Places To Visit In Chandigarh While Exploring The City

Rose Garden

The dream city of India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Chandigarh is one of the first planned cities of India. Quite distinct from the entire country, Chandigarh is quite an organized place to visit at least once in a lifetime. It is a Union Territory and is administered by India’s central government. One of the most striking features of Chandigarh is the vast blue sky along with the vast mountains beautifying the backdrop. While heading towards the city via roadways, one would get an amazing view of the skyline with the massive Shivalik Ranges arranged in the backdrop. The image of the Chandi Temple nestled on the hilltop can also be seen faintly. Chandi Temple holds major significance as this is where Chandigarh got its name from. It is safe city for female travellers to head out on solo trips or in a group of all girls as it has been recorded to have the lowest crime rates in the entire country. Apart from city developments, there are a number of attractions that one might desire to explore while on a tour. Also, there are a number of tourist places near Chandigarh that you might wish to explore during weekends. To know more about the city and its offerings make sure to stay glued to the article ahead.

Top 8 Places to Visit in Chandigarh

  1. Rose Garden
  2. Rock Garden
  3. Sukhna Lake
  4. Pinjore Gardens
  5. The Government Museum and Art Gallery
  6. The Capitol
  7. Terraced Garden
  8. Thunder Zone

1. Rose Garden

If you desire to admire nature at its best then visiting Rose Garden is an ideal choice. Nestled in the 16th sector of Chandigarh, Rose Garden is a treat to watch. It is expanded in an area of 30 acres and features exquisite varieties of roses of all the colours including red, pink, yellow etc. Built in year 1967 by MS Randhawa, the first Chief Commissioner, this garden is one of its kind in Asia. It is also named as the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden after Zakir Hussain, the former president of India. The garden boasts of nearly eight hundred and twenty-five varieties of beautiful and colourful flowers. These are some of the rarest flowers that can be found in the garden. There are also over thirty-two thousand and five hundred different varieties of medicinal plants and trees. The vegetation of the garden is neatly planted and are taken care of by expert professionals. Plus, the backdrop of the garden features the massive Azure mountains which further adds on to the beauty of the place. The centre of the garden features a fountain. When in Chandigarh, make sure to visit the garden and bring back some of the most amazing clicks.

Distance From City Centre – 1 km

Entry Fee – No Entry Fee

Visiting Hours – 5:00 AM – 9:00

Ideal Time Required to Explore Rose Garden – 4 to 5 Hours

2. Rock Garden

Rock Garden

The renowned Rock Garden is situated in Sector 1. It is a designed open-air exhibition hall that has successfully used industrial as well as urban waste by a former inspector of Chandigarh city, Shri Nek Chand. Hence, it is also popularly known as Nek Chand’s Rock Garden. Spread in an expanse of 40-acres, it boasts of mosaic sculptures and art pieces for the visitors. Built back in the year 1957 this piece of uniqueness has become a major piece of novelty and innovative imagination in the city of Chandigarh. There are a total number of five thousand statues situated within the garden. There are different kinds of embellishments and installations in the three different phases that the entire garden is segregated into. The first phase is a huge labyrinth of niches, chambers, and terracotta pots that are beautifully decorated using mirrors, toilet fixtures, tiles, broken bangle pieces and pieces of tube lights. The installations here include statues of human figures, animals, and birds crafted using waste materials. The second phase of the garden is a major attraction as it boasts of an impressive waterfall. Other features of this phase include intricate pathways, amphitheatres, and courtyards along with a miniature village. This phase also hosts a number of cultural events all around the year. The last and the final phase features life-size statues of camels and elephants.

Distance From City Centre – 4 km

Entry Fee – Entry Fee is INR 5 for adults and INR 3 for children.

Visiting Hours – 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM from the months ranging from April to September and 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM for months ranging from October to March.

Ideal Time Required to Explore Rock Garden – 4 to 5 Hours

3. Sukhna Lake

Sukhna Lake

The popular Sukhna Lake is nestled at Shivalik foothills amidst the beautiful Chandigarh surroundings. It is a man-made lake that stretches for almost three kilometres which was developed back in the year 1958 by damming Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream that flows from the mighty Shivaliks. Morning jogging and walking by the side of the pristine blue water lake is one of the perfect activities that you can indulge in. It is also a delightful place for photographers and artists along with a destination for trying out various fun activities including boating, riding on the Solar Cruise, and trampoline jumping. The lake is also home to various migratory species like cranes and Siberian ducks as well as a number of fish species. The lake therefore has been declared as a reserved national wetland by the government. The lake boasts of the golf course as the southern boundary as well as the renowned Rose Garden as the western boundary.

Distance From City Centre – 4 km

Entry Fee – No Entry Fee

Visiting Hours – 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Ideal Time Required to Explore Sukhna Lake – 1 to 2 Hours

4. Pinjore Gardens

Pinjore Gardens

Pinjore Gardens is a garden that dates back to the seventeenth century. It then belonged to the Mughals. It is spread in an expanse of one hundred acres and happens to be one of the ideal places to see in Chandigarh. It is quite popular worldwide for its lush greenery, expanded water bodies as well as refreshing fountains and is also known as Yadvinder Garden. It is also considered as a well-maintained Mughal creation. Pinjore Gardens is an ideal example of terrace gardens. In Baisakhi, during the months ranging from April to June, the popular garden serves as a host to the annually held Mango Festival. Some of the interesting offerings of the garden include extensive flora, a small-sized zoo, a serene Japanese garden, a region dedicated to historical places, and a splendid nursery for the little ones. There are also some zones that serve as ideal picnic locations for groups of friends and family. Concludingly, the Pinjore Gardens have much in store for the visitors of all the various age groups including adults and children. It is believed that the Pandava brothers visited the place and rested here during the period of their exile. Post sunset, the garden glows up with the lighting of its own, making it the best time to be visited by the tourists.

Distance From City Centre – 14 km

Entry Fee – INR 20 for each person.

Visiting Hours – 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Ideal Time Required to Explore Pinjore Gardens – 2 to 3 Hours

5. The Government Museum and Art Gallery

Government museum and art gallery in Chandigarh is one of the prominent museums of India that speaks well of the Indian history and partition. It was established back in the year 1947 and is known for its rich collection of sculptures, artefacts and paintings. The unique architecture of the museum is quite renowned, designed by Le Corbusier. It was inaugurated 6th May 1968 by Dr. MS Randhawa, the chief commissioner of Lahore in those days. This institution encourages and appreciates the value of art and bring people close to it through various innovative programs and its rich collection’s interpretation. The backdrop of the museum features the vast Shivalik Ranges. Additionally, you would get an in-depth knowledge of the popular Rajasthani miniature paint works, Gandharan sculptures, and Pahari miniature paintings.

Distance From City Centre – 2 km

Entry Fee – INR 10 per person. In case you wish to carry your camera along it would cost you INR 5.

Visiting Hours – 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM on all days except Sundays. It stays closed on Sundays as well as on gazetted holidays.

Ideal Time Required to Explore Government Museum and Art Gallery – 1 to 2 Hours

6. The Capitol

The Capitol is another popular places to see in Chandigarh which is also the headquarters of Haryana as well as Punjab governments. This structure of mere brilliance is a creation of the popular architect Le Corbusier. The structure houses the Capitol, the Legislative Assembly, the High Court, as well as the Secretariat. This architectural brilliance comprises of a two-fold cover that also quite closely resembles an overturned umbrella. It is situated in the first sector of Chandigarh and is spread in an expanse of one hundred acres. The entire setup of the Capitol Complex comprises of three monuments, three buildings, and a lake. Back in the year 2016, it was designated as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Distance From City Centre – 4 km

Entry Fee – No Entry Fee

Visiting Hours – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM every day of a week.

Ideal Time Required to Explore The Capitol – 2 to 3 Hours.

7. Terraced Garden

The Terraced Garden is another major tourist attraction of Chandigarh that is located in the thirty-third sector of the city. This garden is home to a myriad of vibrant flower species, the vibrancy of which attract visitors across the country. This colourful garden is spread in an expanse of 10 acres and was established back in the year 1979. The name of the Terraced Garden is so as it features various shapes, levels as well as terrace designs. In evenings of the garden is further beautified when the musical fountain that it features comes to life. While the fountain comes to life, the atmosphere of the surrounding gets filled with entertaining filmy songs and rich folk music. Tourists are seen enjoying the ambiance in the evenings and return back with some amazing and memorable clicks. The garden hosts an annual exhibition called the Chrysanthemum Flowers Show where beautiful flowers are displayed for the visitors on a very large scale.

Distance From City Centre – 2 km

Entry Fee – No Entry Fee

Visiting Hours – 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Ideal Time Required to Explore The Terraced Garden – 1 to 2 Hours

8. Thunder Zone

There are a number of amusement parks and entertainment centres in Chandigarh that offers days full of fun and frolic to the locals as well as visitors. The Thunder Zone is a tourist attraction that is all set to fill your visit with thrill and excitement. It was established back in the year 2002 on May 15th. Nestled around thirteen kilometres away from the heart of the city, this amusement park is spread in an expanse of over 11 acres. The park features some of the most fun rides, lush green lawns, four large-sized pools, and some edible stalls for the visitors to explore. There are also clean washrooms to be used by the visitors as per their convenience.

Distance From City Centre – 13 km

Entry Fee – INR 450 per person

Visiting Hours – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM during the Summer months (April to October) and 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM during the Winter months (November to March)

Ideal Time Required to Explore The Thunder Zone – 3 to 4 Hours

In a nutshell, Chandigarh is a city that would give you ample memories with your near and dear ones and help you unwind to the core. You can study the best time to visit Chandigarh and make an itinerary in accordance such that you can enjoy the city while it experiences the best climatic conditions. Additionally, there are various accommodation options including affordable stays in Chandigarh in case you’re travelling in a constrained budget. Otherwise, the city also boasts a number of luxurious accommodation choices. Whatever may your choice be, ensure that you make the most of your trip. Happy Travelling!!

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