Mohali also knows as the industrial city is a city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is located to the west of Chandigarh and is named after Sahibzada Ajit Singh, the eldest son of Guru Gobind Singh. The city is closer to nature with lush green surroundings and vast open spaces and ecosystems that sustain numerous bird species. Mohali along with Panchkula and Chandigarh are called the Tri-city. Flourishing with the pace of this modern world, the city has developed into one of the most significant sites for the IT industries. Headquarters of many IT companies such as Dell, Quark and Philips are located in Mohali that speak of its development in the recent past. Apart from an industrial center, the city has many things to offer to the travelling multitude. If you are in Mohali then visit the places mentioned below for sure.
Sukhna Lake is an artificial lake near the base of the Shivalik Range. This 3 km long lake was created in 1958 by blocking rain water through the Sukhna Choe. One can enjoy various activities here, like boating, yachting, and skiing. The Asiatic Level Rowing Championships were also organised here, as it has one of the finest channels for rowing and yachting. The site is home to thousands of migratory birds that flock the region during winters.
Mohali Cricket Stadium
Mohali Cricket Stadium, commonly known as the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, is located on the outskirts of Chandigarh. Established in 1993, it is counted amongst the largest cricket stadiums in India, having a seating capacity of 45000 viewers. The construction of the site took three years to complete and cost around INR 25 crores. It is also home to the Kings XI Punjab, one of the teams of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The Rock Garden is located in Sector 1, between the Capitol Complex and Sukhna Lake. It was founded by Nek Chand, a former Road Inspector in the Engineering Department of Chandigarh Capital Project. The Rock Garden is an open air exhibition, sprawling over several acres. Each of the displayed art is made of discarded waste materials like metal wires, marble, auto parts, mudguards, handlebars, and stones. Other major attractions of the garden include a waterfall, numerous pools, and an open-air theatre.
Thunder Zone Amusement and Water Park
Thunder Zone Amusement and Water Park, inaugurated on 15th May 2002, is situated in Chandigarh. It covers an area of around 11 acres and has rides like the octopus ride, Columbus ride, and caterpillar ride. The splash, striking car, boat club, swinging chairs and music bob are some of the other rides available. The water park, located inside the amusement park, consists of four pools having various water rides.
Mansa Devi Temple
Mansa Devi Temple is one of the Seedh Peeths situated in the Mohali District. According to Hindu mythology, Devi Sati’s head fell here. There are primarily two temples of which, the one located near the parking lot is the main temple and was established in 1815. The other temple was recently built by the Maharaja of Patiala. There is also a beautiful garden near the Mansa Devi Temple that displays a variety of sacred plants.
Nabha Sahib Gurdwara is located on the Zirakpur Highway in the Mohali District. The site is constructed at a place where the head of Guru Tegh Bahadur, a Sikh warrior, and guru, fell. It is believed that the guru’s head was picked up by Bhai Jaita, who gave it to the guru’s family for cremation in Anandpur. The Sikh devotees, who come to pay homage to Guru Tegh Bahadur here, also visit the samadh or mazhar of the Muslim faqir in the vicinity of the shrine. Banda Singh Bahadur, in 1709, stopped here to pay homage to Guru Tegh Bahadur and Dargahi Shah Faqir. Jor Mela, an annual fair, is organised here in the month of September.
Chhatbir Zoo, also known as the Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, is situated on the Chandigarh-Patiala Road. The zoo covers an area of around 202 acres. The major attraction of this zoo is the Royal Bengal Tiger. The animals roam freely inside the zoo and visitors are given a tour in a caged vehicle. The zoo is home to around 950 species of animals and 85 types of the resident as well as migratory birds.