Chandigarh is the capital and the largest city of the state of Haryana, India. It has a population of about one million people. The city is renowned for its architecture, heritage, and liberal culture. The city has lots to offer in terms of sightseeing with several attractions.
The Notable Central Buildings The most notable buildings include the High Court, Secretariat, Legislative Assembly, and many government offices are located here. Chandigarh was established in 1950 when the states of Punjab and Haryana were partitioned. It is the capital for both of these states and was constructed by Le Corbusier, a Swiss-French architect. It is situated in the foothills of Shivalik, on the border of Haryana and Punjab.
“India’s first planned city”
Chandigarh is a union territory that is the capital of both Punjab, as well as, Haryana. India’s first planned city, Chandigarh is traditionally a Punjabi city at heart with a healthy dose of modernity; Chandigarh’s food and gedi culture (a leisure drive or ride the city) is what the capital is known for! Located at a distance of 265 km from Delhi, Chandigarh is easily accessible and has the distinction of being amongst the cleanest cities in India.
Chandigarh’s architect was Le Corbusier, a Swiss-French architect, who has to his credit a number of distinctive buildings. The city is basically divided into sectors: A-B-C, D and P. Sectors A and B are the oldest housing areas which are well laid out with spacious roads and have good civic amenities.
“The capital of two states”
The architecture of the city is quite unique and has its own distinct features. It represents the blend of modern architecture and cultural heritage. Man has tried to blend his own customs with the new building structures, to make sure that the historic identity remains as true to its nature as possible.
“One of the finest planned cities in the world”
The impressive architecture and cleanliness of Chandigarh show that it was an effort well made. Although based on Le Corbusier’s designs, the city is basically a modern architectural creation – it shows no signs of being damaged or dirty due to age. It seems to be relatively clean and maintained as well, which is very uncommon in India.
“The pride of India”
The Presidential Palace
The Presidential Palace of the Indian government is located in the city of Chandigarh – a new capital city that was created in India’s Punjab state. The palace is surrounded by a huge park and garden and was built to host the President of India. The building itself is quite modern and modernistic, with its sides being made primarily out of glass. The presidential palace houses many important Indian government buildings and has been declared as a heritage site.