This is the second last day of our vacation and we wanted to make the most of it. As we were in Haryana, it was almost impossible to miss the very famous and Asia’s largest luscious botanical garden that is located near Chandigarh, at a place called as Panchkula.
So today’s site was the Cactus garden of Panchkula. We got ready and had breakfast quickly so that we can utilize every moment at the destination.
We reached the Cactus Garden at the expected time. Here we could see variety of cactus beautifully cropped and arranged over a vast area. All we were able to see were varieties of cactus till the stretch of our vision. We were told that the garden covers an area of 7 acres and is situated in the heart of the city of Panchkula.
We were amazed to see the varied kinds of cactus; many endangered and rare species of the succulents were maintained in the garden, for which it has earned much acknowledgment. Established in the year 1987, the garden is spotted with almost 3500 different kinds of cactus species.
On moving further, we realized that there were three green houses facilitated in this garden. The variety and uniqueness of garden attracts a lot of visitors here, including tourists, locals and botanists.
We were initially exploring the outside garden that has around 25 raised ground features and 3 water bodies with established water ways. On the raised stack were about 800 different species of Cacti and Succulents. One of my friends, mesmerized by their beauty, tried to touch them but was pricked by the thorns of the cacti.
There was also an appreciable collection of Bonsai succulent and some non succulent plants that has been created here. The garden also contains educative collection that exhibits different types of bonsai. This helps students and many tourists also to know more about these cacti.
This Garden maintains around nine amazing glass houses that have the collection of almost all the practically known genera of cactus.
A few varieties of plants are also available for sale. Me and one of my friends bought a beautiful and flowery cactus as a testimony to this trip.