Chandigarh – the ‘City beautiful’ designed by famous French Architect, Le Carbusier is known for its unique architecture and well planned landscaping. It derives its name from a temple ‘Chandi Mandir’ located in the vicinity of the site selected for the city. It is a modern city housing the Capital of two States Punjab and Haryana and the seat of ‘Union Territory’ Administration. Bounded on two sides by two seasonal rivulets, the northern edge of the city is the Capital Complex against the panoramic backdrop of the Shivalik hills. A harmonious blend of buildings, trees and other landscape elements, with the beautiful backdrop of the Shivalik hills, enhance its aesthetic value. The most fascinating feature of the City’s landscaping is perhaps the Tree plantation along avenues, open spaces, green belts and around building complexes. A number of beautiful avenues with conspicuous tree species, well wooded forests along the periphery of city, ‘Sukhna Lake’ against the backdrop of Lake Reserve Forests, green belts running across the length and breadth of the city and a beautiful ‘Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary’ on its periphery further enhance the ecological, environmental and aesthetic richness of the city.
Attraction of Chandigarh: One of the main Attraction of Chandigarh is its rods, classified in accordance with their functions and Surrounded by green trees. A complete integrated system of seven roads are designed to ensure efficient traffic circulation. The intersect at right angles, forming a grid or network for movement. While designing the roads architect keep is mind that the residential areas should segregated from the noise and pollution of traffic.
Tree plantation and landscaping has been an integral part of Master Plan. Twenty six different types of flowering and Twenty tow species of evergreen trees have been planted along the roads, in parking areas, shopping complexes, residential areas and in the city parks.
There are more than 15 parks in Chandigarh and some of the famous parks are Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, Government Museum and Art Gallery.About 2000 acres are meant for development of parks in Chandigarh. Pinjore gardens, Government Museum and Art Gallery are major tourist attractions of Chandigarh. Sukhna Lake hosts a variety of ducks and geese, and attracts migratory birds from parts of Siberia and Japan in the winter season.A parrot sanctuary located in the city is home to a variety of bird species.
Architecture of Chandigarh is one of the most significant urban planning experiments of the 20th century.It is also the site of some of his greatest architectural creations.The main shopping and commercial center of Chandigarh is Sector 17. This vast commercial complex is a pedestrian’s paradise with four main piazzas meeting at a ‘chowk’. Showrooms , departmental stores, eateries, coffee houses, bars and pubs keep the visitor fully engrossed.
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