Yadavindra Gardens or Pinjor Gardens is situated in Pinjore. Built by the Patiala Dynasty rulers, the garden resembles Mughal style. It was created during the reign of Aurangzeb in the 17th century. The name Yadavindra Gardens is dedicated to Maharaja Yadavindra Singh of Patiala.
Yadavindra Gardens is supposedly the oldest and loveliest garden in North India. Lighted fountains with rooms and restaurants are dedicated to the travellers. Yadavindra Gardens is 22 km from Chandigarh. The garden has several terraces and also nestles a palace built in the Rajasthani-Mughal style.
The palace situated on the first terrace is adjoined by Shish Mahal and Hawa Mahal. The main gate opens on this terrace. The second terrace has Rang Mahal while the third owns trees and flower beds which further leads to a fruit orchard.
Jal Mahal along with fountains is present in the next terrace which also owns a platform for relaxation. Dense trees and fountains are found in the next one while the last terrace has an open air theatre which is shaped like a disc. A zoo is adjoined to the garden. The complex also has a temple and an open air museum which are well illuminated and connected with proper pathways.
Heritage train within the complex is an innovative idea which moves through the entire garden and the monuments within the complex. It is located in the vicinity of river Kaushalya and Jhajjar which are the tributaries of Ghaggar. It also has historical and religious significance as the name is derived from Panchpura. Panchpura was the town of the Pandavas.
The scenic view is also enhanced for its confluence with the Shivalik ranges. Baisakhi in April and Mango Festival in June and July attract tourists here. The Pinjore Heritage Festival initiated by the Haryana Tourism started since 2006. The ancient and glorious heritage of Pinjore town and the grandeur of Yadavindra Gardens is celebrated in this festival.
Cultural programmes are arranged during this festival where renowned artists participate. Bhimadevi Temple and ancient baths are located close to Yadavindra Gardens. It is accessible by road, rail and airways from any corner of the nation. Kalka which lies on the way to Shimla is 5 km from here.