The northernmost Indian state Kashmir is really a paradise on earth, Kashmir is really gifted with incomparable natural beauty; surrounded with beauty of the snow-clad mountain , green hills, cool and enjoyable climate and colorful gardens. The delightful land of Kashmir attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world in throughout the year. Two major mountain ranges, the Great Himalayan Range and the Pir Panjal, surround the landscape from the north and south respectively. They are the starting place of many rivers, which flow down into the valleys. There are various trekking routes available across whole of Kashmir. Adventure sports in the form of water rafting available at various tourist locations. The gorgeous valley of Kashmir possesses a number of parks and gardens. The gardens in Kashmir add up amongst the most excellent spots for the tourists. If you go to Kashmir, make sure to include Kashmir garden in your tour. Some of the famous gardens of Kashmir are:
The Mughal gardens is one of the best gardens in the Kashmir valley. This garden is located in Srinagar .Kashmir served as the summer retreat for many Mughal Emperors. The marvelous garden that they built is the avowals that rationalize their love for this paradise. The garden consists of a small canal at entrance. The highlights of the garden are fresh water springs, fountains, terrace view and verity of colorful flowers they blossom gracefully all over the year. The garden is a recognition symbol of the royalty of Mughal period. Other attractions of garden are memorial of Shashme Sahiba, beautiful Historical Buildings, decoration of the place etc.
The Royal garden the Shalimar Garden is build by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jahan . The garden is rectangular in shape and cover 12.4 hectares area. The Shalimar garden offers an wonderful view of the other gardens, lakes. Shalimar Mughal Gardens has four terraces, rising one above the other.
Nishat garden though smaller than Shalimar, is more impressive than Shalimar.It is believed to be build by queen Nur Jahan’s brother, Asif Khan in 1633 . It is located on the banks of the Dal Lake in the backdrop of the Zabarwan hills. ‘The Nishat Bagh’ is the garden with total 12 terraces representing the 12 different zodiac signs. People love to see the distinction of different modes of zodiac . Nishat is well known for its stately chinar trees, introduce to Kashmir from far-off Persia by the Mughals.
Chashmashahi is also a mughal garden but it is smaller than other gardens.It is build by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1632 AD.This garden covers length and breadth 108 m and 38 m respectively.
Pari Mahal Garden
Pari Mahal is as much a monument as garden. Located near the Chashmashahi Mughal Garden, Pari Mahal has a attractive and well-planned garden in its front. Dara Shikoh, the eldest son of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, build this beautiful monument. Pari Mahal is enlighten at night, and can be seen on the spur of a hill, from most spot in Srinagar.