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After the Partition of India in 1947, the former British province of Punjab was also split between east Punjab in India and west Punjab in Pakistan. The Indian Punjab required a new capital city to replace Lahore, which became part of Pakistan during the partition.[9] The name Chandigarh translates as "The Fort of Chandi". The name is derived from an ancient temple calledChandi Mandir, devoted to the Hindu goddess Chandi, near the city (in Panchkula).[10]

Chandigarh hosts the largest of Le Corbusier's many Open Handsculptures, standing 26 metres high. The Open Hand (La Main Ouverte) is a recurring motif in Le Corbusier's architecture, a sign for him of "peace and reconciliation. It is open to give and open to receive." It represents the give and take of ideas.[11] However, two of the six monuments planned in the Capitol Complex which has the High Court, the Assembly and the Secretariat, remain incomplete. These include Geometric Hill and Martyrs Memorial; drawings were made; their execution, however, was never fully accomplished after starting out in 1956.

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Go & Enjoy Chandigarh

Chandigarh is a city and a union territory in northern part of India that serves as the capital of the states of Haryana and Punjab. As a union territory, the city is ruled directly by the Union Government of India and is not part of either state

Hotels in Chandigarh
Hotel Lemon Tree
Hotel Taj
Hotel City Plaza