Chandigarh- City Beautiful with a Heart

Chandigarh- City Beautiful with a Heart

A person with Punjab connection resonates with the simple mention of the city beautiful- Chandigarh. I am one such fellow. Internationally known for its planning and architecture, Le Corbusier’s creation Chandigarh is one of the cleanest and the happiest cities in India. In one of the articles, BBC named Chandigarh as the perfect city in terms of architecture, modernisation and cultural growth.
Back in the 1890s, the first architect of the city Albert Mayer challenged ‘American claim that rejected the City Beautiful concepts’ and determined to build one. The city, later completed by Le Corbusier in 1949 replaced Lahore, the capital city of Punjab before partition.

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One can find a number of ‘The Open Hand sculptures’ in Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh, a sign of peace and reconciliation. Chandigarh derived its name from the ancient temple of an Indian Goddess- ‘Chandi Mandir’ in Panchkula.

The city has produced many renowned personalities. Industry exposure, the freedom of expression and a great many opportunities, Chandigarh attracts learners and achievers from all over the country.
Ayushman Khurrana, Abhinav Bindra, Yami Gautam, Yuvraj Singh, Bani J, Sachin Bansal- Binny Bansal and Gul Panag are a few of the famous personalities from the city:)

My Connection with Chandigarh

When I was a child, Chandigarh was my parents’ favourite place to visit on weekends. Just two hours drive from our home and complete with amazing things to do, Chandigarh carved a deep influence on my mind and heart.
The city is well-planned and the breathtaking modern architecture takes you on a dream ride. My all-time favourites are Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Sukhna Lake, Musical fountain, Sector 17 market and Japanese Garden.

Rock Garden

It was the creative mind of Nek Chand who built sculptures from waste materials like broken crockery, glass and bangles. The man raised the 13-acre empire of pottery covered concrete structures. Rock Garden was opened to the general public in 1986. A workforce of 50 labourers was allotted to Nek Chand to develop the garden.

You will be surprised to know that Rock Garden is the second most popular place in India after Taj Mahal.

Sukhna Lake

Sukhna Lake is the place Chandigarh people love to boast about. Le Corbusier created the lake for the care of body and spirit. Seasonal steam ‘Sukhna Choe’ was dammed to develop beautiful Sukhna Lake. Tranquil lake, green patches and picturesque view, Sukhna lake is adored by one and all. It is frequently visited by tourists, health-conscious walkers, families seeking quality-time together and enthusiastic youngsters.

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden is counted as one of the best places to visit in Chandigarh. Japanese architecture, Pagoda tower, meditation hut and Japanese food; Japanese Garden takes you to Japan without travelling too far. Buddha idol and other sculptures make your visit enjoyable.

Laser Musical Fountain

You can’t afford to miss the Laser Musical Fountain in the happening market of sector 17. Colourful patterns of light dancing with the fountain water presents a breathtaking view. Wait for the night to fall for the exclusive light and sound show. It will be a precious addition to your cherished memories:)

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70 Comments

  1. Loved this post! Have always heard about what a great city Chandigarh is and your post does a great job of highlighting everything that is special about it πŸ˜€ Had heard about the Rock Garden and Sukhna Lake, but had not known about the Japanese Garden. Glad to discover it via your post 😊

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  2. Loved this post! Had heard about what a great city Chandigarh is, and your post does a great job of highlighting what makes it so wonderful. Had heard about the Rock Garden and Sukhna Lake but didn’t know about the Japanese Garden. Glad to know about it via your post!

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  3. I so enjoyed reading your post, Aditi. I visited Chandigarh just once, years ago, but the impression that beautiful city made on me is still fresh on my mind. The Rock Garden is a labour of love and we can never thank Le Corbusier enough for the only planed city in India.

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  4. Wow, what a walk in Chandigarh, had been there long back but missed visiting Japanese garden. Chandigarh can happen any time it’s such a planned city that one longs to go again. Lovely post

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  5. I visited Chandigarh long time back on some official business. I took my mother along with me. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Rock garden. But we did not have time for many other places. I will definitely make a second visit. A lovely post, very informative and enjoyable.

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  6. Today I feel so proud to read this post about the city of my birth and childhood. I have spent 22 years of my life in this city and every pore on my skin oozes with pride. Every Sunday of my life while I was there was spent visiting atleast one of the places that you have mentioned and even now when I go back with my kids to my parents place, Sukhna Lake is always on my to go list. I feel so good that my elder son too looks forward to going to Sukhna Lake just like me.
    And just to make a passing mention, Binny Bansal was my classmate in school for 12 years. Another reason to feel so proud.

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  7. Never been in Chandigarh, but this Blog train has helped me to know more interesting places around. I am really surprised to hear about the Rock Garden that it is the 2nd most popular place next to Taj!

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  8. I stayed in Chandigarh for 5 years and I miss it so very much. For me, it is the best place in India to settle down, having all the ingredients of a perfect city – All the pleasures of metro cities as well as the simplicity and peacefulness of small towns. Love your blog absolutely as it took me back to those lanes of the city beautiful.

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  9. I loved my visit to Chandigarh and totally agree with you that it is a city with a heart! Lovely write-up and you have covered all the highlights very well.

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  10. This post is fabulous. NEver visited Chandigarh but always heard nostalgic Chandigarh stories from 2 of my ex-colleagues and they always took me to a virtual trip. Thanks for another one in my virtual trips to Chandigarh

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  11. Aah, Chandigarh!
    I’ve heard praises of the city from a couple of my friends. Heard praises of both Rock garden and Sukhna lake, although I’d never heard of the Japanese garden.

    Lovely post. Thanks for sharing the information and taking the train forward.

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  12. Aditi I have visited chandigarh but usually while going up the hills. It’s so clean that I envied people staying there. Have visited rock garden too but didn’t know the fascinating tidbit you shared. Would like to visit this city sometime and give it more time than in the past.

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  13. I have always wished to visit Chandigarh for so long and your post has made my wish stronger. Chandigarh had always attracted me because of its planning and architecture. The places you introduced in your post are really mesmerising. It is surely a great place to live and visit as well.
    #readbypreetispanorama

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