Chandigarh is one of the preferred destination for Civil engineering students, Industrial visit to the first planned city in India and which is known internationally for its architecture and urban design will be enriching. There are about 15 medium to large industries including two in the Public sector. In addition Chandigarh has over 2500 units registered under small scale sector. The important industries are paper manufacturing, basic metals and alloys and machinery. Other industries are relating to food products, sanitary ware, auto parts, machine tools, pharmaceuticals and electrical appliances. In IT sector Major Indian firms and multinational corporations to the like of Quark, Infosys, Dell, IBM, TechMahindra have set up base in the city and its suburbs.
Chandigarh comes lauded as India’s most beautiful city, and it lives up to it – it’s delightful. Lying in the valley surrounded by Shiwalik Hills that hem the great Himalayas, the city, apart from being a Union Territory, also serves the capital of two states of India – Punjab and Haryana.
A model for urban planners throughout the world, Chandigarh is an appealing, well-functioning clean city featuring wide avenues, grand parks, beautiful lakes, awesome gardens and architectural gems of the great French architect Le Corbusier. The place is also the reference point to visit the famous hill resorts of Shimla Kullu, Manali, Dharmashala and Dalhousie.
Sights to See
alt Sukhna Lake Another tourist attraction in Chandigarh is the Sukhna Lake spread over an area of 3 sq. km in sector 6. The waters of a seasonal rivulet that ran through the city were impounded to create the Sukhna Lake. Migratory birds arrive here from Siberia during the winter. A love for the lake draws many volunteers to ‘desilt’ it just before the monsoon rains set in. While the lake promenade is a place for peace and tranquility, but just at the entrance the area has been developed for children to enjoy themselves.
alt Zakir Hussain Rose Garden Zakir Gulab Baag is Asia’s largest Rose garden, spread out over 30 acres of land, in sector 16. Established in 1967, today around 50,000 Rose trees of 1600 different species bloom here. Apart from roses, the other trees planted have medicinal value and some unique specimen trees were planted to enhance the beauty of the garden. The garden is located next to the city centre.
alt Rock Garden The Rock Garden of Chandigarh has been created by putting together the fossils of ancient life forms found in the Shivalik hills and by recycled waste material. Its creator, Nek Chand, was an inspector in the engineering department. Rock fossils have been arranged into an open air sculpture exhibition. Some of the sculptures include a wall made out of discarded fluorescent tubes, an army of clay monkeys and broken chinaware soldiers and shapes of women made out of discarded glass bangles. The garden covers an area of 6 acres. In summers, it is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and again from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. From October to March it is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
alt The Secretariat The Secretariat is the largest building in the Capitol Complex and is the headquarters of both the Punjab and Haryana governments. It is one of the Capitol buildings and houses all the ministries. The Secretariat and Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) buildings are in Sector 1.
alt Govt. Museum & Art Gallery & Punjab University Complex Located in sector 14, the parks and pools around the university building have enhanced the feel of the whole area. The Punjab University was founded in 1882 at Lahore. After partition and initial dislocation, the University shifted to Chandigarh in 1956. It is as famous for its landscaping as for its architecture. Leisure Valley — During the monsoon, there runs a natural storm-water channel through the middle of the city, locally called a nullah. The nullah, along with the adjoining land has been converted into what is called the leisure valley. Starting from the foot of the hills to the west of the Capitol Complex, the leisure valley extends into sector 3 and crosses over into sector 10. The leisure valley is spread over 6 km and is in accordance with the plan. No vehicular traffic interrupts a pedestrian taking a walk in the park.
Industries ◾Ranbaxy Laboratories ◾JCT Electronics Limited ◾Punjab Tractors swaraj ◾Kandhari Beverages Limited
And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries
Pinjore Gardens- (25 km) Located a short distance from Chandigarh, on the Pinjore-Kalka road is the Pinjore Yadvindra Gardens. This is a traditional Mogul style garden, created in the 17th century by Nawab Fidal Khan, architect to the Mogul emperor Aurangzeb. These gardens were developed along a slope with a central channel of water in which fountains were placed at regular intervals. On either side of the channel are spacious walkways with shady trees and a carpet of green grass. Pinjore Garden is a favorite picnic spot for the citizens of Chandigarh. It is open on all days and accommodation is available at Rang Mahal and Sheesh Mahal.
Bhima Devi Temple (22 km) Bhima Devi Temple, located at a distance of about 100 metres from the famous Yadavindra Gardens in Pinjore, is an ancient shrine dating back to circa 9-11th century A.D.
Chattbir Zoo 22 km also known as Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, Chattbir Zoo is located near Zirakpur. It is home to hundreds of different mammals, birds and reptiles.
Mansa Mandir / Chandi Mandir (10 km) A place of religious importance it is visited by devotees in good numbers.
Bhakra Nangal (116 km) Built over the Sutlej River, the dam is the second highest in Asia. Ponta Sahib (135 km) A place of Sikh pilgrimage, it attracts visitors.
Naina Devi- (110 km) Situated on a hilltop in the Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh, the shrine attracts thousands of devotees.
How would you like to travel?
The city’s airport is connected by flights from major cities like Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai.
Chandigarh, the terminus of Northern Railway, is a major railway station connecting several important cities in India.
Chandigarh is connected by good motorable roads to all places in India. Chandigarh is:
◾240 km from Amritsar ◾230 km from Dehradhun ◾248 km from Delhi ◾117 km from Shimla ◾380 km from Jammu ◾267 km from Rishikesh
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