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Travel India Guide provides detailed information on Chandigarh, the first planned city in India. "Let this be a new town, symbolic of the freedom of India, unfettered by the traditions of the past......an expression of the nation's faith in the future," decreed Jawaharlal Nehru. And so it has been ever since, the planned urban territory of Chandigarh, a model for all new city development of India.
When India became free, the Punjab that became Indian was in search of a capital. Nehru's gift to this strife-stricken territory was Chandigarh, built at the foot of the Siwaliks. And when Haryana was created out of the Punjab's south, Chandigarh became its capital too in November 1966.
The basic planning unit of the city is the sector, each 246 acre, completely self-contained sector a rectangle 1.2 kms by 0.8 kms with a shopping street cutting across it. Each sector has its own schools, places of worship, and shops, none of which are more than 10 minutes walk away from home.

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Chandigarh Details:

Capitol Complex: Designed by Le Corbusier, Capitol Complex is located in Sector 1, in Chandigarh, and consists of three main edifices, namely the Secretariat, the Legislative Assembly and the High Court.

Open Hand: This is one of the most significant monument in Chandigarh. This giant hand in metal sheet rises 85 feet high from a sunken trench and rotates freely in the wind like a weather cock to indicate the direction of wind. The Open Hand is the official emblem of the Chandigarh city. The significance of open hand is that it conveys the symbolic message of peace and unity that is "open to give, open to receive".

Government Museum and Art Gallery: This museum in Chandigarh tops the itinerary of tourists. It houses a very rich collection of Gandharan sculptures, Pahari and Rajasthani miniature paintings. This museum has four wings: the Art Gallery, the Natural History Museum, Chandigarh Architecture Museum and National Gallery of Portraits. It also has a spacious reference library, which helps scholars and students to meet their intellectual needs.

    
Rock Garden: This garden in Chandigarh is spread over an area of 12 acres and is a paradigm of creativity and innovation. This garden was created by a road inspector, Nek Chand, using industrial and urban wastes. Some of the interesting things that can be viewed there are armies of stone ducks, papier-mache soldiers, pig iron dancers and goblins.
   

Sukhna Lake: This beautiful man-made lake lies in the foothills of Shivalik range. This 3 km long lake was created in 1958 by damming the Sukhna Choe, a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills. This lake has gain popularity as a prime picnic spot because of its tranquil ambiance and variety of water sports activities like boating, yachting and water skiing, etc. that can be pursued here.


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