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Rock Garden

Chandigarh has the distinction of having a unique world acclaimed Rock Garden. It consists of art objects of art objects, fashioned from industrial and urban waste. It is situated between the Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake in Sector 1.

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 Capitol Project. He roamed the Shivalik Foothills and picked up stones resembling 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...

Sukhna Lake

The manmade picturesque Sukhna Lake in the foothills of Shivalik range in an idyllic place for quiet communion with nature and for offering water sports activities such as boating, yaching, water skiing etc. The creation of Lake was one of the greatest gift from Le Corbusier and PL. Verma, Chief Engineer.

Sukhna is an inseperable part of the City. Le Corbusier had forseen that the residents of the City would be drawn to it for 'care of the body and spirit'. The planners were deeply attached to the lake (so much so that Pierre Jeanneret's ashes were immersed in the Lake in 1970 as per his last wishes by his niece.)

Serious 'walkers' pursue an exercise regime, families enjoy an evening stroll, painters and nature lovers mingle with childern on roller skates to partake of this extraordinary amenty. Photographers and painters love to capture the scenic beauty of the setting sun, or the heavily clouded monsoon sky, or the early morning mist in winter set admist the tranquility of the lake.