Chandigarh is a union territory in India that is the capital of the two neighboring states of Punjab and Haryana. The city is unique as it is not a part of either of the two states but is governed directly by the Union Government.
It was one of the early planned cities in post-independence India and is internationally known for its architecture and urban design. The master plan of the city was designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier.
Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex was in July 2016 declared by UNESCO as World Heritage. It is the best place to visit in Chandigarh.
1. Government Museum and Art Gallery
Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, is a premier museum of North India having collections of Gandharan sculptures, Pahari and Rajasthani miniature paintings. It owes its existence to the partition of India in August 1947. Prior to the partition, the collections of art objects, paintings and sculptures were housed in the Central Museum, Lahore, the then capital of Punjab. Videography is not allowed in the museum, but you can click photographs with there permission, but they have their conditions.
- Tripod is not allowed
- Extra lights and flash is not allowed
- Address – Sector 10, Chandigarh
2. Rock Garden
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh is a sculpture garden. It is also known as Nek Chand’s Rock Garden after its creator Nek Chand Saini. It is spread over an area of 40 acres and completely built of waste and discarded items. Discarded items include frames, mudguards, forks, handlebars, metal wires, marbles, crowns of soft drink bottles, auto parts, broken bangles, pieces of slate, burnt bricks and even human hair recovered from barbers’ shop.
The layout of the Rock Garden Chandigarh is based on the fantasy of a lost kingdom. When you enter the Rock Garden Chandigarh, the small entrance door makes the head bow like the old royal times. There are many doors inside each one is opening to a different type of displays. Because of that, there is suspense at every turn which gives a curious feeling that what’s gonnacome next. Rock Garden Chandigarh consists of man-made waterfalls and other sculptures that are placed in walled paths.
- Entry Fee – INR 30 per person for adults, and INR 10 per person for children.
- Timings – Rock Garden Chandigarh timings change as per different seasons.
- Tip – Try visiting the garden on a weekday since weekends are too crowded
3. Lake reserve forest and City forest
If you want some quiet time in the woods free from the noise and pollution of urban life, step into the newly minted city forest aka ‘Nagar Van’. Spread over 100 hectares in and around the lake reserve forest area, this oasis of calm broken only by the cries of peacocks and birdsong, is all set to be inaugurated this month. Tall green trees and brightly coloured flowers border a giant green gate that leads you to an open air gym to the right and a children’s park to the left.
- Entry Fee – No Entry Fee
- Timings – 06:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- 03:00 PM – 06:00 PM
- City Forest Chandigarh Address: Rock Garden of Chandigarh, Sector 1, Chandigarh.
4. Sukhna Lake
Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh is man-made, created by damming the seasonal stream that comes down from the Shivalik Hills, Sukhna Choe. The lake distance is around 3 km. Le Corbusier’s greatest creation, his vision for Sukhna lake still lives on.
Le Corbusier had predicted that people would be drawn to Sukhna Lake. True, because people of all ages come here for a walk and exercise.
The lake also witnesses many festivals that are enjoyed by the tourists as well as the locals. Sukhna also has a membership-based clubs. This place is the most sought after picnic spot in Chandigarh.
- Timings: 5 am to 9 pm (All days of the week)
- Entry: Free
- BoatingFees: 200 rupees for two person
5. Le Corbusier center
Le Corbusier Centre has been set up by the Chandigarh Administration, at the old Sector 19 office of the city’s architect. This museum has all the data related to architect Le Corbusier and this museum is very wonderfully constructed. This Museum has documents, plans and photos of Le Corbusier, along with enthralling letters enlightening the politics following the project, and also one from Jawaharlal Nehru to the Chief Minister of Punjab.
As this center shows what contributions have done by Le Corbusier to make this beautiful city Chandigarh. This Museum is made for the fans and followers of Le Corbusier. This museum only consists of work of painting and art, and be a sign of the harmonic union of Le Corbusier architecture, paintings, sculptures, furniture propose and his writings which are exclusive and probably the only one such accessible structure in the humanity.
The main museum building is rather simple and utilitarian with one main gallery displaying the photographs, furniture, and paintings of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. Sometimes short lectures and workshops are also organised by prominent artists, art historians, writers of Chandigarh, etc.
- Established – 2008
- Opening Days – Closed on Monday and every other days it is open.
- Visiting Hours – 10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.
Chandigarh is the best place to visit in Chandigarh. It is the cleanest city in North India. There are so many tourist places to see in this beautiful city. Every tourist place in Chandigarh is well preserved. If you want the detailed knowledge of each video then visit my YouTube channel at Lovetravelling Youtube Channel