As spring settles in, roses in full bloom
spreading their fragrance all round, Chandigarh Administration has
also been making preparations to host its biggest tourist attraction,
Rose Festival from 25th February onwards. With the Festival round the
corner, the Chandigarh Administration has been making preparations
to adorn the Leisure Valley and Rose Garden to celebrate its mega
event with lot of festivities. To review the preparations, a site meeting
was convened by the Home Secretary Sh.Ram Niwas with the Chief
Engineer, Chief Architect, MD CITCO, Director Tourism, Chief Engineer
Municipal Corporation, SSP UT and other officers of Chandigarh
Administration. The highlight of this year would be a specially
aesthetically made long tunnel(covered with flowers and greens) of
about 20 feet long connecting the Leisure Valley with Rose Garden will
be a hub of activities.
Home Secretary visited the site to review the work related the
Rose Festival arrangement .For proper security arrangements, Home
Secretary instructed to put CCTV cameras all around the venues. He
further instructed to cover the boundary wall with proper barricading
on both the venues. An enforcement team will be deployed to thwart
the entry of unauthorized elements during the Rose Festival as well as
fire brigade and an ambulance equipped with medical team will be
stationed at site for all three days. In addition to this, proper care will
be taken to keep the sites neat and clean. This year, around 50
exhibitors will be putting up stalls in the Leisure Valley. The Secretary
Tourism further directed the Director Tourism to also put up tourist
information centre to spread awareness among visitors.
Chandigarh Administration has been emphasizing on aesthetics
and decorations. The divine fragrance and appearance of flowers at
entrance will welcome the visitors and tourists at Rose Garden
whereas entrance gate of the Leisure Valley will be based on the flower
vase on the both sides fully festooned with flowers on it. The Rose
Festival invites tourists from all over the world to enjoy three intense,
fun days they will surely never forget.
The highlights of 25th are: inauguration at 1100 hrs followed by
Folk Dance Competition at 12.00 Noon at Rose Garden. On 26th
February, Rose Prince and Princess Competition will be held 10.30 A.M.
at Rose Garden followed by Antakshri and Photography Competition at
11.00 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. respectively. To add color to the festivity
Kite Flying will be held 12.00 Noon. On the last day, on the Spot painting competition will be held 10.30 am and Rose Quiz Competition
at 11.00 A.M followed by prize distribution ceremony at 3.30 pm.
The festival will be accompanied by food and entertainment in
grand way with the participation of CITCO DA VEHRA, Institute of
Hotel Management, Chandigarh Beckons, Punjab University and other
renowned eateries of Chandigarh.
The Rose Festival is certainly a colorful treat for the eyes and the
event is important not only on state level but on the national level too
as it has been enlisted in the National Fair and Festival Calendar of
Government of India. The wonderful assortment of flowers will confirm
it as a fantastic event and will attract a multitude of people from all
over India. Rose Festival is an inspiration to the flower-growers too in
the area. With the participation of flower houses, locals, nurseries,
gardens in the festival, the festivity will be enhanced among the
nature admirers and visitors.
There will be a live Performance by Hans Raj Hans and his team on
the opening day whereas Singer Priyani Vani, Performer Rishika
Kaushal, Comedian Uday Dahiya will perform on 26 feb. The last day
will be concluded with a stunning Performance by Mohit Chauhan, a
renowned Bollywood singer. His hits include Pehli Baar Mohabbat
(From Kaminey), Masakali (From Delhi 6), Tune Jo Na Kaha (From
New York), Tum Se Hi (From Jab We Met).