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Mughal Garden

By Jaisonvincent @globlvisiontour
Mughal Garden The glorious Mughal Gardens of Kashmir owe their grandeur primarily to Emperor
Jahangir who had an impervious love for Kashmir, and his son Shah Jahan. Jahangir was amenable for the accurate selection of the site and maneuvering it to clothing the requirements of the acceptable paradise gardens. 

Although the Mughals never deviated acutely from the aboriginal anatomy or abstraction of the gardens, their better claiming in Kashmir was to develop the selected site and the affluence of water resource to its best potential.

The celebrated Mughal gardens of Kashmir owe their grandeur primarily to Emperor Jahangir who had an impervious love for Kashmir, and his son Shah Jahan. Jahangir was responsible for the careful selection of the site and manoeuvring it to suit the requirements of the traditional paradise gardens. 

Although the Mughals never deviated drastically from the original form or concept of the gardens, their biggest challenge in Kashmir was to exploit the chosen site and the abundance of water resource to its maximum potential.

Terraced lawns, falling fountains, colorful flower beds with the landscape of the Dal Lake in front of them. The three Mughal Gardens of Cheshmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar are the Mughal emperor’s concept of paradise and are today very popular places for picnics. These gardens are commonly designed in the formal gardens of Central Asia, Persia and Turkistan.

Cheshmashahi Garden

It is the very first Mughal Garden you will pass after Nehru Park. Built at a height above the city-limits, its views are as amazing as its layout. The smallest of Srinagar's Mughal gardens, Cheshmashahi has only three terraces in accession to a natural spring of water located in a rock pavilion. 

Nishat Garden

Situated on the banks of the shimmering Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, (11 km. from Tourists Reception Centre), this 'garden of bliss' commands a arresting appearance of the lake and the snow capped Pir Panjal mountain ranges which stands abroad to the west of the valley. The mesmerizing Nishat Garden was built in 1633 AD by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jehan.

Pari Mahal Garden

Once the royal observatory, Pari Mahal has an affably laid out garden and is a five-minute drive from Cheshmashahi. A Buddhist monastery at one time, it was adapted into an academy of astrometry by Dara Shikoh, Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan's earlier son. Situated on the activation of a mountain overlooking the Dal, the age-old monument, with a well-laid enormous garden in front, is connected to Cheshmashahi by road. It is light up at night. 

Shalimar Garden

Located in Srinagar, Shalimar Garden or Shalimar Bagh was laid out by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jahan in 1616. Shalimar Garden is the magnum work of art of Srinagar's numerous gardens and parks. This admirable garden was originally called the Farah Bakhsh or 'delightful garden', but today it is accepted as the 'garden of love'. The garden appearance a canal, lined with able stones and is supplied with water from Harwan runs through the regular of the garden. 

The fourth terrace was already aloof for royal ladies. It represents a pavilion built of black rock in the center of the tank, which was acclimated as a feast hall. Shalimar Bagh has an air of confinement and quietude, and its rows of mesmerizing fountains and sheltered lined trees assume to retire towards the snow dressed mountains. 

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