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Tourist Attractions in Chandigarh - Gardens, Buildings, Architecture, History, Museums & Art

Continued from City Beautiful : Captivating Chandigarh - The City of Gardens

Also known as the “City Beautiful”, Chandigarh is widely appreciated for its cleanliness. The city is well connected by air, road and rail and has much to offer the discerning traveller who is guaranteed to see glimpses of the city’s past, culture and tradition. More Gardens in Chandigarh

4. Rock Garden, Chandigarh The Rock Garden is one of the most unique and highly acclaimed tourist attractions in Chandigarh. Located in Sector 1 between Capitol complex and Sukhna Lake, the Rock Garden was designed and constructed by Nek Chand. The most unique and valuable feature of this garden is that it has on display a number of creative figures and sculptures that have been created using urban & industrial waste materials and art objects such as bottles, tin cans, broken glass etc. Once you visit this masterpiece, you will understand the value of creative thinking and appreciate how beauty can be created from waste and discarded materials.

 5. Pinjore Garden, Chandigarh Situated on the Chandigarh – Shimla road, Pinjore Gardens is one of the most popular picnic spots in Chandigarh and is spread across more than 100 acres. Also called Yadavindra Gardens, these gardens were designed by Fidai Khan. In addition to its sloping grounds, the Pinjore Garden looks even more splendid due to the fountains that can be found around the garden.

6. Smriti Upavan, Chandigarh Inaugurated in 1988 on Children’s Day & located in Sector 1, this is a forest area that is dedicated to the deceased and allows people to plant trees in the memory of their loved ones.

7. Shanti Kunj, Chandigarh As is evident from its name, Shanti Kunj is a serene and peaceful garden in Sector 16 which is popular with people who enjoy yoga and long walks. The highlights of the garden include medicinal plants, flowering trees, open air stage, and pools.

In addition to these, there are many other serene, green and beautiful gardens in Chandigarh including the Botanical Garden in Sector 1, Rajendra Park, Cactus Garden and the Terrace Garden

Buildings, Architecture & History – Chandigarh Excellence

   

1. Capitol Complex, Chandigarh This is one of the most well known and highly acclaimed works of Le Corbusier. Located in Sector 1, the Capitol Complex is home to 3 famous buildings – the Secretariat, the High Court and the Assembly. The Open Hand in the centre is a large metallic sculpture – Chandigarh’s official emblem.

2. The City Center, Chandigarh The City Center is located in Sector 17 and is abuzz with activity, especially in the evenings as tourists, shoppers and residents flock this area. It can also be called the hub of Chandigarh.

3. Martyr's Memorial, Chandigarh Close to the Assembly Building, this is a monument that remembers and salutes the martyrs during the Punjab partition.

4. The Rajiv Gandhi Chandigarh Technology Park (CTP) During these times of IT expansion, this highly specialised technology park comes across as one of the most advanced IT destinations, offering world class technology to an array of IT and BPO companies in the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

5. Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh This is another must-see while in Chandigarh. Created in 1958, the Sukhna Lake is a beautiful man-made lake situated in the foothills on the Shivalik range and spread across 3 kms. Tourists, visitors and locals visit this picturesque lake for picnics as well as to enjoy a breath of fresh air. Visitors also indulge in a range of outdoor activities such as water skiing, & boating.

Sports, Art, Culture & Museums in Chandigarh

Sports enthusiasts have plenty of opportunities to indulge in a game of their favourite sport. This includes Cricket, Golf and Hockey etc. Sports complexes in Chandigarh include – Cricket Stadium in Sector 16, Hockey Stadium in Sector 42, and Chandigarh Golf Club in Sector 6.

Museums & Academies in Chandigarh are an important part of its rich cultural heritage and till date preserve its culture and art. Some of the well known Museums & Academies in Chandigarh include –

 * Fine Art Museum Punjab University
* National Gallery of Portraits
* Department of Fine Art Gallery Panjab University
* Government Museum & Art Gallery, Sector 10
* Museums of Evolution of Life, Sector 10
* International Dolls Museum, Sector 23
* City Museum
* Lalit Kala Academy, Sector 34
* Sahitya Academy, Sector 34
* Sangeet Natak Academy, Sector 34
* Pracheen Kala Kendra, Sector 35

Chandigarh is a colorful city with a number of different shades and elements that make it an extremely livable city and an even more attractive tourist attraction.

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