Chandigarh is renowned as the city of gardens and open spaces. However, when we talk about gardens in the city, what comes to your mind? The Rose Garden, the Rock Garden, or may be a couple of other gardens. That’s it? Well, we have so many of them, that we can’t really keep a count! Fair enough. But there are many more gardens in Chandigarh which, may be, are lesser known, but believe us, they are no less.
Here are some beautiful gardens in Chandigarh, which you probably never knew about.
1. Cactus Garden
Located in Sector 5 of Panchkula, the ‘National Cactus and Succulent Botanical Garden and Research Centre’ is the Asia’s largest such garden, dedicated to the endangered ‘Cacti’ species. It’s not just a delight to the nature lovers, experience seekers and researchers, but also adds to the already diverse genres of gardens of the Tricity.
2. Japanese Garden
The Japanese Garden in Sector 31 is the first and the only garden in Chandigarh with a Japanese touch. Spread over an area of 13 acres, the beautifully developed garden consists of water bodies, pagoda towers, golden bamboos, waterfalls, meditation centre, and a well-sculpted buddha idol – everything that signifies Japan and the Japanese culture!
3. Hibiscus Garden
Located in Sector 6 of Chandigarh, the Hibiscus Garden forms a part of the Leisure Valley – the central green belt of Chandigarh. The garden, as the name suggests is dedicated to the ‘Hibiscus’ shrub, 40 different varieties of which can be seen in the garden. You will also see a lot of bamboo plantation in the artistically sculpted garden. The Hibiscus Garden for sure is a nice, serene place for a family outing.
4. Peacock Park
Peacock – the National Bird. How often do we get to see the beautiful bird in our ‘modern’ cities? Hardly ever! But you can get to view more than 50 different kinds of Peacocks at this one garden located in Sector 39. A nature lover’s bliss, it literally is! While the entry to the park is restricted, you can get permission from the Forest and Wildlife Department of the U.T. Administration to visit the garden.
5. Terraced Gardens
A sprawling 10 acre garden in Sector 33, this one is unlike any other. The terraced garden, as the name suggests, is actually terraced. The garden is perfect for a day out with family, close to nature in a very soothing ambience. However, the calm and soothing ambience of the garden comes alive during the annual chrysanthemum flower show, which attracts a large number of tourists and locals.
6. Bougainvillea Garden
Dedicated to the alluring Bougainvillea shrubs, this garden turns pink (literally!) when the Bougainvillea are at their full bloom. Well, many other flowering trees are there to keep the color alive in the off-season for the Bougainvillea. So, visit this place any time, and you are sure to witness a lot of color.
7. Topiary Park
This one is for all the kids out there! Don’t worry, it’s not going to disappoint you adults either. This park features numerous shrubs and creepers grown in the shape of different animals. These beautiful green sculptures of animals make the children glad. Take your kids at this place once, and they are going to love you for the rest of their life.
So Chandigarh, don’t you think you should give these beautifully laid gardens their due credit? Go visit them, at least once.