The main attraction here is the Mughal gardens, but it also includes a small zoo, nursery and Japanese garden.
Nawab Fadai Khan, an architect and foster brother of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb is said to have designed the idyllic gardens. He planned the Gardens on the classical Charbagh pattern, giving the area a central waterway. Both sides of this waterway were covered with patches of green bordered with flowers and shaded by trees. He supervised the construction of the stylistic Sheesh Mahal (palace of glass), the Rang Mahal (painted palace), and the cube-like Jal Mahal (palace of water). The structures date to the 17th century AD. After the end of Mughal rule, the gardens returned to wilderness, but were later restored by Maharaja Yadavindra Singh of Patiala.
About 20km from Chandigarh on the Chandigarh Shimla road. Taxis and buses go regularly between Pinjore, Kalka, Panchkula and Chandigarh.
With the south wind a gentle goddess came.
She soaked the bronze, she soaked the fountain,
She soaked the swallow's belly and its feathers of gold.
She hugged the tide, lapped the sand, drank the fish.
Secretly she soaked the temple, the bath-house, the theatre,
The confusion of her platinum lyre --
the tongue of the goddess -- secretly.
Soaked my tongue.
Nishiwaki Junzaburô trans. by Bownas and Thwaite 20th century