| Nishat Bagh | Shalimar Bagh
on the foothills of Zabarwan Mountain. This garden provides a picturesque
scene of lakes of Srinagar. Shah Jehan laid out the original garden
in 1632 AD. A tasteful laid garden in terraces with a spring of
cool refreshing digestive water.
Khan brother of Noor Jehan designed Nishat Bagh or the “Garden
of Bliss” in 1633 AD. It is situated on the rising ground
sloping up from the Dal Lake, backed by Zabarwan mountain immediately
behind provides view far over the Lakes and valley to the distant
when the Kashmir lilac and the fruit trees are in blossom, when
the chinar are in young leaf and the turf in its freshest green
gives a sense of security of beauty.
at the entrance gives a striking view of the garden right up in
the line of waterfalls, fountains and on to the mountains, which
hang over the garden.
garden is about 600 yards (to be converted in meters) long and divide
into seven terraces, each rising well above the other. Down the
centre runs a water-channel broken into a succession of waterfalls
and fountains shaded by an avenue of chinar's. On the higher terraces
are the foundations of pavilions and massive stone throne-like seats,
which indicate the fuller beauties of the Moughal times.
top terrace there are beautiful and extensive views through the
avenue of Chinar trees, over the fountains and waterfalls, on to
the glassy lake and the distant snowy ranges.
on the northeast corner of Dal Lake with the soft green turf and
avenues of Chinar trees and willows is the Shalimar Bagh, the Abode
of love or Royal Garden. Built by Emperor Jahangir for his wife
Nur Jehan. The garden is 539 by 182 metres and has four terraces.
would be hard to find a more beautiful garden than the Shalimar
on an autumn evening, when the great avenue of chinar’s is
tinged with gold and russet, when the lofty mountains which rise
behind it take on every shade of blue and purple and the long lines
of fountains running through the avenue sparkle in the sunshine
is remarkable too for a pavilion, with exquisitely carved pillars
of black marble. It is set in a tank in which play numbers of fountains,
and round the borders of the tank are massive chinar trees.