25 km from Chandigarh on the Ambala-Shimla road, Pinjore Gardens, also called Yadvindra Gardens after Yadavindra Singh Maharaja of the former princely state of Patiala, is a famous tourist attraction in Haryana.
Laid out in the 17th century by the famous architect Fadai Khan, who also happened to be the foster brother of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, Pinjore Gardens commands a stunning view of the Shivalik hills.
Featuring seven layers of terracing, this 50-acre Mughal Gardens is studded with palaces like Rang Mahal, Shish Mahal and Jal Mahal as well as a central water channel interspersed with beautiful fountains running the entire length of the Pinjore Gardens.
Spacious walkways on either side of the water channel invite you to take an enchanting walk under the shady trees. Rang Mahal currently serves as a restaurant.
Pinjore Gardens is open on all days from 7am to 10pm.
Adjacent to the Pinjore Gardens is the open air museum which should be visited to explore the beautiful carvings from the Bhima Devi temple that was destroyed by the Mughals to use the temple ruins to create Pinjore Gardens.
The Bhima Devi temple features some erotic sculptures reminiscent of the Khajuraho temples in Madhya Pradesh. The annual Pinjore Heritage Festival held in December attracts cultural cognoscenti from across the country.