Spread over an area of about 30 acres, Zakir Hussain Rose Garden of Chandigarh is the largest garden in Asia. The former president of India, Zakir Hussain and the first Chief Commissioner, late Dr. M.S.Randhawa laid its foundation. With about 1600 species of roses and beautifully designed rose beds and lawns the garden was set up in the year 1967.
Within the garden you can see more than 17,000 different kinds of shrubs and herbs, accompanied with several fountains that add to its beauty. The main aim of this project was to impart light on the medicinal value of trees and some unique saplings, including harar, camphor, gulmohar, bel and bahera, which enhance the charm of the garden. For tourists there are annual festivals, competitions that are held in the month of February or at times in the month of March, to celebrate the foremost cultural event of the city.