Chandigarh is India’s first planned city and also one of the youngest cities in India. The city is a great tourist spot due to high urban planning, low crime rate and perfect climate conditions. It provides a perfect balance of modern amenities and natural beauty. Being a tourist attraction for foreigners and the locals alike, there are several stunning places to visit in Chandigarh – from beautiful gardens to amazing architecture and landscape.
There are so many places to visit in Chandigarh that more than often tourists get overwhelmed by these choices. That is why Neo Travellers’s got the list of 7 stunning places to visit in Chandigarh for a perfect holiday.
Neo Travellers’ List of Best Places To Visit in Chandigarh
Rock garden and Sukhna Lake
The rock garden is an iconic landmark in Chandigarh, located near Sukhna Lake. The Rock garden is also called Nek Chand’s Rock Garden after its founder and is a must-visit place in Chandigarh. Nek Chand, a former government official, built this garden secretly for 18 years until the government authorities found it in 1975. The garden is made of urban waste and features the landscape of pottery, the sculpture of animals, dancers and musician.
The rock garden also has many interlinked causeways parallel to the waterfalls of the Sukhna Lake. While you are in the garden, you can also visit the 3km long man-made Sukhna Lake and enjoy water sports such as boating, water skiing and yachting.
The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is spread over 30 acres and is named after the former president of India Zakir Hussain. As you enter the garden, you’ll find a variety of roses and several medicinal herbs. This place provides a perfect family outing in a calm weather with the soft breeze flowing that carries the aromatic fragrance around the park. It is one of the best places to visit in Chandigarh to soothe your body and mind.
ENTRY FEE: Free
Did you know that the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is the largest botanical garden in Asia that is dedicated to roses?
Another place to visit in Chandigarh is the Dr J S Sarkaria National Cactus & Succulent Botanical HUDA Garden, & Research Centre. Commonly known as the cactus garden, it is the largest succulent botanical garden in Asia. Located in Sector 5, Panchkula, the garden is spread on 7 acres of land and was established in 1987. There are more than 3500 different species of cacti. Several of these cacti have been brought from Northern America and makes you feel like a character in some of the Hollywood cowboy movies.
Mohali Cricket Ground
Mohali Cricket ground is a must visit place near Chandigarh if you are a cricket fan. The cricket ground is visited by thousands of tourists every year and is home of the IPL team Kings XI Punjab. It is the seat of the Punjab Cricket Association and was established in 1993. The stadium has played host to several domestic and international cricket matches in India and is a favourite venue among cricket fans.
International Doll Museum
The International Dolls Museum is a must visit place in Chandigarh for kids and adults alike. Established in 1985, the museum exhibits a beautiful collection of dolls and comes under the ambit of Indian Council of Child Welfare. The collection of dolls includes beautiful dolls from various parts of the world, such as Germany, Denmark, Spain, Korea, Russia, and the Netherlands. The main attractions of the museum are the toy train and the Indian section of dolls, which has dolls dressed up in the attires of various Indian states. There is also a large replica of a railway station in Germany that is difficult to miss.
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TIMING: 10 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
ENTRY FEE: INR 10, INR 5 (camera)
Le Corbusier Centre
The Le Corbusier Centre is named after the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, who planned Chandigarh’s structure and design. This place is a must visit place in Chandigarh for people who have a keen interest in architecture. This building was initially used by Le Corbusier while he was planning the city. Later, the government authorities changed his office into a museum that is open to the public. The museum displays the life and times of Le Corbusier.
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Chattbir Zoo is one of the best places to visit in Chandigarh and is also popularly known as the Mahendra Chaudhry Zoological Park. It houses a large number of exotic and wild animals, birds and reptiles. The main attraction of the zoo is the famous lion safari. The guides at the park take tourists to the Asiatic lion reserves where the famous Royal Bengal Tigers roam freely around the area. At this zoo, you can see lions up from the nearest possible distance.
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