Chandigarh, the capital of the northern Indian states of Punjab and Haryana, was designed by the Swiss-French modernist architect, Le Corbusier. His buildings include the Capitol Complex with its High Court, Secretariat, and Legislative Assembly, as well as the giant Open Hand Monument. The nearby Rock Garden is a park featuring sculptures made of stones, recycled ceramics, and industrial relics. Chandigarh’s War Memorial, set amid the Bougainvillea Garden, lists the names of deceased soldiers since 1947. Southeast, the man-made Sukhna Lake is a base for water sports and shelters migratory birds. The sprawling Zakir Hussain Rose Garden contains hundreds of rose varieties and forms part of Leisure Valley, a ribbon of themed city gardens. The Le Corbusier Centre chronicles the history of the city and its designer. Just northwest, the Government Museum, and Art Gallery display paintings by Nicholas Roerich and Sobha Singh, plus Gandhara sculptures. The International Dolls Museum displays dolls and puppets from around the world.
Rock Garden

Rock Garden of Chandigarh is a sculpture garden in Chandigarh. It is also known as Nek Chand's Rock Garden after its founder Nek Chand, a government official who started the garden secretly in his spare time in 1957.
Zakir Hussain Rose Garden

Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is a botanical garden in Chandigarh, India, and spread over 30 acres of land, with 50,000 rose-bushes of 1600 different species.
Chatt Bir Zoo

Chatt Bir Zoo, is a zoological park situated close to Zirakpur, India. The zoo was constructed in the 1970s and is home to a large variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles.
Open Hand Monument

Open Hand Monument is a symbolic structure designed by the architect Le Corbusier and located in the capitol complex of the Indian city and union territory of Chandigarh.
Chandigarh Capitol Complex

Chandigarh Capitol Complex, located in the sector-1 of Chandigarh city in India, is a government compound designed by the architect Le Corbusier and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pinjore Gardens

Pinjore gardens or Yadavindra Gardens were created by a Nawab under the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The garden was expanded and reconstructed by the Maharaja Yadavindra of the State of Patiala. 
International Dolls Museum

The Dolls museum of Chandigarh contains dolls and puppets from over 25 different countries. The museum was established in 1985 and is managed by the Indian Council of Child welfare.
Le Corbusier Centre

Le Corbusier used the building as his office during the time he was commissioned to plan the city of Chandigarh. The center has now been converted into a museum dedicated to the architect and displays the life and times of Le Corbusier.
Cactus Garden 

The largest succulent botanical garden in Asia, the Cactus garden covers an area of 7 acres. The garden features more than 3500 different species of cacti and was established in 1987. 
Best Time To Visit Chandigarh

Popular times to visit Chandigarh include May to July and December. The humid subtropical climate experiences very hot summers and mild winters, with a rainy monsoon season from July to September. Key annual events include the Rose Festival, the Mango Festival, with tastings and a mango-eating competition, and the Chandigarh Carnival, featuring a parade of colorful floats, food stalls, and an amusement park.

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