Leisure Valley in ChandigarhOne of the most beautiful and popular places of interest in Chandigarh is the Leisure Valley. Perfect place for rejuvenation of mind and body, Leisure Valley Chandigarh is a garland of gardens that surrounds the entire Chandigarh City starting from Rajendra Park located in sector 1. Leisure Valley stretches over Sector 3 then further goes to Sector 3 Bougainvillea Garden and covers the Rose Garden located in Sector 16. After taking a curve the leisure valley enters sector 23. The stretch of Leisure Valley ends at Sector 53 of Chandigarh.
Different kinds of theme gardens are set in Leisure Valley of Chandigarh.
About Leisure Valley Chandigarh:Rajendra Park in sector 1 is rich with its green lush vegetation and is mainly used for walking and horse riding. Another garden Smriti Upavan has the trees planted by the people in the memory of their loved ones. The Bougainvillea Garden of Sector-3 has varieties of Bougainvillea. In Sector 10, people can do exercises in open and could enjoy walking. The other gardens keeping up the true spirit of Chandigarh are the rose garden, hibiscus garden and terraced gardens situated in the Leisure Valley.
Creation of Leisure Valley:The architect of Chandigarh City, Le Corbusier could foresee how the parks and gardens around the city could maintain the originality and serenity of the city. What Le Corbusier could foresee has become reality and Leisure Valley Chandigarh has been developed over an area of 20,000 acres of the land that covers parks and gardens around the city.
These chains of parks and gardens together around the city looks like a garland and are known as the Leisure Valley of Chandigarh. The entire area is stretched over an area of 8 kilometers and it starts from Sector 1 in the north and ends at the South of the city in sector 53. Each of these parks is given special name signifying the special characteristics they display to the viewers.
Parks under Chandigarh Leisure Valley:
Rajendra Park, Sector 1The leisure Valley of Chandigarh starts at Sector 1 Rajendra Park which is spread over an area of 400 acres. This park was opened in 1954 and is used for walking, driving and horse riding.
Visitors have round canopies of trees and evergreen foliage that give shade while walking and soothes the visitors who come here.
Bougainvillea Garden, Sector 3Bougainvillea Garden was created in 1976 and spreads over an area of 20 acres. The garden has varieties of bougainvillea flowers. Other flowering plants are also planted here, though they are less in numbers. Annual flower shows are also held here that attract hundreds of visitors every year.
Fitness Trails, Sector 10Fitness Trails is dedicated to physical exercises amidst the bounty of nature. There is a Flower Garden located in the south of Fitness Trails, where seasonal flowers are planted in one part and the other part has many sculptures made by renowned artists. There are specific areas for organizing cultural activities.
Zakir Rose Garden, Sector 16One of the most romantic places of Chandigarh, the Rose Garden was established in 1967. The garden was named after India’s former President Dr. Zakir Hussain. The Rose Garden is the largest garden of its type in Asia. It is spread over an area of 27 acres and has more than 17000 plants including 1600 varieties of roses. Along with the roses, trees of medicinal values are also grown here.
The annual “Festival of Gardens” is organized in the garden in the month of February it belongs to the “National Calendar of Events”. The best time to visit the garden is February-March, which coincides with the blooming season of the flowers.
Shanti Kunj, Sector 16This is the place that is noise free and is a perfect place to refresh one’s body and soul. There are natural streams running through the garden and divides the place into five different areas. Plants of medicinal values, flowering trees, shade trees and other exotic floral species are grown here.
Children Traffic Park, Sector 23This park belonging to the Leisure Valley is meant exclusively for the children. The park has the shape of road along with miniature forms of traffic lights. Young Children can learn cycling here and they can also learn basic traffic rules when they come here.
The park has an exhibition hall and also houses a lecture-cum-cinema hall.
Botanical Garden, Sector 14Two botanical gardens are there in the Chandigarh City and maintain the greenery of this ultra modern city. One of them is located between Rock Garden and the Sukhna Lake and is spread over 88 acres of land. Numerous rock formation, lily pools and waterfalls are the main attraction of this place. Another botanical garden is located in the Punjab University and has exotic plants, cacti, lotus and other evergreen plants.
How to reach Leisure Valley in Chandigarh:
By Road: One can enjoy the beautiful road journey to Chandigarh using the national highways. National Highway No.21 joining Kinnaur and Ambala and NH No.22 joining Leh and Chandigarh are there to reach Chandigarh. Bus facilities like the ordinary, deluxe or semi-deluxe buses which join Chandigarh to the other cities around along with taxi facilities are there. Private cars also ply on this road.
By Air: The airport of Chandigarh is located about 12 kms from the center of the city and connects Chandigarh with many important places like Delhi, Amritsar and Leh. As the airport is very near, even people from outside the country could reach Chandigarh very easily. Travel by air is the fastest way to reach Chandigarh.