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Wednesday, 17 August 2011


Shrinagar  (Sri- rich /abundance  Nagar- a Town)  is the capital of Kashmir and it has clearly been a favourite destination for Moghuls, Britishers and anyone who has a love of nature and beauty. The Moghuls thought of it as a place for rest and relaxation and somewhere to take the Begums - so they planned and planted the most beautiful gardens for them to enjoy.Modern day husbands can take a leaf out of that book.
There are several  gardens worth visiting - Chashma Shahi (the royal fountains); Pari Mahal (the palace of the fairies); Nishat Bagh (the garden of spring); Shalimar Bagh; and the Naseem Bagh. The Tulip Gardens have been recently opened to public by Sonia Gandhi.
The attention to order and linear form is strangely comforting and the variety, colour and fragrance is wonderfuly enticing. Unlike in a lot of places in India where the Moghuls designed their char baghs the waterworks here are kept in good order and the soothing sound of water flowing is the only audible noise.
The Shalimar Gardens
Take a walk - I would say in any season- when we were there the dhalias were out in their full glory. I said we must return in the autumn to catch the changing leaves of the Chinar tree which is the tree of the area, a type of plane, tall, with a huge base, wonderful leafy foliage and characteristic of the area.

 The Nishat Gardens
 The Pari Mahal on the hillside overlooking the town
The town is an interesting mix of very old and beautiful wooden buildings and lots of bakeries selling kashmiri breads and sweets. The bazaar is buzzing and the people, oh the people, they are so very handsome and welcoming it is hard to leave.



  1. Hi,
    I stumbled upon your blog while looking for Nishat Gardens related info on Google.

    Looks like you just got back from your Srinagar. We loved it when we were there last year.

    Here is my set of pictures of the Nishat Gardens when we were there.
    Makes me want to go back :)


    Hope you are enjoying your stay in India.

    Take care and safe Travels !


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