PINJORE GARDENS The Pinjore Gardens are one of a kind. Lying 22Kms North of Chandigarh, these were designed by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb’s foster brother Fidai Khan, in the 17th century. Terraced in the Mughal style and dotted with domed pavilions, Fountains and water chutes, make a charming picnic spot. It Can be quite a difficult task taking the kids inside, as the camel Rides at the gateway succeed in luring them.
There are several walking tracks among thick greenery. Also check out the tiny zoo that the place has. You Can take with home cooked food, though the place has cafeteria, but there are not too many things on the menu that would tempt you. Some kms away from the Pinjore Gardens are teh hills of Kasauli
. WILDLIFE AND FORESTS 3245 hectares of expansive forests, most of which is hills, are dominantly around Sukhna Lake, Sukhna Choe and Patiala ki Rao. The area surrounding Chandigarh is as beautiful as it is interesting. Leaving the town behind, drive down to the hill reserve near village Kansal. Here tourists are allowed a restricted entry by permit. Permits to enter the forest are issued by Deputy Conservator of Forest Chandigarh. A short distance from Kansal forest is located another reserve forest known as Nepli. Nepli is a bit wilder than Kansal. On two sides it is surrounded by small hills and the whole area is covered by thick forest which is full of wild life.
The greatest thrill of visiting this park is being able to stay right within it at the rest house. Armed with a pair of binoculars and water, get ready for a walk that could lead to close encounters with anything from antelopes to herd of neelgais and hares or even a jackal. Kids too Can participate in nature walks and bird watching. MORNI HILLS The hills around Chandigarh
are alive and buzzing picnic possibilities. Wake up a little early and drive 45kms from Chandigarh to reach the quite hills of Morni.
The charm of a leisurely picnic in virgin woodlands is yours to enjoy. The neelguy, hyenas and langurs are Essential accompaniments. You might get Lucky and spot a barking deer or even or loping through the undergrowth. Some say there are leopards too, but no such sightseeings have been marked in some time, so relax. Morni’s very existence has to do with the soothing of the fevered brows. Expect a picturesque drive to these hills if the rains have moistened the land. The two tals in Morni which are not only mysteriously interconnected, but also are separated by a hillock and have the same water level. The adventure lovers Can go trekking to the two tals and the fort. The stilted huts available for staying options Can be too quiet, as the place doesn’t have too many visitors. Don’t worry; you Can always take down to the Tikkar tal, which is small lake, with a wide Stretch of green, which serves as an ideal picnic spot.