Placed at the base of the Shivalik Ranges, Chandigarh is popular for being the first-planned city of the country. This fabulous city is the administrative capital of both Haryana and Punjab and Chandigarh is known for its urban design and architecture that was done by architects like Le Corbusier (team lead), Maxwell Fry, Pierre Jeanneret and Jane Drew.
Sukhna Lake is a man-made lake that lies at the base of the Shivalik ranges. This 3 km long artificial lake is quite popular as a picnic spot amongst locals as well as tourists. This lake becomes the venue of a number of activities such as water skiing, boating and yachting. Every morning people can be seen here enjoying the cool breeze, indulging in bird watching, taking a leisure walk and partaking in jogging.
Placed between the Capitol Complex and the Sukhna Lake in Sector 1, Rock Garden is a proof of human imagination One of its kind, this garden is known to have sculptures that are made-up of industrial and urban wastes includes coal, clay, china ware, broken glass bangles and discarded fluorescent tubes. Created by Chandigarh’s former Road Inspector, Nek Chand is spread in 64 acres of land. This garden also hosts Teej festival every year.
Covering an area of around 100 acres of land, Pinjore Gardens is a must-visit as it is home to a number of attractions. Also known as Yadavindra Gardens, this garden has a mythological connection also, dating back to the days of Mahabharata. This garden comprises of a Japanese garden, a mini zoo, a nursery and a number of beautiful well-manicured lawns. The garden looks beautiful during the day with its descending terraces and during the night because of its colourful fountains. The yearly mango festival and Baisakhi festival are organized.
The Leisure Valley has come-up as one of the most sought-after picnic spots of Chandigarh. This garden is spread throughout the city, which starts from Rajendra Park in Sector-1 and concludes at the Bougainvillea garden in sector 3. The garden gets a curved twist when it passes the brink of Sector-23. This cluster of beautiful garden becomes the venue of a 3-day long affair in the month of February, which is a cultural delight.
Shopping at chandigarh
handigarh is known for housing a number of shopping venues that offer a variety of products. The city has a mix of traditional kinds of local markets, shopping complexes and shopping malls. This city offers an interesting mix of traditional stores and contemporary outlets. If you love shopping, you have unlimited options. There are handicrafts from Haryana and Punjab including Phulkari items, durries, jutties, parandis, colorful dupattas, interesting knick-knacks and much more. In Chandigarh, you can get clothes and accessories of most of the international brands. Some of the shopping centres are also nice places to hang out as they include cafes, eateries, fountains, sculptures and trees. Shopping complexes of Sector 17, 35, 22, 14 and 19 are some of the popular ones.