Tourist Attractions - Chandigarh

Amb Sahib Gurdwara

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Location: Amb Sahib Gurdwara, a Sikh shrine, is situated in Phase 7, Mohali near Chandigarh. The Gurudwara is approximately 10 kilometers from Chandigarh.

The nearby places comprise Fortis Heart Hospital, Puda office and Punjab school Education board office. The Amb Sahib Gurdwara is located on the main highway of Mohali near Aamb Chownk of phase 7.

Main Highlights (Famous For): There is a vast mango tree in the Gurdwara, which gives fruit all through the year (means in every season). This holy place has the blessing of the seventh guru of Sikhs, Sri Guru Har Rai Sahib Ji. It is trusted that if you make a wish in Amb Sahib Gurdwara, it will definitely come true. People travel from far away places to visit this holy place in Mohali.

Amb Saab Gurudwara

Created: It is stated that in the year 1659, Guru Har Rai came to this place to meet his follower, Bhai Kooram. The main thing about this Gurudwara is the mango tree, as commanded by the seventh guru of sikhs. The devotees get mangoes in the form of Prasad. On the occasion of Sakrant, which comes during the first month of the year (January), a fair takes place in the Amb Sahib Gurdwara to commemorate Guru ji. Hoards of devotees come and visit the place every year.

About the place: This is a historical Gurudwara in the loving memory of the seventh Sikh Guru, who once came here to sanctify this place and to fulfill his promise with Bhai Kooram ji, lobana by caste, an occupant of Village Lambian, when he went to Amristsar to pay homage to the 5th Guru of Sikhs, Shri Guru Arjan Dev ji. Then following the request of Bhai Kooram ji, Guru Arjan Dev ji gave assurance to come to his place in his 7th Avatar. This great place honors the journey of Guru Sahib.

How to reach:

By Road: Chandigarh is linked by some of the central northern cities through bus services.

By Train: Chandigarh is connected to a lot of key cities. Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen are the two daily trains that link Chandigarh and the national capital.

By Air: Airport is just around 12 km away from Chandigarh center and attach Chandigarh city well with the national capital, Amritsar , Leh and other vital cities of the north India.

Bougainvillea Park

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Location: Stretched over a vast area of 20 acres, the Bougainvillea Park in the Chandigarh City is located in Sector 3. This park captivates the visitors with its different varieties of bougainvillea flowers. There are more than 60 species of Bougainvillea. This park is the venue of annual bougainvillea show. It is also used as the fitness trails by the fitness freaks.

Main Highlights (Famous For): Varieties of bougainvillea flowers, fitness trail, annual bougainvillea show, the creepers covering various parts of the park

Created: Unparallel in brilliance, this splendid park was made open to the public in the year 1976 and has been at the center of attraction since that time. This park does not have the visitors from outside the city or the country but the locals come to this park every morning and evening to enjoy walking, doing exercises and enjoying the calm surrounding.

About the place:Once you come to this place, the different varieties of colorful bougainvillea will mesmerize you and you will fall in love with the place. The park has house creepers which cover quite a large area of the park including the arcades, pavilions and the bowers of the park. From within, the person will feel the different sensations created by the colors of the enthralling bougainvillea flowers in this park and that is why it is considered as one of its kind. This well-maintained park in Chandigarh blends the modern life and the serenity and beauty of the nature together in one place making it one of the favorite destinations for the people. The fitness tracks in this park help anyone to do regular exercises in the midst of the nature and enjoy good physical and mental health.

How to reach:

By Road: One can get pleasure from the striking road journey to Chandigarh using the national highways. The No.21 national highway links Kinnaur and Ambala and the other one is No.22 joins Leh and Chandigarh.

By Train: The city is connected to a lot of central cities. The two every day trains that link Chandigarh with Delhi comprise Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen.

By Air: The airport which is just 12 kms away joins Chandigarh with important places like Delhi, Amritsar and Leh.

Capitol Complex

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Location: The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh is located in the Sector 1 of the Chandigarh City and it has three sets of Government buildings. This must-to-visit place in Chandigarh, Sector 1 has the headquarters of the Government of Punjab and Haryana both. This complex has got three spectacular building, the Secretariat, the Legislative Assembly and the High Court.

Main Highlights (Famous For): Architecture of the buildings- the High Court, the Secretariat and the Legislative Assembly, and the Open Hand Monument.

Created: This concrete building complex at the foothills of Shivalik Hills was created by Le Corbusier, the creator of the first planned city of India. The High Court was constructed in this complex between the years 1951-1957. Between the time periods 1953-1959, the Secretariat was built. This building is one of its kinds and attracts hoards of visitor everyday.

About the place: The High Court Building looks like an inverted umbrella with its double-roof structure. The frontage of this building is covered with a structure which exactly looks like an egg-crate. The visitors could experience the marvelous wall hangings created by respectable Le Corbusier on the walls of the courtrooms. Out of all the three marvels created of concrete in the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, the Secretariat is the tallest one. It seems like eight concrete slabs are kept on each other. The third structure which attracts the tourists with its artistic work and creativity of the builder is the Legislative Assembly. This complex not only has three marvelous concrete structure which signifies the democracy in our country but this complex has in the center a giant metallic monument- the Open Hand.

How to reach:

By Road: One can enjoy the beautiful road journey to Chandigarh using the national highways. One of them is No.21 joining Kinnaur and Ambala and the other one is No.22 joining Leh and Chandigarh. Various bus facilities are there like the ordinary, deluxe or semi-deluxe buses which join Chandigarh to the other cities around.

By Train: Chandigarh is connected to many important cities. Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen are two daily trains which connect Chandigarh with Delhi, the India Capital.

By Air: The airport which is located about 12 kms from the center of the city connects Chandigarh with important places like Delhi, Amritsar and Leh.

Chandi Mandir

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Location: The Chandi Mandir, Chandigarh, is a Hindu Temple is located near Chandigarh. This holy place situated around 15 kilometer away from the CHD, and located approximately 10 kilometer away from the Mansa Devi temple at the foothills of Shivalik Hills, on the Chandigarh-Kalka Road.

Main Highlights (Famous For): ancient temple, offering to the goddess Chandi, the beautiful surroundings of the Shivalik Hills

Created: This one of the hotspots of Chandigarh attracts hoards of tourists each year especially during the Navarati. The Chandi Mandir, a temple which is dedicated to Goddess Chandi, the goddess of power, is popular for its idols of Chandi, Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva and Rama and also of Lord Krishna and Radha. The city of Chandigarh was named after this Seedth Peeth of Chandi Mandir and a fort or garh near the temple.

About the place: This Chandi Mandir becomes a special point of attraction during Navratras each year and thus thousands of people from around Chandigarh and across India come here to worship the goddess Chandi. One can offer their homage to the goddess and the idols of other Hindu Gods and Goddess here and enjoy the picturesque beauty of this place as well. As far as visitors to this City are concerned, this Chandi Mandir holds very important place for them. People come here not only to offer prayers to the gods and goddesses but they the beautifully and artistically made interiors of this temple are worth seeing. One can enjoy the soothing and serene landscape of the Shivaliks surrounding this Chandi Temple and enjoy the calmness of the body and soul. There is no doubt why Chandi Mandir has been the center of attraction for the locals as well as the tourists form around the world.

How to reach:

By Road: Chandigarh is well connected by some of the important cities of the north by bus services. The buses taken could be the government buses joining Chandigarh and the adjoining cities. There is Volvo, deluxe and semi-deluxe bus services also which could help the visitors to enjoy the beautiful road journey to Chandigarh on the national highway no.21 and 22.

By Train: Chandigarh is connected to many important cities. Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen are two daily trains connecting Chandigarh and New Delhi.

By Air: Airport is only 12 km away from the city center and connect Chandigarh city well with Delhi, Amritsar , Leh and other important cities of the north India.

ChattBir Zoo

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Location: Chattbir Zoo is also known as the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park. It is located near Zirakpur, on the Zirakpur-Patiala Road about 17 kilometers away from Chandigarh.

Main Highlights (Famous For): Royal Bengal Tiger, Lion Safari, Several birds, mammals and reptiles

Created: The Chattbir Zoo in Chandigarh houses different types of mammals, reptiles and birds and it was started in seventies. Right now this place is one of the major attractions of the Chandigarh which enthralls the visitors with its exotic collection of animals. There are about 800 forms of animals here in this 202-hectare animal reserve. One can be lucky enough to have the glimpse of the Royal Bengal Tiger, which is the pride of this fantastic zoological park during their adventuresome tours to the tiger reserves, where the tigers move around freely.

About the place: The Chattbir Zoo is open for the visitors six days a week from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. and is closed on Mondays and the national holidays. Entrance fee is needed for everyone above 3 years of age. Separate fees are charged for the different kinds of vehicles. Royal Bengal Tiger is the most important attraction of this zoo. Visitors could visit the tiger reserve in caged vehicles and watch them closely. Himalayan Bear is also a point of attraction in this zoo. Some other animals present here are white deer, crocodiles, deer plus elephant. Visitors also enjoy Lion Safari in this zoo though the number of lions has reduced considerably. Children and adults come here for enjoying the whole day doing picnic, watching animals and sometimes educational tours are also conducted. The visitors are allowed to take photographs so that they could cherish the wonderful moments in this zoo later on.

How to reach:

By Road: The visitors can take the buses owned by the state government which connect Chandigarh with the other surrounding cities. There are deluxe, semi-deluxe and Volvo bus services also from New Delhi, Shimla, Manali and Dehradun.

By Train: Chandigarh is connected to many important cities through the rail. People willing to visit the place could take different trains coming here and two important trains namely Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen have daily services connecting Chandigarh and Delhi.

By Air: The airport is about 12 kms away from the center of the city. There are flights connecting Delhi and Chandigarh very well so international tourists also have good facilities by air.

City Museum, Chandigarh

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Location: The City Museum in Sector 10 of Chandigarh City is one of the wonders of its kind in structural formation in the present times. This repository is visited by people to gather knowledge about the history, plan & implementation of development and current & future of Chandigarh.

Main Highlights (Famous For): City Museum consists of unique sketches, models, architectural plans, pics, and documents, which exhibit the growth of Chandigarh from phases of rough paper drafts to their realization.

Created: The City Museum, one of the well known repositories in the city, was set up in the year 1997, to honor the 50th birth anniversary of the nation’s independence. The key reason behind the establishment of this repository was to amass, safeguard, and exhibit the designing as well as the architectural development that got into the exclusive urban designing of this great city.

About the place: City museum in Chandigarh is a famous repository. The idea behind its formation was to amass, protect and present the setting up and architectural growth. The exhibits, which that are amassed at the lowermost portion, elucidate the tale of the country’s partition and the requirement to formulate the novel Chandigarh’s Capital city. The first floor concentrates on the expansion facet and shows the objects that are based on the subject of “Chandigarh now and in the coming time.” In addition, the City Museum depicts sketches for evolution of the Leisure Valley, Sukhna Lake, and tree plantation beside roads, parklands and civic regions.

How to reach:

By Road: One can have the benefit of the stunning road journey to Chandigarh utilizing the national highways including No. 21 that links Kinnaur and Ambala and the other one is No. 22, which joins Leh and Chandigarh.

By Train: Chandigarh is attached to a lot of significant cities. The two daily trains that link Chandigarh with the national capital are Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen.

By Air: The airport that is situated approximately 12 kilometers from the hub of the city links Chandigarh with key places such as Delhi, Amritsar and Leh.

Evolution Museum

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Location: One of the fascinating sight seen places of Chandigarh, the Evolution Museum is located in Sector 10 of Chandigarh. This museum takes the visitor through a wonderful journey of history starting at the time of Indus Valley Civilization till the current time.

Main Highlights (Famous For): Galleries depicting the work in the fields of archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, history and geology, the Cyclorama Gallery

Created: One of its kinds, this Evolution Museum in Chandigarh has started its function in the year 1973 and has become a very important component of the Government Museum and Art Gallery, India. This awesome place gets visitors from across the country and the world. This museum is a unique one in the continent of Asia and amuses the visitors by taking them through a journey which is 5,000 years back depicting the origin of earth and how the life originated from the unicellular creatures and passing through different stages has come to the present time.

About the place: Evolution Museum is also known as the Science Museum and is approachable by everyone as it is situated in the sector 10 of the Chandigarh City. The museum is one of its own kinds in the entire Asia. It is not only one of the favorite places to visit for the history lovers or the lovers of archaeology and evolution but for any ordinary person as it takes one through a very amusing and interesting journey starting from the Indus Valley Civilization to the present day. This museum is opened for the visitors from 10:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. everyday and it is closed on Mondays. It has a Cyclorama Gallery depicting the origin of earth and the journey of life from the unicellular organism to the current form of multi-cellular organisms. There is a painted panel having the map of archaeological places of Chandigarh. There is a rich library which has many valuable books on evolution, biology and paleontology.

How to reach:

By Road: The visitors can take the buses owned by the state government which connect Chandigarh with the other important cities of the north India. There are other types of bus services like the deluxe, semi-deluxe and Volvo bus service which connect Chandigarh with Shimla, Manali, Dehradun and New Delhi very well. Apart from the good roads, the visitors get the additional gift of the spectacular natural surroundings during their road journeys. Taxi service is also available.

By Train: Chandigarh is connected to many important cities through the rail. There are two important trains running daily-The Shatabdi Express and the Himalayan Queen which connect Chandigarh with New Delhi.

By Air: The airport being only 12 kms away from the center of the city, Chandigarh gets connected to the rest of the country and with the other countries also through New Delhi.

Garden of Fragrance

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Location: The Garden of Fragrance in Chandigarh is just another precious bead in its necklace of gardens and has become an important tourists spot for the people from around the country and the world. One of the must-to-visit gardens of Chandigarh, this is situated in the Sector 36 on the south of the Hibiscus Garden.

Main Highlights (Famous For): picnic spot, for morning and evening walks, sweet smelling flowers of Rose, Champa, Rat ki Rani and others

Created:The great planner and architecture of the city of Chandigarh, Le Corbusier could foresee the need of gardens for the beautification of the city as well as to soothe people from the bad affects of modernization and the One of these fascinating gardens of Chandigarh is loved by the children and adults everyone for its scintillating surrounding and natural beauty which make one feel like heaven.

About the place:The first impression this Garden of Fragrance will give to its visitors is that of the paradise once they step into the garden. The garden is beautifully decorated with various types of flowers the air is always filled with the smell of the sweet-smelling flowers which will make you feel that you are out of the world. The body and mind gets rest and rejuvenated here in this park . The flowers which one can find here are- Raat ki Rani, Champa, Rose, Mehndi, Motia, Haar Shingar and different types of Jasmine. There are tracks in between the garden so that the visitors could take stroll around the place and enjoy the beauty of this place. The place is not only visited by the tourists but the locals come to this place regularly for their morning and evening walks, on occasions to enjoy picnics with their family and friends and sometime just to make their body and mind relax amongst these beautiful flowers enjoying their sweet fragrances. For those who have passion for photography, this garden could be a good place to take a snap.

How to reach:

By Road: Chandigarh can be reached through road very easily as there are bus and taxi services between Chandigarh and some adjoining cities. One can take the state-owned buses or the deluxe, semi-deluxe or the Volvo buses to Chandigarh and while plying through the national highways no.21 and no.22, the passengers could enjoy the beautiful landscapes around which make their journey memorable.

By Train: There are train services joining Chandigarh with the important cities of India especially the north India. Delhi is well connected to Chandigarh by the daily train services.

By Air: Chandigarh is approachable from the important cities of north India through the domestic airport situated about 12 km away from the city center and Delhi connects it with the international flights.

International Dolls’ Museum

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Location: The International Dolls’ Museum is located in the Sector 23 of the beautiful Chandigarh City at the foothills of Shivalik. An amazing collection for both the children and the adults of the dolls from all parts of India and across various other countries is definitely a place whose memory the visitors would cherish for their entire life.

Main Highlights (Famous For): Collection of hundreds of dolls from various parts of India including the remotest areas and also from across the world with their origin and details, ceramic model of German railway station.

Created: The wonderful museum of Dolls was started in 1985 at the Bal Bhavan and the Rotary Club of Chandigarh had helped a lot in making this dream come true to gift something different full of fun and education to the Children all around the world. This museum is managed by the authorities of the Chandigarh City and is located in the Sector 23 of the city.

About the place: This place has the most impressive and spectacular collection from all parts of India and helps the visitors getting acquainted with the people of India along with their lifestyle, dresses, famous dances etc. The visitors get spell bound by looking at the Kathakali, Kuchipudi and Bharatnatyam dance forms shown by the various dolls in this Dolls’ Museum. The children get into a different world when they get to see all the famous characters of their story books like Snow White, Cinderella, Aladdin and Ali Baba which all are beautifully and artistically designed by the local artists. A ceramic model of a German Railway Station is another attraction of the International Dolls’ Museum and leaves the visitors surprised with simulation of real passengers, railway tracks and life-size pictures. This museum is opened for all through out the year except on the public holiday.

How to reach:

By Road: One can get pleasure from the beautiful road journey to Chandigarh using the national highways. One of them is No.21 joining Kinnaur and Ambala and the other one is No.22 joining Leh and Chandigarh.

By Train: Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen are the two daily trains that link Chandigarh with the Indian Capital.

By Air: The airport that is situated about 12 kilometers from the center of the city links Chandigarh with important places like Delhi, Amritsar and Leh.

Leisure Valley

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Location: Spread over a large area, Leisure valley is one of the most beautiful and sought for tourist spot in Chandigarh. This chain of theme parks starts from Rajendra Park located in Sector 1 and going through the entire city of Chandigarh, ends in the Sector 53.

Main Highlights (Famous For): Walkway, exotic flora, theme parks, fitness trials, musical fountains.

Created: The architect of Chandigarh City, Le Corbusier could foresee how the parks and gardens around the city could maintain the originality and serenity of the city and thus about 20,000 acres of the land was kept for creating and developing parks and gardens around the city. These chains of parks and gardens together are known as the Leisure Valley of Chandigarh. The entire area is stretched over 8 kilometers and it begins from Sector 1 in the north and ends at the South of the city in sector 53. Each of these parks is given special name signifying the special characteristics they display to the viewers.

About the place: Rajendra Park in sector 1 is rich with its green lush vegetation and is mainly used for walking and horse riding. Another garden Smriti Upavan has the trees planted by the people in the memory of their loved ones. The Bougainvillea Garden of Sector-3 has varieties of Bougainvillea. In Sector 10, people can do exercises in open and could enjoy walking. The other gardens keeping up the true spirit of Chandigarh are the rose garden, hibiscus garden and terraced gardens situated in the Leisure Valley.
Leisure-Valley
How to reach:

By Road: One can enjoy the beautiful road journey to Chandigarh using the national highways. One of them is No.21 joining Kinnaur and Ambala and the other one is No.22 joining Leh and Chandigarh. Various bus facilities are there like the ordinary, deluxe or semi-deluxe buses which join Chandigarh to the other cities around.

By Train: Chandigarh is connected to many important cities. Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen are two daily trains which connect Chandigarh with Delhi, the India Capital.

By Air: The airport which is located about 12 kms from the center of the city connects Chandigarh with important places like Delhi, Amritsar and Leh.

Mansa Devi Temple

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Location: The famous shrine of Mansa Devi Temple in Chandigarh is located about 8 kilometers away from the city. This place is located at Panchkula. According to the Hindu mythology, the head of Devi Sati fell here. There are two temples and the one which is near the parking lot is considered to be the main temple of Mansa Devi Temple.

Main Highlights (Famous For): The religious value as one of the pilgrimage place, the paintings, murals in made in the temple which depicts various events from the famous epics of Hindus.

Created: This Mansa Devi Temple was established in the year 1815 by the ruler of Mani Majra Gopal Singh. The newer temple was set up by the Maharaja of Patiala. This temple symbolizes the worshippers of “Shakti” and people from all over the country come here to pay their homage to this goddess.

About the place: The Mansa Devi shrine symbolizes the culture and faith of the people of Himalaya. This temple is located at the foothills of Shivalik Hills. There is a garden of sacred trees located around this Mansa Devi Temple. This place has been the witness of cultural and religious changes in the northern India for about 200 years. During the Navarati celebration, this place is visited by millions of people from around the world who come here to worship this goddess of “Shakti”, Mansa Devi. The Patiala Temple is about 200 meters away from the Mansa Devi Temple. Various fairs are held in the surrounding areas of this place during Navratri.

How to reach:

By Road: The national highways can ensure comfortable journey and eye-catching scenarios when one takes the road to reach Chandigarh city. The national high way no. 21 (Kinnaur-Ambala) and the no.22 (Leh-Chandigarh) has the various types of vehicles like private cars, buses etc. running on it. The buses ply between Chandigarh and the surrounding cities.

By Train: Chandigarh is well connected by the rail route to the capital of India, Delhi and people could enjoy the journey from Delhi to Chandigarh with two daily trains running; the Shtatabdi Express and the Himalayan Queen.

By Air: Chandigarh is well connected by the air route as the airport in about 12 kms away from the center of the city and has connection with the places like Amritsar, Delhi, and Leh etc.

Nada Sahib Gurudwara

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Location: This famous Gurudwara of Chandigarh is located on the bank of Ghaggar River in the foothills of Shivalik in Panchkula. It is among one of the famous places of the Sikhs. It is located about 10 km east from Chandigarh City.

Main Highlights (Famous For): Religious value as Guru Gobind Sigh had halted here during the battle with Mughal.

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Created: This Gurudwara was constructed in the memory of the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji of the Sikhs. Guru Gobind Singh ji had taken shelter here while he was traveling along with his fellow soldiers to Anandpur Sahib from Paonta Sahib after he defeated the Mughals in the Bhangani fight in the year 1688. A person named Nadu Shah Lubana served Guru and his admirers and offered them milk and food. Later on, this place has been located and a platform is raised by Bhai Motha Singh from the village nearby.

About the place: This sacred place is one of the very important religious places for the Sikhs. Though the exact date of the construction of this Gurudwara and details about Bhai Motha Singh is not known but the shrine has been treated as one of the most sacred places since its discovery. Since it was taken over by the Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee in 1956, several new constructions are made around the original Manji Sahib. A dome is built in the place of original Manji Sahib. This dome is a double storeyed and there is a meeting hall there which is rectangular in shape. There is a holy flag always flying on the top of the 105 feet high structure on one side of the courtyard. Every day, religious meetings and community meals are arranged here. On the full moon day, thousands of devotes gather here from all over the north India.

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How to reach:

By Road: The road journey from the places around Chandigarh to the Chandigarh City could be enjoyed using the national highways like one between Kinnaur and Ambala(no. 21) , the other one between Leh-Chandigarh(no.22). Government bus services, Volvo, deluxe and semi-deluxe bus services are available for everyone.

By Train: Chandigarh is well connected with the various other important cities of India especially the north part of India.

By Air: The airport is located about 12 km away from the center of the Chandigarh City and it connects the city very well to the important places of India.

National Gallery of Portraits

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Location: The National Gallery of Portraits is located in Sector 17B, Chandigarh. It is one of the popular art galleries in Chandigarh and one gets enthralled by the collection of different photos of the freedom fighters, important documents and books on the freedom struggle of India.

Main Highlights (Famous For): portraits of great leaders of India, the recorded voices of the great leaders, important books and documents related to the struggle of independence.

Created: The National Gallery of Portraits is established in 1977 with an intention of making the young generation aware of the struggle of the great leaders of India for the independence. The people of colonial India have to do lots of sacrifices in order to get freedom. This national Gallery of Portraits exhibit all these things related with the Indian Struggle for Freedom to the common people.

About the place: The National Gallery of Portraits is open for the common people on all the days except the Sunday and Saturday and the official holidays. Chandigarh has the rich sources of culture and there are various creative people residing here. The collection of portraits, documents, sculptures, ceramic murals, books, recorded voices of important leaders of India are kept and exhibited to the common people. Most of these collections are the witness of the crucial struggle our great leaders and common people had to do in order to achieve the freedom of the country. The main attractions are the collection of different things related to Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. There are more than 1000 photographs preserved here. On every Sunday at 2 p.m., a film on the freedom movement of the country is shown here to the public.

How to reach:

By Road: Bus and taxi services ply between Chandigarh and the other places of north India. One can take the state buses, Volvo buses, Deluxe or semi-Deluxe buses to reach Chandigarh.

By Train: Railways connect Chandigarh with most of the places of India very well. There are some good trains which connect Chandigarh and New Delhi.

By Air: The city is well connected to some important cities of the north India as the domestic airport is only 12 km away from the center of the city. Through the Delhi Airport, the city is connected to the international flights also.

Open Hand Monument

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Location: The Open Hand Monument in Sector 1 of Chandigarh City at the foothills of Himalayas, Shivalik Hills is one of the marvels of its kind in structural creation in the modern world. The Open Hand Monument is visited by people to look at the magnificent metallic structure which is made of metal sheets and resembles a metallic hand pointing towards the sky and working like a wind vane. The structure is 14 meter high and is about 50 tons in weight. It conveys the social message of peace and harmony to all and is also the official emblem of Chandigarh.

Main Highlights (Famous For): Conveying the Harmony and peace message to everyone; structural excellence of the concrete building

Open Hand Monument

Created: Created by the respectable planner and builder Le Corbusier, the Open Hand Monument in the midst of Capitol Complex in Sector 1 in Chandigarh attracts thousands of visitors everyday from all over the country and across the world. This metallic structure resembles like a metallic bird which slowly rotates on the ball bearing. According to the local people, this metallic hand-like structure represents the map of Haryana.

About the place: This wonderful place of attraction in the Chandigarh City does not have any entrance fees for the visitors. Visitors can go this place in the early morning and enjoy the unique structure created by Le Corbusier. This architectural excellence is made of metallic sheets and has a base made of large chunk of iron. This base is buried several meters into the ground so that it could have enough support for the hand and the beam of this metallic hand. It rotates like a weathercock and shows the direction of the wind to the people around. Once a person is in Chandigarh, it is very hard to avoid this astonishing place which is one of the major attractions for the visitors.

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How to reach:

By Road: One can enjoy the beautiful road journey to Chandigarh using the national highways. One of them is No.21 joining Kinnaur and Ambala and the other one is No.22 joining Leh and Chandigarh. Various bus facilities are there like the ordinary, deluxe or semi-deluxe buses which join Chandigarh to the other cities around.

By Train: Chandigarh is connected to many important cities. Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen are two daily trains which connect Chandigarh with Delhi, the India Capital.

By Air: The airport which is located about 12 kms from the center of the city connects Chandigarh with important places like Delhi, Amritsar and Leh.

Panjab University

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Location: This one of the oldest universities in India is located over vast area of land in sector 14 and sector 25. The Punjab University is a residential complex and there is a sports complex, a health center, hostels and residential places beside it.

Main Highlights (Famous For):

The different departments of the university, Gandhi Bhavan, Student Center, Museum, museum of fine arts

Created: The Punjab University was established in 1882 at Lahore (belongs to Pakistani Punjab). The university lost its campus after the independence and worked with the make-shifted ones from different places of Punjab and Delhi. Under the guidance of the architect and planner Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret relocated the campus in Chandigarh. This university now an inter-state body which works in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Chandigarh.
Panjab University
About the place: The University of Punjab is spread over 550 acres of land with its main administrative and academic buildings being located in the sector 14. There are about 75 teaching and research departments and about 15 centers for teaching and research at the main campus in Chandigarh. Spread across different states, it has 188 affiliated colleges under it. One of the landmarks of this university is the Gandhi Bhavan which is an auditorium hall in the middle of a water body. There is a mural created by Jeanneret at the entrance of this hall. There is another land mark in this University of Punjab which is the Student Center. It got started in 1975. It is now the office of the university Student’s council.One can enjoy the Punjabi foods at the cafeteria here and also enjoy the picturesque beauty around. There are 4 museums in this university and the museum of Fine Arts has the works of different artists from modern India.
Panjab University
How to reach:

By Road: The tourists could enjoy the beautiful journey from the adjoining cities to Chandigarh by taking the bus or taxi services which are plenty in numbers. The national highways no.21 and no.22 connects Chandigarh to the many important cities of the north India very well.

By Train: Chandigarh is well connected through the railways to the capital of India, New Delhi. There are two daily trains running between Chandigarh and New Delhi; the Himalyan Queen and the Shatabdi Express.

By Air: Chandigarh is well connected with the important cities of north India through the air as the domestic airport is only 12 km away from the center of the city.

Pinjore Garden

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Location: The pinjore Gardens in Chandigarh is also known as the Yadavindra Gardens. This beautiful garden is located about 20 km away from Chandigarh and about 15 km away from Punchkula on the Chandigarh-Shimla Highway. This garden has been decorated with exotic flowers and trees and is considered to be one of the ideal places for the excursion and picnic.

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Main Highlights (Famous For): picnic lawn, mini zoo, nursery, the varieties of flowers and trees, fountains

Created: This serene heavenly place was designed by the foster brother of the emperor Aurangzeb, Nawab Fadai Khan, who was also a great architect. This garden was conceptualized based on the design where a waterway is flowing in between and along side of it are the flowers and trees giving relief to the eyes and mind of the people . There are various construction which were done under the supervision of Nawan Fadai Khan. There are- Sheesh Mahal(the palace of glass), the Rang Mahal (the painted palace) and the Jal Mahal(the palace of water).
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About the place: There is a channel in the middle of the garden and beautiful walkways along the channel. The sides of this water way are decorated with stretches of flowering plants, grass. There are many trees and visitors could take rest in the shades of these trees. The entire garden is stretched over an area of 100 acres. There are historic palaces for the lovers of the history, a mini zoo for the children, picnic spot , a Japanese Garden and beautiful fountains which have splendid lighting and can be enjoyed after the sun set. There is a huge area in the garden from where the visitors could get entire view of the garden very well. During the month of April, the spring festival is arranged here and during the months of June and July, Mango Festival is arranged here.
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How to reach:

By Road: There is regular bus and taxi service from the adjoining areas of Chandigarh to this place. The beautiful landscape can be enjoyed while using the national highways no.21 and no. 22 to visit this beautiful garden.

By Train: Chandigarh is well connected to many important cities especially the capital of India by two important trains:Shatabdi Express and the Himalayan Queen.

By Air: The domestic airport is about 12 km from the city center and is well connected to the cities of north India. Delhi connects Chandigarh with the international flights.

Rock Garden

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Location: Situated in Sector 1 between the Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake.

Main Highlights (Famous For): Superb artistic work created from industrial as well as urban waste material

Created: Mr. Nek Chand, a government functionary, was the founder of this great garden, which magnetizes hoards of visitors every year. Rock garden is also named as Nek Chand’s Rock Garden. Mr. Chand commenced his work in the year 1957. He worked there secretly during his free time.
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In his leisure time, Mr. Nek started gathering up materials from destruction sites near the city. Nek reprocessed these waste materials and give them some shape according to his imagination. Nek’s work was against the law, but he was capable of concealing it for a long period of about eighteen years before it got detected by the governmental agencies in the year 1975.

Mr. Chand’s artistic work was in severe danger of being destroyed, but he was able to obtain public outlook on his side, and in the year 1976 the recreational area got kicked off as a public space. Chand was offered salary, a designation (“Sub-Divisional Engineer, Rock Garden”), along with a staff of 50 workers with the intention that he could focus full-time on his work. At present, Rock garden covers up a region of more than forty-acres (160,000 m²). It is entirely constructed of industrial plus home waste and discarded materials.

About Rock Garden: Chandigarh’s well-known place rock garden is the essence of novelty as well as excogitation. Situated in Chandigarh’s Sector 1, Rock Garden is an exclusive garden, which comprises a range of artistic objects. Rock garden boasts of sculpts produced by making use of a range of different thrown away waste materials such as photo frames, splash guards, cutlery (spoons & forks), handle bars, wires made of metal, play marbles, pottery, car parts, broken bangles and much more. However, the best part regarding of this famous garden is that each of its artistic work has been created by making use of industrial plus urban waste material. Rock garden is a distinctive creation and connoisseurs come from various parts of the globe to visit this wonderful, incredible plus startling piece of art.
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How To Reach: You can reach Rock Garden:

By Road: There is an outstanding road network in the city. There are two national highways, i.e., No. 21 (Ambala-Kinnaur) and 22 (Chandigarh-Leh), which serve up this great city by linking it with other regions of the nation.

By Train: Chandigarh is well attached with key cities through train. The two trains Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen that connects Chandigarh with the national capital runs on a daily basis.

By Air: The airport, which is linked with the national capital, Leh and Amritsar is situated at a distance of around 12 kms from the city center.

Rose Garden

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Location: To keep up the spirit of the beautiful City of Chandigarh, Zakir Hussein Rose Garden in sector 16 of Chandigarh has some splendid varieties of Roses which would never allow any visitor to just pass by without having a close look at them. The blooming flowers and their fragrance attract thousands of people to this spectacular place every day. Situated next to the City Center of Chandigarh, this rose garden has celebrations with lots of pomp in during the February and March months.

Main Highlights (Famous For): More than thousand varieties of roses, various other plants, cultural and many other annual events

Created: Because of his interest in horticulture and liking for flowers, Dr. M.S. Randhawa, the first Chief Commissioner of Chandigarh, took interest in planning and giving shape to this Rose Garden and it got created in the year 1967. Since then, this spectacular place has been attracting visitors from every corner of the world. People come here and rediscover the beauty within their heart as nothing as expressive and charming as a rose flower.

About the place: One of the best gardens in the entire Asia, the Rose Garden in Chandigarh is one of the unique places attracting hoards of visitors from all over the country and the world. It is also known as “Zakir Rose Garden” after one of the former President of India, Dr. Zakir Hussain. This spectacular garden has some rare varieties of roses along with some medicinal plants. The place is stretched over 27 acres of land and has got about 17,000 plants. There are about 1,600 species of the rose in this garden. One can see the beautiful rose plants in the flower beds

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and the beautifully carved lawns. The annual festival of Gardens is held each year in the month of March. There are various competitions which are held such as; photography, bonsai, landscaping etc. One could enjoy delicious food, various rides and other cultural events here.

How to reach:

By Road: One can have the benefit of the appealing road journey to Chandigarh using the national highways that comprises No.21 national highway that links Kinnaur and Ambala and the other one is No.22, which connects Leh and Chandigarh.

By Train: Chandigarh is linked to a lot of central cities. Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen are two every day trains that link Chandigarh with the national capital.

By Air: The airport which is located about 12 kms from the center of the city connects Chandigarh with important places like the national capital, Amritsar and Leh.

Sector 17

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Location: One of the most popular shopping areas of the Chandigarh City is Sector 17 and it is popularly known as City Center. This area is around a large

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place where four public courtyards intersect. Not only for the enjoyment of walking but this Sector 17 area is also enjoyed by the visitors for its eye-catching sculptures, fountains and clump of trees which make the area look greener and soothing to the eyes.

Main Highlights (Famous For): Shopping center of various items from renowned brands, fountains, green surrounding

Created: Sector 17 was created to represent the modern Chandigarh with a number of shopping arcades, government offices, banks etc. The credit goes to Le Corbusier and his team in keeping such space in the heart of the beautiful city of Chandigarh to fulfill all types of requirements of the locals as well as the visitors. The government emporium of Haryana “Phulkari” from where people could select the specialties of this place is also located in Sector 17.

About the place: For the shopping freaks, this Sector 17 area is as a paradise. It has got shops of known and known brands, Shopping malls like KC, TDI etc., movie halls, restaurants, banks, discos and pubs. Once a visitor is here, any requirement could be fulfilled ranging from the music appliances to the CDs; fabrics to the tailor’s shop; jewelries to the imported materials; footwear of all kind and obviously the embroidered items from this state. There are three cinema Halls in Sector 17 where people could enjoy watching movies and spend some of their good time. In the evening, the neon lights and the lighting in the fountains make the place one of the beautiful and magnificent places of the earth.

How to reach:

By Road: One can enjoy the striking road trip to this beautiful city utilizing the national highways. One of them is No.21 linking up Kinnaur and Ambala and another one is No. 22 connecting Leh and Chandigarh. Lots of bus facilities are there like the ordinary, deluxe as well as semi-deluxe buses that connect Chandigarh to the other cities around.

By Train: Chandigarh is linked to many vital cities. Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen are two daily trains that link Chandigarh with the India Capital.

By Air: The airport that is situated around 12 kms from the city’s hub links Chandigarh with central places such as Delhi, Amritsar and Leh.

Sukhna Lake

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Location: Sukhna Lake is a man-made reservoir located in the sector 1 of Chandigarh City at the foothills of the Great Himalayas, the Shivalik Hills. This wonderful place has got a broad walkway, a cafeteria, an amusement park and paddleboats to move around in the lake.

Main Highlights (Famous For): Exotic birds, walkway and scenic beauty.

sukhna lakeCreated: Chief Engineer P.L.Verma formed this spectacular lake with the help of Le Corbusier in the year 1958. This artificial lake got created when the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal watercourse was dammed. Le Corbusier was not mistaken in his anticipation that at one point of time the city people would look forward towards a place of tranquility and would like to rediscover the serenity of the nature. The wise thoughts of Corbusier were made the dreams come through by some of the great planners of the Chandigarh City. To maintain the calm and quiet environment of this lake, motor boats are not allowed here and the boardwalk of this magnificent lake should not have vehicles allowed on it. To the south of this lake, there is a links course and to the west is the well known Rock Garden of Chandigarh.

About the place: This lake arranges for the rowing and yachting championships of Asia and is also famous for various other types of water sports like kayaking, sculling and water skiing. Not only for the walkers to maintain the health but the scintillating beauty of this Sukhna Lake attracts people from every walk of the life. Since its creation, this lake has been the home for various exotic migratory birds.
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How to reach:

By Road: One can enjoy the beautiful road journey to Chandigarh using the national highways. One of them is No.21 joining Kinnaur and Ambala and the other one is No.22 joining Leh and Chandigarh. Various bus facilities are there like the ordinary, deluxe or semi-deluxe buses which join Chandigarh to the other cities around.

By Train: Chandigarh is connected to many important cities. Shatabdi Express and Himalayan Queen are two daily trains which connect Chandigarh with Delhi, the India Capital.

By Air: The airport which is located about 12 kms from the center of the city connects Chandigarh with important places like Delhi, Amritsar and Leh.

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