Chandigarh is truly a ticket to heaven! The sweet little city with nature’s touch, so let’s find the 10 Places of Chandigarh you must definitely visit once.
The sweet little city, a capital of two states, with nature’s touch and known for the brut art and as a birthplace of actress Yami Gautam, cricketer Kapil Dev, Chandigarh has a prime place in North India. And being able to visit Chandigarh is truly a ticket to heaven!
Also, did you know that Chandigarh was India’s first planned city? And further, India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was the one who pushed its architecture and Le Corbusier was the Swiss-French architect whose team actually built it! People did say to Jawaharlal Nehru that why a foreigner is building an Indian city but he always explained stating that they should respect foreign expertise and skills but not fully be flown by it!
Here are the top 10 places of Chandigarh you should definitely visit when touring Chandigarh:
Firstly you will probably visit the Capitol Complex. Consider this as a kind of magnificent ground that has 6 places located in it. These are The Rock Garden, Open Hand Monument, Secretariat, Punjab, and Haryana HC, Geometric Hill, Martyr’s, Tower of Shadows, Legislative Assembly. A guide will take you to all of these places and have a heritage walk kind of experience.
Here will be the order of your visit to Capitol Complex:
1. High Court
Rhythmic double roofs with 8 law courts which in turn are separated in between by the main court and three giant pillars of red, green, and yellow, is what this High Court is. Because of its amazing architecture, it is also called the Palace of Justice! Your walk will indeed be a treat to your eyes!
2. Open Hand Monument
It is one of the pieces Le Corbusier had designed and the open hand symbolizes that the people of Chandigarh are ready to give help, peace, prosperity, and also accept the same!
3. The Martyr’s Memorial
This isn’t exactly in the Capitol Complex but is adjacent to it is the Bougainvaelle Garden. It was the idea of a late general to construct it but the actual implementation and design were by 2 architect students. The memorial has three wavy structures meeting together which shows the convergence of the Indian army, navy, and the Air Force.
This memorial was built for the 10,500 martyrs of Punjab and Haryana. Try visiting this place in the evening as the magic of some artificial lights around the bottom border of the memorial, adds up to its divine beauty.
4. The Tower of Shadows
This is a huge hall-like piece intended to be built for meditation and is open on one side and the other three sides have brise Soliel which is a piece to be constructed to reduce the heat gain of the Sun. Somehow it seems like an enlarged library but this is the 4th place to visit!
5. The Legislate Assembly
Also called the Palace of Assembly is a massive structure with incredible modern painting on and above the entrance door, with three floors, and a few columns on the top with a curvy roof in the beginning! The small square compound around it gets filled during rainfall.
6. Geometric Hill
You would be surprised to know that this was a hill that was built with the wastes of the construction site! It was also built to kind of overshadow the Legislative assembly and has a grid-like intricate on the surface!
7. Secretariat Building
This building apparently looks like a plain dull-colored puzzle but has almost 8 stories! The Secretariat, Legislative Assembly, and HC can be visited only on weekdays, on weekends you say hello to them from outside. Although the other three monuments can be visited.
Other places to visit:
8. Rock Garden
First and for all, whether you go to Chandigarh just for a day or a week, doesn’t matter, you compulsorily have to visit Rock Garden. It was created by Nek Chand and is what was the trend in 1890s Brut Art or Outsider Art. This art is for those artists who don’t have any formal art training but have amazing insight and creative minds. And Nek Chand of India took Brut Art to the highest levels.
He converted an abandoned land into a garden and using broken basins, plastics, earrings, recycling bottles, etc, and making sculptures and masterpieces. Rock garden portrays all these sculptures and Nek Chand’s uplifting art! Do try visiting it around late morning!
9. Museum Of Evolution of Life
This museum is located in sector 10 and it literally portrays the entire evolution from Indus civilization to now and from unicellular to who we are today. The resplendent paintings, artifacts just pull you to an entire backward time! Take out at least an hour for this and it is closed on Monday. On the other days, you can visit after 10 am.
10. Manimajra Fort
Also known as the Sector 13 Manimajra Fort, it is a quite different place in the wilderness away from modern Chandigarh. It has overgrown shrubs and old Havelis but back before partition, it was a flourishing area of people called Mani and hence the name of the fort. After partition, too much attention wasn’t really given but now a committee works to provide it facilities. Although you can skip this visit it will really tell you the darkness of partition and the forward times beyond.
Yes! So these are the main places to visit at Chandigarh but other places worth watching if you have a day or two more are:
The Government Museum and Art Gallery which has almost 10,000 artifacts and has nine sections for various arts of India from Sculptures and textiles to contemporary art of India, the city museum or the Chandigarh Architecture Museum sits beside the Government Museum and contains papers and drawings of how Chandigarh developed, Sukhana Lake, Shastri Market which is like a street market of Chandigarh where you can get all your luxurious brands at a cost you never expected! Also, try visiting the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden but not in summers because it’s not their season to bloom. Do have one of your meals at the Willow Cafè and The Black Lotus!