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Rock Garden Chandigarh (India)

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OVERVIEW

The Rock Garden has become almost a heritage site. Artists and connoisseurs from all over the world flock to see this unique and amazing creation. The concept is daring, the appeal perennial. Visitors leave in admiration, only to return again. The creator of the Rock Garden, Nek Chand, was a Road Inspector in the Engineering Department of Chandigarh Capital Project. He roamed the Shivalik Foothills and picked up stones resembling a bird, animal, human and abstract forms. He brought them on his bicycle. The first seven years (1958-65) were spent collecting natural material, urban and industrial waste. Gradually his collection mounted to a staggering twenty thousand rock forms of amazing beauty. These were deposited around a hut which he had built for his work and contemplation. He built the Rock Garden from this improvised hut which was located by the side of a stream. Rose garden of Chandigarh, India is the largest of its kind in Asia. Named after India's former President, Zakir Hussain, this beautiful garden was set up in 1967 with the support of Chandigarh's first Chief Commissioner, late Dr. M S Randhawa. Chandigarh rose garden contains more than 17,000 plants. There are nearly 1,600 varieties of roses over there. It is a spacious garden covering an area of 27 acres. Dr. Zakir rose garden not just consists of the gorgeous roses, but also trees of medicinal value. Some of the medicinal plants that can be spotted here are bel, bahera, Harar, camphor, and yellow Gulmohar. Rose garden serves as the venue for hosting the annual festival of gardens, a major cultural event of the city.

Best Time:

Feb - Apr, Aug - Nov

Address:

Sector No.1, Chandigarh, India Suggested duration:5-6 Days

Open and Closing Time

Visiting Time: 9:00 AM - 7:30 PM (1st April to 30th September) 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (1st October to 31st March)

General Information

Entry Fee: For Adults- RS 30/- per person For Children –RS 10/- per children

Near By Attraction

Sukhna Lake Sector-17 Plaza Zakir Rose Garden Government Museum and Art Gallery Hotels available near by Rock Garden

Transportation

A distance between Chandigarh Railway Station and Rock Garden is 5.6 miles or 4.9 nautical miles
A distance between Chandigarh Bus Stand and Chandigarh Rock Garden is 2.5 miles or 2.2 nautical miles

Application Availability Which Saves Some Money

Zomato, Swiggy(Provide lip-smacking food cheap price). Uber,O la(Provide 24/7 Cab Services).
 

Interesting facts about Rock Garden

A love that is developed from a tender age, that nurtures as time flies by, a bond is established between the two entities that withstand the test of time. It’s close to impossible to find a person devoid of liking towards gardens. Our city is well known for its beauty, and one of the attributes of its lush greenery is the famous Rock Garden of Chandigarh.
With other names of this historical masterpiece including ‘Nek Chand’s Rock Garden,’ after its famous founder Nek Chand, this wondrous garden was established in 1957. A government worker tasked with handling arduous responsibilities, Chand liked tending to gardens in his free time, and it was his sole dedication that was behind the establishment of this gift to or city.
Spread over an area of over forty acres (160,000 square meters), this garden boasts the feature of being one of the most eco-friendly gardens in the country since it is built solely and entirely by industrial, home waste and items involved in recurrent usage which was soon discarded. The sculptures we see in our beloved garden were all created by the usage of ceramic pots, glass bangles, bottles, tiles, and electrical waste.
The brilliantly crafted sculptures aren’t the only delights this garden has to offer. The man-made linked waterfalls only add to the serenity of a place that never ceases to blow our minds away. When we dive deeper into the details as to how the Rock Gardens was created, and how it achieved its famous name, it is believed that Chand, in his first attempts, was known to collect scrap materials from demolition sites all around Chandigarh. The Teej festival is one of the many festivals organized here, celebrating the pride of women today at our very own Rock Garden Chandigarh.

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