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Pinjore Graden

Pinjore Garden is located in Pinjore in the state of Haryana. It is also known as Yadavindra Garden. Pinjore Garden is built in typically Mughal style by Patiala Dynasty Rulers. The garden is adorned with the fountains and grand pvallion and has sloping ground. The garden is full of varied species of beautiful, aromatic flowering plants, big trees, mango orchards, litchi orchards and several shrubs. Spread over an area of 100 acres, Pinjore Garden serve as the venue of the annual Mango Festival. The gardens consist of

  • Pinjore Gaden Site Museum : Haryana State and Directorate of Archaeology and Museums set up an open air museum in the garden.
  • Pinjore Garden Heritage Train : A restored heritage train has been introduced to visit all the monuments and the gardens in the complex.
  • Pinjore Zoo
  • Japanese Garden
  • Nursery
  • Picnic Spot

History

The garden was created in 17 century by Nawab Fidai Khan, a reputed architect and the cousin of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Nowadays, the garden has been renamed as 'Yadavindra Garden' in the memory of Maharaja Yadavindra Singh former of the princely state of Patiala.

C.M. Villiers -Stuart who stays in the garden for a time  included a description in her book on "Gardens of the Great Mughals" (1913). She wrote:

"A quaint story still survives, how, when at length the work was finished, and Fadai came in state to spend his first summer there, his enjoyment of the garden and its beauties was short-lived; for the Rajas quickly frightened him away. In the districts round Pinjor, and in fact all along the foot of the Himalayas, occasional cases of goitre are to be seen; so from far and wide these poor people were collected by the wily Brahmins, and produced as the ordinary inhabitants of the place. The gardeners all suffered from goitre; every coolie had this dreadful complaint; even the countrywomen carrying up the big flat baskets of fruits and flowers to the zenana terraces were equally disfigured.

The ladies of the harem naturally were horrified; it was bad enough to be brought into these wild outlandish jungles, without this new and added terror. For the poor coolie women, well instructed beforehand, had told how the air and water of Pinjor caused this disease, which no one who lived there long ever escaped. A panic reigned in the zenana; its inmates implored to be removed at once from such a danger; and finally, Fadai Khan had to give way, and take his ladies to some other place less threatening to their beauty.

Had it been the terrible Emperor himself instead of his foster-brother, the cunning Rajas would have met their match. But Fadai Khan, thoroughly deceived, rarely came back to visit his lovely gardens, and the Rajas and their fields were left in peace for a time."

Climate

  • The temperature ranges from 20°C - 45°C.
  • The temperature ranges from 2°C - 15°C.

Best Time to Visit

  • September to March is the best time to visit the Pinjore Garden.

How to Reach

By Air - Nearest airport is Chandigarh Airport.

By Rail - Kalka Railway station is the nearest station.

By Road - Kalka is connected to all major cities through road.