Chandigarh: The City Beautiful

Chandigarh: The City Beautiful

The first planned city in India, Chandigarh is known internationally for its architecture and urban design
Planned, modern city, significant as a symbol of a developing, progressive and free India, Chandigarh is pragmatic mix of the functional and the aesthetic, romanticism blended with practicality.

Born as a direct result of a violent and black period of Indian history- the partition, Chandigarh has acquired the unique distinction of being a capital to two states. The wide tree lined roads, unique architecture, greenery, the Rock Garden and its citizens, all merge and emerge to characterise a city of the future, with no baggage of the past.

Famous as ‘The City Beautiful’, Chandigarh was designed by French architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, popular as Le Corbusier.

Chandigarh literally means “The Fort of Chandi”. The name comes from the ancient temple called Chandi Mandir, devoted to Hindu goddess Chandi. Located near the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas in northwest India, Chandigarh covers an area of approximately 114 sq km and shares borders with Haryana and Punjab.

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