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THE CITY BEAUTIFUL CHANDIGARH

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LOCATION

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FACTS ABOUT CHANDIGARH Union Territory: Chandigarh Capital: Chandigarh Language: Punjabi Area: 114 km 2 Territory Area Rank: 33 Elevation: 350 m Population Density: 8400 per km 2 Website: chandigarh.nic.in

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THE CITY BEAUTIFUL  Chandigarh is the best-planned city in India with architecture which is world- renowned and a quality of life which is unparalleled. As the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh it is a prestigious city. The face of modern India Chandigarh is the manifestation of a dream that Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru envisaged and Le Corbusier executed.  Serenity and a city are two diametrically opposite concepts which however get belied in the City Beautiful. It is here that the trees and plants are as much a part of the construction plans as the buildings and the roads. Indias first planned city is a rich prosperous green city rightly called THE CITY BEAUTIFUL .

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HERITAGE

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THE ARCHITECTURE Chandigarh is one of the most significant urban planning experiments of the 20th century. It is the only one of the numerous urban planning schemes of Le Corbusier the famous French architect-planner to have actually been executed. Le Corbusier summed up his work on the city in an "edict" a few points summarized here: • The city of Chandigarh is planned to human scale. Here the radiance of nature and heart are within our reach. • This city is composed of sectors. Each sector is 800 meters by 1200 meters enclosed by roads allocated to fast mechanized transport and sealed to direct access from the houses. • The central plaza in Sector 17 was designed by Le Corbusier as "Pedestrians Paradise". No vehicular traffic will be permitted in the plaza. • No personal statues shall be erected in the city or parks of Chandigarh. The city is planned to breathe the new sublimated spirit of art.

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CAPITOL COMPLEX  The Capitol Complex is Le Corbusiers 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 citys credo of open to give open to receive .

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PINJORE GARDEN • Pinjore Gardens also known as Pinjor Gardens or Yadavindra Gardens is located in Pinjore Panchkula district in the Indian state of Haryana. It is an example of the Mughal Gardens style and was built by Patiala Dynasty Rulers. • The garden has been laid in seven terraces with the main gate of the garden opening into the highest first terrace which has a palace built in Rajasthani–Mughal style. It is called the Shish Mahal palace of glass which is adjoined by a romantic "Hawa Mahal" airy Palace. The second terrace with arched doorways has the "Rang Mahal" painted palace. The third terrace has cypress trees and flowerbeds leading to dense groves of fruit trees. The next terrace has the "Jal Mahal" palace of water with a square fountain bed and a platform to relax. Fountains and tree groves are provided in the next terrace. The lowermost terrace has an open-air theatre which is designed as a disc-like structure.

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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 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.  The layout of the garden is based on the fantasy of a lost kingdom. The moment one enters the garden the small entrance doors which make the head bow not only creates an ambience of royal but also impart humbleness. One has to pass through a verity of doorways archways vestibules streets and lanes of different scales and dimensions each one opening into a new array of display or courtyards and chambers lending an air of suspense and curiosity at every corner at every turn.

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ROSE GARDEN Zakir Hussain Rose Garden Asias largest Rose Garden and is spread over 30 acres of land having over 1600 different species or roses. These have been planted beautifully carved out lawns and flowers beds. Every year either at the end of February or beginning of March a big festival known as Rose Festival is celebrated at this garden. There are lots of competitions cultural celebrations and many other events. It is indeed a beautiful and a pleasant place to visit.

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LEISURE VALLEY • A continuum of various theme gardens to take care of the body and spirit of the city. Le Corbusier retained the eroded valley of a seasonal rivulet on the original site of the City and sculptured it into a Linear park now over 8km long .It starts from Sector 1 in the north and leaves Chandigarh at its southern most edge in sector 53. • RAJENDRA PARK Sector 1 - The Leisure Valley starts from the Rajendra Park. The park is a vast stretch of land of about 400 acres abutting the Secretariat building on its eastern side. Le Corbusier himself designed the landscape scheme of this park .Trees with round canopies and evergreen foliage have been planted here.

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LEISURE VALLEY • SMRITI UPAVAN Sector 1 - This space has been set aside to allow people to plant trees in the memory of the departed. This is a garden where every tree commemorate someone who is no more. It was formally inaugurated on 14.11.1998 by planting a banyan tree in the memory of the first Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. • BOUGAINVILLEA GARDEN Sector-3 - It spreads over an area of 20 acres. The natural choe running through the valley starts from here. The garden is devoted to hundreds of varieties of bougainvillea.

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LEISURE VALLEY • SHANTI KUNJ Sector16 - Shanti Kunj is situated between Rose Garden and Cricket in Sector 16. This is a completely noise-free area with natural undulations. The natural stream running through this garden divides the park into five areas. The five parts of the garden depict different kinds of trees such as medicinal plants vertical shaped trees flowering trees trees for shade and environmentally suitable areas. • TERRACED GARDEN Sector 33 - A small valley running through the length of the sector has been developed into a Terraced Garden. Its main attraction is an illuminated musical fountain.

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LEISURE VALLEY • TOPIARY PARK Sector 35 - It was opened to the public in 1987. Many animal shapes created out of creepers and bushes attract children to this park. A large variety of ornamental plants add to the parks charm. • HIBISCUS GARDEN Sector 36 - It covers an area of 8 acres and about 40 different varieties of Hibiscus shrubs have been planted to provide color throughout the year. • GARDEN OF FRAGRANCE Sector 36 - Situated to the south of the Hibiscus Garden it is very popular for different varieties of aromatic and fragrant plants. The flower plants like Raat ki Rani Motia varieties of Jasmine Demask Rose and many others cast a pervading aroma in this part of the Leisure Valley.

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SUKHNA LAKE Sukhna Lake is an artificial lake at the foothills of the Himalayas the Shivalik Hills. This 3 km² rain fed lake was created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills. The creation of the lake was one of the greatest gifts from Le Corbusier and the Chief Engineer P L Verma to the city of Chandigarh. To preserve its tranquility Corbusier insisted that it be forbidden to motor boats and the top of the dam promenade prohibited to vehicular traffic. The lake is fringed by a golf course to the south and Nek Chands famous Rock Garden of Chandigarh to its west. Sukhna is a sanctuary for many exotic migratory birds like the Siberian duck Storks and Cranes during the winter months.

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ADVENTURE

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FORESTS  Kansal 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. At a short distance from Kansal forest is located another reserve forest known as Nepli. Nepli is a bit more wild than Kansal.  Forest Trek : There are excellent places for trekking in the hills near Chandigarh. Most of these routes are in Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. Some of the prominent trekking routes are : Kalka to Kasauli 15km Jabali to Kasauli 6 km Morni to Tikar Tal 7km Morni to Ghagar River 4km Kasauli to Sabathu 13km

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CHHATBIR ZOO Also known as the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park Chhatbir zoo the distinguished zoological garden is located at a distance of 17 km from Chandigarh and 55 km from Patiala. The zoo sprawls across an expanse of 202 acres against a stunning green backdrop. The main attraction of the Chhatbir zoo Chandigarh is the Royal Bengal Tiger which has developed into the perfect point of interest for visiting the zoo. Visitors are taken in a caged motor vehicle to the tigers refuge to savor its attractions. While traveling inside the tigers refuge the visitors can enjoy close ups of this magnificent animal.

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KAUSANI HILL STATION • One of the most beautiful hill resorts near Nainital Kausani is one of the most scenic places which is every tourists dream destination. Far away from the fast paced life of the scorched plains Kausani is the idyllic retreat for all you nature lovers who wish to spend a few days in the lap of nature. • Nestled in the Kumaoun Himalayas Kausani in Uttaranchal is the nearest hill station to Chandigarh. Located at a height of 1890 meters above the sea level Kausani is surrounded by lush acres of greenery and dense woodlands. • During 1929 Mahatma Gandhi spent a few days in Kausani and to commemorate his memory the Gandhi Ashram has been built here.

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SOME OTHER PLACES TO SEE  Sector 17 Plaza : One of the most important places to visit is Sector 17 Chandigarhs sleek shopping area and the city centre. Planned around four pedestrian concourses meeting at a central chowk intersection the Sector 17 of Chandigarh is a pedestrians paradise dotted with fountains sculptures and groves of trees.  Government Museum and Art Gallery  Museum of Evolution of Life  The Hidden Valley : The Hidden Valley is an Ecotourism camping adventure site in the Shivalik Foothills. It is located near the famous Mata Jainti Devi Temple in Village Jainti Majri Punjab. A great experience of raw nature countryside life and a good break from the routine city life

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BAISAKHI FESTIVAL • Baisakhi festival has a lot of significance for people of Punjab. It marks the beginning of harvest season. It also celebrates the founding of Khalsa panth. According to the solar calendar this festivity of merriment falls on the first day of the Year which is usually 14th April. Baisakhi festival in Chandigarh India is celebrated with lot of excitement and cheerfulness. Men and women dress up in the best of their clothing and visit temples and Gurudwaras to offer prayers. Special food is prepared at home. Folk dances are performed. Chandigarh Baisakhi festival celebration takes place with great pomp and show.

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CHANDIGARH CARNIVAL • Chandigarh carnival is a three day long mega event that is held every year in the month of November. It is usually hosted at the Leisure valley in Sector 10. It is organized by the Chandigarh administration to promote creativity and talent of the citizens of Chandigarh and adjoining places. Carnival of Chandigarh is celebrated with fun and frolic. It provides a platform especially to children and senior citizens to come forward and exhibit their talent. It gives a boost to talented people. Various competitions are conducted for senior citizens like painting and clay modeling etc. Pick and drop facilities are provided to senior citizens so that they do not have to face any kind of inconvenience. This event definitely deserves a mention when the talk is about the popular fairs and festivals of Chandigarh.

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CHRYSANTHEMUMS SHOW • Chrysanthemums Show in Chandigarh India is a very famous flower show that is hosted every year at the Terraced garden in Sector 33. This fair is usually held in the month of December. In the Chandigarh Chrysanthemums flower show you can find distinctive varieties of flowers. As a part of this show various competitions are conducted regarding gardening in which many city gardeners participate. Chrysanthemums Show has been drawing more and more crowds each year. This flower show has been increasingly gaining momentum.

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MANGO FESTIVAL • The name mango festival is suggestive of the fact that it is a festivity of mangoes. Mango festival in Chandigarh is celebrated with splendid grandeur. It gives a platform to all mango growers of our country to display their varieties. Also the agricultural universities participate and exhibit the latest hybrids of this fruit. Chandigarh mango festival takes place in the month of June Pinjore garden usually serves as the venue. This festivity cum fair gives a fabulous opportunity to the food industries that process mango into jams pickles and canned fruit to showcase their products. This fair is drawing more and more crowds every year.

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TRADITIONAL FOODS • Vegetarian Dishes Sarson ka Saag curry of mustard leaves Dal Makhani/ Dal Handi curry of pulses Choley generally eaten with Naan Punj Ratani Dal a mixture of 5 lentils Kadhai Paneer Shahi Paneer and Sheer Korma. • Non-vegetarian Dishes Tandoori Chicken Butter Chicken Bhuna Ghosht Dish made of lamb Kebab Amritsari Fish Tandoori Fish Fish Tikka Chicken Biriyani Lamb Biriyani Keema Naans Reshmi Tikka Malai Tikka and Pork Pickle.

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TRADITIONAL FOODS • Bread Flour Preparations There are also a variety of bread and flour preparations consumed in Chandigarh. Some of them are Naan Tandoori Roti Kulcha Lachha Paratha Phulka or Chapatti Aloo Paratha Mooli Paratha Poori and Bhatoora. • Sweet Dishes Several sweet items are made by the people of Chandigarh to titillate the taste buds. The most popular and distinctive among them is Roh Di Kheer prepared by cooking rice in sugarcane juice. Some other popular desserts of the area are baalushahi jalebi and malpua. Dont forget to taste all of them while touring Chandigarh.

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HOW TO REACH o By Air : The airport is 11 km from downtown. Taxis are available for Airport transfer. Indian Airlines Jet Airways and Air Deccan connects Chandigarh with New Delhi the National Capital. o By Rail : Chandigarh is linked with New Delhi the National Capital by Rail. The Chandigarh Railway Station is 8 Kms from the city centre in Sector 17. The twice daily Shatabdi Jan Shatabdi and Himalayan Queen connects New Delhi and Chandigarh. Paschim Express connects the city to Mumbai Sadbhavna to Lucknow Kerala Sampark Kranti to Kerala and Chennai Express to Chennai. o By Road : Chandigarh is well connected by road and buses provide an important transport link. There are services from various states such as- Haryana Punjab Himachal and Delhi. It is a gateway to Himachal Pradesh as one can reach hill stations like Kasauli Chail Shimla etc within in a few hours drive. You can book your taxi on chandigarhtodelhitaxiservice.com too.

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Deep Roots Retreat Farm House Where To Stay The Deep Roots Retreat is a well-appointed and secluded working farm set amidst the Punjab Countryside just 26 km away from Chandigarh. Nestled amidst 25 acres of farmland with a fair measure of Mango and Guava trees the retreat offers an environment so tranquil and serene that staying here will be a rejuvenating break for you. The mango orchard is home to the peacocks their enchanting calls adds to the ambiance. Our Tours provide you a glimpse of the history of Punjab and take you back to an era when brave honest and pious men built the territory which we now call the Punjab. Click here to know more…

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