Nishat Bagh, situated on the eastern shore of the enchanting Dal Lake, is a beautiful terraced garden with the Zabarwan ranges as its scenic backdrop. Covering an area of 46 acres, it is Kashmir's second largest Mughal Garden, next to the Shalimar Bagh situated nearby. Its name translates to 'garden of joy', which is justified by its enthralling natural beauty.
The garden was builEmpress33 under the patronage of Asif Khan – the elder brother of Mughal empress Nur Jahan. Its structure consists of 12 terraces, which represent an equal number of zodiac signs. Tall chinar trees and colourful flowers adorn the lush green landscape of this garden that also has several beautiful fountains. There is a rectangular pool in its centre that has been formed by bringing down a mountain spring from a 15-feet high slide.
Nishat Bagh is a terraced Mughal garden built on the eastern side of the Dal Lake, close to Srinagar in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is the largest Mughal garden in the Kashmir Valley. Shalimar Bagh, which is also located on the bank of the Dal Lake.Also known as “the garden of bliss”, Nishat Garden in Srinagar is set on the banks of the beautiful Dal Lake. The garden is set at the backdrop of the snow capped Pir Panjal mountain range and it offers a great sunset view of the Dal Lake. A beautiful water channel flows right in the middle of the garden. Nishat Bagh was designed by Asaf Khan, the brother of Nur Jahan back in 1633 AD. The garden has 12 terraces, one for every zodiac sign and they keep on rising up the mountain side. All the terraces are filled with different colored roses, lilies, geraniums and asters.
The uniqueness of Srinagar lies in the fact that every season has its own charm. That said, April to June is the most popular time for tourists to visit as the weather is cool and temperatures range between 10 degree Celcius and 30 degree Celcius.
opening and closing time
9 am to 7 pm (Open on all days, except Friday)
Visit Duration:2 to 3 hours
Rs. 10 per Person
A 12-terrace garden separated merely by a road from Dal Lake, Nishat Garden is a paradise in paradise. Situated against the majestic Zabarwan Mountains, this beautiful garden has a surreal appearance that offers sheer delight to the visitors. Inspired by Persian-style architecture, the twelve terraces depict twelve zodiac signs. Along with being a popular Srinagar tourist place to visit, the garden also remains a main attraction for kids. Fountains, canals and an array of Chinar trees along with multi-colored flowers complete the beautiful landscape.
Nishat Bagh is quite big as compared to the former Shalimar Bagh. This bagh which was designed in the 1600’s by Asif Khan who was the elder brother of Nur Jehan. This agh boasts of having almost 12 terraced gardens at its disposal. These garden is filled wit flowers and well maintained trees.
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Interesting facts about Nishat Bagh
This garden follows Mughal styled Persian architectural design which is splendid in itself. Most of this garden is covered with lawns and other trees such as of almond and Cyprus. Being an historic place this is a must visit place for all the tourist who plan to visit Srinagar.
Nishat Bagh is carved out of a hillside. It comprises 12 terraced levels rich with magnificent old chinars and rows of flowers. It has a beautiful Mughal central water channel with several fountains. Seen from the top, the garden cascades down and reaches out to the Dal Lake. The topmost terrace is the zenana garden.