Founded in 1967 as Zakir Rose Garden, it is the largest rose garden in Asia. Spread in 17 acres of land, this park houses over 1600 plant varieties including all types of roses. Contrary to its name, it does not only have roses, but there are a number of rare medicinal plants as well including Harar, yellow Gulmohar, Camphor, Bel and more. This well-planned and well-maintained garden is open for public viewing from morning to evening. A major crowd puller, this park plays host to a number of cultural festivals and a rose festival.
Sukhna Lake is a man-made lake that lies at the base of the Shivalik ranges. This 3 km long artificial lake is quite popular as a picnic spot amongst locals as well as tourists. This lake becomes the venue of a number of activities such as water skiing, boating and yachting. Sukhna Lake is known to have the finest of channels, perfect for yachting and rowing and there it hosts Asiatic level Rowing Championships. Every morning people can be seen here enjoying the cool breeze, indulging in bird watching, taking a leisure walk and partaking in jogging.
Placed between the Capitol Complex and the Sukhna Lake in Sector 1, Rock Garden is a proof of human imagination and novelty. One of its kind, this garden is known to have sculptures that are made-up of industrial and urban wastes includes coal, clay, china ware, broken glass bangles and discarded fluorescent tubes. Created by Chandigarh’s former Road Inspector, Nek Chand is spread in 64 acres of land. This garden also hosts Teej festival every year.
Covering an area of around 100 acres of land, Pinjore Gardens is a must-visit as it is home to a number of attractions. Also known as Yadavindra Gardens, this garden has a mythological connection also, dating back to the days of Mahabharata. This garden comprises of a Japanese garden, a mini zoo, a nursery and a number of beautiful well-manicured lawns. The garden looks beautiful during the day with its descending terraces and during the night because of its colourful fountains. The yearly mango festival and Baisakhi festival are organized.
The Leisure Valley has come-up as one of the most sought-after picnic spots of Chandigarh. This garden is spread throughout the city, which starts from Rajendra Park in Sector-1 and concludes at the Bougainvillea garden in sector 3. The garden gets a curved twist when it passes the brink of Sector-23. This cluster of beautiful garden becomes the venue of a 3-day long affair in the month of February, which is a cultural delight.