Chandigarh has a number of major tourist destinations. This city was designed by Le Corbusier, a French architect. Tourists from all over the country visit this planned city every year to visit some of its attractiosn like the Garden of Fragrance, the Rock Garden and Nada Sahib Gurudwara among the rest. It is one of the youngest cities in India planned and built after independence. Tourist attractions in Chandigarh do not lie in historical monuments. It boasts of its amazing architecture and landscape that areundoubtedly a treat to the eyes. The architectural brilliance of the city has given birth to many tourist attractions within the city. Here is a look at a few tourist places one should visit in Chandigarh.
It is a place where the Rajasthan tribes are being united such that visitors are given a peek into what makes up their culture. It is situated in a remote place and one can see the grandeur and mysterious charms of the village art and culture . Choki Dhani is designed to provide entertainment in all forms and has live shows like magic shows and camel rides. The merit of this program is the food they provide. The thali provided is based on traditional Rajasthani cuisine.
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Also known as the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, the Chattbir Zoo is located at a distance of 17 km from Chandigarh. The zoo covers an expanse of 202 acres against a stunning green backdrop. It is indeed a marvel to see how acres of raw scrubland have been transformed into a home for wild animals. The animals are kept in open enclosures so that their behavioural and physical needs can be met similar to their natural habitat.
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Garden of Fragrance
One of the must-visit places in Chandigarh is the Garden of Fragrance. With its clean and intoxicating fragrant trees and plant varieties, it is one of the three gardens in Chandigarh. It is a well-known picnic spot and is visited by local people out on a picnic with their families during mornings and evenings.
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International Dolls Museum
This museum was established in 1985 and has beautiful dolls which have been collected from around the world. The museum was initially started as an amusement to children but has progressed well that it has earned fame and is recognized world-wide. It contains dolls and marionettes from various countries like Germany, Russia, Korea, Spain, Denmark, Netherlands and so on. The attractive display of Indian dolls in various attire of the states in India mesmerizes all the visitors. There is also a toy train ride for the amusement of kids.
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Leisure Valley is a must visit place in Chandigarh and is an aesthetically important tourist attraction. It is a chain of beautiful and unique gardens which can tease the five senses of the visitors. It is a stretch of gardens starting from Rajendra Park in Sector 1 and stretches about 8 km consisting of many parks and gardens like Rose Garden, Shanti Kunj, Bougainvillea Garden, Hibiscus Garden, Garden of Fragrance and many more.
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Nek Chand's Rock Garden
Nek Chand's Rock Garden of Chandigarh is an architecturally lauded spot in India. It comprises of sculptures, statues and other art objects which are made with the help of industrial and domestic waste. It was single-handedly created by Nek Chand in 1957. The Rock Garden is built like a maze with interconnecting courtyards which compose of many art objects and sculptures. The unique architectural build of the garden attracts viewers and the fact that wastes can create such beauty is an added asset.
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Nada Sahib Gurudwara
Located on the banks of river Ghaggar in Panchkula, about 15 km from the main city of Chandigarh, Nada Sahib Gurudwara holds a great deal of reverence for the Sikhs. Visited by lakhs of devotees on the day of Poornima (full moon) every month, the Gurudwara holds Jor Mela, annually in September, in memory and honour of Guru Teg Bahadur, Banda Bahadur and Dargahi Shah Faqir.
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The Rose Garden
The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden of Chandigarh is a beautiful place for rose lovers. More than 1600 varieties of roses adorn the garden. It is a large garden extending in acres in all directions with not only roses but contains a number of medicinal trees and shrubs. Rose garden celebrates a festival annually with splendid decorations of flowers, dance, food and gifts to winners.
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Shanti Kunj, as its name suggests is a garden of peace and tranquillity which provides a break from all the noise and pollution. It is located between Rose garden and the Cricket stadium so it can be easily visited. The garden has many types of plant and tree varieties. The lush greenery of Shanti Kunj is irrigated by a natural stream which divides the garden into five sections. If one wants to meditate and enjoy the calmness among beautiful flowers then Shanti Kunj is the place to be.
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Sukhna Lake is a beautiful lakes that lies at the foothills of the Shivalik Hills. It is a man-made lake about 3 km long created during 1958. A stream called Sukhna Choe was dammed and thus gave rise to the Sukhna Lake. It is a peaceful spot with scenic waterfront and the calling of birds adds to the calm atmosphere. Picnics during the morning and evening are common and it is a meeting spot for locals who want to relax after a long day.
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