Chandigarh is unique in being the capital of two states – Punjab and Haryana – without being a part of either. And as a centre of power, it has at its head (north) the Secretariat, the High Court and the Legislative Assembly. No doubt the most spectacular of Le Corbusier’ works in the city, these building were raised in the ‘50s, and each one is distinguished by the ideas inherent in its design. For instance, the upward sweep of High Court’s roof symbolizes protection and justice to the people. Amidst these three powerful buildings stands the Open Hand Monument symbolizing Chandigarh’s free sprit; Open to Give, Open to Receive. The 85 feet, tall sheet metal symbol is designed to rotate with the wind.
Entry to the Capitol Complex is restricted, but tourists may to the following for permission:
Chandigarh College of Architecture.
Call: 0172 – 2740572/ 58;
Fax: 0172 – 2740686.
• Assistant Director
Department of Tourism.
Call: 0172 – 2700054.
• Tourist Officer
Dept. of Tourism.
Call: 0172 – 2740420,
Timings: 9 am to 5 pm. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays