When at Kashmir, we went to visit the Mughal Garden and had a wonderful time examining the various flowers and plants and roaming around the garden. The Mughal gardens consist of 3 gardens, which are Cheshmashahi Bagh, Shalimar Bagh and Nishant Bagh. All the three of them are located at Srinagar and offers you a panoramic view of the Dal Lake. We got to the place by 9.00 aand saw that only one of the gardens, Cheshmashahi, was open.
Shalimar Garden | Image Resource : jtdytravels.com
We paid the entry fee of Rs.10 per person and got inside. We were told that this garden
is the smallest of the three gardens and is built on three terraces. There was a spring in the centre of the garden, around which it was built. It was a beautiful garden with pretty and colorful
flowers and we roamed around for a while. The spring is on the topmost part of the garden and the water cascades down to the other terraces, making it even more spectacular.
By 9.30 other gardens also opened for the visitors and we went to the Shalimar Bagh and Nishant Bagh. The Shalimar Bagh is one of the largest Mughal gardens in Kashmir and was built by Jahangir for his wife Nur Jahan. It is built on four terraces and the garden had a number of beautiful fountains and streams. Two of the most striking features in the garden were the Pink Pavilion and the Black Pavilion. The former one was located in the second terrace, over a water channel and the latter was on the fourth terrace. Both were rectangular and showed excellent workmanship. The garden covers an area of 30.6 acres and is open on all days of the week except for Fridays.
Cheshmashahi | Image Resource : kashmirwallpapers.com
Nishat Bagh was built by the brother of Empress Nur Jahan, Asaf Khan. It is another of
these gardens that shows the marvelous skills of the Mughal architecture. Here also we could
see many manmade streams and fountains. The park has a number of Chinar and Cypress trees lining its periphery, making it even more beautiful. Being a nature lover, I loved my visit to the Mughal
gardens and took many pictures of the garden and the Dal Lake.
Nishat Bagh | Image Resource : en.wikipedia.org
Dal Lake | Image Resource : commons.wikimedia.org