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Chandigarh

Chandigarh is one of the most beautiful and well planned cities in India. The city is the capital of both Punjab and Haryana and is also a Union Territory. The city was designed by the famous French architect and planner Le Corbusier Over the years Chandigarh has earned the impressive title of ?City beautiful? due to its lovely gardens, planned roads and amazing architectural creations. There are many tourist attractions in Chandigarh which are important for tourism in Punjab.

Tourist attractions in Chandigarh:

The Capitol Complex:

The capitol complex is the location of the major administrative buildings of the states of Punjab and Haryana. The main buildings located in this complex include the Legislative assembly, the high court, and the secretariat. The complex is a brilliant example of contemporary architecture. The open hand monument is a beautiful work of art adorning this complex.

Rock Garden:

This garden is an amazing example of the fusion of innovation and artistry. Urban and industrial waste has been utilized to make beautiful sculptures and statues depicting a fantasy world in this garden. Tourists marvel at the palaces, temples, and statues of people and animals made out of broken china, glassware, building materials and boulders. It is the most popular among the places to visit in Chandigarh, and attracts many tourists every year. The park is adorned by waterfalls, pools and trees. An open air theater within the garden is used for many cultural activities.

Rose Garden:

The rose garden is also known as Zakir Hussain rose garden. It is the largest rose garden in Asia and displays an amazing range of over 1600 rose species. The garden is beautifully designed with lush green lawns and adorned with colorful fountains. An annual rose festival is one of the major tourist attractions in Chandigarh.

Sukhna Lake:

This man made reservoir offers a wonderful opportunity to soak in the fine ambience of the city. Tourists can enjoy the scenic view of the distant mountains while boating in the traditional boats designed like the shikaras of Kashmir. The lake is also full of swans and other birds. Sunset as seen from the lake is a splendid sight.

Museums:

The Government museum and art gallery - this museum offers a fine collection of sculptures from the Gandhara School belonging to the Buddhist period. There are also fine miniature paintings and prehistoric fossil remains on display.

Museum of Evolution of Life ? it exhibits the transition from the prehistoric era through the Indus valley civilization to the modern era.

International Dolls museum ? this place offers an impressive collection of dolls and puppets from all over the world.

The forests near Sukhna Lake are also among the tourist attractions in Chandigarh. The city is also the gateway to Shimla, a famous hill station in Himachal Pradesh. Kalka is a tourist spot near Chandigarh from where the famous Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge train starts its journey.

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