Chandigarh, the capital of both Punjab and Haryana, is the only
Indian city to have been designed and planned by a single architect
Le Corbusier. The city, a model of wide roads and spacious
residential colonies, is an excellent base for specialised sightseeing,
and for visiting Sukhna Lake, Pinjore Gardens, the Rose Garden and
the Rock Garden. The city of Chandigarh lies in the valley surrounded
by Shiwalik Hills that hem the great Himalayas. From here one can
travel northwards to the hill resorts of Shimla Kulu, Manali, Dharmashala
and Dalhousie. Chandigarh is not only the most modern city in the
country but has been planned to perfection by the world famous French
architect le Corbusier.
Chandi Devi Temple
The temple of goddess Chandi is approximately 15 kms from Chandigarh.
The city of Chandigarh derives its name from this temple located
in the vicinity of the city and a fort or 'garh' beyond the temple
Jayanti Devi Temple
This temple is 13 km from Chandigarh Bus Stand. Actually, the ancient
temple of Jayanti Devi is situated in Kangra district of Himachal
Pradesh but the 'Pindi' of Devi was brought here from that temple.
This beautiful temple is situated on the bank of Jayanti River surrounded
by Shivalik hills.
Ancient Shiv Temple of Saketri
The temple at Saketri is an ancient historical Shiv temple, just
5 kms from Mansa Devi Temple and about 20 kms from Chandigarh bus
stand. Thousands of devotees throng this temple on the sacred day
of Shivratri for 'pooja' andto get blessings of Lord Shiva.
Mansa Devi Temple
The temple of Mansa Devi is about 15 kms from Chandigarh bus stand
and situated in the state of Haryana . Devotees from all over the
country visit this temple for blessings of goddess Mansa Devi. There
are two temples, one is new and the other old. The Maharaja of Patiala
built the new temple.
Naina Devi Temple
This temple is situated at an altitude of around 1300 metres. The
holy place is linked by a cable car. The reservoir of Bhakhra Dam
presents a splendid view at the backdrop.
Gurudwara Nada Sahib
Nada was a very small village in Patiala State, which is situated
in Haryana and about 15 kms from Chandigarh. On returning after
his victory on Mughals, Guru Gobind Singh Ji stayed at this place
and Nadu Shah, a follower of his welcomed and served him. Guruji
blessed Nadu Shah and said that due to his services, the place would
be known by the name of Nada Sahib. Thousands of people come here
to fulfill their wishes, from all over the India and abroad.
Anandpur Sahib or Takhat Sri Keshgarh
Keshgarh Sahib is one of the five 'Takhts' (Throne) of the Sikh
religion. The ancient and impressive 'Gurudwara' is highly revered
by the Sikhs. Here, Guru Gobind Singh Ji baptised the first five
beloved ones and created 'Khalsa Panth' in 1699 A.D. It is a revered
Sikh centre, which is blessed by Guru Teg Bahadur.
Gurudwara Dukhniwaran Sahib
Situated near Patiala, Guru Teg Bahadur Ji visited this place in
1732. it is believed that by taking
bath in this holy place one gets cured of any disease. Basant Panchami
is a special day for taking bath in this place.
Sukhna Lake, the man made lake is located on the southeastern boundary
of the Chandigarh city. The picturesque Sukhna Lake situated in
the foothills of Shivalik range is an idyllic place for quiet communion
with nature and for offering water sports activities such as boating,
yachting, water skiing, etc. The creation of Lake was one of the
greatest gifts from Le Corbusier and P. L. Varma, the Chief Engineer.
To preserve its tranquility, Corbusier insisted that it be forbidden
to motor boats and the top of the promenade prohibited to vehicular
traffic. The lake is a perfect hangout for peaceful, romantic walks.
: A Unique Piece of Art
Next to Sukhna Lake, the rock garden is an expression of one man's
whimsical but unique creativity in the city of Chandigarh, called
Rock Garden. Situated in the thick forest area of sector 1, this
world famous fantasy holds its own charm for the visitors. The Rock
Garden can safely be billed as Chandigarh's top draw as it attracts
The brain child of Mr. Nek Chand, the sculptures of this one of
its kind garden have been fashioned out of waste and discarded material
like electric wires, broken bangles, machine parts, broken ceramics
and just about anything that caught the creator's fancy. Today,
the park occupies an area of 10 hectares and is home to more than
5,000 sculptures. Meanwhile, Nek Chand has internationally been
recognised as an important figure in the field of non-mainstream
Asia's largest rose garden, Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is located
next to the city centre, in sector 16. Sprawling over 30 acres of
land, the garden boasts of more than 1600 kinds of roses. Affording
a sight to behold during spring, the rose plants have been planted
beautifully in carved-out lawns and flowers beds. Like the cultural
zone, which is just across the road in Sector 10, Dr. M.S. Randhawa
also planned this garden, as his interest in horticulture and fondness
for flowers was profuse.
Every year, at the end of February or beginning of March, a grand
festival known as Rose Festival, is celebrated at this garden. Over
20,000 people visit this festival. It's one of the great celebrations
in the city. There are lots of competitions, cultural celebrations
and many other events.
The Museum and Art Gallery
Located in sector 10, the building housing the museum and the art
gallery, is itself, a work of great art. Historical and modern paintings
and sculpture of vast range are housed in museum. There is a rich
collection of rare Pahari and Kangra miniatures in the museum.
For the interest of anthropologists there is a collection of fossils
of prehistoric man and his implements, unearthed in India. Within
the complex is the Museum of Evolution and the exhibition gallery
housing interesting features.
Indian Airlines connect Chandigarh with Delhi, Jammu, Shrinagar
and Leh. Vayudoot Services connect Chandigarh with Delhi, Kulu and
Chandigarh, the terminus of Northern Railway, is connected with
Bombay, Delhi, Kalka and other major cities in India.
Chandigarh is connected by good motorable roads with Amritsar 240
kms, Dehradhun 230 kms, Delhi 248 kms, Shimla 117 kms, Kulu 279
kms, Bhakra 116 kms, Kasauli 77 kms, Jammu 380 kms.
Regular bus services connect Chandigarh with Amritsar, Delhi, Dharamshala,
Kulu, Manali, Nangal, Pathankot and Shimla.
Summer: Max 37, Min 23
Winter: Max 24, Min 5
Rainfall : 111.4 cms
Best Season: October to March.
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