Fascinating Mohali Gardens
Mohali is the 18th district of Punjab, India, adjacent to Chandigarh. It is located west of Chandigarh, Rupnagar district at the north and Fategarh Sahib and Patiala in the south. The fast urban growth and attractions of the city has made visitors from locals and foreign lands praise the majestic Gardens of Mohali.
Below are some popular gardens to visit in Mohali:
Pinjore Gardens is also called the Yadavindra Gardens. It is one of the most popular resorts that lie at the foothills of the Shiwalik ranges. Pinjore is a religious and ancient historical place located 20 kilometers from Chandigarh and 14 kms from Panchkula. Pinjore houses a Japanese garden, mini zoo, plant nursery, guest houses, picnic lawns and the beautiful Mughal Gardens.
Pinjore has been associated with the five Pandava brothers of the Mahabharatha epic. People believed that the Pandavas stayed in this place during their exile. Pinjore nowadays bears some images of the past.
Baisakhi or spring festival is held at the Yadavindra Gardens in April. Moreover, programs for the Mango Festival are arranged in June and July. The gardens have sheltered walks with a cool atmosphere. Fountains are switched on and lights brighten up the place at night during weekends. The doorway end structure is like a disc of an open-air theater. The outer wall is stiff and has all around dieter pavilions that house the zoo. The entire garden is surrounded with arched balconies, fountains, watercourse, flowerbeds, terraces, limpid pools and monumental gateways.
The seven terraces of the garden has a magical descending effect and the green Himalayas rises up that sheer over the walls of the white buildings of Kasauli hill station. Its watercourse showcases a never-ending bubbling music from terrace to terrace.
The garden was designed by architect Nawab Fadai Khan, the foster brother of Emperor Aurangzeb. The garden was built on a classical Charbagh pattern with a central water way, Sheesh Mahal or the palace of glass, Rang Mahal and Jal Mahal (the palace of water). Pinjore Garden was restored by Maharaja Yadavindra Singh of Patiala.
Rose Garden is one of the largest gardens in Asia with thousands of rose species. It was named after the former president of India, Zakir Hussain. The garden started last 1967 under the guidance of Dr. M.S. Randhawa, Chandigarh’s first Chief Commissioner.
The 30 acre of land contains more than 17,000 plants with 1,600 roses and 50,000 rose bushes. Some of its varieties are hybrid and very rare. It also consists of medicinal trees like the harar, bel, bahera, and yellow gulmohar. The rose garden is a popular venue for the annual rose festival which is celebrated with more than 20,000 visitors. It is held during the end of February or beginning of March. There are contests, competitions, stalls and cultural shows that delight tourists.
Rock Garden is a splendid work of sculpture in Sector 1 of Chandigarh. The forty acres of land is located between the Capitol complex and Sukhna Lake. The foundation was held by Nek Chand, the road inspector of Chandigarh engineering department.
This garden is very unique because of its art objects made by urban and industrial waste. It uses discarded fluorescent tubes, broken chinaware, auto parts, mudguards, handle bars, broken glass bangles and building clays, coal and waste. The discarded materials was use to create sculptures of soldiers, palaces, temples, women, monkeys and village life.
The Rock garden showcases an open-air exhibition hall and is separated by tunnels, turns, twists and gateways. It is also enhanced with pools, waterfalls and a theater. The garden was run by the Rock Garden Society and even appeared on the Indian stamp in 1983.
The gardens of Mohali can truly be appreciated by visiting, walking through it and studying its meaning for global concerns.
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