It’s the most looked forward to event on the city’s cultural roster and the 45th Chandigarh Rose Festival didn’t disappoint this time round. And thankfully neither did the weather. Apart from the showcase of a variety of roses, the festival packed in activities, dances, cultural performances, musical nights and competitions but the highlight was a helicopter ride. As many as 622 people went on the helicopter rides in the three-day festival that concluded on February 19. The seven-minute ride was priced at Rs 3,500. It began from the Sector 17 parade ground, flew over the Rose garden, then the Sukhna Lake and then came back to the parade ground.
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The Mayor of Chandigarh Asha Jaswal distributed various prizes to the winners in different categories.
Another popular addition this year was the ‘Newlywed Couple Competition’ that saw 15 newly married couples compete for the prizes. While the first five winners were given free lunch vouchers by Hotel Mount View Chandigarh, the winner took home a three-night tour package to Dubai. The second prize was a three-night tour package to Goa while the third prize was two-night stay at Hotel Ramada Plaza, Zirakpur with complimentary breakfast and dinner. A free air ticket to Hyderabad was the consolation prize.
The musical nights brought in the likes of singer Sukshinder Shinda who performed at Leisure Valley. He even dedicated a special song to the festival. It was titled ‘Red rose waango tu vi fabhti’. The finale was indeed special with singer Adnan Sami enthralling everyone with his popular numbers. Here’s looking forward to next year.