Just 20 km from Chandigarh, on NH-22, lies Pinjore, a town famous for its 17th century Mughal gardens laid out by Aurangzeb’s general Fidai Khan. The gardens descend in seven terraces from the entrance, and have three palaces-Sheesh Mahal, Rang Mahal and Jal Mahal – set in their midst. There are cascades and fountains and also orchards of chikoo and litchi.
Legend associates Pinjore with the Pandavas and the current name seems to be a corruption of Panchpur. Ruins of the ancient Bhimakali temple further up the highway suggest that the place was inhabited for at least 700 years before Fidai Khan laid out his gardens here.