Sprawled over an area of 40 acres in Sector-1, Chandigarh, The Rock Garden is one of the leading attractions in the city. Plenty of tourists flock here on regular basis from all over the country to witness this enticing garden. If you are also planning a short trip to the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, here’s what you need to know about this amazing garden:
Glimpse of the garden
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh is basically a sculpture garden, which was incorporated unofficially in 1957 by a government representative called Nek Chand. He was shaping up this amazing garden gradually by collecting the recycled materials from the city. Moving ahead, the park has gained the attention of different government officials and consequently, Nek Chand was given the charge of completing this park near the near Sukhna Lake with a team of 50 labours. It took almost 20 years to make this park opened for the public. The park is also known as the Nek Chand Garden.
One of the key attributes of the Rock Garden is that the park is built of home waste materials and unused items that are thrown away. A huge and open-air auditorium is also built in the garden premises to showcase an array of beautified artworks that are created by using the waste and thrown away items like broken bangles, wire, rock remnants, forks, handles etc. Today, a large number of spectators come here to witness the amazing outcome of creativity.
Besides being a wondrous abode to many inventive sculptures and abstract arts, the Rock Garden of Chandigarh is also laid out with several interlinked man-made cascades. The entire theme of the garden represents the vision of the kingdom of Sukhrani, which makes one plunge into the chambers of the kingdom containing a durbar, majestic poets, musicians, swimming pool for the queen and many other attractions that were meant for imperial leisure.
The entire ambience in the garden premises makes one feel an amazing serenity. A blend of artificial waterfalls and scrap artworks leaves one completely amazed here at the Chandigarh Rock garden. Some of the alluring sculptures that are made of plastic bottles, clay, marbles, titles, auto parts, coal and ceramic pots pull plenty of visitors at the garden. Most of the sculptures made of these scraps basically resemble the shape of humans and animals.
Apart from all amazing abstract artworks, one more leading attraction here is the Teej festival, which is celebrated here all year with great gusto. This is basically a monsoon fiesta predominantly celebrated by the women who dress themselves up beautifully and adorn henna on their palms. In addition, they also participate in various cultural programmes that are organized during the event.
Visiting hours, entry fee and best time to visit
The garden is now under the care of Rock Garden Society. This embodiment of imagination is open from 10am to 7pm on all days except Thursdays and public holidays.
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh can be visited from 9AM to 7PM during summer (April-September) and from 9AM to 6PM during winter (October-March). There are three gates at three different points near the garden where ticket counters are available for visitors. The entry fee for adults and children to the Rock garden is INR 20 and INR 10 respectively.
One can visit the Rock Garden all round the calendar, but the best time to enjoy the most at the garden area is during winter. Summers are quite scorching in Chandigarh; hence avoid visiting there during the summer.
Note: The entry fee is subject to change and the garden authority reserve all right to bring any changes.
How to go
The planned city of Chandigarh is frequented by visitors all round the year. Therefore, getting there is not a major concern for travellers. One can reach Chandigarh by any of the following modes of transportation:
By Air: Chandigarh airport is located nearly 13Kms away from the main city. The airport is well-connected to many neighbouring cities. From the airport, one can easily board a bus or hire a taxi/cab to reach the destination. The distance between the garden and the airport is nearly 18Kms.
By Train: The city has its own railway station located nearly 8kms from the city center. From Delhi, regular train connectivity is there to reach Chandigarh. Once you reach the railway station, you may hire a taxi, auto-rickshaw or take a bus to commute further till your choice of destination.
By Road: The road network of Chandigarh is excellent. If you are travelling by road from Delhi, it will take 4-5hours time to reach Chandigarh via NH1. On the other hand, from the places like Shimla, Dharamsala, Mussoorie and Mcleodganj, several state and public transports can also be availed to reach the destination. The picturesque vista on the go makes one’s journey to Chandigarh more remarkable.
Places to stay:
Anyone planning a short trip to Chandigarh needs not to worry much in finding a comfortable accommodation in the city. Plenty of budget and luxury hotels are setup in the city offering you all basic amenities for a comfy stay. However, based upon the type of hotel you book and facilities you avail the charges will vary.
Some of the hotels within the price range from INR 100 to INR 3000 are listed here for your convenience:
#FabHotel Le Monarque Piccadily Chowk
S.C.O 351-352, Sector 35 B,
Chandigarh, India 160022
#Hotel Orbit 34
Sco 356-357, Sector 34 A, Near Picaddly Square,
City Sub Centre, Chandigarh, India 160022
#Icon A Boutique Hote
lSco – 58-59-60-61 Sector – 8c,
Madhya Marg, Chandigarh, India 160008
Chandigarh-Delhi National Highway, Nh-21, Zirakpur,
Near Chandigarh Airport and Railway Station
Chandigarh, India 140603
#Velvet Clarks Exotica
Nh 21, Near Chandigarh Airport Zirakpur,
Chandigarh, India 140603
#Hotel GK International
Sco 353-356, Sector 35 B
Chandigarh, India 160022