Chandigarh nestles in a picturesque setting at the foot of the panoramic Siwalik Hills of outer Himalaya. The city is bounded by two seasonal rivulets of Sukhna choe in the East and the Patiali choe in the West. Natural features, thus define the limits of the city on three sides while the open landtowards the South leaves scope for its future expansion. The city covers an area of 114 sq. km. and has a population of about 12 lakh. It is directlyconnected to the capital city, New Delhi by air, land and rail and with practically all towns of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh by road and rail.The altitude of Chandigarh is 304-365 m above M.S.L. Its climate is sub-tropical and sub-humid. The city enjoys all the three major seasons ofnorthern India viz. the summer season, the rainy season and the winter season. These are interspersed by two transitional seasons viz. the autumnseason and the spring season. Chandigarh has an annual rainfall of 108 cm, 75 per cent of which is concentrated in 30 days during the months ofJuly- September. The temperature may go as high as 45°C in day time around the middle of June and declines to near freezing point on some nights in January. Representative of modern architecture and town planning, the city enjoys the popular epithet ‘The City Beautiful’. In the words of Norma Evenson, “it’s very conception is like a futuristic poem, a hymn to technology, to speed and movement, to a man-made world of vast dimensions, flooded with light and opening limitless vistas”.