The world-acclaimed Rock Garden, dotted with sculptures created from scrap materials and unusual rock formations, is Chandigarh’s pride. Created from discarded concrete and tiles, this unique garden spreading over 64 acres showcases urban art and offers a quiet spot to relax. Created in the 1970’s by artist Nek Chand it is indeed a fascinating amalgam of nature’s marvels and man’s creativity.
Sukhna Lake – 13 km
The 3 sq kms manmade Sukhna Lake is an idyllic retreat for a communion with nature. The well-paved promenade, meandering along the banks of the lake, is ideal for a jog or walk along the soft and shimmering waters while the lush lawns are perfect to enjoy the soothing setting. The old Chandi Devi temple, that lends its name to the city, stands near the lake. Renowned musicians often play classical Indian music by the lakeside. Boating facilities are also available
Cactus Garden – 9 km
Renamed as National Cactus and Succulent Botanical Garden and Research Centre is located in the heart of the city Panchkula, The objective behind developing this garden was preservation and conservation of endangered species of cacti and succulents and as well as to attract tourists. Stretched over an area of seven acres of land, it is considered as Asia’s largest outdoor landscaped cacti and Succulents Garden with over 2500 species of Cacti & succulents. The garden has a comprehensive collection of Indian succulents, the largest in the world, some of them extremely rare and have already been declared as endangered species, which includes complete collection of Genus Caralluma of Indian origin. The garden is home to three green houses. The cacti and succulents are also known to have medicinal values since Indian succulents are being used in Ayurveda and Unani medicines for centuries. It is a great source of attraction for not only tourists but also for botanists. The park remains open daily in the months of April to September between 9 AM to 1 PM and from 3 PM to 7 PM while during October and March, Cactus Garden between 9 AM to 1 PM and from 2 PM to 6 PM.
Morni Hills – 23 km
Known for its Himalayan views, flora, and lakes, The name of Morni is believed to derive from a queen who once ruled the area. The Morni Hills are offshoots of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas, which run in two parallel ranges. Among the spurs of the hills lie two lakes, A hill divides the two lakes, but there is theorised to be a hidden channel linking them, as the water level of two lakes remains roughly the same. Morni locals look upon the lakes as sacred.
Elante Mall -15 km
Its retail space of over 1 millon. sq. ft. across G+3 levels is the largest mall in Chandigarh. The retail space hosts premium national and international brands along with a mix of hypermarket, departmental stores, Sports Bar, Bowling Alley . Elante has well planned entertainment zone with multiplex and food court to cater to its customers.
Nada Sahib Gurdwara – 11 km
The Gurudwara Nada Sahib is situated in Panchkula on the bank of Ghaggar river in Sivalik foothills. It is a famous religious place of the Sikhs. Guru Gobind Singh halted here while travelling from Paonta Sahib to Anandpur Sahib after the Battle of Bhangani in 1688.
Pinjore Garden – 3 km
Now known as Yadavindra Garden’ in the memory of Maharaja Yadavindra Singh former of the princely state of Patiala. It is an example of the Mughal Gardens style, and was built by Patiala Dynasty Rulers. It was created in the 17th century by architect Nawab Fidai Khan during the early reign of his foster brother Aurangzeb (r. 1658-1707). After it was initially built by Fidai Khan, the garden was refurbished by Yadevendra Singh and restored to its former spledour, since it had grown into a wild jungle after initially built due to long years of neglect.
Bhim Devi Temple – 6 km
The ruins of Bhima Devi Temple are an indication to the ancient history of the area. Lying a short walk from the Mughal Gardens, the Bhima Devi Temple ruins display figures of four-armed Shiva, colossal head of Bhairava and forms of Ganesha and Shakti. The ruins of the temple indicate that the temple belonged to the old Panchayatan group and antedate to the 9th to 11th century A.D.
Mata Mansa Devi Temple – 11 km
Mata Mansa Devi is a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Mansa Devi, a form of Shakti. The temple complex is spread of 100 acres (0.40 km2) of the Shivalik foothills in village Bilaspur, It is one of the prominent Shakti temples of North India.Navratra festival is celebrated in the mandir for nine days. Twice in a year millions of devotees visit the temple. Shardiya Navratra mela are organized at the shrine complex during Chaitra and Ashvin months. Every year two Navratra melas are organised in the month of Ashvin (Shardiya, Sharad or Winter Navratra) and other in the month of Chaitra, Spring Navratra by the Shrine Board.