Places of Interest & Sightseeing in Chandigarh

Chandigarh is one of the most beautiful cities in India. This garden city was designed & planned by the Swiss-French modernist architect and artist, Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret, and a team of eminent Indian town planners & architects. Picturesquely located at the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas, Chandigarh is known as one of the best experiments in urban planning and modern architecture in twentieth century India.

Discover “City Beautiful”, soak in the beauty of the numerous gardens, explore the local cuisine, immerse yourself in heritage sites, enjoy the cultural entertainment like plays, musicals & art exhibitions, walk on the lakefront promenade, go boating on the lake or drive up into the hills….Chandigarh has something to offer to all!

Our homestay “Anchorage 42” is amongst the best-located places to stay in Chandigarh, a short distance from attractions like Sukhna Lake & Garden of Silence, Bird Park, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Capitol Complex & Open Hand Monument, the War Memorial, Chandigarh Museum and Art Gallery, Tagore Theatre, Le Corbusier Centre, Leisure Valley, Japanese Garden, Terraced Garden, Kalagram, etc.

The Lake Club & Golf Club, Branded stores in City Center Sector 17 & Elante Mall, Sector 22 Flea market, Restaurants & Night Clubs, PGI / Hospitals & Medi City, Punjab University, Colleges & Schools, Punjab & Haryana High Court, UT / Punjab / Haryana Administration Offices are all a few minutes drive away.

  • For those who are more adventurous, a half hour to an hour’s drive would get them to Chhatbir Zoo, Fateh Burj, Pinjore Gardens, Sirhind Gurdwara, Anandpur Sahib, Patiala or into the hills to Timber Trail & Kasauli.

Sukhna Lake - 1 Km

Sukhna Lake, a man made reservoir at the foothills of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas. This three sq. kms rain-fed lake was formed in 1958 by damming a seasonal stream (Sukhna Choe) descending from the Shivalik Hills. Paddle and row boats are available at the lake and there is a walking/jogging track on the shore. Sukhna lake is very popular with the bird watchers as it’s visited by many species of migratory birds coming from northern latitudes. At the extreme end of the lake is the “Garden of Silence” for people to meditate.

Chandigarh Bird Park - 1 Km

Chandigarh Bird Park cum Exotic Bird Aviary has been established over 6.5 acres of land with more than 250 exotic bird species and sub-species which are commonly bred in India and are suitable for the local condition.

Nek Chand’s Rock Garden - 2 Kms

The Rock Garden, a sculpture garden also known as Nek Chand's Rock Garden, a government official who started the garden secretly in his spare time in 1957. It is spread over forty-acres and is completely built from home and industrial discarded items. The garden is known for its sculptures made out of recycled ceramic.

Capitol Complex - 3 Kms

The Capitol Complex is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is architect Le Corbusier’s most spectacular work. Located in Sector 1 of Chandigarh, the Capitol Complex serves as the seat of the government of the states of Punjab and Haryana.

Rose Garden - 3 Kms

Named after India's former president, Zakir Hussain Rose Garden is a botanical garden spread over 30 acres with 50,000 rose-bushes of 1600 different species. It serves as the venue for hosting an annual rose festival during February or March.

Chandigarh Museum- 3 Kms

Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, is a premier museum of North India having collections of Gandharan sculptures, sculptures from ancient and medieval India, Pahari and Rajasthani miniature paintings. It owes its existence to the partition of India in August, 1947. Prior to the partition, much of the collections of art objects, paintings and sculptures present here were housed in the Central Museum, Lahore, the then capital of Punjab. The museum has one of the largest collection of Gandharan artefacts in the world.