Chandigarh, a city of exemplary urban planning

Chandigarh is a beautiful city located at the foothills of the ShivalikMountains. It is a Union Territory and capital of two states, Punjab and Haryana. The name ‘Chandigarh’ is derived from an ancient temple dedicated to the Hindu Goddess, Chandi. The city is renowned for its architecture, urban design and interesting tourist spots. Delhi, the capital of India, is at a distance of 246 km from Chandigarh. You can easily reach Chandigarh within 6 hours by hiring a reliable Delhi to Chandigarh cab service. We are highlighting the best attractions in Chandigarh.

Capitol Complex: It is a wonderfully designed building complex located in Sector 1. It houses offices of both the Punjab and Haryana governments. The building was designed by famous architect Le Corbusier and is a perfect reflection of the planned city of Chandigarh. The complex has three major buildings namely, the Secretariat, the Legislative Assembly and the High Court. Tourists can witness the structures from a distance and in case they wish have a closer look of the premises, it is required to seek permission from the Tourist Bureau or the Tourist Reception Centre.

Chhatbir Zoo: It lies at 17 km from Chandigarh on the Zirakpur-Patiala Road. The zoo was inaugurated in 1977. It is sprawled across an area of more than 200 acre and is the largest zoological park in Northern India. Chhatbir zoo provides is home to over 85 species of animals, birds and reptiles who are provided a forest environment. Attractions of the zoo include lion safari, deer safari and a shallow lake. The flora at this zoo comprises of a great variety of herbs, shrubs and indigenous, providing a natural habitat like environment to animals. It is open on all days of the week except Monday. When you book a taxi from Delhi to Chandigarh, you can include visit to Chhatbir zoo in your package.

The Rock Garden: It is a popular attraction in Chandigarh situated between the Sukhna Lake and the Capitol Complex. It was designed by Nek Chand and features numerous art objects that are designed using urban and industrial waste. There are fourteen art chambers in the garden, along with the waterfall, and the twisted pathways. It showcases the innovation and imagination of its creator. Rock Garden is spread across an area of 40 acres and exhibits sculptures made out of discarded items like broken bangles, chinaware, porcelain, wires, porcelain, tubes and auto parts. If you are planning to travel from Delhi, then hiring Delhi outstation cabswill be an ideal option.

Government Museum and Art Gallery: It is located in Sector 10 and popular among history buffs.  The different art galleries in the museum exhibit an amazing collection of pre historic fossils, Gandhara stone sculptures and many other artefacts. There is also a library inside the museum which has a collection of more than 6000 books on culture and art.

Rose Garden: This garden is also referred to as the ZakirHussain Rose Garden and is spread over an area of 17 acres. It has more than 17000 different types of plants including 1600 varieties of roses. The beautiful garden also houses several plants which are known for their medicinal value including bahera, bel, camphor, harar and yellow gulmohar. The garden hosts a major annual event called the Rose Festival which comprises of cultural festivities and contests.

Sukhna Lake:  It is a beautiful man-made lake which was created by damming the water that comes down from the Shivalik Hills. It is a great place for boating and family picnic. You can view beautiful migratory birds like Crane, Stork and Siberian Duck in Sukhna Lake. The lake has been declared a protected national wetland.

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