At Pinjore, there is a beautiful place where tourist can visit. It is the Mughal Gardens. It is situated at a distance of 22 Kms from Chandigarh on the Ambala-Shimla highway. It has strong connections to the age old Aryan era. Also present here, are the relics of the temple of Bhima Devi and archaic baths. In the 17th century AD, Fidai Khan constructed the Mughal Gardens. In the Gardens there are palaces present namely Rang Mahal, Shish Mahal and Jal Mahal.
The old customs and traditions of the Pinjore town and the Yadavindra Gardens in the 17th century are mirrored in the festival hosted here named the Pinjore Heritage Festival. The skilled national artists entertain the spectators by exhibiting their talent in the style that only matches then own style. During this festival, many a food stalls are put up for the visitors. A wide array of delicious food items are held up for the people. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies are present.
On descending stepped structure like manner, this garden has been designed. It is known by the name of the Mughal Gardens. It has 7 such levels. Different royal dynasties have owned this place over different time periods. There are many attractions present in the Yadavindra Gardens such as a Mini Zoo, Nursery for plants, Open-air theatre, Japanese Garden and Palaces. It is a very popular spot for visitor for picnics.
Light and sound is played in the Pinjore Gardens in the evening, after the sun goes down. To the rhythm of the sound, the colorful fountains of this garden dances. The sight is a feast for the eyes of the spectators. Along the endless rows of flowers and beside the glistening streams, lie the meandering paths. The presence of the palaces namely the Rang Mahal, Sheesh Mahal and Jal Mahal, impart a grandiose and majestic look to the Yadavindra Gardens. Eye catching pretty creeper covers up the walls. The outer facades thus give a feeling of an ancient fort.
In the vintage Charbagh style, the design of the Yadavindra Gardens had been done along with a waterway, centrally place. However, following the declining of the Mughal era this garden completely lost its charm and appeal owing to an improper maintenance and administration. The restoration of the gardens to its original charm and appeal has been done by the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh of Patiala, Punjab. He added some more attractions to add to the appeal of the place. Thus the new name, Yadavindra Gardens, was given to this location.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Some of the things that tourists find intriguing are the stone crafts, the nursery for plants and also the beautiful local handicrafts. The landscape of the place is undulating. The valley is flooded by the river named Ghaggar.
HOW TO REACH YADAVINDRA GARDENS
By road: This place is well linked to other cities via state transport buses. Private Coaches also ply from different other places.
By rail: Ghanauli, located at a distance of 21 Kms from Nalagarh, is the closest railway station.
By air: The nearest airport is located at a distance of 19 Kms in Chandigarh.