Rock Garden Chandigarh Overview

Rock Garden is a landmark in Chandigarh, which epitomizes creativity and innovation. Located in sector 1, it is one of the main attractions in this beautiful city. This unique garden was designed as an open-air exhibition hall by the former Road Inspector in Chandigarh, Nek Chand. Rock Garden, which is made using urban and industrial wastes, is also sometimes referred to as Nek Chand’s Rock Garden. The huge 40-acre garden was constructed in 1957 and soon became an iconic symbol of imagination and novelty in the city.

Rock Garden comprises around 5,000 statues and is divided into three different phases based on the types of installations and embellishments in them. The first section is a maze of terracotta pots, chambers and niches decorated with tiles, mirrors, broken bangles, tube light pieces and even toilet fixtures. This section has statues of various animals, birds and human figures made out of a variety of waste materials.

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The second section or phase of the Rock Garden consists of a huge waterfall and is one of the main attractions for visitors. In addition to that, the garden houses several courtyards and intricate pathways, which are also the main features of this section. This area is the place where various festivals and cultural events take place. The second phase also has a miniature village for tourists.

Lastly, the third phase is where tourists can find the life-size statues of elephants and camels. The work is monumental in scale with the “great swings” hanging from humongous concrete arches resembling ancient Roman aqueducts. This swing can hold several visitors at once, making it a perfect activity with friends and family. The third phase also has numerous pavilions for soft rag sculpture displays, an aquarium and an open-air theatre.

rock garden in Chandigarh

To sum up, the Rock Garden in Chandigarh is one of the magnificent places to visit. The garden is home to 14 different chambers that range from poet’s and a musician’s chamber, the main court, an Amphitheatre, a swimming pool, gardens, pavilions and a lot more.

Address: Sector 1 between the Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake
Highlights: Exquisite artwork created from industrial and domestic waste

Did you know Chandigarh is the first ever planned city in India?

History of Rock Garden, Chandigarh

The history of Rock Garden dates back to 1957 when Nek Chand began building the garden secretly close to Sukhna Lake. Based on Chand’s vision of the divine kingdom of Sukarni, it is built with waste material collected from in and around the city. Chand collected all the material and in his free time built these structures on a forest buffer land, which was deemed infertile.

Chand worked on his vision for 18 years before the authorities discovered his work in 1975. Although his work was illegal, the garden was saved on popular public demand. Subsequently, Nek Chand was then made the in charge of the park and granted a team of 50 people to work on the project. The park was opened to the public in 1976.

history of rock garden chandigarh

Attractions in the Rock garden

Rock Garden comprises several man-made artworks, sculptures and interlinked waterfalls built from scrap and other wastes. Most of the sculptures are created from recycled ceramic.

Traditional Teej at Rock Garden

The festival of Teej is celebrated with full zest in the rock garden. The traditional Teej is celebrated here in bright, colourful clothed women who gather in the park to mark the occasion. The women here perform traditional dance, sing songs and relish delicacies like ‘malpua’, ‘samosas’, ‘dhokla’ and ‘kheer’. There are several tourists who come to the garden to enjoy the festivities with the locals.

Traditional Teej at Rock Garden

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Best time to visit Rock Garden

Rock Garden is open all year around. However, with heat waves in North India during the summer months (March to June), it is advised you avoid visiting the place in the afternoon or go during cooler months.
Summer Opening Hours (1st April to 30th September)
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Winter Opening Hours (1st October to 31st March)
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rock Garden Entry Fee

Rock Garden is open every day. Entry prices are INR 5 for adults and INR 3 for children.

Did you know that the garden is visited by more than 5,000 people daily!

How to Reach Rock Garden, Chandigarh

Rock Garden is located at Uttar Marg in Sector 1. It is merely 1.5 km from Sukhna Lake and can be easily accessed by rail, road and air.
By Road
The city of Chandigarh is well linked with other Indian cities by road. It is at a distance of 240 Km from Amritsar, 380 Km from Shimla, 117 Km from Delhi, 248 Km from Dehra Dun, 267 Km from Rishikesh and 380 km from Jammu.

By Train
Chandigarh is a major railway station of Northern Railway. Major trains towards Shimla and other regions in Northern India originate from this station.

By Air
Chandigarh city also has an airport which is just 12km away from the city. There are regular flights to Mumbai, Chennai and the capital city Delhi.

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Tips

  • It is advised to go to the park during cooler parts of the day like morning and evening.
  • Please do not litter the area.
  • It is a perfect place to visit with kids to teach them about recycling waste. For adults, be prepared to be awed with creativity and the thought “Why didn’t I think about it!”
  • The waterfall area in the major hub for shutterbugs.
  • Carry your food or snacks since there are not enough good food joints inside the park.

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