Air : There is an Airport in Chandigarh itself. Rail : Chandigarh also
Bhangra and Gidda the main Punjabi dance forms are well-practiced in Chandigarh.
Baisakhi Festival is the biggest of all the festivals celebrated by the people of Chandigarh. Other than that Festival of Gardens, Chrysanthemums Show and Chandigarh Carnival are also popular.
Chandigarh Carnival is a three day long mega event that is held every year in the month of November. It is usually hosted at the Leisure valley in Sector 10. It is organized by the Chandigarh administration to promote creativity and talent of the citizens of Chandigarh and adjoining places. Carnival of Chandigarh is celebrated with fun and frolic. It provides a platform, especially to children and senior citizens, to come forward and exhibit their talent. It gives a boost to talented people. Various competitions are conducted for senior citizens like painting and clay modeling etc. Pick and drop facilities are provided to senior citizens, so that they do not have to face any kind of inconvenience. This event definitely deserves a mention, when the talk is about the popular fairs and Festivals of Chandigarh.
Festival of Gardens:
Chandigarh Festival of Gardens is one of the most popular festivals listed on the national calendar of festivals. It is a three-day extravaganza that is held in the month of February, mostly during the last week. Initially, this festival was called Rose festival and was started to motivate people to visit the rose garden and savor the marvelous sight of the blooms. Since then, Rose festival of Chandigarh, India has been gaining momentum. There are lots of things that have been incorporated. Today, it consists of various cultural programs consisting of classical and folk dances, musical performances, flower shows and exhibitions by local artists. This grand event also gives an opportunity to various companies to showcase their products. Since 1997, it is known as the Festival of Gardens.
Baisakhi Festival has a lot of significance for people of Punjab. It marks the beginning of harvest season. It also celebrates the founding of Khalsa panth. According to the solar calendar, this festivity of merriment falls on the first day of the Year, which is usually 14th April. Vaisakhi Festival in Chandigarh, India is celebrated with lot of excitement and cheerfulness. Men and women dress up in the best of their clothing and visit temples and Gurudwaras to offer prayers. Special food is prepared at home. Folk dances are performed. Chandigarh Baisakhi Festival celebration takes place with great pomp and show.
Chandigarh cuisine mainly comprises Punjabi food.
Building & Centre
Building & Centres of Chandigarh
Location:The Secretariat and Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) buildings are in Sector 1. Nearby is a huge open hand sculpture, conceived as a symbol of unity and the colourful High Court, which has a double roof, providing protection from the sun.
Planned complex:It is a juxtaposition of cuboid building blocks and open spaces. In the evenings shoppers and tourists, enjoy eating ice creams or popcorns, sitting on the steps of the "dove of peace" spout, where water cascades down from one level to another in geometrically shaped tanks, amidst delightful play of colourful lights. All the buildings are four storeyed. Originally, Le-Corbusier wanted to raise some high-rise buildings but influenced by the limitations of building materials and methods, he adopted a uniform four-storey height for all the buildings.
Super Market or shopping centre is at sector 17 surrounding Nilam Cinema and consists of several sky-high mansions which attracts the tourists. Sector 17 is the biggest Shopping Centre of the city, where one can find well-stocked shops and variety of goods. Most of the shops are air conditioned where shopping is a pleasure. Other major shopping districts include sector 22 and sector 15. Last but not the least for Chandigarh residents is the famous Tribune building acting, as the local newspaper's hot spot with its little news board.
Lalit Kala, Sangeet Natak & Sahitya Academi:
Lalit Kala, Sangeet Natak & Sahitya Academi Description: these are three main bodies that have been specially meant for art, music and dance and drama. These fall under UT administration and have own offices. These offices are in the State Library Building located in sector 34. Here so many things are performed like lectures, exhibitions, dance and drams performances and fests all round the year!
The Secretariat is one of the biggest buildings in the Capitol Complex. Structure of the building is multi-storeyed straight and linear and structured like a slab made as workplace for almost 4000 people. In the building, you have long stretched sun breaker with heights and projections added by a roof that has towers, funnels, pavilions, cafeteria and artistic styled pedestal. In Corbusier which is a framework resembling a sculpture! There are three of them and these three buildings are the finest example of engineering class. Especially there chaste finishing and rough concrete layers given Le Corbusier. However, this style was later very popular all over the globe. The fourth building was conceptualized by the Governor.
Chandigarh is a grand success story in the annals of modern architecture. A revolutionary experiment which came to fruition with the juxtaposition of a great vision that the India's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharla Nehru nurtured, and the profound genius of a French architect Le Corbusier and his team. Today Chandigarh is 114 square kilometers of invigorating aesthetics. It combines elegant architectural forms with wide tree lined avenues, green belts and gardens and offers a pleasant living experience to its ... read more
This giant hand in metal sheet rises 26 meters from a sunken french and rotates freely in the wind from a high concrete pedestal, conveying the symbolic message "Open to give, open to receive". Conspicuous by its scale, the Open Hand is the official emblem of the city. The design of this emblem as of the monument was conceived entirely by Le Corbusier. There is probably no city emblem in the world quite like this one.
Open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. all days. An unpretentious entrance leads to a magnificent, almot surrealist arrangement of rock fossils, broken chinaware, discarded fluorescent tubes, broken and cast away glass bangles, building waste, coal and clay.
Sector 1:Between the Rock Garden and Sukhna Lake, the Botanical Garden is spread over 88 acres. Its rockeries, lily-pools, and the rare species covered in green houses draw garden lovers as well as botanists.
Sector 35O pen all days Wire frames and the deft use of pruning shears has transformed creepers and bushes into animal & bird figures. Chandigarh celebrates its gardens and their myriad varieties of flowers with a Festival of Gardens in late-February or early-March.
Open from 10 a.m. to 4.40 p.m. All days except Mondays & official holidaysThe museum has a rich collection of miniature paintings of the Gandhara and Pahari schools as also master pieces of contemorary artists of India, including graphics.The building, erected on columns, is itself a work of art providing a natural canopy roof for the ground space. This space serves as display area for large antique sculptures, besides providing a useful semi-open area for accommodating large numbers during exhibitions, inauguratio... read more