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Chandigarh Travel Guide

Chandigarh Travel GuideChandigarh, famous city of India Travel Guide derives its name from Chandi Devi which means “the Goddess of power” and “garh” which means “fort”, so the word Chandigarh literally means “the fort of Chandi” situated on the foothills of the Shivalik Hills, is regarded as the best planned city of Asia designed by the French architect Le Corbusier. Its architectural wonders are worth visiting which is divided into various sectors and has well-laid roads lined with rows of trees and beautifully planned buildings and are completely devoid of slums. That is why people of Chandigarh are proud of the quality of life it continues to provide. Today, it is the capital of the States of both Punjab and Haryana but it does not belong to either States rather it is administered by the Government of India as a Union Territory. Chandigarh has two satellite cities Panchkula and Mohali commonly known as the Chandigarh Tricity.

Chandigarh, the famous itinerary of India Travel Guide boasts of several beautiful and well-maintained gardens that are a treat to the eyes. Amongst the must visit places of Chandigarh are: The Capitol Complex comprises three epoch-making master-pieces: the Secretariat, the High Court and the Legislative Assembly. The High Court has a double roof, projecting over the office block like a parasol or an inverted umbrella. On the rear walls of the court rooms, hand the giant woolen tapestries designed by Le Corbusier. The Secretariat is the largest and tallest of the three edifices in the Capitol Complex. The Legislative Assembly offers an exciting counterpoint to the cupola, lending artistic grace to the entire complex. The Open Hand Monument is 85 feet high from a sunken trench; a giant hand in metal sheets is designed to convey a message of peace “open to receive”.

Amongst the other monumental places to visit in Chandigarh are the Tower of Shadows, Geometric Hill, and Martyr's Memorial. Sector 17 is a pedestrian's paradise dotted with fountains, sculptures, and groves of trees. Sukhna Lake is an artificial dam on a seasonal stream. The Rock Garden is spread over 12 acres of wooded land near the Capitol Complex. Leisure Valley is like a garland of gardens. Other prominent and worth visiting gardens are the Garden of Tranquility, Garden of Rare Plants, Garden of Annuals, the Bougainvillea Garden, Botanical Garden, and the Garden of Aromatic Plants. Gandhi Bhavan Auditorium is in the Punjab University Complex. Famous Museums of Chandigarh are Government Museum and Art Gallery, and Museum of Evolution of Life. The best season to visit this city of India Travel Guide is autumn, i.e., from mid-August to November, when the weather is pleasant, neither too hot, nor too cold!

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