|Chandigarh City - Tourism
On the south
eastern boundary of the city is the seasonal rivulet Sukhana choe. Water
through it used to flow away in the rainy season. The planner of the city
through their imagination, created a lake by obstructing the flow of rain water through the Sukhana Choe. A three and half km long dam was built to create a reservoir of water. Now known as Sukhna Lake. People generally come here for a morning or evening walk. It consists of an eating place, children’s park. It also has facility for boating and rafting for the adventure seekers. A major hit with children and grown-ups alike. At one end of the Lake are the premises of Lake Club. The club management takes care to provide facilities for water sports and recreational activities. Water sports become annual feature. Environment friendly people of Chandigarh take part in its disilting operation every year.
In the heart
of the city, is located Sector 17. This is the main shopping center of
the city though there are many government and private offices also. This
commercial centre is fully pedestrianised. Here, the residents shop, lounge
around or simply relax in the beautiful surroundings to enjoy the various
fashion houses located here. Big showrooms and excellent departmental stores
cater to the needs of shoppers. In evenings, one can see the crowd walking
around here and there. The ultimate lightning effects are visible during
Next to Sukhana
Lake there is a unique but a world famous fantasy in the city of Chandigarh, called Rock Garden. Situated in the thick forest area, this gardens hold its own charms for the visitors. It is full of objects built from household and industrial waste. There are no flowers or plants in this garden. The object to be seen there are the figure made of raw cement resembling humans and animals. These figures have been decorated with broken but colourful odds and ends of China clay. As one looks at them with deep intent, they seem to be staring as the visitors. They seem to be engaged in various activities. There are group of dancing damsels made from bicycle and motorcycle's waste materials, marching armies of warriors resting flying or fledging birds made from countless bite of broken glass. There are groups of music bands engaged in their activity of entertaining the visitors. Its creator also needs a mention. The garden was visualised by Sh. Nek Chand. He belong from gurdaspur district in Punjab province. He started his life in PWD as labourer, but
late rose to high ranks. He came to Chandigarh as Road Inspector. His deep visualization made him to pick and collect all sorts of discarded scrap.
He started to visit waste dumps of the factories. He collected there raw
cement, broken pipes and other discarded matter. He created rapport with
the truck drivers who carried and drop his debris at a vacant corner of
the forest where now this unique creation stands. For twelve years he worked
hard alone on this unique fantasy. After twelve years the work of Nek Chand
noticed by Government. He was giving deserving patronage. An area of twelve
acres was allotted for the extension of the original Rock Garden. Even
funds were provided for carrying on the work.
Next to city
centre, in sector 16 is situated Zakir Hussein Rose Garden Asia's largest
Rose Garden and is spreaded over 30 acres of land having over 1600 different
species or roses. These have been planted beautifully carved out lawns
and flowers beds. Like the cultural zone which is just across the road
in Sector 10, this was also planned by Dr. M.S. Randhawa as his interest
in horticulture and fondness for flowers was profuse. Every year, either
at the end of February or beginning of March, a big festival known as Rose
Festival, is celebrated at this garden. Over 20,000 people visit this festival.
Its one of the great celebrations in the city. There are lots of competitions,
cultural celebrations and many other events.
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