiles and mammals. The lion safari is the most interesting part of this zoo. It is the most developed zoological park and the Royal Bengal tiger is its pride. Zoo opens throughout the week except Mondays. It was a raw land and transformed into a perfect habitat abode for wild animals. The animals here enjoy open natural surroundings. This favors their behavior and health both.<br><br> Besides these famous tourist spots, other tourist places include Valley of Animals in Sector 49, The New Lake in Sector 42, Butterfly Park in Sector 23, Capitol Complex in Sector 1, Garden of Palms in Sector 42, City Centre in Sector 17, Garden of Fragrance in Sector 36, the Terraced Garden in Sector 33, the Japanese Garden in Sector 31 and many more. All these destinations are easy to reach by road within few hours and are best weekend getaways to explore.
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