The City Beautiful has a large number of attractions for all those who visit it, with the Botanical Gardens being one of the most popular. Founded in May 2002 by the then Administrator of the Chandigarh Union Territory, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) J.F.R. Jacob and spread across 176 acres, this garden was created to draw attention to the need to conserve the diverse plant life which is spread all across the region, including tree species like Amla, Neem, Kathal, Sandalwood, Camphor, Rudraksha and Jamun, along with many others. This garden is also connected to the Patiala – ki – Rao forest reserve via a causeway. Consisting of 15 separate sections, the Botanical Garden is a wonderful place where you can not only enjoy the wondrous beauty of the plant life, but can also engage in research, education and spreading awareness about the same. A hot spot for eco – tourists, the Botanical Gardens of Chandigarh are something not to be missed.