Pari Mahal in Srinagar

The well-manicured and beautiful Pari Mahal

The well-manicured and beautiful Pari Mahal | Photo credit: Basharat Alam Shah/flickr

Pari Mahal Overview

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Pari Mahal is a terraced garden situated to the southwest of Dal Lake, above the famous Chashme Shahi Garden. Alternatively known as Quntilon and Fairies' Abode, it is counted amongst the star attractions of Srinagar. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's son Dara Shikoh built this garden in the memory of Mullah Shah Badakhshi – his tutor, who preached the Qadiri order of Sufi Islam. It was established in the mid 17th century on the remnants of an old Buddhist monastery. The monumental garden was used as an astronomical observatory and an important learning centre for astrological science.

This beautifully landscaped garden covers a sprawling area that is 122 metres in length and 62.5 metres in width. It comprises six terraces, which have separate water tanks that are filled through underground pipes. The verdant and well-manicured lawn with colourful flowers and fruit trees adds to the overall appeal of this green space. A water spring also forms a part of this beautiful garden.

  • Opening Closing Time 09:30 am – 05:30 pm (Daily)

  • Photo Opp

    This terraced garden is an example of fine landscaping and excellent location, which is why it interests photography lovers. You can click pictures of its beautiful lawns or capture the panorama of Dal Lake and its encompassing mountains.
  • Movie Connect

    Pari Mahal has always interested the Hindi film industry and has been the shooting location of several Bollywood movies. Tum aagaye ho, the famous song from Sanjeev Kumar and Suchitra Sen starrer Aandhi (1975), was filmed here. Another Bollywood movie, Lamhaa (2010) featured this beautiful place in two of its song sequences – Madhno and Main kaun hoon. The movie starred popular actors like Sanjay Dutt, Anupam Kher, Bipasha Basu and Kunal Kapoor.

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