Ranked 4 among Places to Visit in Srinagar
Time Required: 2-3 hours
Located in the sublime beauty of Kashmir, Shalimar Bagh is a beautifully laid out garden which is the largest of the three Mughal Gardens in the valley. This pristine attraction was built in the year 1619 by the Mughal emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife Nur Jahan and lies overlooking the scintillating waters of the Dal Lake. The term 'Shalimar' is a Sanskrit word meaning 'Abode of Love' and is known by several other names such as Faiz Baksh, Farah Baksh and "Crown of Srinagar". Exhibiting the exemplary craftsmanship of Mughals in horticulture, the place is quite popular with tourists from all over the world.
Sprinkled generously with well-trimmed gardens and exquisite architecture, Shalimar Garden is a gentle blend of natural allure and man-made structures. The entire premise is carpeted with lush green grass with endearing blossoms popping every now and then. Not only does the garden have a variety of blossoms, but it also has fruit trees such as almonds and walnuts. Currently, maintained and managed by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Department, the chini khanas or arched niches placed behind waterfalls are a highlight on this place. The light and sound show is organised in the evenings.
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