Whenever one thinks of Chandigarh the first thing that comes to mind is the Rock Garden. However, there is much more to Chandigarh than this amazing garden. One of the most well-planned cities in India and comprising a favourable climate and resorts in Chandigarh, the city boasts of a number of attractions that truly make it a traveller’s delight. So, on this Independence Day, get to know your country better by visiting the peaceful city of Chandigarh.
The Rock Garden
A trip to Chandigarh is incomplete if you haven’t visited the Rock Garden. Covering an area of 40 acres, the garden is a fine example of the ingenuity of the human mind. Discarded items such as bottles, sinks, electrical wastes, broken pipes, glasses etc have been used to create amazing sculptures and waterfalls. The park was created by Nek Chand Saini, a government official, and was inaugurated in 1976. Today, it is the most popular tourist site attracting tourists from all over India.
Le Corbusier Centre
Located on the Madhya Marg, Le Corbusier Centre is a striking building. It was once the office of Le Corbusier, the famous and innovative architect who planned the beautiful city of Chandigarh. Today, the centre is a museum. The centre is a must-visit as here one can get a fascinating glimpse of the legacy and the work of the noted architect. One can visit the museum between 10 m and 6 pm.
Abounding with utmost greenery, Pinjore Gardens is a treat to the eyes. A Mughal era garden, the garden was built in the 17th century for the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The garden is home to terraces, fountains, open-air theatre, cypress trees and a variety of exotic flowers. All through the year many festivals are held at the garden like Pinjore Mango Fair, Pinjore Baisakhi Festival, Pinjore Heritage Festival etc.
If you love wildlife, then a visit to Chhatbir Zoo is a must. Situated some 20 kilometres away from Chandigarh, the zoo is home to a number of reptiles, birds, and animals like the Sambar Deer, Asiatic Lion, Indian Leopard, Zebra, sloth bear, black buck among others. If you are lucky, you might also get a glimpse of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Inaugurated in 1977, the Chhatbir Zoo is one of the most popular attractions near Chandigarh.
Where to stay
The city is home to many hotels and restaurants in Chandigarh ranging from the budget-friendly to the premium. But, if you are looking for a royal treatment then you should check out the LaLiT Chandigarh. The hotel comprises 179 suites and rooms which come with fabulous amenities like king/twin beds, mini bar, tea/coffee maker, writing desk, lounge chair and many more. Along with a hospitable staff amenity such as 24-hour on call doctor, wake up service, laundry service, daily housekeeping and turndown service, etc. would make your stay more comfortable. Also check out LaLiT’s Independence Week Experience and savour the tempting dishes curated by the hotels acclaimed chefs.