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)
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!
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 5
th to 15 th 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.
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.