Chandigarh is the best-planned city in India. Its architecture is world-renowned. Chandigarh is the capital of 2 states of India, Punjab, and Haryana. It is neatly planned and divided into sectors which are connected nicely with each other. Each sector has a park and a shopping street with plantations surrounding them. It has lots of tourist attractions but here are 10 best places to visit in Chandigarh.
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1) Rose Garden
Rose Garden has 825 varieties of flowers and 32500 varieties of trees. It is spread over 30 acres and largest garden of its kind in Asia. It showcases innumerable medicinal plants. Flowers are in full bloom in February and March. It has a relaxing atmosphere and a true sight to eyes. It has entry fees of ₹50 only.
2) Sukhna Lake
Sukhna Lake is located at the foot of Shivalik Hills. It is a man-made lake and is 3km long. One can enjoy a lazy boating tour over it. It has various species of fishes and migratory birds which make it a mesmerizing view. It has no entry fees.
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3) Rock Garden
Rock Garden is a massive open-air exhibition which displays sculptures made from urban and industrial waste. It is located between Sukhna Lake and Capitol Building. It is a 40 acre garden of a colorful mosaic of art pieces and sculptures. It has 5000 statues and a true example of ‘Best from Waste’. There are terracotta pots and light fixtures. Art and crafts are redefined in this garden. It has entry fees of only ₹5.
4) The Capitol
Chandigarh Capitol Complex is a seat of government designed by architect Le Corbusier and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is spread over in 100 acres. Shadow tower in Capitol Complex is constructed in such a way that not a single sun ray enters it from any angle in summer. It appears like an inverted umbrella.
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5) Pinjore Garden
Pinjore Garden is a beautiful Mughal garden built in the 17th century in the district of Panchkula. It is spread in 100 acres. It has maintained greenery, refreshing fountains and mesmerizing water bodies. It has beautiful flora, a mini zoo, a serene Japanese garden, and a splendid nursery. The best time to visit is in the evening when it gets lit up after sunset. Its Entry fees is ₹ 20.
6) Bougainvillea Garden
Bougainvillea Garden is just 4km from Chandigarh Bus Station. It is a 20-acre beautiful park. It exhibits 65 varieties of bougainvillea shrubs. Flowering trees have been planted which gives a colorful effect. It is situated within Chandigarh War Memorial and is dedicated to the martyrs from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Chandigarh.
7) International Doll Museum
International Doll Museum is a tourism hotspot of Chandigarh. It was initially set up for kids. It has an amusement park for children, toy trains and collections of beautiful dolls. Dolls showcased are from different countries of the world. There are also 10 murals of landmarks of different countries with colored blowups. It is free for children and for adults the entry fees is ₹10
8) Chhatbir Zoo
Chhatbir Zoo or Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park is home to a large variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles. It is the largest zoo in Northern Punjab. It has 369 mammals, 400 birds, and 20 reptiles. It has India’s longest walk-in aviary with 300m long walk showcasing 32 species of indigenous and exotic birds.
9) Terraced Garden
Terraced Garden is famous and boasts of being home to colorful & vibrant flowers. It is spread over in an area of 10 acres. The greenery and scenic views can calm any soul. It is named as the terraced garden as there are different levels, shapes and terrace designs visible. It has musical light fountains which come to life in the evenings. It is a must visit for nature lovers. It has no entry fees.
10) Cactus Garden
Cactus Garden is officially known as the National Cactus and Succulent Garden & Research Centre. It has more than 3500 rare and endangered species of Cactus and succulents. It also holds a bonsai collection of succulent and nonsucculent plants. It is one of its kind garden in all of Asia.