Rock Garden: A unique Garden in Chandigarh

Built By - Nek Chand
Location - Sector 1, between the Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh
Opened In – 1976
Timings – 10 am to 7 pm (except Thursdays and public holidays)

Rock garden in Chandigarh is unique and we can’t find the similar place anywhere in the world. Rock was built by Nek Chand and so it is also known as the Nek Chand’s Rock Garden. Nek Chand was a government official, who started working on the garden in 1957. He used to roam in the Shivalik foothills and pick up stones resembling animal, bird, human and abstract forms.

He spent almost seven years collecting the materials and build up the assortment in amazing shapes of twenty thousand rocks. He started mounting them around a hut prepared for this purpose that developed into Rock Garden over time.

Many winding paths are inside, providing the perfect complement to Le Corbusier’s design for the civic grid of Chandigarh. You will find inside an unbelievable gallery of rocks, broken chinaware, discarded fluorescent tubes, boulders, building waste, broken and cast away bangles and hair gathered from barbers.

All the raw materials have been molded into figures artistically of everything that one finds on earth. Its finishing is so perfect that you are left to wonder if they are actually made of some refined raw material or waste.

There are pools, an open-air theatre, waterfalls and a vast pavilion, with proper stage setting to add to the beauty of this place. Several cultural programmes with beauty of its own are held at the theatre.

So, I think you would definitely like this unique garden in the world.

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