Srinagar’s Beautiful Mughal Gardens, Captured in Photos
We remember the Mughal Empire by its red sandstone and white marble monuments and mausoleums, its solemn and beautiful mosques and its intricate, sprawling gardens. Here are some photos of the Mughal Gardens in Srinagar.
| Published: October 10, 2017 6:00 PM IST
Published: October 10, 2017 6:00 PM IST | Updated: October 10, 2017 6:00 PM IST
Even if you stripped away the city, Srinagar in its natural state would be heaven on earth. And when you put in the Shikaras on the still water of Dal Lake, the apple orchards and the Mughal Gardens, it just adds to the beauty of this city. The Mughal Gardens of Srinagar are like nothing else you can find in the world. The idea of a quadrilateral garden with an intricately designed landscape, a Charbagh, is unique to the Mughal Empire. These gardens, which symbolized the beauty of paradise itself when they were built around tombs, can be found throughout the dominion of the Mughal Empire. They were used as urban and rural spaces of rest, relaxation and recreation, and the sprawling gardens of Srinagar are a perfect example of this. ALSO READ: 15 awesome photos of Srinagar that will inspire you to take a holiday!
Chashme Shahi, built in 1632 AD, overlooking Dal Lake in Srinagar
The main pavilion in Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar
Nishat Bagh, a terraced Mughal garden built on Dal Lake, Srinagar
Pari Mahal, or the abode of fairies, is a seven terraced garden
Here is another view of the sprawling palace of fairies
And a view from one of its terraces, overlooking Dal Lake and the mountains around it
The picturesque Tulip Garden of Srinagar, while not a Mughal creation, is definitely worth seeing
A springtime scene at the Badamwari Garden
We leave you with a final view of Nishat Bagh
The design of these gardens are a fascinating study. The Charbagh pattern, unique to the Mughal al-Hind, can be seen everywhere, especially in the immaculately carved royal tombs. The layout of these gardens are evocative of the Pairi Daeza, Persian for walled palace and the origin of the word ‘paradise’. The fountain of life would be placed at the center, from which the four holy rivers would flow out. In case of tombs, the sarcophagus would be placed in the center, on the lap of eternity. NOW READ: Kashmir Valley Tourism: Best Places To Visit In ‘Vale of Kashmir’ Enroute Amarnath Yatra
Mughal Gardens thus came to be symbolic of the holy gardens of paradise, as told in the Quran. Gardens of paradise that, in Srinagar, lie in the very embodiment of paradise on earth. That’s a double-paradise treat waiting for you, if you weren’t convinced by the sheer beauty of these gardens.