Punjab as its name indicates is a place that is surrounded by five rivers, Punj- means five and ab- means water. The state with such a beautiful name is having a beautiful city as its capital, Chandigarh. It is like the heaven on earth. It will not be enough to say the city is very beautiful. It is called as the City Beautiful. Step into this city and you will comprehend the exquisiteness of Chandigarh. The environment and fresh air in Chandigarh is healthier than any other cities in the country. The city is so green that you cannot take your eyes off the scenic beauty it possesses. This pretty and attractive city beholds a peaceful arena ironical to the anticipation simultaneously. The city is famous not just for its beauty with peace but also for its cuisines. The Punjabi food is rich in the delightedness of ghee, butter and the mouth watering flavours of the typical Punjabi food.
This city emerged out as the dream city of former Prime Minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru. This city is acknowledged as the ideal city by BBC writer Jonathan Glancey. Chandigarh rose as the city that will restore the cultures of the old India and the newly independent India after the partition of Pakistan. Before the partition, Lahore was the capital city of Punjab. But the partition took away the capital of Punjab and there was a need to reinstate the essence back in Punjab. Chandigarh stood up to every expectations of a modern city retaining the old traditional cultures of Punjab. The establishment of Chandigarh as a capital city embraced the fast paced development in the country as well as the peace and serenity of the old city.
It was the first designed city of India. Le Corbusier, the famous Swiss-French architect, was assigned the auspicious task of designing this dream city. Le Corbusier designed it with utmost precision encompassing the two rivers surrounding the urban areas of the city and all the natural resources and enhancing the functionality of the social order in the city. He tried to include every little detail that Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru envisioned about a dream city. The open hand monument, the Gandhi Bhavan, and the Sukhna Lake, all of these architectures are designed to bestow the peace, tranquillity and beauty to this ideal city.
Chandigarh is the best city to visit if you want to fall in love with the nature. It’s the perfect blend of natural resources with manmade architecture. The true spirit of the city is upheld by the people of the city that not only are helping in nature but are also extremely polite and humble. The youth of this beautiful city is energetic and talented. This city is the perfect amalgamation of modernity and traditional ethics.