In an article published by BBC ‘Is this the perfect city?’ Chandigarh is touted as the most perfect city in the world. The author of the article Jonathan Glancey describes how the city came into being, right from its planning stage to what it is today. Post-independence when the country was struggling to find its bearings, Chandigarh was taking a new shape, something that would be a model for other cities.
The author adds that Chandigarh is the perfect blend of tradition-meets-modernity in terms of its architecture, greenery and town planning. Though a lot of other cities tried their best to be an ideal city, they could not live up to the expectation for long he adds. Fatehpur Sikri, Palmanova and Amarna are a few who made these attempts.
It does not come as a surprise that out of all the other Indian cities, Chandigarh steals the show. In the past too, it has been named the greenest, happiest and cleanest city of India. Though the BBC article’s headline is a question, if you read it, it sums up to why it is indeed a perfect city.
Here are two of Chandigarh’s most famous landmarks:
This is a unique garden as it has exhibits that are made from industrial and domestic waste. Inside the garden you will find some very interesting sculptures made from broken glass bangles, recycled ceramic, rags, etc. It was founded in 1957 by one Nek Chand, who passed away in June this year.
A 3 km long lake, it is a popular spot for picnics. You can also try your hand at a few water sports such as boating, sailing, etc. The lake is essentially a reservoir at the foothills of the Himalayas and is close to the Rock Garden.