Once the Garden of the Mughals & Now the Pride of Punjab
There is war; there is history, and definitely, the eminence which makes Pinjore Bagh a Royalty! The Land of the Mughals which one of the painter-author, Constance Mary Fielden expresses in her book named “Gardens of the Great Mughals” which brings to light the formation, existence and the atmosphere that prevailed during her stay at the time in near 1913 when the book came out.
She talks about Nawab Fidai Khan Koka popularly known as Muzaffar Hussain, the cousin of Aurangzeb for who he built the gardens in the first place. She also tells of the poor state the garden was in, the inadequate amenities, water problem and how sick the women got because of which Nawab Fadia Khan Koka had a short stay at the Gardens. One of the other factors because of which the Nawab had to leave was the hostility shown to him by the Kings, especially that of Patiala.
Why Pinjore Bagh also known as Yadavindrian Gardens?
People often find it intimidating as to why the Mughal Garden has not one but two names. Pinjore Bagh got its name due to its location whereas Yadavindrian Garden got its name after the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh won the battle against the Gorkhas and the Gardens were a reward as compensation in exchange for money. Maharaja became victorious, and as a result, Mughal Gardens came under his territory.
What makes Yadavindrian Gardens a place for Tourist Attraction?
The Garden holds a magnificent Mughal Architecture which showcases seven marvellous terraces that connect one garden with the other. There is a long trail of bushes and fountains connecting the gardens. In the evening the fountains are lit where the ambience becomes beautifully romantic. Hava Mahal, Jal Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Souvenir shops, Camel Ride, Horse Riding, Water Park, Oasis (Restaurant), Games, Outdoor activities and much more attract the tourists. Jal Mahal has an exceptional eating arrangement where you can have a snack on the traditional royal chairs and tables amongst the fountains.
The two-day Mango Frenzy!
There is more to Pinjore Bagh then just long walks or enjoying the ambience amongst the lush greenery. If you are there in the month of July then, look forward to the Great Mango Festival which showcases varieties of mango from all over India. The centre idea of the Festival is to promote Indian Status as the largest producer of Mangoes worldwide. The Fair is looked after by the Haryana Tourism and is in existence since the year 1922. Research Institutes from all over India, Agricultural Universities and competitions are held which is judged by the eminent Scientists. Over 4000 entries are received each year, and this is enough to show the importance of the Mango Fair.
The rich and high-quality mangoes are must to cherish this summer season! Get the taste of the alphonsos, amrapali, dasheri, malika, langara benarasi, Chausa and many other varieties. If you happen to be nearby, do visit the festival and take benefit while you can.
The Pinjore Heritage Mela!
Ever Winter season there is this incredible Fest where traditional items, paintings, pottery, furniture, handicrafts, clothing and much more is up for sale at the fair. You get the opportunity to take souvenirs for your loved ones, family members and friends. Apart from shopping items, there are dance and music competitions, programmes and the night stays lit for two consistent days. The musical performances start from evening onwards, and famous Punjabi Singers like Mika Singh, Daljeet Dosanjh, Harbhajan Maan amongst many others set the stage on fire.
It is a wonderful time of the year when you can enjoy and have a good time with your family members.
Every April, on the day of Baisakhi, the festival lights up the Garden of Pinjore. This day is the beginning of a new Calendar year for the Punjabi’s, and it is again a two-day affair. You can enjoy music celebrations, purchase handicrafts and enjoy the Punjabi food as the place gets installed with food stalls of all kinds.
This is not all!
Apart from the above, the Garden is open all year round for the people to come and enjoy the Gardens. It is spread in some 100 acres, and it will take one whole day to enjoy its serenity. Earlier, it was home to a Zoo as well. But, due to the inadequate maintenance and care, the animals were shifted to another zoo for better care. A lot has been changed since the ancient times but one thing that is still unchanged is the beauty that it exudes. Each time that one visits, his heart will fill with awe-inspiring emotions and if you are with your family, the day will be worth remembering.
Hava Mahal is now a place for pre-wedding photo-shoots. The waterfall and the fountains add up for romantic wedding photography. Sheesh Mahal, Guest Houses and the Parks are a perfect place to capture photographs. The tall trees and the weather, if you are lucky to be on a soothing day, the photographs will come out just beautiful.
When the Pinjore Bagh came into the hands of the Maharaja of Patiala, Yadavindra Singh, one of the terraces were used to plant the best quality roses. They were used to produce high-quality Rose Fragrances. The Rose Ittar was a symbol of respect that Maharaja often would gift to his important and able men. Also, he was very fond of the fragrance of roses. He used to quite many spend days at the Pinjore Bagh where he used to sleep at the now called Guest House. One can get the reservation these days in these princely rooms if you are looking to stay.
It is a favourite place for the artists and poets where they get the inspiration to fill the empty pages with heart-touching words. A day spent at the Pinjore Bagh is worth every while!