Picturesque Pinjore, the ancient town perched on the foot hills of Shivaliks is famous for the Yadavindra gardens. It is believed that the Pandavas came her during their exile and the palace came to be known as Panchpura.
The famous garden of Pinjore is the oldest surviving Mughal Garden in India. It was built in 17th century by Nawab Fidai Khan, a famous architect and builder, who was appointed as the Governor of the Punjab by Aurangzeb. He adopted the concept of descent into the vista of beauty, unlike the famous Shalimar and Nishat grdens of Kashmir, where one ascend s the steps, one terrace after another. The ornamental waterway in the centre with fine fountains is flanked by the traditional palm, cypress and magnolia trees and well laid out lawns and flower beds. After the death of Nawab Fidai Khan, the garden was ignored and abandoned. Later on, the royalty of Patiala revived the garden. Finally, Haryana Tourism fully recovered the pristine glory of the garden and re-named in honour of late Lieut. Gen. Yadvindra Singh, the erstwhile Maharaja of Patiala. Mango groves, orchards of citrus fruits and litchi are maintained in the inner gardens. Rang Mahal, Sheesh mahal and Jal mahal, the original palaces over here have also been opened for the tourists. The Budgerigar Motel run by Haryana Tourism is excellent. There are also facilities of restaurant, bar, conference hall and Oasis fast food. The Fountain and Light display during evenings on the weekends, Baisakhi and Mango Mela are a big tourist attraction. The beautifully illuminated garden, shopping arcade, gift shops etc, are added attractions for the tourist. Other attractions are a Mini Zoo, Japanese Garden and Bhima Devi Temple.
Pinjore Tour Information
Famous for the sacred shrine of Goddess Kali, one of the ‘Shakti Peeths’ ad Reilway Station bulding built during the British time. The popular toy train to Shimla originates from here.
Mansa Devi Temple
The sacred ‘Siddh Peeth’ of goddess Mansa Devi lies 8km from the Chandigarh bus stand and 3km from Mani Majra. A large number of devotees visit the shrine.