When word Beautifully planned city comes into the mind, all eyes set on City Beautiful- Chandigarh. The city has lots of tourist places to offer, including Lakes and theme gardens within the city.Here, we are giving you the list of Major tourist attractions which you cannot afford to miss!
Sukhna Lake : This man-made 3 kilometer rain-fed Lake was created back in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik hills and situated in Sector 1, adjoining the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary (sanctuary for many exotic migratory birds like the Siberian duck, storks and cranes). This place is also popular for holding festivals and cultural evenings, most popular is the Mango Festival held during the monsoons.
Visiting hours: All days of the week (5 AM TO 9 PM)
Entry fee: None
Things to do at Sukhna Lake:
- You can opt for boating. Sukhna Lake offers two types of paddle boats, two seater boats and four seater boats, wearing life jackets is mandatory. There is a separate ticket counter to buy the tickets and charges of both the boats are different but reasonable. You can opt for 30 minutes to 1 hour session.
- Do not forget to capture pictures. This place offers you the serene view of sunrise, sunset, heavily clouded monsoon sky, or the early morning mist in winters set amidst the tranquility of the lake giving 360 degree panorama view.Photographers and Painters love to capture its scenic beauty.
- After Kashmir, now the Chandigarh administration has added Shikara to its boat fleet in Sukhna Lake. If you want to experience the professional ride in traditional Shikara then definitely go for it. Charges are little high as compared to boats.
- Get your portrait made, you will find so many artists who can make your Live sketch and they also charge for the same.
- You can peep into the souvenir shop,ride the bull, sit on the stairs and feed the ducks.
- If you are Hungry go to CITCO cafeteria. There is an indoor restaurant too, but people prefer sitting outside to enjoy the view. The white tables and chairs are really heavy. They depict the heritage of the city Chandigarh.
Rock Garden: This place is located in the middle of Capitol Complex and the Sukhna Lake. The founder of this place was known as Nek Chand. The layout of this garden is designed for the fantasy of a lost kingdom. Nek Chand had started building this garden in his spare time using the variety of different discarded waste materials like frames, mudguards, forks, handle bars, metal wires, play marbles, porcelain, auto parts, broken bangles etc. in 1957. It is said that founder Nek Chand, he went to Shivalik hills and got different stones and materials to build this place.
Visiting Hours: All days of the week
9:00 AM – 7:30 PM (1st April to 30th September)
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (1st October to 31st March)
Entry fee: (Subject to change)
Rs 20 per adult
Rs 10 per children
Highlights of this Place
- An open air theater and a vast pavilion with a center stage are the other highlights of the Rock Garden where art and culture blend amidst rustic and exotic environs of the garden.
- The Teej festival, which celebrated in the first week of August, when the Rock Garden assumes a festive look, offers a special attraction for tourists. Young damsels devour in the fun and frolic by swaying on the giant wings, while others adorn their hands with traditional Mehndi (henna), amidst joyful song dances.
- The third phase of the garden comprises the grand place complex miners water falls, a village, mountains, over-bridges, pavilions and areas for royal pleasures. The tree and root sculptures offer a powerful counterpoint to the existing vegetation adds magic to this place.
- If you are planning to spend Sunday evening go to this garden. The Rock Garden Society has taken an initiative where Chandigarh people will witness some cool events at Phase 3 of Rock Garden near the swing section, the authorities have planned a cultural evening to be held here every Sunday.
Rose Garden: This place is located in sector 16.This garden is named after the former President of India, Zakir Hussain. It is also known as the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden The garden is spread over thirty to forty acres containing nearly 825 varieties of roses and more than 32,500 varieties of other medicinal plants and trees, the garden has the distinction of being Asia’s largest created in 1967.
Visiting hours: All days of the week( 6 AM TO 8 PM)
Entry Fee: None
Highlights of this place
Rose Garden serves venue for organizing “Festival of Gardens”, major cultural event in Chandigarh in the month of February or March and is listed in the “National Calender of Events”. This event is celebrated mainly as a tribute to the magnificence of the rose itself, the attractions include food, drinks, joy rides, and contests of varying nature, such as photography, gardening, landscaping, bonsai, and Rose Prince and Princess. The contests are open to the residents or institutions from nearby places.
Japanese Garden: This Japanese style park is the latest addition to the beauty of Chandigarh in November 2014. It is located in Sector 31, Chandigarh, almost 4.5 kilometers from Sector 43 bus stand and at almost same distance from sector 17 bus stand. This garden is spread over an area of 13 acres, showcasing the Japanese culture, art and various types of plants.Here you can enjoy a picnic with your family for free. If you want to go there for a morning walk or you want to visit the park for a stroll after dinner, you will find the gates open.
Highlights of this place
The main attractions of this garden include a Pagoda Tower, Meditation Hut, Zen Garden, Statues of Budha, a Small Pond with Pretend Crocodiles, a Bridge over the pond and much more.
Visiting hours: All week days with no specific timings.
Entry Fee: Free.
International Doll Museum: This place is located in Sector 23 of Chandigarh initiated in 1985 with the motive to offer some kind of children’s pleasure. This museum is recognized as one of the best museums in the country. It serves as Wonderland to the children and heavenly place for doll collectors.
Highlights of this Place:
The Major attraction of this museum is it has different varieties of dolls and puppets of different cultures and traditions. Approximately 250 tremendous dolls from countries like Russia, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Spain and Korea decorate this immense endeavor.
This museum also has toy train so that you can enjoy the museum, which further adds to the enjoyment segment. The Indian segment of the dolls is the core that pulls your attraction.Chandigarh organization is also encouraging worldwide Tourism.
Visiting hours: All week days except Monday and official holidays( 10 am to 4.30 pm )
Entry Fee: No fees for Children, Rs 10 for Adults and Rs 5 camera fees.
How to Reach Chandigarh by Air: Located around 12 km away from the City Centre, Chandigarh Airport links the city with the rest of the country by an extensive network of domestic flights and International flights. Regular flights from Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Srinagar and Ahmedabad are available for Chandigarh. International flights have started for Dubai and Sharjah, (To and Fro).
How to Reach Chandigarh by Road and Rail: The National Highway 1 connects Chandigarh with Delhi, which takes around 4 to 5 hours. Located about 8 km away from the City Centre, Chandigarh Railway Station has several frequent trains plying from New Delhi. From the railway station, you can take buses, autos or taxis to reach any place of the city.