Travel guide - A tour to Pinjaur on the foothills of Shivalik

Pinjaur is counted as the most beautiful city of India. The place is famous for its Mughal gardens. It is here that the HMT factory is also located. It is situated at 1800 feet above the sea level on the foothills of shivalik. The mountain peaks covered with snow present unique scene to the eyes worth beholding. This article will guide you to reach the place and enjoy your vacation here. Let's come to visit Pinjaur.

The sky touching peaks of Shivalik range of mountains, the long line up of trees, unparalleled buildings of architectural art, gardens smelling of scented flowers, clean swept roads, bedazzling markets and boat rowing- all these and more are the forte of Pinjaur. It is a picturesque and the most luring township located at a distance of 22 KM away from Chandigarh in India. Pinjaur garden is famous not only in India but the world over attracting droves of foreign tourists thronging the place which offers to them the platters of rich stuffs full not only of physical well being but also of the harmonious development of mind and body.

History of the beautific garden of Pinjaur

This fabulous evergreen garden was built in the 18nth century by the step brother of Aurangzeb who went by the name of Fidai Shan. According to one olden anecdote, Pinjaur is associated with the Pandava brethren of Mahabharat fame. They had crossed over this striking place during the periods of their exiles. Today, there stand many temples and bathing ghats of Mahabharat period. Garden is perched in form of seven disembarked terraces. The middle passages of each terrace are encrusted with arterial water pathways. Water fountains, tangent latticework, water ponds, water springs- all lend the water pathways an unforgettable experience of a lifetime to the tourists. The second terrace was a curtain-garden formerly. There is a wall here, where there are six columns, each columns consisting of 15-15 smallish alcoves which are illuminated with earthen pots light by pitching them in on to the walls.

Geographical details of the evergreen garden of Pinjaur

The subdued lamp light and water wins over the hearts of tourists. There is a magnificent colour-palace(Rang Mahal) on the second terrace, down below which flows a cliff falling into a concrete built pond. Stepping aside through stairs from Rang Mahal, we reach on to the third terrace. There is a big pond over there in the fourth terrace in the middle of which is a water castle (Jal Mahal). Here, the queens of Fidai Khan used to come to take bathes. This Jal Mahal at present is being used as a restaurant. The bird's eye views of the entire garden could be had from this restaurant. During nights, the multicoloured light bulbs adorning on the edges of the lawn give a splendid view of the garden. Pinjaur garden is the special attraction of tourists.

Mini bird sanctuary near Pinjaur

Just adjacent to the garden is the bird sanctuary. Here, numerous varieties of chirping birds and silent animals could be seen roaming around. There are arrangements for elephant riding, camel riding and bear riding here. The bird sanctuary remains open for public viewing from 11 AM to 5 PM excepting on gazetted holidays of course.

Rose garden adjacent to Pinjaur

Rose garden is the pride of and joy of Chandigarh. About 1500 rose varieties can be seen there round the year. Built in an area of 30 acres, this rose garden is the biggest garden through out the world. Its beauty, especially during winters is worth watching.

Rock garden

The rock garden of Chandigarh has its own speciality. Statues of Cuckoos made up with bangles, Walls made up of tube lights, dolls made up with the broken up pieces of china clay of different colours and the all pervasive greenery spanning the surroundings adds up four moons to the beauty of this garden.

Dolls museum

International dolls museum is located abound 5 KM away from Chandigarh. Dolls and puppets of different colours, shapes and sizes from around 50 countries are adorning this dolls museum. One can come over to visit this doll museum from 10 AM to 5 PM.


I will suggest you not to miss the joy of visiting the Sukhana Lake which is an artificial lake located near the rock garden. It is spread in an area of 3 Sq kilometres. You can take the joy of boating here. Every year rounds, there are competitions of boating-racing here which is worth watching. Thousands of competitors take part into this race from within the country and abroad also.
The chirping birds sitting throughout the fringes of this lake naturally attract the attention of tourists. The best time to visit Pinjaur, Shimla, Kasauli etc is from March to May and from November to December.

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