Chandigarh, the first planned city of independent India, is the face of stylish India with its lakes, gardens, boulevards and buildings constructed with architectural ingenuity. Le Corbusier, the Swiss-French architect, was given the task of creating a city which gave its citizens a sense of pride, and Chandigarh gives much more than that. It’s hardly surprising that his works have been listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
On your first visit to Chandigarh, you are completely taken in by the systematic layout of the city and the impressive presence of nature in it. There is a lot of sightseeing to be enjoyed, with the popular sites being the Rock Garden, Pinjore Gardens, the Government Museum and the Sukna Lake, besides others. Nek Chand Rock Garden, a sculpture garden spread over 25 acres, contains sculptures made of stones, debris and other discarded junk. Chandigarh is also home to the largest garden in Asia, the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden.
Chandigarh impresses tourists with the way nature finds a presence amidst urbanity. The prime attraction of Chandigarh is the Capitol Complex, conferred a World Heritage Status by UNESCO. Located in Sector 1, and spread across more than 100 acres, the Capitol Complex consists of four buildings – Punjab and Haryana High Court, Geometric Hill, Open Hand Monument, Tower of Shadows and The Secretariat. Each of these structures call the attention of the onlooker to their unique architecture and innovative designs.