Chandigarh is one of the most beautiful, clean, and green capital cities of the country. It is no wonder then that this city has earned the moniker, City Beautiful. A trip to the city is well nigh incomplete without visit to some of its most beautiful gardens.
Rose Garden – The Zakir Hussain Rose Garden of Chandigarh is one of the city’s greatest tourist attractions and also one of the most beautiful green spaces you can find here. Spread over an area of about 30 acres, the Rose Garden is home to about 50,000 rose bushes of various colours and species. These include domestic and imported roses. The annual rose festival that is held here each year by the end attracts a great footfall. The spectacular sight of the multicoloured roses and the fragrance that fills up this beautiful green expanse is an experience worth cherishing.
Terraced Garden – Spread over an area of about 10 acres, the Terraced Garden of Chandigarh was established in the year 1979. This large well-manicured garden has large flower beds with flowers of myriad colours. The highlight of the garden is the long chrysanthemum flower bed that runs across it. The garden hosts the Chandigarh Flower Festival each year in spring when a number of visitors come here to enjoy the sheer riot of colours. At the heart of the Terraced Garden is a large white musical fountain that is a pretty sight, particularly after sundown.
Garden of Fragrance – The Garden of Fragrance is another beautiful garden located close to Sector 35 where most of the romantic restaurants in Chandigarh are located. As the name suggests the garden is full of sweet-smelling fragrant flowers such as rose, jasmine, night queen etc. The sprawling manicured lawns are perfect for family picnics and the flower beds and towering trees make this the perfect place for long walks.
Japanese Garden – Located in Sector 31, the Japanese Garden is one of the best places for long walks and to enjoy the cultural ambience of Japan. Built over an area of 13 acres and inaugurated in 2014, the entire garden is dotted with pagodas, miniature Buddhist temples, meditation and yoga spaces, the Zen Garden, the golden Buddha idol, bridges, flower beds, and manicured lawns. The garden is built in two separate phases connected by an underground tunnel.
Bougainvillea Garden – Spread over an area of 20 acres, the Bougainvillea Garden of Chandigarh is another of the delightful gardens in this city that attracts hundreds of visitors each week. This garden specially highlights the beauty of colourful bougainvillea as you walk through the arches and pavilions which showcase over 65 varieties of this flower. Right at the center of the garden is the Chandigarh War Memorial inaugurated in 2006.
Special mention: Rock Garden – The Rock Garden built by Nek Chand is not really a garden in the traditional sense. It is a sculpture garden that has been was constructed completely out of recycled ceramics and home and industrial waste. Spread over 40 acres, this is a breath-taking interpretation of one man’s take on recycling and reusing waste. From maze like structures to waterfalls and from sculptures to amphitheatres, this is one of the best attractions of City Beautiful. Apart from the weekend getaways near Chandigarh, the Rock Garden is the most popular places to explore with family and kids.