Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Nature Notes/Rock Garden of Chandigarh

My recent holiday with my sister and her three children took us more than two thousand miles away in the northern part of India. It was a truly enjoyable time we had. While we were in the city of Chandigarh we visited the Rock Garden. This garden is unique because it is like an open exhibition hall with sculptures, waterfalls, courtyards, and the way waste products have been used to create a garden.. The objects on display are all made from urban and industrial waste. Some of the material used are auto parts, forks, bicycle handle bars, metal wires, porcelain, broken bangles, and so on. It's a huge area with about five thousand sculptures, pathways, labyrinths, and courtyards. 

There are hundreds of figurines on display. The garden was built by Nek Chand Saini and is a must-see list on a visit to Chandigarh. The amazing story of how the garden came to be can be read here.

Waterfall created by recycling rain water

Sculptures made from glass bangles

There were several pink dragonflies hovering near the water

The Rock Garden attracts 5,000 visitors daily.

Our last view of Chandigarh as we headed to Delhi were the tree-lined avenues and some truly beautiful trees

To see more posts, head over to the home of Nature Notes....Michelle's Rambling Woods.


Leora said...

What an exciting place to visit. I love the combination of sculpture and garden.

Sylvia K said...

An incredible and exciting place to visit indeed!! What wonderful captures! Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us!!


Rambling Woods said... the rock garden came to be in so interesting and I love that the pieces are from natural or recycled things..amazing place.. Thank you for linking up to Nature Notes...Michelle

Ginny said...

These are all strangely beautiful, I would love to see more.

Carver said...

Thanks for the tour of this fascinating place. Wonderful shots!

Libby Rodriguez said...

Wow! I have never heard of this place before! But now I want to visit it!!

That is great everything is recycled. I really liked the waterfall and the tree at the end. :)


Joyful said...

What beautiful things are made from "junk". I love the garden and I love the "waterfall" also. What a precious site you have there. I'm sure you enjoyed your visit very much.

Cyren said...

Hi Kanak,

do you mind helping me out. I would like to know all the plants that you've seen the common crow larvae on. Thanks!!!

ShySongbird said...

I just can't get over travelling two thousand miles!! It really does put into perspective what a tiny country ours is, only about eight hundred and forty miles from one end of the UK to the other!

You certainly saw some great sights Kanak. What an amazingly unusual and innovative place the Rock Garden is! So much imagination and work must have gone into it. I love the waterfall. Very interesting to read how it came about too.

lotusleaf said...

Incredible pieces of art from waste material!I liked the glass bangle peacocks. Thanks for sharing . I can't access my friends' blogs as my dashboard has disappeared :(

EG CameraGirl said...

I like the creative spirit there. :))

Pat said...

What a wonderful place to visit. I imagine it's quite a tourist attraction. I love the whimsical figures.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a cool place to visit. I love all the figurines. And the waterfalls is pretty. Looks like a happy place. Thanks for sharing, have a great day!

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dimpy roy said...

Thanks for sharing these pictures. I really liked your post. A living monument to Picasso’s adage “Everything you can imagine is real”, the breathtaking garden is a place of superlatives. Designed and established on a conserved land, it was the creator and artist Nek Chand’s own secret garden that he worked on in his spare time, beginning 1957, and it was about 2 decades before anyone discovered its existence. Check out more about Chandigarh Rock Garden also.