Chandigarh Rose gardens are one of the main tourist attraction places of this beautiful city. Rose garden of Chandigarh, India is the biggest of its kind in Asia. Named after India's former President, Zakir Hussain, this beautiful garden was set up in 1967 with the support of Chandigarh's first Chief Commissioner, late Dr M S Randhawa.
Dr. Zakir rose garden not just consists of the beautiful roses, but also trees of medicinal value. Some of the medicinal plants that can be covered here are bel, bahera, harar, camphor and yellow gulmohar. Rose garden serve as the venue for hosting the yearly festival of gardens, a major intellectual occasion of the city.
It is extend over an area of 30 acres and have 50,000 rose-bushes of 1600 different species of roses. Its collection includes not only natural varities but also many of the hybrid varieties developed through tissue culture. Some of the varities are considered very rare ones. Best time to visit this garden is during Feb-March.
During this period it is in full bloom. There is also a festival dedicated to this Garden which is celebrated in end of February or beginning of March, which is one of the major attractions among the residents of chandigarh and surroundings. During which many compititions, contests and cultural shows are organised accompanies with stalls spread along the Jan Marg on the strech between Sector 17 and Sector 16.
Chandigarh rose garden contain more than 17,000 plants. There are nearly 1,600 variety of roses over there. It is a spacious garden covering an area of 27 acres.