Chandigarh, the capital city of north Indian state of Punjab, known for its well-planned architecture is the only city in the world which proudly claims, a garden made essentially from waste as their main tourist attraction.
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh is essentially, a story of how art can make us see beauty even in the most neglected, discarded, and the unwanted. Art that can invoke the deep and fragile sense of wonder most of us adults loose after growing up. This garden of wonderful alternate reality becomes the perfect companion to the prim, proper and planned civility of Chandigarh.
Here are the two things that you will help you understand the Rock Garden of Chandigarh better: –
About – Rock Garden, Chandigarh
Spread over forty acres, the fact that the Rock Garden has been modelled on a long lost kingdom dawns on you pretty quickly as you duck under gateways, crane your necks to see waterfalls at the most unlikely of places and find miniature musicians, dancers, and animals in the unique world of the Rock Garden.
The maze like garden with more than 2,000 different sculptures, all made from recycled bottles, glasses, bangles, tiles, ceramic pots, and electrical waste, is open from 9 am to 7:30 pm in summers. It usually takes two hours to see the whole garden.
It truly feels like you have entered into a new world, as these creatures stare back at you. You will be hard pressed to find something so beautifully unique that nothing, absolutely nothing, in the world compares to.
Rock Garden – The History
Nek Chand Saini, relocated from Pakistan after the Independence struggle. After completing his government job during the day, he would go to a secluded part of the forest near a famous lake and work on making art from what he found in the vicinity; abandoned waste. This went on for quite a while. Nek Chand’s pursuit of peace and creativity spilled into even more area but apart from him no one knew about it as he created thousands of sculptures alone.
Eventually the place was discovered, Nek Chand was rightfully made the chief caretaker resulting in Rock Garden being the most visited folk art site in the world.
After spending the day at the Rock Garden, a visit to the nearby Sukhna Lake(2 km) with gentle wind and irresistible Indian street food to choose from, is a must.
Interested in visiting the place? Check out the flight tickets from Sharjah to Chandigarh.
Your day will not be complete, if you do not visit the nearby(2 km) Sukhna lake, where snacking on the irresistible Indian street food with a gentle breeze and perfect sunset lake view for company. Other places you can enjoy in Chandigarh are Elante Mall, Chandigarh Rose Garden, Leisure Valley, and Musical Fountain.