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Iconic Places To Visit In Chandigarh: Chaand Jeisa Garh

Iconic Places To Visit In Chandigarh: Chaand Jeisa Garh


Once you reach some of the iconic places to visit in Chandigarh, you will also sing, “Chandigarh kare aashiqui, munda jattan da jalandharon aa ke…”

Prosperous, world-renowned architecture and dil se Punjabi are always the people of Chandigarh. Chandigarh has been the capital of Punjab since 1950.

Let us travel to some of the radiant and iconic places in Chandigarh.

  1. Open Hand Monument
  • Located in Sector 1 in the Capitol Complex of Union territory Chandigarh, the open hand monument was built in 1985.
  • Weighing 10,000 lb., it has a great significance that symbolizes 
  • “the hand to give and the hand to take; peace and prosperity, and the unity of mankind.”
  • Le Corbusier was a French architect who declared the monument as a public property rather than a private one.
  • Cast out from the sheet of steel, it is designed to rotate in the strong winds.
  1. The Martyrs’ Memorial

“Salaam to 10,5000 martyrs.”

  • Laid the foundation stone in 2004, Chandigarh War Memorial is built to express gratitude to 10,5000 brave warriors belonging to states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.
  • The memorial was inaugurated by the then President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, on 17 August 2006.
  • 2 crucial things, usually unknown to visitors:
  1. The funds for the memorial house were raised by the Indian Express Group of Newspapers. No funds from the government community are involved in building the war memorial.
  2. Secondly, the design was framed by the two students of the Chandigarh College of Architecture: Shivani Guglani and Nanaki Singh.
  1. The Tower of Shadows

“Brilliant architectural piece ko vash Meine Suraj ki Kiran chaaro dishaao se.”

  • In 1952, Swiss-French architects thoughtfully constructed the Tower of Shadows. He also wanted to learn about solar penetration into the building for all seasons. He tried to examine the path of the sun with the help of shadows.
  • The structure is also available for mediation.
  • The architect also supported and studied controlling the sunlight in all four directions.
  • As there is no sunlight on the north side, the rest of the cardinal directions are lightened by the shiny sun.
  • The only minimal amount of sun rays falls inside the building and maximum outshines outside the building.
  • The most significant point to be noted is that the Tower of Shadows was listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016.
  1. Geometric Hill
  • Wholly designed by the architect Le Corbusier. It is spread vastly over 100 acres of land.
  • Located in sector 1, the Hill is constructed from waste products, with some artwork on top.
  • Listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  1. The Museum of Evolution of Life
  • As the name suggests, the Museum of Evolution of Life takes you back from the Indus Valley Civilisation to the present world.
  • Started in 1973, the museum houses the most exquisite paintings that depict the existence of life. 
  • It also showcases some of the artwork of the genre astronomy, botany, archaeology, etc.
  • One of the iconic places to visit in Chandigarh, this museum has a grand library, shelving hundreds of handy books.
  1. Sukhna Lake
  • Sukhna Lake is one of those iconic places to visit in Chandigarh, created in 1958.
  • It will become a reason for your morning spring walks. Every weekend thousands of visitors pay a visit here!
  • 4.88 m in-depth, the lake is the storage of the Himalayan Foothills.
  • It is also treated as the sanctuary for many migrant birds like cranes, ducks, etc.
  1. Rock Garden of Chandigarh

“Garden jo rock se nahi banaya gaya.”

  • The neighbour of the Sukhna lake, the rock garden happened to be a secret garden of its founder Nek Chand Saini in 1957 when he used to plant trees secretly.
  • It is believed that the garden is formed from the recycled materials collected from the demolition sites.
  • The garden is also famous for many ceramic-made sculptures that portray many musicians, dancers and animals, appearing on an Indian stamp in 1983.
  1. Leisure Valley

“Lungs of the Chandigarh City.”

See Also

  • The significance of the phrase is for ‘Leisure’ Valley. The garden is all about scenic vibes with blossoming flowers. 
  • People visit this most vibrant iconic place of Chandigarh to breathe freely in a man-made environment.
  • The valley is an appropriate reason to escape from your monotonous routine as it brings together 12 different gardens!

Exclusively known for its rich culture, lassi, and sarso da saag, the clean environment is damn relaxing and has a lush greenbelt. Majorly, Punjabi is the spoken language of Punjab inhabitants. So, once you plan a trip there, keep the notes of 7 iconic places to visit in Chandigarh near!

Blog Edited By Ritika Gupta

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