Mughal Gardens in Srinagar

Mughal Gardens Overview

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The city of Srinagar is famous for a number of things, amongst which the regal Mughal Gardens deserve a special mention. Established during the Mughal era, these royal gardens are exemplary of fine landscaping and intricate architecture blended with the ethereal beauty of nature. There are three such beautiful gardens in the city, which depict the inclination of erstwhile Mughal emperors towards nature and greenery. Inspired by the lavishly laid gardens of Persia, these Mughal Gardens mesmerise visitors with their scenic charm.

The largest and perhaps the most popular Mughal Garden in Srinagar is the Shalimar Bagh, which is situated along Dal Lake. It was laid in 1619 by Mughal emperor Jahangir for his beautiful wife Nur Jahan. Divided into three terraced parts, this garden is lined with trails of chinar and carpeted with colourful flower beds. Exquisite arched niches called chini khanas form the highlight of this garden.

Next in the list of these man-made landscaped marvels is the Nishat Bagh, which was built in 1633 by Nur Jahan's brother Asif Khan. It is known for the 12 terraced formations, which represent different zodiac signs of astrology. The rectangular pool in the middle of this garden was formed by changing the course of a mountain stream.

Chashme Shahi Garden is the smallest Mughal Garden but is equally picturesque and impressive as its counterparts. This garden earns fame for its natural springs of freshwater, which were discovered by Rupa Bhawani – a female saint from Srinagar. Emperor Shah Jahan laid this garden in 1632 and since then, it has never failed to impress visitors with its exceptional beauty.

  • Opening Closing Time 09:00 am – 07:00 pm (Open all days, except Friday)

  • Photo Opp

    The Mughal Gardens of Srinagar are widely recognised for their picture-perfect sceneries, which attract professional photographers as well as shutterbugs. Visitors coming to these gardens can take photographs of the colourful flower carpets, chinar trees and sculpted fountains. As these gardens offer vistas of Dal Lake and Zabarwan Mountains, visitors get some panoramic views to capture in their cameras.
  • Movie Connect

    Out of the three Mughal Gardens, Nishat Bagh has been featured in several Bollywood movies. A song sequence from the 1963 movie Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon was shot here. The movie had veterans Joy Mukherjee and Asha Parekh in lead roles. Lamhaa (2010) was another Hindi movie that featured Nishat Bagh in one of its songs named Madhno. Directed by Rahul Dholakia, this movie starred popular actors like Sanjay Dutt, Kunal Kapoor, Bipasha Basu and Anupam Kher.
  • Entrance Fee Rs. 10 per Person

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Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir