A continuum of various theme gardens to take care of the
body and spirit of the city. Le Corbusier retained the eroded valley of a seasonal
rivulet on the original site of the City and sculptured it into a Linear park
now over 8km long .It starts from Sector 1 in the north and leaves Chandigarh
at its southern most edge in sector 53.
PARK, Sector 1
The Leisure Valley starts from the Rajendra
Park. The park is a vast stretch of land of about 400 acres abutting the Secretariat
building on its eastern side. Le Corbusier himself designed the landscape scheme
of this park .Trees with round canopies and evergreen foliage have been planted
here. It was started in 1954 and is used for long walks, learning to drive and
BOUGAINVILLEA GARDEN, Sector-3
spreads over an area of 20 acres. The natural choe running through the valley
starts from here. The garden is devoted to hundreds of varieties of bougainvillea.
A few flowering trees have also been planted to give colourful effect during the
intervening period of bougainvillea flowering time. It was opened in 1976.
TRAILS, Sector 10
Fitness Trails have been developed
with a view to enjoying physical
exercises amidst the beauty
of Nature. It is an ideal
place for long walks and physical
To the south of Fitness
Trails is located the Flower Garden where seasonal flowers have been planted in
one portion and the remaining portion is punctuated with sculptures by renowned
artists. Some area has been left vacant for organizing various cultural activities.
GARDEN, Sector 16
Named after India’s former President Dr. Zakir
Hussain, the garden was established in 1967 under the guidance of Chandigarh’s
first Chief Commissioner, Late Dr. M.S. Randhawa.
The largest Rose Garden
in Asia, is spread over an area of 27 acres and has more than 17000 plants representing
some 1600 varieties of roses. Along with the roses, emphasis was also given to
the trees of medicinal value and some unique species of trees to enhance the beauty
of the garden. The annual “Festival of Gardens” is organized in the Rose Garden
in the month of February and is listed in the “National Calendar of Events”.
Shanti Kunj is situated between Rose Garden and
Cricket in Sector 16. This is a completely noise-free area with natural undulations.
The natural stream running through this garden divides the park into five areas.
The five parts of the garden depict different kinds of trees such as medicinal
plants, vertical shaped trees, flowering trees, trees for shade and environmentally
CHILDREN TRAFFIC PARK, Sector 23
area of Leisure Valley in Sector 23 has been developed into a Children’s Traffic
Park. The roads have been constructed and traffic lights have been installed in
miniature form. This park is meant for children who are learning to cycle and
designed to reach them the rules of road safety.
GARDEN, Sector 36
It covers an area of 8 acres and about 40 different
varieties of Hibiscus shrubs have been planted to provide colour throughout the
GARDEN OF FRAGRANCE, Sector 36
to the south of the Hibiscus Garden, it is very popular for different varieties
of aromatic and fragrant plants. The flower plants like Raat ki Rani, Motia, varieties
of Jasmine, Demask Rose, Mehndi, Champa, Haar Shingar and many others cast a pervading
aroma in this part of the Leisure Valley.
SMRITI UPAVAN, Sector 1
space has been set aside to allow people to plant trees in the memory of the departed.
This is a garden where every tree commemorate someone who is no more. It was formally
inaugurated on 14.11.1998 by planting a banyan tree in the memory of the first
Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. It is situated between Rock
Garden and Sukhna Lake. People can plant trees in the memory of their near and
There are two Botanical Gardens in the city
– one between Rock Garden and lake and the other in Panjab University. Another
Botanical Garden is being developed to about 110 acres of land in Sarangpur which
will be a major tourist attraction in the near future.
GARDEN, Sector 33
A small valley running through the length
of the sector has been developed into a Terraced Garden. Its main attraction is
an illuminated musical fountain. The garden is the venue for the annual Chrysanthemum
Show. It is spread over 10 acres and was opened in 1979.
PARK, Sector 35
It was opened to the public in 1987. Many animal
shapes created out of creepers and bushes attract children to this park. A large
variety of ornamental plants add to the park’s charm.
Other than these Gardens,
Chandigarh has beautifully landscaped roundabouts and wherever you may be in the
city, you are surrounded by Natures beauty and freshness.
has 3245 hectares under forest and most of it is hilly. The forest areas are mostly
around Sukhna Lake, Sukhna Choe and Patiali Ki Rao. There are two reserve forests
in Chandigarh – Kansal and Nepli. Both the places have forest Rest Houses. Permit
from the Forest Department, Chandigarh Administration is required for entry to
these places. A walk in these areas can be very rewarding as one may come across
a large variety of wild animals such as antelopes, neelgais, hyena, jackals, hares
and even leopards. The forest also offers excellent facilities for trekking in
In order to promote Eco-tourism,
CITCO arranges treks and excursions
in these forest areas to create
awareness about the flora
and fauna of the region.