Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Mughal Gardens

One of my favourite places in Srinagar was the Mughal Gardens, and one day we visited 4 of these and the Botanical Gardens.  We started at the Shalimar Bagh, my favourite of all the gardens.  These gardens are set out in geometric designs, with terraced lawns and fountain pools and beautiful flower beds with amazingly large flowers.  The Shalimar gardens were fuilt by Jehangir for his wife Nur Jahan.

The setting of the Nishat Bagh is also lovely as it is right by the Dal Lake with steep terraces and a great panoramic view of the lake.  

The setting for all the gardens was really beautiful, with a backdrop of mountains and from many of them lovely lake views.

We also walked round the Botanical Gardens - not as nice as the others but set around a large boating pond.  From there we went up to the smaller gardens such as the Chesmashahi Garden and right at the top of the hill the Pari Mahal, which has gardens set around an old palace high above the lake.  The views were breathtaking.

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