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Nishat Garden - Also known as "The garden of bliss", the Nishat gardens have the Zabarwan Mountains forming its backdrop. It is the largest one of the Mughal gardens in Kashmir. It is situated on the banks of the beautiful Dal Lake.Nishat Bagh offers a splendid view of the Dal Lake as well as the snow capped Pir Panjal mountain range. The garden has terraces, each representing a different Zodiac sign. There is also a beautiful water channel flowing right in the middle of the garden.

 

Shalimar Garden - Emperor Jehangir built this beautiful Garden for his beloved wife Nur Jehan in 1616. 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, Innumerable varieties of flowers that blossom in spring and autumn. There is also a canal lined with polished stones running through the centre of the Shalimar Bagh. A light and sound show organized in the garden every evening, during the period of May to October, is simply superb.

Chashmashahi - It is the smallest of the three Mughal gardens of Srinagar. Renowned for the spring of refreshing digestive mineral water. Apart from the three terraces and fountains, the other attractions of Chashmashahi include an aqueduct and some waterfalls. Also, a number of fruits, flowers and chinar trees grow in the garden, adding to its appeal. Near the garden is a small shrine, the Chashma Sahibi with a fresh water spring.

 

Pari Mahal - Pari Mahal boasts of a well planned and is just a five-minute drive from Chashmashahi. The place also houses a Buddhist monastery of the olden times, converted later to a school of astrology. This ancient monument retains a dream-like quality, illuminated at nights and placed on the very edge of a mountain casting its reflection in the waters of the Dal Lake with a well-laid spacious garden in front.

Harwan Garden - Located in Srinagar district. A beautiful garden, Harwan is a popular picnic spot. A beautiful canal, fed from a lake just behind the garden, passes through its centre. The canal is bordered with blossoming flowerbeds and chinar trees. Kashmir Harwan Garden does not have the usual terraces, artificial fountains, etc; It has been Purposefully kept devoid of these man-made things.


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