Chandigarh is a union territory and common capital of of Haryana and Punjab. The capital city is first planned cities of India and known for its architecture and urban design. Places of interest and famous tourist destinations in Chandigarh include Garden of Palms,Kasauli,Butterfly Park in Sector 26,Valley of Animals,Terraced Garden,Garden of Fragrance and Leisure Valley theme garden.
Open Hand Monument in the Capitol Complex of Chandigarh is the symbol of Chandigarh Government. The metal structure was designed to rotate in the wind by the architect Le Corbusier.
Sukhna Lake of Chandigarh is the major tourist attraction of the city and also venue for many festive celebrations. The lake is also sanctuary for many exotic migratory birds and a protected national wetland.
Rock Garden of Chandigarh is completely built of industrial and home waste near Sukhna Lake. The garden is visited by large number of people everyday and also a famous venue for Teej festival celebrations.
Zakir Hussain Rose Garden in Chandigarh house 1600 different species roses,trees and medicinal plants. The botanical garden is one of the largest in Asia and venue for an annual Rose festival.
Japanese Garden of Chandigarh is first ever garden in India with Japanese touch. The unique Japanese touch consists of pagoda towers,Buddha idol,Lion Dog Sculpture and golden bamboos.
Parrot Bird Sanctuary in Chandigarh is a small bird sanctuary, situated in sector 21. The sanctuary has habitat of parrots and situated within the populated city of Chandigarh.
Government Museum and Art Gallery of Chandigarh has rare collection of different sculptures of Buddha and Gandhara sculptures.
Pinjore Gardens is the best example of the Mughal Gardens architectural and one of the most famous garden located in Pinjore city of Panchkula district. The garden complex was built in the foot hills of Himalayas.
Morni Hills in Panchkula is a tourist attraction and known for its Himalayan views and lakes. The hills are covered by pine trees and popular trekking destination around Chandigarh.
ChattBir Zoo or Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park near Zirakpur is located about 20 km away from Chandigarh. The zoo house 369 mammals and home to a large variety of birds, mammals and reptiles.