Zakir Rose Garden, Asia’s largest rose garden, is situated in sector 16 of Chandigarh
. It was established in 1967, and named after Zakir Hussain, the third president of the Indian Republic.
Sprawling over an area of more than 30 acres, the garden features over 50,000 rose-plants belonging to 1600 species, planted in beautifully carved and arranged lawns. This beautiful garden, planned by Dr M S Randhawa, is open for the public from dawn to dusk; but plucking of flowers is strictly prohibited.
An annual Rose Festival held here in February/March is a major draw. This is one of the great celebrations of the city, which attracts thousands of visitors. Cultural celebrations and competitions add to its splendor.