Gardens of Heaven – 6 more reasons to visit Srinagar

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Gardens of Heaven – 6 more reasons to visit Srinagar

If one has to define their experience at Srinagar in one word, it would be heavenly! The best time to visit Srinagar is from April to October when the city is at its best. The gardens of Srinagar are a visual treat during this time. They are an essential and inseparable component of the city’s beauty. Here are some of the most spectacular gardens in Srinagar, you must visit.

Shalimar Bagh

It is the largest Mughal Garden in Kashmir covering 31 acres of land and we would say it is majestic! The garden literally means, ‘abode of love’, as it was built under the royal patronage of Emperor Jahangir for his beloved, Nur Jahan in 1619. Initially, the garden was called ‘Farah Baksh’ meaning ‘the delightful’.

Gardens of Heaven – 6 more reasons to visit Srinagar

Shalimar Bagh is a terraced garden with three terraces with a central axial stream (Shah Nahar) that flows through them. The first terrace is the Diwan-e-Aam (hall of public audience), the second terrace is the Diwan-e- Khaas (Hall of private audience) and the third terrace has the Zenana garden.

Owing to its aesthetic relevance, Shalimar Bagh represents the pinnacle of Mughal horticulture.

Opening and closing time: 9 am – 7 pm (closed on Fridays)
Entry Fees: Rupees 10 per person

Nishat Bagh

Nishat Bagh literally means, ‘The Garden of Joy’ and is the second largest Mughal garden in Kashmir. It was designed and built by Asaf Khan, elder brother of Nur Jahan, in 1633. A testimony to the beauty of this garden is expressed through a short story. It is believed that Shah Jahan had indirectly expressed his desire to own this garden, thrice, to Asaf Khan. Nishat Bagh is a twelve-terraced garden encompassing two sections: the public and the private garden. A central stream flows through these terraces adorned with fountains.

Gardens of Heaven – 6 more reasons to visit Srinagar
Opening and closing time: 9 am – 7 pm (closed on Fridays)

Entry Fees: Rupees 10 per person

Chashme Shahi Garden

The Chashme Shahi Garden is another beautiful representation of the Mughal architecture built in 1632. It was commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan as a gift to Prince Dara Shikoh.

Literally meaning the ‘royal spring’, the garden is named after St. Rupa Bhawani (whose byname was ‘Sahib’). As she discovered the natural spring which is the main attraction of the garden. The spring flows through three terraced sections: a conduit, waterfall, and fountains, against the Zabarwan Range. It is believed that the spring water has medicinal properties and at many times was carried to Delhi by Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. Though the garden is spread over an acre of land, with 108 meters of length and 38 meters in width, it is the smallest of the three Mughal gardens in Srinagar (other two being; Shalimar and Nishat Bagh)

Opening and closing time:
9 am – 7 pm (closed on Fridays)

The garden is open for a public visit only from March to November.
Entry Fee: Rupees 10 per person

Pari Mahal

Next recommendation is Pari Mahal which was built by Prince Dara Shikoh in the 1660s. The seven terraced garden was built for Dara Shikoh’s Sufi tutor, under a qadiriyya (Sufi order). It is located at the top of the Zabarwan Range, giving a picturesque view of the entire city. We can say that is it aptly called the ‘fairies abode’, as the elevated view you get from here is marvelous!

Gardens of Heaven – 6 more reasons to visit Srinagar

Opening and closing time: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm (open on all days)
Entry Fee: Rupees 10 per person

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden

This is Asia’s largest tulip garden, approximately covering 30 acres of land with over 45 varieties of Tulip. Opened in 2007, the garden initially had only Tulips but now has hyacinths, daffodils, and ranunculus as well. With a wide range of flowers, the garden is full of life and color throughout the year. Yet, the best time to visit this place would be the spring season, when flowers are blooming and bright!

You must attend the world-renowned Tulip Festival held here, it’s a floricultural extravaganza. The festival is held for 15 days, usually from 5th to 15th April.

Opening and closing time: 9 am – 5 pm
Entry Fee: Rupees 50 per person

Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Botanical Garden

It is a magnificent garden spread over 80 hectors of land, approximately. It was built in the fond memory of India’s first Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and is currently maintained by the Forest Department.

The Botanical Garden encloses with its arena more than 300 species of flora, including, 1.5 lakh ornamental plants, Himalayan Orchids, cedar and willow trees. It has four main sections: plant introduction center, research section, recreational garden and botanical garden. Apart from these four main divisions, a greenhouse is built in the center of the garden, housing different types of orchids.

Gardens of Heaven – 6 more reasons to visit Srinagar

There is also a splendid lake covering almost 17 hectors of the area, which is accessible through paddle boats. Do try boating in the lake to fully enjoy the beauty that the garden beholds.

Opening and closing time: 9 am – 7 pm
Entry Fee: Rupees 10 per person

The visit to Srinagar is incomplete without visiting the blooming gardens of Srinagar. If you love gardens then these gardens are going to be heaven for you. So, go ahead with your Srinagar trip and enjoy the visit to these beautiful gardens.

Umang Trivedi
Last Updated : Jan 15,2021
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