Places to visit in Chandigarh in one day – My travelogue
Chandigarh is a very unique city, not only it is the capital of two states Punjab and Haryana but also it is governed by the central government itself. It is one of the most beautiful planned cities in India. The city was designed by Swiss-French architect Le- Corbusier. Since it is a city the places to visit in Chandigarh mostly include gardens, lakes, parks and museums.
We reached around 5 am to Chandigarh and decide to explore the city. Our bus was at night so we decided to make most of the day. We booked an Ola for the whole day for just 1300 bucks.
Places to visit in Chandigarh
1. Sukhna Lake
We reached around 5 am in the morning at the bus stop. Since most of the spots were closed at this time we decided to go to Sukhna Lake. We witnessed the early morning sunrise. The sun emerging out of the lake was very serene. We walked all around the lake. Soon people started coming for early morning walks and jogging.
We saw the birds chirping, flying away from their nests to find food for the day. Some teenagers were cycling and some doing exercises. It was just 6.30 am in the morning but the lake soon got crowded with people.
2. Mata Mansa Devi temple
Our next stop was the temple located in Panchkula district of Haryana. It was around 7.30 in the morning which was the best time to see the morning aarti. It is one of the Shakti peethas. The head of Goddess Sati was said to have fallen here. To read about the history of the temple follow this link.
There was a huge line of devotees to the main temple. We brought some Prasad for the Goddess too. The surroundings were well maintained with beautiful gardens and fresh air. Patiala temple was also nearby. We prayed and spent some time there. The spirituality of the place rubbed up on us. It left us calm and with positivity.
3. Japanese Garden
So hearing the name Japanese made us want to go to the garden. It sounded tempting. Entering the garden itself felt like the gateway to Japan. The two statues welcoming us at the entrance of to garden were in Japanese attire.
As we went along inside we saw Japanese paintings, bridges, pillars and buildings. It felt like we were in Japan without Visa.
4. Rose garden
As the name suggests, it was full of roses of all kinds. The entrance was very jungle like. The trees formed a canopy over our heads.
We even saw a few violet roses. The people were working so hard for maintenance of the plants, was admirable.
The time for lunch
Elante Mall was our next stop. We had heard a lot about the mall so we decided to explore the mall. The mall was very large with all the modern facilities. We were very hungry so we went to the famous Pirates of Grill restaurant.
The restaurant had the theme of Pirates of the Caribbean. The food was mouthwatering. We sat and rested in the mall for a while to rejuvenate for our next stop.
5. Rock Garden
Finally came the much awaited Rock garden. Since childhood, I had read about the garden in books, how a single man made such an amazing garden just out of waste.
Nek Chand with his innovative ideas turned the waste into such amazing sculptures. Even the dustbins looked so pretty, I was shocked.
It took us more than 3 hours just to explore the place. The garden had two phases. Phase 1 had all the waterfall and rock-like structures.
The second phase has sculptures made of plastic materials and old clothes. The place truly admires us to keep our surrounding clean.
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