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Mughal Gardens

With terraced lawns,cascading fountains, paint box-bright flowerbeds and the panorama of the Dal in front of them - the three Mughal Gardens of Chesma Shahi, Nishat and Shalimar are the Mughal Emperors concept of paradise and are today very popular places for picnics and excursions.

Shalimar Bagh

Built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jehan, Shalimar, 15 kms from the TRC, is a beautiful garden with sweeping vistas over lawns and lakes, and shallow terraces. The garden is 539m x 182m and has four terraces, rising one above the other. A canal lined with polished stones and supplied with water from Harwan runs through the middle of the garden. The fourth terrace, by far the best, was once reserved for royal ladies.

Shalimar Garden
View of Shalimar Garden
Shalimar Garden
View of Shalimar Garden

Nishat Bagh

Situated on the banks of the Dal Lake, With the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, (11 km from TRC), this 'garden of bliss' commands a magnificent view of the lake and snow capped Pir Panjal mountain range which stands far away to the west of the valley. Nishat was designed in 1633AD by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jehan.

Nishat Garden
View of Nishat Garden
Nishat Garden
View of Nishat Garden

Cheshma Shahi

At Cheshma Shahi, is a tastefully laid garden in terraces, Which commands a magnificent view of the Dal Lake below and surrounding mountain ranges. The cool water of the spring is highly refreshing and digestive. The original garden was laid out by Shah Jehan in 1632AD. This is situated in the Vicinity of JKTDC hutments.

View of ChashmaShahi
View of ChashmaShahi
View of ChashmaShahi
View of ChashmaShahi

Harwan

Harwan Garden is situated in the district of in Srinagar. A beautiful and massive garden, Harwan is a popular picnic spot. A beautiful canal, fed from a lake just behind the garden, passes through its center. The canal is bordered with blossoming flowerbeds and chinar trees. Kashmir Harwan Garden does not have the usual terraces, artificial fountains, etc, like the other gardens of Kashmir. It has been deliberately kept devoid of these man-made things. The main attraction of the Harwan garden of Kashmir, India, is its natural beauty that is present in plenty. The big lawns, carpeted with green grass, draw people automatically towards this place. An ideal spot for picnics and excursions, Harwan is the perfect place to take long walks in the lap of nature. It also serves as a take-off point for visiting Dachi Gam Wild life sanctuary and a starting point of a Mahadev Mountain trek.

Harwan
Harwan
Harwan
Harwan

Pari Mahal

Once the royal observatory, Pari Mahal has a charmingly laid out garden and is a five-minute drive from Cheshmashahi. A Buddhist monastery at one time, it was converted into a school of astrology by Dara Shikoh, Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan's eldest son. Situated on the spur of a mountain overlooking the Dal, the ancient monument, with a well-laid spacious garden in front, is connected to Cheshmashahi by road. It is illuminated at night.

Pari Mahal
Pari Mahal
Pari Mahal
Pari Mahal

Tulip Garden

Located near Nehru Memorial Botanical Garden, en route Cheshma Shahi, is Siraj Bagh where 100,000 Tulips are planted. Siraj Bagh will soon claim its place as Asia's largest Tulip Garden.

Tulip Garden
Tulip Garden
Tulip Garden
Tulip Garden