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Chandigarh : The City Beautiful

Updated on December 5, 2012

Chandigarh is a city and union territory in India which serves as capital of both Punjab and Haryana states . Chandigarh was planned by the famous French architect Le Corbusier and is known internationally for its architecture and urban design. Chandigarh is known to be the dream city of first Indian prime minister Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru .Chandigarh derives its name from the temple of "Chandi Mandir" located in the vicinity of the site selected for the city. Chandigarh is also known as " City Beautiful " due to its beautiful surroundings, central grid of gardens, each dedicated to different species of flora.

Master Plan of the City
Master Plan of the City

City of Art and Entertainment : Other than its amazing architecture , the city is well known for its art and creativity . The city is well planned unfettered by the traditions of the past , a symbol of India's new found freedom and a step into the future , with a view to reserve its history and heritage. Chandigarh museum of art and gallery is one of the premier institution of India with a very rich collection of Gandharan sculptures, Pahari and Rajasthani miniature paintings.

The museum has five major sections :

  • Cyclorama of Evolution of Life
  • Nature in Art section
  • Manuscript section
  • Evolution of Man section
  • Dinosaurs of India section

The Rock Garden built by Nekchand is another beautiful piece of art situated in the heart of the city . Punjab Kala Bhavan hosts regular painting exhibitions by well known artists of the country .


Government museum and art gallery sector 10 chandigarh
Government museum and art gallery sector 10 chandigarh
 The museum/art gallery exhibits 10,000 mostly Indian artwork such as sculptures and paintings. The attached Reference library houses approximately 10,000 media.
The museum/art gallery exhibits 10,000 mostly Indian artwork such as sculptures and paintings. The attached Reference library houses approximately 10,000 media.
Chandigarh rock garden is a perfect example of creativity and innovation. It is a unique garden that consists of various art objects and has been made by using industrial & urban waste.
Chandigarh rock garden is a perfect example of creativity and innovation. It is a unique garden that consists of various art objects and has been made by using industrial & urban waste.
Rock Garden is located in  Sector 1 between the Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake . It displays various sculptures made up of broken ken glass bangles, china ware, discarded fluorescent tubes, clay and coal.
Rock Garden is located in Sector 1 between the Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake . It displays various sculptures made up of broken ken glass bangles, china ware, discarded fluorescent tubes, clay and coal.
The Le Corbusier Centre( in sector 8 was set up on October 6,  2008 on the occasion of the 121st birth centenary  of  Le Corbusier, to commemorate and preserve the work and legacy of Le Corbusier with specific reference to the modern architectural He
The Le Corbusier Centre( in sector 8 was set up on October 6, 2008 on the occasion of the 121st birth centenary of Le Corbusier, to commemorate and preserve the work and legacy of Le Corbusier with specific reference to the modern architectural He
Punjab Kala Bhawan situated in sector 16 is Open Air Theatre which hosts exhibitions and other theatrical treats for art lovers
Punjab Kala Bhawan situated in sector 16 is Open Air Theatre which hosts exhibitions and other theatrical treats for art lovers
Chandigarh carnival is a three day long mega event that is held every year in the month of November.It is organized by the Chandigarh administration to promote creativity and talent of the citizens of Chandigarh and adjoining places.
Chandigarh carnival is a three day long mega event that is held every year in the month of November.It is organized by the Chandigarh administration to promote creativity and talent of the citizens of Chandigarh and adjoining places.

City of Nature : Most of Chandigarh is covered by dense banyan and eucalyptus plantations with ample area of the city covered by parks and gardens . Leisure Valley, Rajendra park, Bougainvillea Park, Zakir Rose Garden, Shanti Kunj, Hibiscus Garden, Garden of Fragrance, Botanical Garden, Smriti Upavan, Topiary garden and Terraced Garden are some of the famous parks of Chandigarh. A parrot sanctuary in the city is home to a variety of bird species. Zoological garden houses hundreds of different mammals, birds and reptiles.


Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, is a botanical garden located in sector 16 pread over 30 acres with 50,000 rose-bushes of 1600 different species.
Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, is a botanical garden located in sector 16 pread over 30 acres with 50,000 rose-bushes of 1600 different species.
Named after India's former president, Zakir Hussain , Rose Garden has the distinction of being Asia's largest.
Named after India's former president, Zakir Hussain , Rose Garden has the distinction of being Asia's largest.
Cactus Garden situated in sector 5 panchkula is known for its rare & endangered species of Indian succulents. You can spot nearly 3500 different kinds of species over there.
Cactus Garden situated in sector 5 panchkula is known for its rare & endangered species of Indian succulents. You can spot nearly 3500 different kinds of species over there.
Garden of fragrance in sector 36 is famous for its distinctive aromatic and fragrant plants and serves as a fabulous picnic spot.
Garden of fragrance in sector 36 is famous for its distinctive aromatic and fragrant plants and serves as a fabulous picnic spot.
Pinjore Gardens located in the village of Pinjore lie 22 km from Chandigarh is one of the  important tourist attraction that one can visit when on a holiday to this city . Nawab Fadai Khan, a great architect and foster brother of the Mughal emperor A
Pinjore Gardens located in the village of Pinjore lie 22 km from Chandigarh is one of the important tourist attraction that one can visit when on a holiday to this city . Nawab Fadai Khan, a great architect and foster brother of the Mughal emperor A
Bougainvillea garden situated in sector 3 exhibits more than fifty attractive varieties of bougainvillea plants.Apart from these paper beauties, the park also holds fitness tracks, which provides a good walk and morning exercise field amidst a colour
Bougainvillea garden situated in sector 3 exhibits more than fifty attractive varieties of bougainvillea plants.Apart from these paper beauties, the park also holds fitness tracks, which provides a good walk and morning exercise field amidst a colour
 Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhatbir zoo  is  located at a distance of 17 km from Chandigarh . It is indeed a marvel to see how acres of raw scrubland have been transformed into a wonderful home for wild animals.
Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chhatbir zoo is located at a distance of 17 km from Chandigarh . It is indeed a marvel to see how acres of raw scrubland have been transformed into a wonderful home for wild animals.

Modern City of Modern India : A unique feature of Chandigarh is its roads, classified in accordance with their functions. Certain areas of Chandigarh are of special architectural interest where harmonized and unified composition of building is aimed at. The central plaza in Sector-17 was designated by Le Corbusier as “ Pedestrians Paradise”. The lake is a gift of the creators of Chandigarh to the citizens to be at one with nature, away from the hubbub of city life. Then there is Rajiv Gandhi I.T park that represents post Le Curbesier development of the city .

Planned around four pedestrian concourses meeting at a central chowk (intersection), the Sector 17 of Chandigarh is a pedestrian’s paradise dotted with fountains, sculptures, and groves of trees.Sector -17 provides you with huge selection for clothes
Planned around four pedestrian concourses meeting at a central chowk (intersection), the Sector 17 of Chandigarh is a pedestrian’s paradise dotted with fountains, sculptures, and groves of trees.Sector -17 provides you with huge selection for clothes
Sukhna Lake located in sector 1 is a manmade lake which serves as a great picnic spot and an apt place for pursuing water sport activities like boating, yachting and water skiing etc.
Sukhna Lake located in sector 1 is a manmade lake which serves as a great picnic spot and an apt place for pursuing water sport activities like boating, yachting and water skiing etc.
Chandigarh War Memorial perhaps the largest War Memorial of the country, with nearly 8459 names of the Deceased Soldiers since 1947 from Army Air Force and Navy stands located in the serene and beautiful Bougainvillea garden of Chandigarh.
Chandigarh War Memorial perhaps the largest War Memorial of the country, with nearly 8459 names of the Deceased Soldiers since 1947 from Army Air Force and Navy stands located in the serene and beautiful Bougainvillea garden of Chandigarh.
Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park
Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park
Night view of the Sector 17 Chandigarh .
Night view of the Sector 17 Chandigarh .

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