Pinjore Gardens (renamed as Yadavindra Gardens) is a historic 17th century garden located in Pinjore city of Panchkula district, Haryana, India. It is quite popular local attraction in Haryana and also Chandigarh. Since it is located on the Ambala-Shimla Highway, it’s a popular pitstop for travellers and I happened to take a break for lunch here on my way back from a work trip in Himachal Pradesh some time back. The Pinjore Gardens is said to be one of the well preserved examples of landscaping style of Mughal Gardens. I certainly found the Pinjore Gardens to be a nice place to relax on a sunny winter day. architectural style, which was renovated by the Patiala Dynasty Jat Sikh Rulers.
The Pinjore Gardens has been built in the foot hills of Himalayas, apparently as one of the Mughal gardens summer retreat for the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb by his foster brother architect Muzaffar Hussain. The garden was abandoned by the Mughals eventually, falling into derelict, until revived by Maharaja Yadavindra Singh (1914-74) of the princely state of Patiala to its former splendour.
The garden has been laid in multiple terraces, in descending fashion so it seems like one is going down a series of terraced levels. The main gate of the garden is the highest first terrace, which has a palace built in Rajasthani–Mughal style. It is called the “Shish Mahal” (palace of glass), which is adjoined by a romantic “Hawa Mahal” (airy Palace) – now converted into a restaurant. The second terrace with arched doorways has the “Rang Mahal” (painted palace). The third terrace has cypress trees and flowerbeds leading to dense groves of fruit trees. The next terrace has the “Jal Mahal” (palace of water) with a square fountain bed and a platform to relax. Fountains and tree groves are provided in the next terrace.
It was fun time spent with colleagues on a sunny winter afternoon at Pinjore Gardens, people watching and discussing work (Work seems so much more interesting when out of office environment!) as we walked around the prettily laid flowers, trees and fountains.
I would definitely recommend taking a pit stop here if you are travelling by road on the Ambala -Shimla Highway.
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