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Parks & Gardens in Srinagar

Srinagar, the beautiful district of Jammu & Kashmir is famous for different reasons. This district is the combination of beautiful natural and artificial spots. On one hand while the snow capped mountains of Srinagar surrounds you on the other hand you are attracted by the magnificent and huge gardens and parks.

Parks & Gardens in Srinagar

Mughal Gardens

Whenever we talk about gardens in Srinagar we just cannot miss the mention of Mughal Gardens. Mughal Gardens plays a huge role in Srinagar tourism. There are many Mughal Gardens scattered all over Srinagar. The Mughals started building several types of gardens in the Persian architecture during their reign. The combination or the group of such gardens are known as Mughal Gardens. These gardens are famous throughout the world for various reasons. Countries that have witnessed the gracious presence of these Mughal Gardens are India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In our article we will majorly deal with Mughal Garden in Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir.  Let us find out the different aspects of this beautiful tourist attraction.

Mughal Gardens in Srinagar

History of Mughal Garden

According to the history, this Mughal Garden was built during the reign of Pravarsena II. Pravarsena II was famous since he had built the district of Srinagar. Pravarsena II used to reside in a cottage nearby. After his rule Emperor Jahangir visited this place and during his visit he decided to build a beautiful garden in this area for his beloved wife Nur Jahan. This place slowly became famous as a pleasure hall for the Pathans.

Arrangement of Mughal Garden

As earlier mentioned Mughal Gardens were structured keeping in mind about the Islamic gardens or the Persian gardens. The garden is built on a square plan with a radiating water fountain on the centre. Shah Nagar or the central channel of the garden is the major axis of the place which runs through three roofs. The garden covers an overall area of 31 acres. The length of the garden is 587 metres and the width of the garden is 251 metres. All the roofs are fitted with water fountains. The garden is attached to the water of the nearby Dal Lake through a canal.

Architecture of Mughal Garden

In this section of the article we have elaborated about the terraces which we have mentioned earlier. The first terrace is a public place which consists of a audience hall for the local people. The major attraction of this hall is the presence of a small marble throne which was present over the waterfall.

Architecture of Mughal Gardens in Srinagar


The second terrace consists of a hall for the private audience and this hall was open for the noblemen and guests. The third terrace has a collection of waterfall, canals, a pool, pavilions and other attractive structures.

Shalimar Bagh

This famous Mughal Garden of Srinagar is located in the banks of Dal Lake. This Mughal Garden is considered to be amongst the most royal of all the other Mughal Gardens. Shalimar Bagh is also one of the largest of all the Mughal Gardens present in Srinagar. The overall area of this garden is nearly 31 acres. Shalimar Bagh was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his beloved life partner Nur Jahan in 1619. This is the reason why Shalimar Bagh is also known as “abode of love”. The garden is separated into three sections namely Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas. Diwan-i-Aam was built for public whereas Diwan-i-Khas was built exclusively for the emperors. The third section was built for the royal women. The Chinar trees and the beautiful and colorful flowers surround the garden. A canal runs through the garden which has pebbles scattered all over it. This enhances the glamor of the place.

Shalimar Bagh in Srinagar


Address:-
Shalimar,
Rainawari
Srinagar
Opening Time:- 9 am
Closing Time:- 7 pm
Entry Fee:- Rs 10 / person.
Except Friday, Shalimar Bagh can be visited any day.

Nishat Bagh

Located in the foothills of Zabarwan ranges and in the vicinity of the beautiful Dal Lake Nishat Bagh is another famous Mughal Garden of Srinagar. Nishat Bagh covers an overall area of 46 acres and is considered to be the largest Mughal Garden of Kashmir. As soon as you visit this place you will be enthralled with the natural beauty of the place and hence Nishat Bagh is also known as ‘garden of joy’. Nishat Bagh was constructed by the elder brother of Empress Nur Jahan, Asif Khan in the year 1633. The garden was divided into 12 terraces which symbolizes all the zodiac signs. The presence of a 15 feet tall spring inside the garden makes it even more beautiful. A fountain is also present in the center of the garden. Nishat Bagh is a famous tourist spot of Srinagar and is a famous shooting spot. Many Bollywood movies have been seen featuring this beautiful garden.

Nishat Bagh in Srinagr

Address:-

Nishat,
Srinagar
Opening Time:- 9 am
Closing Time:- 7 pm
Entry Fee:- Rs10 / person.
Nishat Bagh can be visited any day except Friday

Chashme Shahi Garden

Chashme Shahi Garden is located near the Zabarwan ranges in Srinagar. The meaning of the word ‘Chashme Shahi’ is ‘The Royal Spring’ and hence this garden is also named as ‘The Royal Spring Garden’. This is also a Mughal Garden of Srinagar but is considered to be one of the smallest among all the other Mughal Gardens. The overall space occupied by this garden is 108 meters lengthwise and 38 meters width wise. In 1632 Chashme Shahi Garden was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The natural beauty of this place is the major attraction of this garden. The freshwater spring located in the center of the garden makes this place more beautiful. The greenery followed by the colorful flowers also increases the beauty of the garden. Different trees with fruits are also present in the garden. If you are visiting Srinagar then you must visit this small yet beautiful Mughal Garden.

Chasme Shahi Garden in Srinagar

Opening Time:- 9 am
Closing Time:- 7 pm
Entry Fee:- Rs 10 / person.

Location of Mughal Garden

One of the famous Mughal Gardens of India is located in the Shalimar Bagh in Srinagar district of Jammu & Kashmir. This place is surrounded with the beautiful Dal Lake on of its side. The famous Nishat Bagh is another hot spot tourist location that is very close to the Shalimar Bagh.

How to Reach Mughal Garden

Mughal Gardens located in Srinagar can be reached via train, flight and also via road. The nearest airport is the Srinagar airport named Sheikh ul Alam airport. This airport is 15 km away from the main city. Jammu Tawi railway station is the nearest railway station. There are different bus and cab services that are available throughout Srinagar and will help you reach out to your desired destination.

Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden

This garden of Srinagar is totally dedicated to the blooming tulip flowers as the name suggests. Established in the year 2007 Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden covers an area of 30 acres. This is the largest tulip garden in the entire Asia. Nearly 20 lakh flowers are growing in this garden of almost 70 varieties. As you take a walk through this beautiful garden you will witness the beauty and glamor of this place.

About Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden


The multicolor flowers give a soothing effect to the viewer’s eyes. In the months of April an annual festival takes place in this garden. Visitors from different parts of the world visit this garden in order to experience the festival. The exhibition of flowers is the major attraction of the festival. If you are visiting Srinagar during this month then you must visit Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden in order to witness the annual festival.

About Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

Considered to be one of the largest tulip gardens in Asia Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden is a beautiful spot. When you walk inside this garden the surrounding tulips will make you feel like you are in heaven. The overall area of the tulip garden is nearly 5 hectares. Over 300,000 new bulbs of 8 new varieties of flowers have been imported from Holland. There are more than 70 types of tulips in this garden. The different types of colourful tulips enhance the beauty of this garden.

History of Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

Tulip originated from Persia and was discovered in Europe in 17th century. It was developed in different varieties since then. The mountain areas from Europe to Central Asia are the main birth place for tulips. Holland is also one of the major producers of different types of tulips. The state tourism department of Jammu found that in order to witness the beautiful tulips tourists travel to Holland and Europe. It was then when it actually hopped into their minds to create a similar tulip garden in India. Slowly, they started importing different varieties of tulip and this place was equally turned into a paradise of tulips.

Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

Festivals of Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

A festival hosting the different types of tulips take place each year in this garden.  Depending on the growth of tulips the dates of the festival may vary but it generally takes place from 5th April to 15th April. The daily timings for the festival is from 9am to 7pm. The main aim of the festival is to promote the beautiful flowers that grow throughout the year. The major attraction of this festival is the flower exhibition. Apart from enjoying the flower exhibition visitors also take part in the cultural events that take place. The traditional Kashmiri food along with the handicraft items of Kashmir holds a significant role in the festival. There were over 1 lakh visitors in this annual tulip festival in 2012.

Other Attractions near Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

Once you are visiting Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden you can also visit the nearby attractive spots. The nearby places which you can visit during your visit to Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden are mentioned in this section. Dal Lake one of the famous lakes of Asia is at a distance of 3.8km from Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden. Shalimar Bagh, a famous garden of Srinagar is at a distance of 5.6k m from this place. Nishat Bagh, another famous garden which is renowned mainly for the presence of a Mughal Garden is located at a distance of 6km from Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden.

Things to Do near Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

When you are visiting Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden then you must know the other things which you can do in your leisure time during your trip. If you are a shopaholic and love to spend your time in shopping then you must visit the nearby Floating Vegetable Market. The main attraction of this market is that the vegetable sellers come with their own shikaras which is decorated with leafy green vegetables and other items. The shikaras float in Dal Lake while customers purchase the items. Even if you are not buying you must visit this place in order to witness the amazing vegetable show in the lake. If you are a nature lover then you must take a ride on the Shikara. This is famous in Jammu and once you are visiting this place you must take a ride on these house boats. There are different water sport activities that take place in this lake.

Location of Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

Location of Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

Previously known as Model Floriculture Centre, Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden is one of the largest gardens of Srinagar. Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden is situated in the foothills of Zabarwan Range in the vicinity of the beautiful Dal Lake of Srinagar district. Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden is just 8kms away from the main city. Located in the banks of Dal Lake Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden is one of the most colourful spots of Jammu. When you look into this place from some distance you will only see a mixture of different colours.

How to Reach Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden

The closest airport to Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden is Srinagar air force base airport which is nearly 15km away from this place. The nearest railway station to this place is Jammu Tawi Railway station which is 155km away from Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden. As already mentioned Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden is only 8km away from Srinagar hence taxi and bus services can be availed in order to visit this place.

Address:-
Zabarwan Range
Srinagar
Opening Time:- 7 am
Closing Time:-9 pm
Entry Fee:- Rs 50 / adult, Rs 25 / young

Nehru Memorial Botanical Garden

Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Botanical Garden is located in the foothills of Zabarwan range and Dal Lake as its back drop. This garden covers an area of 80 hectares. Out of these 80 hectares, 17 hectares is allocated to an amazing lake. This garden was built in the year 1969 in the fond memory of the president of India Jawaharlal Nehru. The major aim of creating this garden was to promote the beautiful flora and fauna of the area. A paddle boat activity takes place in the lake and visitors visiting this garden enjoy this boat ride. The beautiful garden is surrounded with greenery and colorful flowers all over. You will thoroughly enjoy a visit to this place.

Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Botanical Garden


Entry Fees:- Rs 10 for adults and Rs 5 for children

Chinar Bagh

This Park is also called Boene Bagh or Chinar Park. Chinar Bagh is a new addition in Srinagar’s beautiful tourist destinations. The park is dedicated to portray the beautiful Kashmiri tradition and their culture. The major attraction of this garden is the musical fountains located in the centre of the garden. Chinar trees planted all over the garden are a treat to the eye signt. You will just love the surroundings once you visit this garden. Different camping activities are arranged in this park for the visitors.

Opening Time:- 9.30 am
Closing Time:- 5.30 pm

Nashim Bagh

Situated in the western side of Dal Lake, Nashim Bagh is another famous tourist attraction in Srinagar. Nashim Bagh was constructed by Akbar, the famous Mughal Emperor in 1586. Later on in 1635 Shah Jahan planted more than 1200 trees in this garden. The huge lawns of the garden attract tourists. This can be used a picnic spot as well. The lakes attached to this garden hosts houseboat facilities which highly attract tourists. Dry fruits and Kashmiri handicraft items are also available in this bagh.

Nasjim Bagh in Srinagar


Opening Time:- 9.30 am
Closing Time:-5.30 pm

Harwan Garden

Harwan Garden is located 15 km away from the main district of Srinagar. Surrounded with Chinar trees, houseboats and colorful flowers Harwan Garden is a major picnic spot of Srinagar. You can trek from Harwan Garden to Mahadev Mountain. Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary is also nearby. Hence you can visit these place from Harwan Garden.

Opening Time:- 7 am
Closing Time:- 5.30 pm

We really hope this article has helped you knowing about the gardens and parks present in Srinagar. Visit these amazing places during your Srinagar trip and have a nice time.

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