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Oberoi Wildflower Hall
Chharabra 171012 Shimla India
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Description Oberoi Wildflower Hall
Oberoi Wildflower Hall is a luxury 5-star resort set in 23 acres of forest at 2500 m altitude. The hotel is approximately a 45 minute drive from the Himalayan city of Shimla and was once the residence of Lord Kitchener, Commander in Chief of the British Army who would have been the second most important person in the city after the Viceroy. Oberoi have taken pains to retain and build upon the colonial grandeur or the building whilst introducing all the modern facilities and amenities a visitor could seek.
All rooms have mountain views and benefit from design features such as teak floors and hand-knotted rugs. Rooms have telephones, mini-bars, tea and coffee making facilities, room safe, hair dryer, heating and air conditioning. There is a business centre, a beauty salon, spa, an indoor pool and a sauna and steam room. Services include concierge service, laundry and assistance with arrangements for white water rafting, horse-riding and mountain biking.
The hotel has two restaurants and a bar. The main restaurant serves pan-Asian and continental dishes whilst the Lutyens' offers traditional Indian food.
The Chandigarh War Memorial is believed to be the largest such memorial in India and carries the inscribed names of 8459 servicemen killed since the country achieved independence in 1947. The memorial sits within the Bougainvillea Garden of Chandigarh and has been open since 2006.
The names on the memorial are of citizens of the Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.
High Court of Punjab and Haryana
When India and Pakistan became two separate countries, the state of Punjab was split leaving the Indian side with no capital city. Chandigarh was created as a new planned city to fill the gap.
The High Court of Punjab and Haryana forms part of the Capitol Complex designed by the Swiss-born French architect Le Corbusier as a key building in the new city. This enormous concrete building was built between 1951 and 1957 and is considered a masterpiece of 1950s architecture. The building is covered by a concrete canopy roof with three 20m high coloured pillars.
Inside the building, the courts contain a number of large colourful tapestries, also designed by Le Corbusier.
As the building is a functioning court house, visitors are subject to security searches and may need prior approval. Permission to visit the buildings of the Capitol Complex can be gained from the Principal of the Chandigarh Architecture College, the Deputy Director of Tourism, or the Tourist Officer at Chandigarh Tourism. Details can be found at www.chandigarhtourism.gov.in
The Rock Garden in Chandigarh was created by Nek Chand, an illiterate transport worker who took a small patch of wasteland and set about building something unique and creative. He initially worked in secret and his illegal work of art grew until the local government were faced with a dilemna. To demolish the site or to recognise its value. Luckily they took the latter course and gave Nek Chand a job to further develop the gardens as well as a work force to help him.
Today the gardens cover 25 acres and contain waterfalls, swings, an auditorium and thousands of sculptures.
Admission costs just 5 rupees (approximately 10 cents). The garden is open from 9am to 7pm in Summer and until 6 pm in Winter.
Due to the large number of steps and uneven surfaces, the Rock Garden is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.
A large car park is available next to the Rock Garden
Sector 17 Plaza
Sector 17 is Chandigarh's plush shopping district which draws visitors from a great distance. This 'block' of Chandigarh is the hub of the city's shopping zone and filled with both up-market stores including many of the international chains that aren't often found elsewher in India and smaller local stores and street sellers.
Sector 17 is planned around 4 large pedestrian zones decorated with fountains, sculptures and trees. Covered walk ways help shoppers keep out of the sun in the summer and keep the elements at bay in the winter.
Sector 17 is Chandigarh's place to see and be seen and is a vibrant destination both day and night.