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Chandigarh: Union territory and capital of 2 northern states

Nestled between the majestic Shivalik Hills and the fertile plains of the Indus-Ganges basin, Chandigarh stands as a testament to the vision and ambition of modern India. As the first planned city of the country, Chandigarh has become a beacon of architectural excellence, drawing in design enthusiasts and curious travelers from around the world.

At the heart of this meticulously planned city lies the Capitol Complex, a stunning ensemble of government buildings designed by the renowned architect, Le Corbusier. The iconic Secretariat Building, the High Court, and the Legislative Assembly, with their striking geometric forms and use of exposed concrete, epitomize the principles of Brutalist architecture that Corbusier championed.

Chandigarh Sukhna Lake

Exploring Chandigarh

Exploring the Capitol Complex is a journey through the convergence of art and function. The intricate interplay of light and shadow, the seamless integration of landscape and structure, and the sheer scale of the buildings create a sense of awe and wonder in every visitor. One can easily spend hours marveling at the details, from the delicate brise-soleil (sun-breakers) to the grand, sweeping staircases.

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Beyond the Capitol Complex, Chandigarh’s architectural riches extend to its various parks and public spaces. The serene Sukhna Lake, with its lush green surroundings and picturesque promenade, offers a tranquil respite from the city’s bustling energy. The iconic Rock Garden, created by the eccentric artist Nek Chand, is a whimsical wonderland of recycled materials and found objects, blending the line between art, nature, and human ingenuity.

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Planned streets

As you wander through Chandigarh’s meticulously planned grid of streets and sectors, you’ll be struck by the harmonious integration of architecture, landscape, and urban planning. The city’s wide tree-lined boulevards, the symmetrical layout of residential and commercial areas, and the seamless connectivity of its various sectors all contribute to a sense of order and functionality that is both visually striking and eminently livable.

For the architecture enthusiast, Chandigarh is a veritable treasure trove, offering a glimpse into the visionary thinking that shaped the city’s design. From the modernist masterpieces of Le Corbusier to the whimsical creations of Nek Chand, Chandigarh’s architectural landscape is a testament to the power of design to transform the urban experience.

Whether you’re an architecture buff, a nature lover, or simply someone in search of a unique and captivating destination, Chandigarh is a city that will leave a lasting impression. So, pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready to explore the architectural marvels that make this planned city a true gem of modern India.

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