Even if your not a Architecture buff, Chandigarh is totally worth visiting, maybe because its so un-Indian, or maybe because its just a beautiful town.

Chandigarh, India - Capitol Complex, Secretariat

The main draw card for most coming here though is the whole place was basically designed by renown Swiss-French Architect Le Corbusier, which didn’t mean a thing to me, but Paula insisted he was an Architectural god.

Before visiting Le Corbusier’s main works in Chandigarh, 3 buildings in Sector 1, ‘the Capitol Complex’, you must first go to the Tourist Office at the bus station with your passport and obtain written permission.
We happened to be there just at the time when a local journalist walked in, next thing we know we’re being interviewed and published in tomorrows paper.

Gettin’ famous for Hindu Times Travel section
Chandigarh, India - Tourist Info

A tuk-tuk ride to Sector 1 and your there. Keep your passport handy, these are Government Buildings and you’ll be asked for it and those permission letters another 20 times before the day is out.

Welcome to Capitol Complex, I’ll be your guide. NO photos inside!
Chandigarh, India - Capitol Complex, Security

Legislative Assembly / High Court from above
Chandigarh, India - Capitol Complex, Secretariat View

Le Corb’s Open Hand
Chandigarh, India - Capitol Complex, Open Hand

Illegal Photo. Sorry.
Chandigarh, India - Capitol Complex, Secretariat Inside

Secretariat Rooftop, designed like a boat deck
Chandigarh, India - Capitol Complex, Secretariat Roof

Camera geeks, Mamiya, Lomo, Blad, G9.
Chandigarh, India - Capitol Complex, Medium Format 120 Hasselblad Mamiya

Part of the 80 rolls in my bag. Blad.
Chandigarh, India - Capitol Complex, Hasselblad

Legislative Assembly
Chandigarh, India - Capitol Complex, Legislative Assembly

The inside of the Legislative Assembly was one of the most amazing buildings I have ever been in. But again, no photos. (Which wouldn’t have stopped me except they took all our cameras)

High Court
Chandigarh, India - Capitol Complex, High Court

We made this guy ride waay to far, Sector 1 – 22. Sorry Sir!
Chandigarh, India - Sector 1 Rickshaw

Chandigarh, India - Sector 1 Rickshaw Idiots

7 Responses to “Chandigarh”

  1. 2 paula October 28, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    i just got an email… they are sending me the article in the next few days… stay tuned!

  2. 3 Jan October 31, 2009 at 3:28 am

    Thanks for the interesting story! Looking forward to go there in December. Any good hotels you could recommend?

  3. 4 muzammil November 4, 2009 at 3:31 am

    i miss you very very. friend

  4. 5 paula November 4, 2009 at 10:33 am

    i just forwarded you the newspaper clippings! a few mistakes (i am not a student and you are not an architect), but other than that, what a classic!

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