Rock Garden is the pride of Chandigarh. It is not a garden of flowers and plants but one made out of waste material. A unique creation, it consists of industrial and domestic waste. The garden uses discarded items like bottles, glasses, bangles, tiles, ceramic pots, sinks etcetera. Rock Garden is the brainchild of Nek Chand Saini who began to build it in 1957. Its location is near the Sukhna Lake. The waste material is converted into familiar figures and the result holds the visitors spellbound. The complete area is dotted with artificial waterfalls, tunnels and canyons. It all adds up to an out-of-this-world experience that one can never forget. Today it covers an area of 40 acres and is a big draw with tourists. It sees daily footfalls of an average of 5,000. Since inception, more than 12 million visitors have enjoyed its beauty.
Other attractions of Chandigarh
Chandigarh is the first planned city of India. It is located in the foothills of the Shivaliks and a Frenchman designed it in 1950. The city identifies itself as the gateway to Himachal Pradesh. Sukhna Lake is a much loved spot. Its surrounding wetland area attracts lovers of aquatic sports. This body of water is also a favorite haunt of migratory birds. The Leisure Valley runs down the length of the city. Then there is Asia’s largest Rose Garden, and the Government Museum and Art Gallery.
Connectivity and accommodation
Chandigarh has good connectivity by air, road and rail to local tourist destinations. There are hotels to suit any budget. The surrounding atmosphere offers a glimpse into Indian culture. Chandigarh Airport is located around 12 km away from the city centre. It links the city with rest of the country by an extensive network of domestic flights. The city connects other nearby tourist spots by road. Travel from Chandigarh to Delhi takes around 4 to 5 hours. There is also connection by railway.