The city of Chandigarh is referred to as the City Beautiful. A recent BBC Culture article has termed Chandigarh as the most perfect city.
The author Jonathen Glancey concluded that unlike other ideal towns which are best left on paper, “Chandigarh is the only successful perfect city in the world.”
The idea of Chandigarh came after partition to show the world an Independent India can build a beautiful city.
The article states:
“Chandigarh was decreed the capital of Punjab. Not only would this be the capital of Indian Punjab, but it would be the very model of a modern city promising peace, democracy and a new social order free of bitter divisions.”
India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru came up with the concept of forming a city at the foothills of the Himalayas that fused Modern Movement and Garden City ideals. He hired Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier to design the ideal city incorporating modern infrastructure along with blending the natural environment of the area.
“The Paris gallery and archive housed in the Palais du Chaillot, has put on a show that includes superb new photographs of life in Chandigarh, posing the question: did the architect succeed in shaping a truly habitable ideal city?”
Le Corbusier, a renowned Swiss-French architect, was commissioned to take on the Augean task of designing the ideal city. Corbusier designed the city with the utmost precision, keeping in mind the functionality as well, making use of the natural edges formed by the hills and the two rivers to give the city its urban-form.
The Sukhna lake, a rain-fed lake, was built by damming the Sukhna Choe and is breathtakingly gorgeous. The place offers peace and tranquility to the people of the city and is the perfect place for nature lovers.
The Sukhna lake and Sector 17 are so culturally different, yet they somehow come together to form this harmonious whole that offers everything it promises.
What truly captures the spirit of the city is its people, who are extremely friendly, and polite unlike the brazen kinds that they are made out to be in misleading Bollywood movies. The city boasts of being a cosmopolitan one along with the serene calmness in the structure and the people. A city that perfectly juggles between tradition and modernity.