Chandigarh, one of the Union territories of India, is a favorite travel destinations among domestic as well as foreign tourists due to its lush greenery, urban design, low crime rate and cleanliness. The visitors get mesmerized by its natural beauty, that’s why Chandigarh is also called the ‘City Beautiful’.
Here is a list of some of the most visited tourist places in the Chandigarh.
1. Rock Garden:
Amazing artwork and well-crafted sculptures make Rock Garden a perfect destination for art lovers. You will be surprised to know that these spectacular sculptures are made up of industrial and home waste material such as discarded fluorescent tubes, broken bangles, porcelain, metal wires, play marbles and many more. Nek Chand was the person who laid the foundation of this garden, so it is also known by the name Nek Chand’s Rock Garden. Other things in Rock Garden that captivate visitors are picturesque waterfalls, narrow bridges and an open amphitheater.
2. Sukhna Lake:
Situated at the foothills of Shivalik range, this artificial lake will relax your mind as well as soul. The calm atmosphere of Sukhna lake attracts many solitude seekers. Several boats are also available including Shikara for tourists to enjoy boating and admire the beauty of the place. In addition to this, you can spot various fish species and migratory birds like Siberian crane and ducks. Sukhna lake also offers visitors the stunning views of sunset, thus don’t miss it.
3. Rose Garden:
Rose garden, also called Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, named after India’s former President Zakir Hussain, is one of the largest botanical gardens in Asia. This garden acquires an area of nearly 30-40 acres with about 825 varieties of rose. It is also a home to around 32,500 species of medicinal plants and trees. Many cultural events and competitions are also organized here on the occasion of Rose festival, held annually either in February or March. There are also some beautiful fountains in the Rose garden which adds beauty to the place.
4. Government museum and Art Gallery:
Government Museum, designed by well-known architect Le Corbusier, is divided into 4 sections dedicated to portraits, architecture, history and art. It is famous for its collections of coins and paintings from historic times. You will also find dinosaur fossils and antiquities belonging to Indus valley civilization in this museum. The art gallery boasts wonderful pieces of artwork and magnificent sculptures.
Best time to visit:
From mid-August to November is the best time to visit Chandigarh because at that time, the weather is neither too hot nor too cold.
Food places to eat:
Nik Baker’s, Virgin Courtyard, Pal Dhabha, Swagat Restaurant, Pashtun, Willow Cafe, Whistling Duck, The Lalit and Barbeque Nation are some of the best food places to eat in Chandigarh.
Hotels to stay:
There are many hotels in Chandigarh providing great accommodation such as Hotel Icon, JW Marriott Hotel, The Piccadily, Hotel Mountview, Taj Chandigarh and Hotel Diamond Plaza.
So, If you want to have a memorable trip then must visit Chandigarh during your vacations and collect some unforgettable moments.