Nek Chand

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Quite close to the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, lies the cities main attraction. Residents may not have heard of Le Corbusier but Nek Chand they most definitely have. Nek Chand did not start out as famous but was a government official who in secret started building a garden.

The story of the gardens beginning just adds to its magical quality. It is the opposite of the rest of the city, sprawling, unplanned and full of surprises. The scale impressively changes making the visitor at some stages duck or gaze up high to see what’s on top of a wall. It is a wonderland for children and adults alike.

The garden is made completely with recycled objects that were in large supply during the building of the city. When the garden was originally discovered, authorities were set to destroy it but residents were able to fight and keep the garden. The garden has since then been extended and is in a constant state of repair and extension. My only critique of this garden is its most recent stage, where the magic that exists in the rest of the garden has been lost in an attempted tourist theme park (not shown in any photos below). Lets hope that it was still uncompleted and the magic will find its way there too.

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This entry was published on September 23, 2012 at 5:09 am and is filed under India, Landscape Architecture, Self-built, Travel. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Nek Chand

  1. That is cooooooooooool!!!!

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