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Mughal Gardens in Srinagar

Mughal Gardens in Srinagar

Famed for beautiful landscapes, snow capped mountains, Mughal gardens, vast acres of hillside terraced with water bodies and rimmed with flowering shrubs and trees make the summer capital of Jammu & Kasmir, Srinagar as one of the most sought after tourist destinations of India. When you are going for sightseeing tour of Srinagar then you must not miss the Mughal Gardens of Srinagar. These gardens reflect the sense of beauty, architectural marvel and zest of life of Mughal era in India. The Mughal Gardens is combination of three renowned gardens namely Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh and Chashme- E-Shahi.

Shalimar Bagh: Built by Mughal Emperor, Jehangir in the year 1619AD and called it “Farah Baksh” the delightful. The garden is also marked by the presence of terraces that are separated by water channels. The garden was graded in three sections. The outer garden known as Diwan-i-Aam, the central one is called Diwan-i-Khas and the uppermost by far the best is meant for royal ladies. Sprawling across the area of 12.40 ha, the garden is adorned with large tanks, lush green landscapes laden with colorful bed of flowers, monumental pavilions, and mighty chinars makes it one of the most beautiful gardens in India. The garden is designed in such a fashion that the fountains and trees create an illusion of slowly moving towards the horizon.

Nishat Bagh: Nishat Bagh, the garden of delight, is the largest Mughal Garden on Dal Lake was laid out by Asif Khan the brother of Noor Jehan, the wife of Mughla emperor Jehangir in 1632 AD. Descending in tiers to the Dal’ edge, Nishat is renowned for its stately chinar trees which are imported from distant Persia by the Mughals. The most striking feature of Nishat Bagh is the presence of 12 Zodiac signs in 12 flowering terraces of the garden. The twelve flowering terraces gradually come down in slopes and intermingling with the water of Dal Lake makes it look even more beautiful.

Chashma Shahi: The Royal Spring, Chashmshahi in Srinagar is the smallest among the Mughal Gardens. It received its name from its water source, a spring located on its uppermost terraces. Located around Dal Lake, it is found on the southeastern side of lake. Chashma Shahi was built by Mughal governor Ali Mardan Khan under the emperor Shah Jehan in 1632-1633. Spreading over the area of 8- hectares the garden is designed in various styles that offer unending joy to the seekers of solace and tranquility. The garden comprises of four components-Recreational Farden, Botanical Garden, Research Section and Plant Introduction Centre. A beautiful lake spread over the area of 17 hectares with joy riding boats is the major attraction of the garden.

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