“Chandigarh is the land, which is unfettered by the traditions of the past, a symbol of the nation’s faith in the future.” ~ Jawahar Lal Nehru
The union territory of Chandigarh was originated to serve as the capital city of Punjab right after the Indian Independence. Sketched by famous French Designer Le Corbusier, it presently inherits and sustains the cultures and traditions of Punjab and Haryana together. Situated in the foothills of Shivaliks, it is the doorway to the youngest mountains of the world.
Chandigarh is also the first planned Indian city post its independence. Proof can be found in the structured roads, well-planned houses and hotels in Chandigarh. Up to 10% of city area is specially landscaped into gardens. The LaLiT Chandigarh functions with the aim of paying reverence to the history of the city and places its efforts to bring out the best of what Chandigarh is about – beauty!
It’s always elevating to explore sites that exude a blend of originality and innovation. Whenever in Chandigarh with family, the Rock Garden in the first sector is a plat to behold. Spanning around 40 acres, the garden boasts of sculptures created with just industrial and household waste. The figures are fine examples of abstract art resembling humans and animals which are as visually appealing for the youngsters as artistically engaging for the adults.
A trip to Chandigarh is quite incomplete without visiting Sukhna Lake just minutes away from the Rock Garden. The little rides, gaming station, food stalls and boating are main attractions for family outings. Alternatively, a walk along the lake’s boundary is simply refreshing in the early morning and the evenings. Here’s an interesting fact, the lake which is spread across 3 kilometers was constructed as a reservoir fed by rain water back in 1958.
On the other hand, the biggest botanical garden in Asia – Zakir Hussain Rose Garden displays a variety of medicinal plants among varieties of roses. The gardens spread over 30 acres add another marvel in the list of the beautiful city’s magnetism.
The culinary delights of Punjab and Haryana come together at Chandigarh to satiate the taste buds of foodies. From modest eateries to fine dining restaurants in Chandigarh, the food is simply irresistible. The LaLiT Chandigarh uses freshly grown ingredients at its organic farms across India to fill the palates with the most sumptuous dishes across cuisines.
Its convenient distance from the capital city of New Delhi, easy access to various hill stations and the recreational offerings of Chandigarh make it the perfect destination for some family vacation time.