After having a splendid evening in the Last Chance Pub in Gurgaon, it was the time for some placid and calmer things. Chandigarh is a famous place for all sorts of things. One can observe nature, sports, adventures, culture, religions- everything at a single place. Chandigarh is a city full of life and therefore one can never get into boredom if staying in Chandigarh. On the fifth day of my journey, I planned to make a visit to the Government Museum and Art Gallery in Chandigarh. The place offers placid and mesmerizing effects to the eyes of the beholder. And if one happens to be a lover for art and crafts, then this place is the ultimate paradise.
The Government Museum and Art Gallery is located near the Rose garden in Chandigarh. Other than a specific art gallery, the museum also has separate segments for architecture, history and portraits. The “Chandigarh Architecture Museum”, “National Gallery of Portraits” and “National History Museum” are the three segments one can find in the Government Museum. As the name suggests, the museum is run and maintained by the Government and things are preserved in a very artistic manner. One can find 10,000 exclusive Indian art works, paintings and sculptures in the gallery which put forward the best forms of Indian creativity.
Gandhara period stone sculptures are yet other attraction found here in the Government Museum and Art Gallery. The museum is closed on Mondays and therefore one has to plan beforehand so that a day is not lost roaming at the outer areas of the building. Established in the year 1968, the credit of starting it up and bringing it forward to this extent goes to Le Corbusier who designed and innovated the building.
There is a special library in the museum which is a good place for scholars and peoples those who are fond of literature and art. Decorative arts, miniature paintings Hindu sculptures, temporary art gallery and coins can be found here from different ages. I do not have much interest in learning facts about the ancient India, still I enjoyed the place and it created yet another likeness in my heart and mind.