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Every Cloud has a silver lining !! Nek Chand’s Rock Garden- A surreal sculpture park!!!

The previous post of mine has already described the visit to the city of “Amritsar” and the “Golden Temple”. This post of mine will help you explore Chandigarh . This was my first trip with a group of friends after joining the job post completion of MBA. It was August of 2016 and three of us started our journey to the sacred place of Sikhism. We had two waitlisted tickets at the time of booking but thanks to railway officials they confirmed them prior to the journey. The train reached two hours post the scheduled time of arrival. We reached the hotel and got ready to visit Sri Harmandir Sahib. After a visit to the holy shrine and the Jallianwala Bagh next to it , we retired for the night. We got up early the next morning to board the bus to Chandigarh. It takes around 3 hours from Amritsar to Chandigarh by bus. The bus was extremely comfortable and I dozed off for the most part of the journey. As we entered the beautiful city of Chandigarh, it made me feel very homely. It is because of the city plan resembles a lot with my hometown of Bhubaneswar. It is said the city plan of Bhubaneswar and Chandigarh was prepared by the same city planner hailing from Germany. The greenery , round abouts, prominent zebra crossings and traffic signals will give one a feel of entering into one of the very well maintained cities.

We alighted from the bus at the last stop and took an auto to visit the Rock Garden. I had read about it in Social Science in one of the primary classes. As a child I always wondered how the highly talented “Nek Chand ” converted the wastes into beautiful show pieces. And right in front of me was one of the marvels created by one  of the best artist of this era.  It is said that he spent almost 20 years  creating more than 2000 sculptures using stones, debris and other discarded junk that was left over from the 50-odd villages destroyed in order to build the city of Chandigarh.

Materials used in the construction of the garden range from concrete and steel drums to light switches, broken bathroom sinks, broken bangles , tyres , terracotta scrap and bicycle frames.  It is now spread over 40 acres of land. There are paths which navigate you towards the waterfalls and various beautiful statues. This sculpture garden enhances the beauty of the city multifolds.

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A surreal environment where one can appreciate the gift human being has been endowed with, I would say visit this for once in a lifetime and you will feel like coming back again.  A few kilometeres away from it is the man made Sukhna Lake. We visited there to experience the cool breeze blowing . As the sun was shining with its full glory , we decided not take up boating and sat at the banks to enjoy the scenery .

After spending a couple of minutes there, we proceeded to have lunch and then board the train for our return journey.

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