Chandigarh is a union territory located in the foothills of the Shivalik ranges of the Himalayas in northwest India. The interesting thing is that it is the capital of two states of the country, Punjab and Haryana. There is an ancient temple dedicated to the Hindu goddess Chandi, after which the city is named after it. It is the first planned city in India. A French architect and urban planner named Le Corbusier designed Chandigarh. On November 1, 1966, the city was declared a union territory and the capital of Punjab and Haryana.
One of the major creations of Le Corbusier, a tourist destination around Chandigarh, ‘The Open Hand’ is located in the capital complex of the city. The three complex buildings of the democratic system in the capital complex and being the insignia of the city, it is very popular among tourists visiting here. The rock garden here also attracts a large number of tourists. It is not only known for its art and culture, but also abroad. Chandigarh also has many museums such as the International Dolls Museum, Government Museum and Art Gallery.
The vast forest in the north of Chandigarh attracts wildlife lovers. The Kansal and Nepalese forests are lined with fauna and plants. But the most discussed area in this region is the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a part of the Sukhna Lake Catchment and is home to various species of mammals, birds and reptiles. Another such attraction is Chhatbir Zoo. Rose Garden and Gurudwara Kuhni Sahib are also important among other tourist places of Chandigarh.
The best time to visit Chandigarh is from September to March.
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