A Trip to Nishat Bagh – Exploring the Delights of Srinagar

The Mughals appreciated art and beauty immensely and this love for art led them to invest not only a lot of time and capital into the beautification of cities but also made them the biggest conservers and patrons of artists and art enthusiasts in the country.

During the great and later Mughals Akbar and Jahangir artistic freedom in India was at its peak. When it comes to artistic beauty nothing can beat the immense beauty of nature. The impeccable canvas and colours of the Almighty are no way comparable to the meagre creations of mere mortals. Mughals believed in this and developed hundreds of natural gardens and parks around the country for people to enjoy the beauty of nature.

Nishat Bagh

Nishat Bagh Srinagar | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Nishat Bagh is a very popular garden in Srinagar located along the coast line of the Dal Lake. It is in fact the second largest in the state following the Shalimar Bagh which is also located nearby.  It is also one among the many places of tourist attractions close to Dal Lake built by the Mughals in the Kashmir Valley. Both the Nishat Bagh and the Shalimar Bagh were built during the 17th century. These gardens are also one of the largest and the most beautiful terrace garden not only in India but in the world. The beautiful Mughal Architecture is prominently visible in these gardens.

Shikara

Shikara | Image Resource : hotelsinsouth.com

The Nishat Bagh is easily accessible from various parts of Srinagar being just 11 kilometres away from the city centre by road. The Shikara or the water Taxi of Srinagar can also be hired at the Dal Lake to travel to the Nishat Bagh which is also called the garden of joy and delight. When you enter the garden you will realise why it is called so.

unique display of fountains

unique display of fountains at Nishat Bagh | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The Nishat Bagh is a mega structure by all means and includes 12 different floors being a terrace garden. The second floor and the third floor are particularly popular amongst all the twelve because of the unique display of fountains. The delightful Persian lilacs are also a centre of attraction given their rarity in India. The Grand and combination five tall fountains welcome you to the garden joy and spending a warm afternoon at the Nishat Bagh was a truly satisfying experience for me and my family.

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