Shalimar Garden

Garden of love

Emperor Jehangir got the Shalimar Garden built for his wife Nur Jahan in 1616. A second garden Faiz Baksh, (The Bountiful) was added to it later during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (1628-1658). Covering an area of approximately 539 m by 182 m, the Shalimar garden offers an amazing view over the other gardens, lakes and shallow terraces. Also known as the "garden of love", the Shalimar Mughal Gardens has four terraces, rising one above the other. The fourth terrace of the garden was, at one point of time, reserved for royal ladies. There is also a canal lined with polished stones running through the center of the Shalimar Bagh. The canal is responsible for supplying water to the garden from Harwan.The top terrace of the Shalimar garden was reserved for the Mughal Emperor and the royal ladies of the court. In fact, the top terrace was the most wonderful one out of all the terraces. The terrace has a tank with a black stone pavilion in its middle. The pavilion, which once served as a banquet hall, is supported by fluted pillars made up of black marble. Other attractions of the Shalimar Bagh of Kashmir include a number of fountains, shaded trees and innumerable varieties of flowers that blossom in spring and autumn. Last but not the least, a light and sound show organized in the garden every evening, during the period of May to October, is simply superb.


Terraced gardens, floral beds, fascinating fountains distinguish the parks and gardens of Kashmir from other places. The Mughal Gardens in Kashmir is one of the major tourist attractions of Kashmir. Shalimar Garden is one of the most beautiful Mughal Gardens in Kashmir which was built 400 years ago.


Located on the shores of Dal Lake, this beautifully terraced garden Shalimar Garden adds to the beauty of Kashmir. Well planned and well laid out Shalimar Garden is one of the major tourist attractions in Srinagar. Shallow terraces, sweeping vistas this garden is 539m by 182m which has 4 terraces. Intersected by rippling streams that waters the garden it is remarkably beautiful. The topmost terrace of the garden was originally reserved for the royal ladies.
During autumn and spring the Shalimar Garden presents a vast array and rich variety of colorful flowers that makes it a wonderful sight. Tourists from different parts of the world come here to watch the colorful blossoms adorn the garden.


History of Shalimar Garden:Built by Emperor Jehangir, this Mughal Garden was dedicated to Jehangir’s wife Noor Jehan.


How to Reach Shalimar Garden in Srinagar:The Shalimar Garden is just 11kms from the district headquarters of Srinagar.


Nearest Airport: You can drop into the Srinagar Airport and then reach Shalimar Garden by taking a drive.


Nearest Railhead: Jammu Railway Station is the nearest railhead which is 305km from Srinagar.


Roadways: Srinagar is interconnected with good number of roadways to the rest of the city.

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