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Pari mahal, Srinagar(India)

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Pari Mahal is a mesmerizing historical monument located above the beautiful Chashme Shahi Gardens near Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. It is also called the abode of fairies or the home of angels with its six terraced gardens constructed on top of the Zabarwan Mountain Range. The gardens that surround the magnificent structure of the Pari Mahal are exceptionally well maintained and are a treat for sore eyes. Nature lovers are sure to find this attraction fascinating. The architecture of the Mahal is a traditional Islamic type of architecture and is considered to be a significant historical monument in India. It is now managed by the Archaeological Survey of India and is open for tourists visiting Jammu and Kashmir. The stunning Pari Mahal overlooks the beautiful city of Srinagar and the magnificent Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir. It was built by Dara Shikoh, the eldest son of the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. The structure and its six arched terraces are frequently visited by architecture enthusiasts as well.


Pari Mahal was built by Dara Shikoh, a Mughal Prince and the eldest son of the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 1650 AD. The location initially is said to have been a Buddhist monastery. The Pari Mahal was built by destroying the remains of the monastery and was used as a venue to teach the prince astronomy and astrology. Also, it is said, it was here that the princes' younger brother Prince Aurangazeb killed him to win over the Mughal Reign. Later on, Pari Mahal served as a venue for paramilitary camp. Pari Mahal, also known as The Palace of Fairies, is a seven-terraced garden located at the top of Zabarwan mountain range, overlooking the city of Srinagar and the south-west of Dal Lake in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India

Best Time

The best time to visit Pari Mahal is between April and September as the weather is pleasant during summers with the maximum temperature ranging from 20 to 30 degrees Celcius and minimum ranging from 8 to 18 degrees Celcius. October through March are the coldest months that receive snowfall and the temperature between 6 to -2 degrees Celcius. Visit Duration:02 to 3 hours

opening and closing time

All days of the week-9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Entry Fee:The entry fees of pari mahal is Rs. 10.0 per person for adult, 5.0 per person for childrens, .

General Information

Tourists need to carry Identity Proof to enter the Mahal Premises. The belongings are scanned for security purposes before allowing entry into the Mahal. There are provisions to get photographs clicked in the traditional Kashmiri outfits. The temperature usually is very cold, so carry enough warm clothes along. Most of the structure is in ruins, so watch your step while exploring especially on the staircase. Carry enough water for the trip. Do not litter. Pari Mahal is a perfect site to get your picture clicked.

Near By Attraction

Chashme Shahi Gardens Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden Shankaracharya Hill Dal Lake Jama Masjid Mosque


By Train
Srinagar has a railway station of its own, and hence you can take a direct train to Srinagar railway station. From there, you can hire a direct cab to Pari Mahal, which is located at a distance of about 20 km from the station.A

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Interesting facts about Pari Mahal

Pari Mahal, also known as the name of ‘The Abode of Fairies’, is a seven terraced garden located at the top of Zabarwan Mountain in Srinagar and south west of Dal Lake. It is as much a monument as garden and is just a five minutes drive from Chashmasahi. An ancient Buddhist monastery located inside the garden has been converted into a school of astrology. The garden was established by Dara Shikoh, the son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the mid of 1600s on the ruins of the Buddhist monastery. He dedicate the garden to his Sufi teach Mullah Shah. Now, the garden has become a property of the government of Srinagar. Built around a small spring, Pari Mahal houses vivid varieties of flowers laid out in its terraces.This ancient monument cum garden is illuminated at night and can be seen from most part of the Srinagar.Placed on the very edge of a mountain, Pari Mahal casts its reflection in the waters of the Dal Lake with a well-laid spacious garden in front.


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