Union Territory of India - Chandigarh
Chandigarh, situated at the
foothills of the Shivalik hills, is designed by the French architect Le
Corbusier. It is a Union Territory, but also the capital of the Indian
states of Punjab and Haryana. Chandigarh owes its name to the goddess Chandi
Devi, whose temple is situated in the foothills near the city.
Fast Facts of Chandigarh
Places to Interest :
Though all of Chandigarh carries Le Corbusier's stamp, Capitol Complex, presently the administrative hub of two States, contains the best of his talent. The High Court, Legislative Assembly, Secretariat, Open-hand Monument, Geometric Hill, Tower of Shadows are all part of the complex at the northern-end of Chandigarh.
This unique garden consists of art objects fashioned from
industrial and urban waste: rocks, boulders, broken chinaware, discarded
fluorescent tubes, broken glass bangles, building waste, coal and clay.
Situated between the Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake in Sector 1, it covers
some 20 acres of woods.
This picturesque man-made lake, in the foothills of Shivalik range, is an idyllic resort for communing with nature and for water sports such as boating and water skiing. Sukhna is also a sanctuary for many migratory birds like the Siberian duck, Storks and Cranes. A golf course and mini zoo are to the south..
It traverses the heart of the city as a continuum of various theme gardens. Along the Valley, various parks like Rajendra park, Bougainvillaea Park, Fitness Trails and the Flower Garden, Shanti Kunj, Children's Traffic Park, Hibiscus Garden, Garden of Fragrance have come up.
This 20 acre park is popular for its vibrant colours.
30 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens contain nearly 1600 varieties of roses. The Rose Festival is held here during spring..
Spread over 10 acres, seasonal flowers are grown here in terraced parterres. The garden has a wealth of material for students of botany.
Many animals shaped out of creepers and bushes form the Topiary Park. A large variety of ornamental plants add to the park's curious charm.
Chandigarh Golf Club
The 18 hole, par 72 course, of manicured fairways and greens, is designed to be a challenge for the most adept golfer.
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