Pinjore is a town located in the Panchkula district of Haryana
and is very popular for its Mughal Gardens and HMT (Hindustan Machine Tools) factory. Located 22 kms from Chandigarh, a city known for its excellent educational, cultural and recreational activities, Pinjore is known as one of the best places to live in India. From a religious point of view, Pinjore is believed to be the place where the Pandav brothers stayed during their exile- and because of their presence the area was once known as Panchpura. Even today Pinjore wears traces of its history with pride. Located 1800 feet above sea level and nested in a valley overlooking the Shivalik mountain range, Pinjore is a pollution free town which provides for spiritual and physical wellbeing.
To promote tourism in Pinjore, the Haryana government has introduced the Pinjore festival since 2006 at the famous Pinjore Mughal Gardens to celebrate the history of the century old Pinjore town and its surrounding gardens. Cultural evenings are hosted in which artists from various fields entertain the people attending. The cultural evening also includes a food bazaar which includes various kinds of cuisine.
One of the key attractions of Pinjore is the beautiful Mughal Gardens which draw many tourists to it. Dating back to the 17th century the Pinjore or Yadavindra Gardens and were built by the Patiala Dynasty Rulers. The garden was designed by Nawab Fidal Khan, who was an architect and foster brother of Aurangzeb. The gardens are open from 7 am to 10 pm and the entry ticket is Rs.20 per head. The gardens and are lit up at night, adding to the beauty of the garden. Here are a few other attraction in and around Pinjore that make for interesting tourist destinations:
- Bhima Devi Temple: A short walk from the Pinjore Gardens the ruins of this temple house a four armed Shiva, a huge head of Bhairava and idols of Ganesh and Shakti.
- Morni Hills: Lying on the opposite hillside of the Pinjore Valley, the Morni Hills are located 3900 feet above sea level and are surrounded by beautiful pine trees. The hills appear blue and green in colour and are free from crowds and pollution.
Other places around Pinjore that can be explored are Ambala, which was a cantonment set up by the British and there are many tourist facilities available there, like the Kingfisher Resort and restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Panchkula is another place that can be explored and has many recreational opportunities.
Last Updated on : 1st April 2013