Punjab Kushti / Wrestling
Chandigarh
Chandigarh, the 1st planned modern city of India designed by the French architect Le Corbusier serves as the capital of both Punjab and Haryana. However, the city does not belong to either state. Chandigarh was constituted as a union territory on 1st November, 1966 and is administered by the Government of India. The city is named after the mother goddess of power, Chandi, and a fort or 'garh' beyond the Chandi temple. The city is divided into 47 numbered sectors. It has well-laid roads lined with rows of trees and beautifully planned buildings. Against the backdrop of the Siwalik smountains, the city looks charming. Chandigarh experiences extreme climate. Best time to visit this place is October to March.
Rock garden

The Rock Garden sprawling over 64 acres is a strange but unique garden- an artists dream, build by one man's effort, love, ingenuity and skill. Nek Chand who was an ordinary public works department employee of the Chandigarh administration, conceived the idea of the garden as a solution to the disposal of city waste and domestic garbage. There are no flowers or plants in this garden. The garden was created sector by sector with rocks and discarded objects like bottle tops, fluorescent lights, mud guard, tin cans, broken glass etc which Nek Chand meticulously collected from door to door. The creative artist built, dolls and figures of birds, men and women and set them along a maze of paths. He was duly honored and appointed as the director of the garden. The garden is open from 10.00 a.m to 7.00 p.m all days except Thursdays and official holidays.


Sukhna Lake

Sukna lake an artificial, manmade lake spread over 3 square kilometers on the northern border of Chandigarh is the venue of the Asian rowing championships. The tree-shaded shores is a favorite spot for strolling and bird watching. From December through February, one can see many species of aquatic birds from Central Asia and Siberia. Sukhna lake has facility for renting rowing boats and there is also a children's park.
The Open Hand Monument

Open Hand monument in the Capital Complex in sector 1, is made of a metal sheet, 14 metres high and weighing 50 tonnes and rotate freely in the wind from a high concrete pedestal. Some times it resembles a bird in flight The design of this giant hand emblem was conceived by Le Corbusier. The symbol stands for peace and unity - 'Open to give - Open to receive'. It is official emblem of the city.
Secretariat

It is the largest building in the Government or Capital Complex. It is an elongated building, with concrete walls intended as a work place for about 4000 people. The centre portion contains the offices of ministers. From the roof top of this building there is a good panoramic view of the city and the hills beyond. It cost around 14million rupees to build. There conducted tours every 30 minutes.
The Legislative Assembly

The Legislative Assembly square in plan with a monumental portico standing free from the main building has a removable dome and a mural by Le Corbusier. It faces the high court which delineates the south eastern end of the Capitol Piazza.
The High Court

The High Court is a classic work of modern architecture. It is one of the first monuments to be built in the Capital complex. The structure of this building has a double roof, projecting over the office block, like a inverted umbrella shading its lower part, symbolizing the law as an umbrella of shelter for the ordinary citizen.
GARDENS AND VALLEYS

The Chandigarh horticulture department has done its best in turning whatever land available into beautiful landscapes. They have collected and planted varieties of ornamental plants of various colours and shades. A few places that have been turned into beautiful gardens and valleys are:

Leisure Valley : This Valley contains the famous Dr. Zakir Rose garden, Shanty Kunj, Cannas garden; the garden of unusual plants.

Dr. Zakir Rose Garden

The rose garden in sector 16 is claimed to be the Asia's largest Rose garden. This garden was created in 1967, under the expert guidance of Dr M.S. Randhawa, Chandigarh's first Chief Commissioner, and is named after India's President, Zakir Hussain. It is spread over an area of 30 acres and have 1600 different species of roses. Every year a 'Rose Festival' is celebrated at this garden, either at the end of February or beginning of March. It is one of the main cultural events of the city and draws thousands of visitors. There are lots of competitions, cultural celebrations and many other events.
Shanti Kunj

Shanti Kunj (Abode of Peace) situated in sector 16 has trees, streams and meditation nooks, spread over 18 acres of land.
Bougainvillea Garden

Hundreds of bougainvillea varieties adorn the garden spread over 20 acres in sector 10. The creepers cover a wide assortment of arches, pavilions and arcades. The annual Bougainvillea Show is held here.
Terraced Garden

Terraced Garden, spread over 8 acres in sector 33, is the venue for the annual Chrysanthemum Show. There is also an illuminated musical fountain here.
Rajendra Park

A natural park where Mangoes, peaches, plums etc have been planted. Horse shows are held here from time to time.

Museum and Art Gallery

The art gallery in Sector 10, contains a modest collection of Indian stone sculptures dating back to the Gandhara period, together with some miniatures paintings and modern art. The adjacent museum has fossils and implements of prehistoric humans found in India. Visiting Hours :10.00 a.m. to 04.30. p.m. all days except Monday and official holidays.