The famous administrative monument: the Palace of Assembly

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As my day of returning back home was drawing near I wanted to cover as much part of the city as I could. Although there were a lot of places left to visit in Chandigarh but I had to quickly make up my mind which to take and which to leave. So I decided to visit the Palace of Assembly which is a legislative assembly building located in Chandigarh.  It is not like any other ordinary administrative buildings. The Palace of assembly is designed by the well renowned architect Le Corbusier who is also the designer of the whole city of Chandigarh. The building is actually part of the Capitol complex which incorporates three wings namely the Legislative assembly, the secretariat and the High court.

This parliamentary monument although dates back to 1953 to 1963 yet its architectural style is no doubt very modern. It is made up of concrete and the curved concrete roofs reflect a very contemporary style of designing which could have been possible only by a master workman like Le Corbusier.

Palace of Assembly Chandigarh

Palace of Assembly Chandigarh | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org

The most notable feature of this Palace of Assembly is the unconventionally constructed circular shaped hall. The main hall of the building is built in the form of a hyperbola which is just 15 centimetres thick. This accrues to the low construction costs of the building which was indeed another intelligent move by the master architect. Here the architecture involves the application of industrial cooling towers which ensures proper ventilation and temperature regulation.

Moreover the architecture of the Palace of Assembly is such that proper natural as well as artificial lighting conditions prevail in the building. It was a delight for me to visit this mega structure from the past which holds great historic as well as administrative importance for this modern planned city of Chandigarh. Out of all the places I had visited in the city this was a very different experience for me as I was pondering upon the fact that how a building designed so many years in the past can hold such modernity and distinctive style that are rare even in the structures of today.

Destination of the Week – JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh

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JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh

JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh

JW Marriott Hotel Chandigarh – JW Marriott in Chandigarh can be called as the last word in luxury and opulence. My friends and I loved our stay, thanks to our company which had chosen this venue for a conference. Also we could sneak to several tourist spots in and around Chandigarh because the hotel stood at the heart of the city. The guest list also was very impressive and we could catch famous personalities in the lobby and bar!

Chandigarh Golf Club: The Green Paradise of Chandigarh

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The best feature about Chandigarh is that all of its tourist attractions are located quite close to each other. When I visited the Sukhna Lake I came to know about the Chandigarh golf club which is located at the south of it. Hence the next destination that I visited was the Golf club of Chandigarh which is the most preferred club among the elite class people of the city.

As I reached the Golf club I was mesmerized by its greenery and well maintained premises. The club is located in sector 6 near the Punjab Governor house. Its contact number is 01722740327, where in one can call to get all the information about its membership and tournaments and events. It has an extensive course of 7202 yards which comprises of 18 holes. This golf course is well renowned for its narrow fairways which are quite challenging even for experienced players.

Chandigarh Golf Club

Chandigarh Golf Club | Image Resource : thechandigarhgolfclub.com

Established in the year 1962 this is an exclusive private members only golf club. It has been the proud club of some of the eminent professional golfers of India. One among them is Jeev Milkha Singh who was the glorious winner of the 2006 Asian tour order of Merit winner. He is also the first Indian golfer to have competed on the European tour.

Apart from the golf course the club also comprises of a fine club house, gymnasium and a swimming pool. These facilities are only provided to the patrons of the Chandigarh Golf club. The club is so popular that there are almost 2300 club members. Due to this huge volume of members the membership of this club is little difficult to be availed. One has to wait in long queues to secure the membership of this prestigious club.

Golf Course Chandigarh

Golf Course Chandigarh | Image Resource : oktatabyebye.com

I was really pleased to have visit the golf club of Chandigarh which is one of the must visit places of the city. I must say I was wishing to become a member of this club if possible due to its excellent facilities and beautiful well maintained golf course that is surrounded by tall trees that offer shade to players.

Zakir Hussain Rose Garden: The Pride of Chandigarh

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After the Sukhna Lake the very next destination that I visited was the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden.  It is also a botanical garden located in the city of Chandigarh and stretches over an area of 30 acres of land. It is spread over an area of 30 acres of land and comprises of about 50000 rose bushes which belong to 1600 different variety of roses. This phenomenal centre of tourist attraction is named after the former president Dr. Zakir Hussain and was created in the year 1967.

The garden is a heritage for the city as it holds the distinction as Asia’s largest botanical rose garden. The best season to visit this place is the winter season. It is during this season that the roses are at full bloom and the view is truly breath taking. I couldn’t believe my eyes as I was gaping at the beautiful colours of nature that were spread over the whole area. Even the breeze carried the delicate fragrance of the beautiful roses.

Zakir Hussain Rose Garden

Zakir Hussain Rose Garden | Image Resource : majithiafarm.com

The Zakir Hussain Rose garden is a very popular picnic spot and is most preferred by families who come to take a stroll here along with their children who love to play in the lush green grass that covers the whole garden.  Pathways have been laid all across the garden to enable walkers to take a view of the beautiful roses as they follow their fitness regime.

It seemed to be a very lively place to me as there were children playing all around the garden and the colourful roses added a vibrant charm to the environment. Apart from the roses the garden also houses plants of medicinal value such as camphor, harar, bel, gulmohar etc. The garden also holds other attractions for tourists such as a variety of outlets that offer food and drinks, joyrides are also part of the tourist recreational services.

It was a very soothing experience for me to relax in the rose garden and spend my time observing people and children. I felt very light and time flew in the blink of an eye when I was at this beautiful garden.

Zakir Hussain Rose Garden Chandigarh

Zakir Hussain Rose Garden Chandigarh | Image Resource : nritribune.com

Destination of the Week – Elante Mall Chandigarh

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Elante Mall Chandigarh

Elante Mall Chandigarh | Image Resource : punjab.mallsmarket.com

Elante Mall Chandigarh – When you step to this mall you literally feel that the saying is hundred percent true “mall and youngsters have a close relationship”! When I went to Elante Mall in Chandigarh, I saw the truth in this quote. The shops were packed with youngsters. Also, the charming and exciting ambience of the mall is the reason behind the crowds swarming this place!

Sukhna Lake: An Integral Part of Chandigarh

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I was really enjoying the time spent at the beautiful planned city of Chandigarh as it is sprawling with the beauty of nature. During my visit to the Rock garden I had noticed the beautiful Sukhna Lake that is located adjacent to it. Due to shortage of time I was unable to pay a visit to this lake that very day but I had already marked it on my itinerary list.

So the next destination that I chose to visit in Chandigarh was the Sukhna Lake that is situated at a very premier part of the city in sector 1. Due to its popularity among vacationers and picnickers there are number of eating joints and restaurants that have emerged in this area. The local food that is offered at these eateries is truly mouth watering. I purchased some snacks and then headed towards the lake.

Sukhna Lake Chandigarh

Sukhna Lake Chandigarh | Image Resource : kiboli.wordpress.com

Basically the Sukhna Lake is a reservoir that stretches over an area of 3 kilometres and has an average depth of 8 feet. The maximum depth of this lake is 16 feet. This rain fed was built in the year 1958 by creating a dam on the Sukhna Choe that is a seasonal stream that flows down the Shivaliks. Hence the name of the lake suggests.

This lake is a preferred site among tourists as well as the local residents of all age groups. Many people come to the dam to take a stroll in the pleasant scenic settings, others follow a disciplined exercise regime and come for walks here regularly, and families also find this place as an optimal location to spend quality time with their kids. Boating facility is also available at this lake.

Moreover the setting sun or the early morning view at the Sukhna Lake lures artists and painters to capture the mystical scene on their canvas. Even the heavy monsoon clouds appear indescribably beautiful from this lake. I spent a couple of hours sitting and gazing at the gorgeous sun set from the bank of this lake and also clicked a few pictures to take back as souvenirs for my friends.

Destination of the Week – International Dolls Museum Chandigarh

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International Dolls Museum Chandigarh

International Dolls Museum Chandigarh | Image Resource : worldtouristattraction.tk

International Dolls Museum Chandigarh – If there is one place that definitely swept me off, I would say it is this international dolls museum in Chandigarh…a place that carries utmost beauty! The attractive variety of dolls at the Dolls Museum is simply mind blowing. To top it all, this entire property at Chandigarh was maintained so neatly and the surroundings too was pristine!

Hotel Akashdeep: My Abode in Chandigarh

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As I reached the Chandigarh railway station after a day long journey I booked a cab that would take me to my hotel that I had booked in advance via the last minute hotel deals app that I had installed on my cell phone. It proved to be a very useful app in making my reservations as I could jiggle between various available options and then decide the hotel of my choice. I booked myself in the popular two stars, hotel Akashdeep Chandigarh.

The hotel is located at SCO 1124-25 (near Aroma Petrol pump) in sector 22- B. The hotel was just at a distance of about 7 kilometres from the railway station. And it took merely 10 minutes to reach the hotel. The best feature about the hotel Akashdeep is that it is very strategically located near the major tourist spots of Chandigarh, which include the Prachin Shiv Mandir and ISKON temple. Other attractions such as the rock garden, Sukhna lake, Chandigarh golf club, Chattbir zoo etc are also easily accessible from this hotel.

Hotel Akashdeep

Hotel Akashdeep | Image Resource: blogspot.com

The hotel ensures customers a comfortable stay at extremely affordable prices. As I prefer budget hotels this was the most appropriate stay for me, as the hotel is value for money. The hotel rooms are well designed and offer a number of facilities such as room service, laundry, travel desk, doctor on call, daily housekeeping, security, daily newspaper and valet services. The hotel also offers wake up services to its patrons.

This two storied hotel has 14 rooms and the check in and check-out timings are 12:00pm. There are two grades of rooms namely, the deluxe rooms and the super deluxe rooms which offer a range of modern amenities such as air conditioning, free Wi- Fi, colour television, luggage space, tea or coffee maker, private washroom and in room menu etc.

I was quite satisfied with the services offered by the hotel at the given fares and was hoping for a comfortable stay here during my Chandigarh trip. Apart from the hotel menu there are a couple of restaurants in the vicinity which offer good food to customers. I went out to take a stroll and try some street food that was available near the hotel itself.

Destination of the Week – Leisure Valley Chandigarh

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Leisure Valley Chandigarh

Leisure Valley Chandigarh | Image Resource : wikipedia.org

Leisure Valley Chandigarh : It was a day well spent at Chandigarh and a perfect time to take my mind off from my hectic marketing job. If you are on the search for an ideal place for a leisure walk, then I would say Leisure Valley is the one! Walking on the green carpets of grass not only soothed my feet, but also my mind, it was as if there was a soothing connection to my whole body!

The Botanical Garden and Nature Park of Chandigarh

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After visiting the Government museum and art gallery I wanted to explore more of the beautiful city of Chandigarh. I had heard a lot about the botanical garden of the city and was quite eager to explore it. Hence the next destination that I visited while my stay at Chandigarh was the botanical garden and nature park of Chandigarh.

I am a nature lover and I love to find refuge in the arms of nature to relax myself from my busy schedule that pertains to my marketing profession. Hence I was already hoping to spend a very soothing and calming time in midst of the natural settings of this botanical garden.

botanical garden & nature park chandigarh

Botanical Garden and Nature Park of Chandigarh | Image Resource : chandigarhtourism.gov.in

The botanical garden of Chandigarh is located near the village Sarangpur of Chandigarh and is easily commutable from all parts of the city via public transport. As the climate of Chandigarh is very pleasant due to its location at the foothills of the Shivalik ranges a botanical garden is an appropriate venture to protect as well as nurture diverse varieties of flora that can be fruitfully grown in this region.

The botanical garden of Chandigarh houses numerous varieties of plant species including medicinal herbs, shrubs and decorative plants, creepers, climbers and a lot more. I was delighted to be surrounded by such natural treasure.

cactus garden at botanical garden and nature park of chandigarh

Cactus Garden at Botanical Garden and Nature Park of Chandigarh | Image Resource : panoramio.com

The vast expanse of green that is meticulously maintained in this site of great tourist significance stretches over an area of 176 acres of land. Not only the garden, another attraction that adds to the huge influx of visitors is the fact that this botanical garden has been connected to a nature reserve known as the Patiala- ki- Rao via a causeway.

The forest spreads over an area of 350 acres of land. Hence the whole idea of the botanical garden accompanied by a huge expanse of wilderness turns out to be a treat for nature lovers.

I was really happy to escape to this area of wilderness and experience nature at its best. The whole area is maintained with great toil and precision to preserve the biodiversity and also for research purposes, where one can discover a range of exquisite species of plants.