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Although called the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, this wonderful place is hardly a garden. It’s not a museum either. The creator once called it his kingdom. More accurately, it is a temple of wonders that amazes each and every visitor.

Although called the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, this wonderful place is hardly a garden. It’s not a museum either. The creator once called it his kingdom. More accurately, it is a temple of wonders that amazes each and every visitor.

© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Pakhomov Although called the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, this wonderful place is hardly a garden. It’s not a museum either. The creator once called it his kingdom. More accurately, it is a temple of wonders that amazes each and every visitor.
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Although called the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, this wonderful place is hardly a garden. It’s not a museum either. The creator once called it his kingdom. More accurately, it is a temple of wonders that amazes each and every visitor.
© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Pakhomov The park dates back to the 1950s, when the self-taught Indian artist Nek Chand began collecting oddly-shaped stones on the banks of the nearby rivers.
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The park dates back to the 1950s, when the self-taught Indian artist Nek Chand began collecting oddly-shaped stones on the banks of the nearby rivers.
© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Pakhomov Chand did not have enough means to afford proper materials, so he used garbage and debris to build his “kingdom.”
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Chand did not have enough means to afford proper materials, so he used garbage and debris to build his “kingdom.”
© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Pakhomov The artist deliberately made the archways low to force visitors to bow to the “gods” of his garden – the sculptures of people and animals.
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The artist deliberately made the archways low to force visitors to bow to the “gods” of his garden – the sculptures of people and animals.
© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Pakhomov Sculptures made of other people’s garbage decorate the park.
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Sculptures made of other people’s garbage decorate the park.
© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Pakhomov Chand’s creation was likely a reaction to the planned city the Swiss architect Le Corbusier was designing in Chandigarh as a symbol of modernity and progress.
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Chand’s creation was likely a reaction to the planned city the Swiss architect Le Corbusier was designing in Chandigarh as a symbol of modernity and progress.
© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Pakhomov The construction and demolition sites found throughout Chandigarh at the time proved a treasure trove for Chand, who never lacked for materials.
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The construction and demolition sites found throughout Chandigarh at the time proved a treasure trove for Chand, who never lacked for materials.
© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Pakhomov Today, the Rock Garden is a sprawling 160-square-meter park with artificial waterfalls, ponds and sculptures.
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Today, the Rock Garden is a sprawling 160-square-meter park with artificial waterfalls, ponds and sculptures.
© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Pakhomov But the highlight of the garden is the sculptures themselves.
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But the highlight of the garden is the sculptures themselves.
© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Pakhomov Nek Chand’s sculptures can be found in both folk and modern art museums in the United States and Europe.
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Nek Chand’s sculptures can be found in both folk and modern art museums in the United States and Europe.
© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Pakhomov The artist’s works are bought by both private Western collectors and galleries.
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The artist’s works are bought by both private Western collectors and galleries.
© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Pakhomov In 1983, a postage stamp featuring Rock Garden sculptures was issued in India.
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In 1983, a postage stamp featuring Rock Garden sculptures was issued in India.
© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Pakhomov The park is one of the most popular places in Chandigarh, drawing nearly 5,000 visitors a day.
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The park is one of the most popular places in Chandigarh, drawing nearly 5,000 visitors a day.
© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Pakhomov The sculpture garden is a testament to the power of talent, dedication and a dream.
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The sculpture garden is a testament to the power of talent, dedication and a dream.
© RIA Novosti . Evgeniy Pakhomov The kingdom the artist created for his native city.
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The kingdom the artist created for his native city.
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