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Chandigarh is surrounded by many beautiful places that serve as ideal destinations for excursions. Pinjore Gardens, also called Yadavindra Gardens is one such place which has emerged as an important tourist attraction. Located at Pinjore, in the state of Haryana, they fall at a distance of about 22 km from Chandigarh. The gardens lie at the foothills of the lower Shivalik ranges spread over an area of 100 acres.The history of Pinjore Gardens dates back to 17th century when Nawab Fidai Khan who was enchanted by the beauty of the place thought of making a beautiful garden there. The Nawab designed the garden as per the classical Charbagh pattern and introduced a central waterway in the area.While Pinjore Gardens were still being created, the Raja of Bhawana was scared that he would lose more land to the Mughals and planned a cunning way to drive the Governor away. In those days the cases of Goitre were reported due to low levels of iodine consumed by people. He used this as an advantage and collected the people suffering from Goitre and made them appear as the local inhabitants of the place. People were horrified by the disease and believed that the air and water of Pinjore were contaminated. They immediately left the place which forced the Nawab to quit as well.The palace later fell first under the reign of Raja of Sirmaur and finally, in 1775 AD, under Maharaja Amar Singh of Patiala. He had a great admiration for the beauty of the gardens and improved it. In 1966 Haryana was declared as an independent state and Pinjore Garden was handed over to it.Pinjore Garden is built in the typical Mughal style and serves as the venue for Baisakhi festival in April and Mango festival in June and July.
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