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Must-See Sights: Your Essential One-Day Guide To Chandigarh

Designed by the renowned Swiss architect Le Corbusier, Chandigarh is a perfect blend of nature and contemporary urban spaces. Here is a guide to the things you can do in the city in a day

Some incredible installation art at the Rock Garden in Chandigarh Photo: StockGalery/Shutterstock

Chandigarh, also known as "The City Beautiful," is a modern and well-planned city located in North India. It is the capital of the Punjab and Haryana states and was built in the 1950s. The name of the city is derived from the fort of goddess Chandi, an avatar of the Hindu mother goddess, and the city is so named because of an ancient temple to the goddess of power located nearby. It was designed by the famous Swiss architect, Le Corbusier, who envisioned a city that would balance nature and modern urban living. The city is divided into 47 sectors, each of which has its own distinct character and is self-sufficient. It is also home to several famous landmarks, including the Capitol Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Rock Garden, which is a masterpiece of art and sculpture. Here are things to see and do if you are in Chandigarh for a day.