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PINJORE GARDENS

''Gardens have been laid in seven terraces and serve as venue of the annual Mango Festival''

LOCATION : The garden is located at Pijore village in Panchkula district of Haryana, about 22 kms from Chandigarh on Ambala-Shimla highway and about 270kms from Delhi. It lies on the foothills of lower Shivalik range.

WHY GO THE DISTANCE : The Mughal gardens of Pinjore are one of the loveliest and the oldest gardens in North India. If looking to spend a day amidst history and tradition, Pinjore Garden is a perfect option. This idyllic garden is one of the popular excursions from Chandigarh where one can stay put a day if visiting Shimla or can plan as a separate holiday. The gardens are a treat to the eyes.

The key attraction of the garden is in the way it is built. The architecture will remind you of the Mughal era with each terrace adorned with fountains and grand pavilions. Infact, the garden’s main gate opens into the highest terrace and the remaining six terraces descend at a distance. There’s a central waterway in all the seven terraces with each sides bordered with varied species of beautiful aromatic plants, cypress trees and palm trees besides, mango and litchi orchards. The end structure of the doorway has recently been made into a disc-like open-air theatre.

The garden also houses a mini zoo, historic places, Japanese garden, nursery and a number of picnic spots. A big hall within the gardens has been converted into a banquet which is rented out for marriages and parties. The fascinating Mughal Gardens are also one of the most popular picnic spots. After dusk, the gardens are beautifully lit which further enhance its beauty and make the fountains look more colourful. The gardens are quite a walk but the shady pathways make it comfortable.

First terrace is called Sheesh Mahal (palace of glass) adjoined by a romantic "Hawa Mahal" (airy Palace). Second terrace has "Rang Mahal" (painted palace), while the third terrace has cypress trees and flowerbeds. Fourth terrace has the "Jal Mahal" (palace of water) with a square fountain bed, which is presently used as a restaurant. The entire garden is encircled by an embattled wall.

HISTORY : The history of Pinjore dates back to the days of Mahabharata. It is said that soon after Pandavas went into their 12 years of exile, they came upon this lovely spot, which was then called Panchpurra. They stayed here and later when they recovered their empire, throughout their reign of 36 years, they frequently visited the place before they finally climbed to the Himalayas to disappear into oblivion.

The gardens in their present form were designed in the 17th century by architect Nawab Fidai Khan during the early reign of his cousin brother Aurangzeb. While serving as the governor of the province, Khan happened to visit Pinjore valley and was enchanted and mesmerised by its beauty and it was then he decided to build this garden at the location.

Due to neglect and lack of maintenance in the later years, the garden turned into a jungle and it was Yadavindra Singh, former of the princely state of Patiala, who refurbished the gardens and restored to its former splendour and uniqueness. And since then it is also called ‘Yadavindra Gardens’.

GETTING THERE : By Road:
One can reach Pinjore from Delhi via the Sonepat Bypass. Volvo Coach, Deluxe, Semi-Deluxe and Express buses are also available from ISBT New Delhi to Chandigarh.

By Rail:
The nearest railway station to Pinjore Gardens is chandigarh train station Junction which is 13km away from Pinjore Gardens.

By Air:
The nearest domestic airport is Chandigarh Airport.

STAY : A range of accommodation is available at Chandigarh, but a taste of royalty can be savored at Pinjore itself by a stay at the Yadavindra Gardens Budgerigar Motel, run by Haryana Tourism. Budget Pinjore hotels are also available around the location.

OTHER INFO : Visit Timings: 7:00 am to 10 pm
Garden Ticket Fee: Rs 20 per person


Source / Review By : Pramugdha Mamgain Nautiyal

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