Rock Garden of Chandigarh, I am sure that all of us are enchanted by different art forms and wonder how artists can think so differently and able to create surreal creations that everyone loves to see. Everyone around us is an artist in one or another way, but only a few of us took the courage to follow their passion to create something extraordinary which now the entire world praises.
Yes, I am here to talk about one of the extraordinary artworks that are the Rock Garden of Chandigarh.
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh is an astonishing place with beautiful sculptures and amazing creativity which converts something considered as waste into works of art. This garden of Chandigarh has been alluring its visitors since its inception because of its sheer beauty and brilliance. It consists of art objects, fashioned from industrial and urban waste. This amazing is situated between the Capitol Complex of Chandigarh near Sukhna Lake in Sector 1… It is a tourist attraction that is a must on the itinerary of every visitor to Chandigarh. Other than being a remarkable installation of creativity this garden is also perhaps the biggest example of ecotourism and the importance of recycling.
Creator of Rock Garden
This imaginary kingdom of the Gods made by Nek Chand Saini. He had the hobby of collecting waste material from all around the city and nearby villages and using it to create arts.
The Rock Garden is also known as the Nek Chand’s Rock Garden. He has created an entire city with the king’s darbar (courthouse), the queen’s resting place, their bathing quarters, the workers, the city well, the villagers, the soldiers, ladies from the royal families, and the animals and, the list goes on. He was working as a Public Works Department Government officer in Chandigarh, a job bereft of internal satisfaction for him, Nek Chand Saini would lose himself in the world of creativity and imagination.
In this spare time, he would use waste materials to sculpt figurines. In 1957, he used space just outside the city, near the Sukhna Lake to house his creative work. In 1975, the authorities sent him a notice for illegal possession of the land which had now grown to about 12 acres with his installations. They were going to evacuate him till they saw what he was doing, then he received the grant to create his masterpiece, the kingdom of Sukhna. The Kingdom was declared as a public space and Nek Chand Saini was designated the engineer of this Kingdom, The Rock Garden, and was given 50 workers to help him complete his creation. The garden was officially opened for a public visit in 1976 and soon turned into the most famous tourist spot of Chandigarh.
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Rock Garden of Chandigarh Timings
Rock Garden is open from 9 am to 7.30 pm from 1st of April to 30th of September and from 9 am to pm from 1st of October to 31st of March on all days of the week.
Entry fee to visit Rock Garden
Yes, there is an entry fee to visit the Rock Garden of Chandigarh that is Rs 30 for adults and Rs 10 for children. The Rock Garden ticket is nominally priced so that everyone can visit and enjoy this fascinating place without any strident restrictions, the entry ticket only includes the price for admission into the premises of the garden and you have to pay extra if you wish to purchase beverages and food inside the premises of the garden.
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How to reach Rock Garden in Chandigarh
Sprawled over an area of over 20 acres this place is one of the most visited places of the city, Chandigarh. The Rock garden is located in Sector 1 is lying in the North of Chandigarh near Sukna Lake, this place is easy to access from anywhere in the city via a bus, an auto-rickshaw, or a cab.
Attractions and Things to do
Firstly, it seems that this place is too small but when you saunter further you cannot escape yourself getting awed by its architecture and structure. Rock Garden consists of man-made interlinked beautiful waterfalls, big sculptures, a display of traditional Indian village, fish aquarium, that have been made of scrap, and other kinds of waste like bottles, glasses, tiles, ceramic pots, sinks. Electrical waste, etc.
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The Rock Garden has waterfalls, courtyards that are designed over 30 to 40 acres. To see falling down the pavements of the tiny huts of a small miniature village created by Nek Chand is soothing to eyes and ears. People like to get the pictures of the artwork, children enjoy the scenery and the ambiance is inspiring for writers or artists to visit and map their vision on a piece of paper. These man-made waterfalls were installed long after the Rock Garden was opened to the public domain to add an extra dose of charm to the park. But you need to be careful while checking these out because visitors are not allowed to step inside and contaminate these waters in any way.
The Rock Garden of Chandigarh, over the years has become a center of performances for art and theatre–like folk dances and plays, and more are organized at the site. If you are one of the lucky ones that may be the time you visit this place, there will be some cultural program going on.
Sculptures and Artwork
As mentioned above, the artwork, figurines, and sculptures inside the Rock Garden have been out of recycling industrial, rural waste, and domestic waste, which make them all the more fascinating. Do not make hurry while seeing these artworks, stop by and admire these beautiful and astonishing pieces of art that reflect the creativity and skills of the Nek Chand.
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Open-air theatre has an open seating ground with stairs around all the nomads who come here with LCD in front which portrays the like the creator of The Rock Garden, Nek Chand. The primary purpose is to let everyone know about the man behind this amazing garden. The open-air theatre at the Rock Garden is famous to host many events from time to time and is one of the best attractions in the Rock Garden, Chandigarh. The theatre is essentially a vast pavilion with a center stage that blends culture and art perfectly with the rustic and natural environment of the place. Here you can also be a part of the Teej Festival celebration by the women at the theatre with a lot of pride and enthusiasm.
As you keep walking through this mammoth maze, door after door, you will find the best kind of remedy for your tiredness with these huge swings. These swings located at the very end of this maze–like garden, there is a number of swings hanging from the high aqueducts, all you have to do is wait for your turn then grab a swing and feel the cool breeze of Punjab that ruffle your hair as you sway back and forth.
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The massive aquariums were also installed after the Rock Garden had become popular tourist spots like the waterfalls. These aquariums have various categories of fishes like starfish, sharks, stingrays, parrots, and many more, these aquariums act as the respite from the static sculptures and figurines of the park in otherwise famous for. And these massive aquariums are a great attraction for those who like to watch the fishes of different shapes, colors, and sizes that simply swim by inside these large septic tanks.
Camel and Train Ride
Yes, you can enjoy the camel and train ride here hopped on the camel hunk to get a ride and felt high in the sky. There is also a small train to have a ride in it to feed your childish ride.
There is a number of food stalls and vendors selling street food at the very end of the garden where are swings are located. You can have a water bottle and a quick bite of delicious snacks at reasonable rates to beat the hunger that may be you can get from roaming around in the large premises of the garden while watching your kids playing and enjoying on the nearby swings.
Best time to visit the Rock Garden
The best time to visit the Rock Garden Chandigarh is in the monsoon season which is from July to September. During the monsoon season, the weather is moderate which is neither too hot nor cold. The weather during this time of the year remains moderate 20 degrees C to 30 degrees C, which drops slowly at night owing to replete greenery in the city. I would like to suggest you also mark the Teej Festival on your visiting dates, so you better no to miss the festival celebration next time and get the chance to know the rich history of northern India.
Tips for Visiting Rock Garden
Here is the list of some tips to remember to visit the Rock Garden
- Try plan to visit this place during the colder parts of the day like in the evenings.
- Do not litter the premises.
- Rock Garden should be visited with kids to give them an idea about the uses of what we consider as waste that would definitely help to encourage their creativity.
- The waterfall area of the Rock Garden is a perfectly good location for photoshoots.
- Keep in mind that there is a lack of good food joints in the garden premises.
And, also remember you need a time of 3 to 4 hours to enjoy yourself well at this place.