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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular gardens and parks in Srinagar?

Rupali Khanna DEC 10 2012
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Srinagar is full of beautiful gardens and parks. Once you are in Srinagar you ought to visit these places because they are the major tourist attraction here. One must visit during the spring season to enjoy these romantic gardens to the fullest.

  • Mughal Gardens

    The paradise on earth known as Srinagar is simply a treat for nature lovers. It is dotted with lakes, mountains and gardens. One of the most famous and visited destination in Srinagar is its Mughal Gardens. All these gardens are nothing short of architectural and landscaping marvels. All these beautiful gardens have been built by the emperors of the great Mughal dynasty. Cascading fountains, terraced lawns and marvelous flower beds are the prominent features of these gardens.

    Here is a quick guide of the grand
    Mughal Gardens in the city of Srinagar:

  • Shalimar Bagh

    Located on the banks of the serene Dal Lake, Shalimar Bagh is a true masterpiece. It is the biggest Mughal Garden in Kashmir and was built by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619. The garden has four terraced lawns, rising one over the other. A number of fountains and man-made streams dot the landscape of the garden. The word Shalimar means Hall of Love in Sanskrit. It was built by Jahangir to please his wife, Nur Jahan and it still remains an epitome of romance and beauty. A very prominent feature of the garden is the arched recesses behind the fountains. These recesses used to be lit with lamps, giving the fountains a majestic, dreamy look. The garden is located at a distance of 15 km from the Tourist Reception Centre and covers an area of around 12.40 hectares (30.6 acres).

    Timings and Entry Fee
    The garden is open all days except Fridays. The summer timings (April to October) are 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. The winter timings (November to March) are 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.
    The entry ticket price is INR 10 for adults and INR 5 for children

  • Nishat Bagh

    Another landscaping and architectural marvel, Nishat Bagh was built by Asif Khan, brother of EmperorJahangir's wife Nur Jahan in 1633. This splendid garden is also located on the banks of Dal Lake, with Zabarwan mountains as its backdrop. The word Nishat ( a Hindustani word) means garden of joy. Like Shalimar Bagh, Nishat is also lined with terraces and streams. Avenues of Chinar and Cypress trees dot the landscape of the garden. There are a total of twelve terraced lawns in the garden. The garden spreads across 6.20 hectares (15.3 acres) and is located at a distance of 11 km from the Tourist Reception Centre

    Timings and Entry Fee
    The garden is open on all days except Fridays. The timings are 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
    The entry ticket price is INR 10 for adults and INR 5 for children

  • Cheshmashahi

    Meaning Royal Spring, Cheshmashahi is one of the three Mughal Gardens in Srinagar. It was built by Mughal Governor Ali Mardan Khan for emperor Shah Jahan in 1632. The garden consists of a pavilion and three terraces. It is famous for the natural spring that flows from it. Its location, being at an elevated plane above the city, provides a panoramic view of the city. The state's governor house is located nearby. The famous Pari Mahal, Tulip garden and the City Botanical Garden is also located near Cheshmashahi. The garden is at a distance of 9 kms from the Tourist Reception Centre.

    Timings and Entry Fee:
    The garden remains open all days in a week from 8am till 8pm.
    The entry ticket price is INR 10 for adults and INR 5 for children

  • Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

    At the foothills of Zabarwan Mountains, near the banks of Dal Lakenestles the beautiful Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden. The long stretches of tulips, blooming charmingly are sure to give you the feel of walking in heaven. This is considered to be the biggest Tulip Garden in Asia.
    This garden is around 8 km from Srinagar and is known for the
    Annual Tulip Festival that takes place here for a week. The huge amplitude of the gardens is known to have more than 70 varieties of tulip flowers and nourishes 1.3 million tulip bulbs.
    It is situated in vicinity of Shalimar Garden, Nishat Garden, Chashm-e-Shahi Gardens and other Mughal Gardens.

    Entry fees: INR 50 for Adults and INR 20 for Children

When you visit these gardens in Srinagar, you will know why it is called ‘paradise on earth'.

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