The Mughal Gardens of Srinagar are widely recognized for their picture-perfect sceneries, landscape, design and architecture which attract nature loving and professional photographers. Visitors coming to these gardens can take photographs of the colorful 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. Besides this the Kashmiri traditional dress are also available on rent which one can hire to talk photographs in them.
Mughal Gardens are among the famous places in Srinagar which are every tourists choice, these gardens give different looks in different seasons of Kashmir which are equally attractive. These gardens are established during the Mughal era, these royal gardens are exemplary of fine landscaping and Mughal architecture blended with the ethereal beauty of nature. There are three such beautiful gardens in the city, they are Shalimar, Nishat and Chashme Shahi Gardens.
The largest and perhaps the most popular Mughal Garden in Srinagar is the Shalimar Bagh, which is situated along Dal Lake. Its other names are Shalamar Garden, Shalamar Bagh, Farah Baksh and Faiz Baksh 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. The Bagh is considered the high point of Mughal horticulture. It is now a public park.
Nishat garden :
Nishat Baghis a terraced Mughal garden built on the eastern side of the Dal Lake. It is the second largest garden after Shalimar Garden. 'Nishat Bagh' in Urdu, means 'Garden of Joy', 'Garden of Gladness' and 'Garden of Delight'. Located on the bank of the Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, Nishat Bagh is a garden of bliss that commands a magnificent view of the lake beneath the snow-capped Pir Panjal mountain. This man-made landscaped was designed and built in 1633 by Asif Khan, elder brother of Nur Jehan. It is known for it 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.
Garden also known as Royal Spring, situated at the foothills of Zabarwan mountains in Srinagar, covering an area that is 108 metres in length and 38 metres in width, 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.
The highlight of Chashme Shahi Garden is its natural spring of freshwater, which has mineral content. The garden provides splendid views of verdant greens, majestic mountain ranges and views of the Dal Lake. Pari Mahal and Char Chinar are few nearby attractions that are worth visiting.
Naseem Bagh :
NaseemBagh, the 'Garden of Breezes' is one of the popular Mughal gardens in Kashmir. The site was built by famous Mughal Emperor, Akbar the Great in 1586 along the western banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu-Kashmir. For upgradation of garden, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan planted more than 1,200 trees in 1635.