Open Hand Sculpture


The tour of the Capitol Complex includes a visit to Le Corbusier’s unmistakably mid-century Open Hand sculpture, the city’s official emblem, signifying that the people of Chandigarh are always ‘open to give, open to receive’.

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1. High Court

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The High Court is one of Chandigarh's most iconic buildings from the Le Corbusier era. Executed in reinforced concrete, the massive avant-garde structure…

2. High Court Museum

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On the approach road to the High Court, the small High Court Museum displays assorted judicial memorabilia including original Le Corbusier sketches, a…

3. Capitol Complex

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At the epicentre of Le Corbusier’s planned city are the imposing concrete High Court, Secretariat and Vidhan Sabha, shared by the states of Punjab and…

4. Vidhan Sabha

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This architectural masterpiece by Le Corbusier is home to the state legislative assemblies of Punjab and Haryana. Tourists can only visit as part of their…

5. Nek Chand Rock Garden

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Chandigarh's Rock Garden is unique: it's the surreal fantasy of the much-missed Nek Chand (1924–2015), a local transport official who, starting in 1957,…

6. Secretariat

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One of the three definitive superstructures within Chandigarh's main administrative zone, the Secretariat Building is one of Le Corbusier's masterpieces…

7. Bougainvillea Garden

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Home to an overwhelming population of bougainvilleas, the eponymous Bougainvillea Garden has a thought-provoking memorial to Indian soldiers killed in…

8. Sukhna Lake

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Fulfilling the leisure objective of Le Corbusier’s urban master plan, this landmark artificial lake is a popular rest and recreation stop for Chandigarh's…