Cactus Garden which is officially known as National Cactus and Succulent Botanical Garden and Research Centre is located in Panchula and is said to be Asia’s biggest garden that is devoted to endangered and rare species, having more than 3500 species. Established in 1987, it has given a tourist significance to Chandigarh and Panchkula.
Cactus Garden attracts many botanists and cactus lovers. Most of these cacti and succulents have medicinal values as the garden boasts of 272 species of genus Mammillaira and as much as 160 species have been naturalised outdoor. Other beautiful plants and exotic species which you can find here include Aloe Speciosa, Aloe Ferox etc. Low growing cacti such as the collection of Indian succulents here is considered to be the largest in the world. The known genera of cactus can be seen in nine glass houses. Highly representative collections of haworthias, aloes, gasterias and other prominent highlights are found in this Cactus Garden.
The garden has been designed by Dr J. S Sarkaria and he has played a phenomenal role in creating and gifting Bonsai collection of succulent and non-succulent plants. There is also an educative collection which displays different styles of bonsai. Plants here are available for sale as well. During the month of March there is a cactus show which is organized every year.
In any case, if you are travelling to Chandigarh, you should not miss out on travelling to Panchkula, which is just 8kms from the Green City and make your way down to the Cactus Garden. The ideal time to visit this garden is during winters. Consider this to be an ideal place if you are a photographer as you are going to find interesting subjects. It’s time you made your winters special.
Opening Hours: 7 AM to 6 PM
No ticket required for the entry of kids
Ticket for adults: Rs 10