‘Creativity is intelligence having fun’Chandigarh’s famous Rock Garden is this quote brought to life by its founder Mr. Nek Chand Saini. Sitting in Sector 1, near the Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh’s Rock Garden is a massive 40-acre spectacle. Build like a maze, one doesn’t know what to expect after the next turn- a waterfall? A mosaic? An amphitheater? Who knows?
For the ones who think in frames or who look for stories in everything, it is a must-visit. Read on to know the top 5 reasons why Rock Garden is worth a visit.
1. All in a days’ time
When pacing through life, who doesn’t want a short getaway? The official timings for visiting are 9 am to 7 pm in summers, and 9 am to 6 pm in winters. The entry fee is a humble Rs.30. Highly recommended if you are looking for a relaxed outing amidst a colourful mosaic of art pieces and sculptures.
2. From an era gone by
If history and stories intrigue you, this place needs to be on your go-to list. Some see the rock garden as a recreation of the childhood village of Nek Chand’s memories and trauma of the 1947 partition. Others see a universal home that unites the creatures and elements of nature.
3. The picture-perfect frames
Don’t we all love picture-worthy places? Rock thrones, dreamy waterfalls, the artistic mosaics, the courtyard full of swings, the natural light reflected on the white ceramics, and of course, the sculptures made of scraps and other discarded items. If not anything else, go for the gram!
4. Cultural programmes
The Rock Garden Society, in its pursuit of encouraging the local artists, organizes a cultural show every Sunday evening. Other than the weekly programmes, the Teej festival celebrations at Rock Garden are to watch out for. The place comes alive with vibrant décor, hearty touches of laughter, and beautiful mutiyaars (ladies) dressed in their best!
5. Something to take away
With minimalism being the new cool and accelerating climate action, Chandigarh’s Rock Garden reminds the visitors of making the most of what we have and using one’s creativity for the larger good of the environment.
You never know, a visit can have a lasting impression, maybe you’ll be bitten by the creative bug to create something with waste too!
If you’ve already been there, done that, do share your experience with us in the comments section below. Happy exploring!