There can be a number of causes why the cities and the towns came to life. Maybe it was the availability of the sustenance resources, as in the cases when the cities are formed near the rivers or lakes and fertile lands. The 2nd reason can be totally mythical or sacred, like Amritsar in Punjab. Many of them are born because of some ideology or for a name. There can be 147 other reasons, but the crux is, cities are developed, they live. Some stay forever and some vanish in a span of some time.
About sixty years ago, Chandigarh formed a city to commemorate the independence of the nation. Chandigarh was considered to be the epitome of India’s step towards modernization and growth. Name of the city, Chandigarh, Means “the home of Chandi” the warrior who was personified as Parvati. Chandigarh was designed by the famous architect Le Corbusier. Today, Chandigarh is the capital of two major states of our nation, Punjab and Haryana.
Chandigarh is situated about 300 Kilometers north of Delhi, the capital of India. It came into being in the year 1947 when India got freed & the region was divided in between India and the newly created Pakistan. Because the former capital of Punjab was now a territory of Pakistan, the Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru commissioned Le Corbusier to create a city to replace Lahore. Nehru imagined a city that was ‘unfettered by the traditions of the past, a symbol of the nation’s faith in the future’. Hence, this city was born of ideas!
Even though Le Corbusier is not present with us today, but the examples of his wonderful creations remind us and will keep on reminding us all forever. Till date, Chandigarh is different from any other city in India, because of the way this city is planned, and its planned perfectly with some amazing places that you can visit in the city beautiful. Every detail of this city is crisp and sharp, from the sculptures of the supreme court to the handles in the office doors. Most of the administrative buildings, Including the capitol complex and the world famous Punjab University.
The city is full of public spaces, from its wide roads covered by beautiful canopies, hierarchy streets, lanes for pedestrians and cyclists which are clearly designated and separated by green areas. One unknown fact about Chandigarh is all the green areas of this city were designed according to principles of the Garden City urban movement.
Chandigarh is considered as one of the most beautiful cities in India and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well. The amazing act of creating a city from nothing with such passion still amazes us all for its and sheer ambition & beauty, especially when each and every corner of the city was designed with such care!!