Famous Tourist Places In Chandigarh


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Famous Tourist Places In Chandigarh


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Famous Tourist Places In Chandigarh

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Chandigarh is the best planned city in India. Its architecture is recognized worldwide and its quality of life is unmatched. Capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana and the territory of the Union in Chandigarh it is a prestigious city. The face of modern India Chandigarh is the manifestation of a dream that Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru envisioned the execution of Le Corbusier. Serenity and a city are two diametrically opposed concepts which are however hidden in the "beautiful city". Chandigarh is a rare example of modernization coexisting with the preservation of nature. It is here that trees and plants are as much part of construction plans as buildings and roads. The first planned city of India is a rich prosperous and epic green city aptly called “THE CITY Beautiful”.

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The Capitol Complex is Le Corbusier’s most spectacular work. The magnificent edifices set against the Shivalik peaks stand “as massive concrete sculptures representing the monumental character authority that the complex represents. It is the seat of the government of the States of Punjab and Haryana. It comprises three epoch-making master-pieces: the Secretariat the High Court and the Legislative Assembly. Separated by large piazzas the subtle and most evocative grouping of these buildings is of breath-taking beauty. And in the centre stands the giant metallic sculpture of The Open Hand the official emblem of Chandigarh signifying the city’s credo of ‘open to give’ open to receive’. Capitol Complex

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Rock Garden Chandigarh has the distinction of having a unique world acclaimed Rock Garden. It Consist of art object fashioned from industrial and urban waste. It is situated between the capital complex and Sukhna lake in Sector1.It nestles amidst 20acres of woods in the form of an open air exhibition hall theatre trove and a miniature maze all rolled into one vast fantasy land of art and landscape. It is without doubt a tourist spot that is a must on the itinerary of visitor to Chandigarh. An unpretentious entrance leads to a magnificent almost surrealist arrangement of rocks boulders broken chinaware discarded fluorescent tubes broken and cast away glass bangles building waste coal and clay-all juxtaposed to create a dream folk world of palaces soldiers monkeys village life women and temples. The open air sculptures and concealed gateways separating them are at places enhanced by a waterfall pools and an open air theatre with proper stage setting.

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Rose Garden Zakir Hussain Rose Garden Asias largest Rose Garden and is spreaded over 30 acres of land having over 1600 different species or roses. These have been planted beautifully carved out lawns and flowers beds. Like the cultural zone which is just across the road in sector 10this was also planned by Dr. M.S. Randhawa as his interest in horticulture and fondness for flowers was profuse. Every year either at the end of February or beginning of March a big festival known as Rose Festival is celebrated at this garden. Over 20000 people visit this festival. It’s one of the great celebrations in the city. There are lots of competitions cultural celebrations and many other events.

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Forests Kansal n Nepli Chandigarh has 3245 hectares under forest and most of it is hilly. The forest areas are mostly around Sukhna Lake Sukhna Choe and Patiala ki Rao. Near village Kansal on the outskirts of Chandigarh towards the hills is a reserve forest entry to which is restricted. One has to obtain an entry pass to see it. A large area of natural forest is preserved intact and one can have a real feel of a forest. Inside this forest is located a rest house which is surrounded by beautiful grassy lawns and flower beds.

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At a short distance from Kansal forest is located another reserve forest known as Nepli. Nepli is a bit more wild than Kansal. On two sides it is surrounded by small hills and the whole area is covered by thick forest which is full of wild life. There is a small rest house amidst green and flowery lawns. A walk in these forest areas can be very rewarding as one may come across large variety of wild animals - antelopes neelgais hyena jackals and hares. The Deputy Conservator of Forest Chandigarh issues permits for entry to these forests.

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International Doll Museum The International Dolls Museum in Sector 23 of Chandigarh has an interesting collection of dolls and puppets from all over the world covering the variant art of more than 25 countries. Chandigarh citys International Dolls museum is closed on Sundays.

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Government Museum And Art Gallery The Government Museum and Art Gallery in Sector 10 of Chandigarh has a fine collection of stone sculptures of the Gandhara period. The museum is the place to see the prehistoric fossils and artifacts along with modern art and miniature paintings. The Government Museum and Art Gallery of Chandigarh is open from 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and is closed on Mondays

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