Large, beautiful and well curated gardens were constructed during the Mughal era, which are today referred to as the Mughal Gardens. Kashmir has its own fair share of these. Shalimar Bagh, Chasme Shahi, Nishat Bagh, Tulip Garden, Pari Mahal, Achabal Garden, Naseem Bagh, etc., further add to the scenic beauty, making them popular tourist places in Kashmir. You can clearly note the Persian influences in the charbagh style, with rectangular layouts usually lined with walls with small canals, fountains, rows of flowers and a variety of trees, bushes and grass tastefully arranged within.
Literally translating to “the abode of fairies”, Pari Mahal is built around a small spring, with seven terraces, located on top of Zabarwan mountain in Srinagar, overlooking the Dal lake. It is a monument as well as a garden laden with several species of vibrant flowers, housing a buddhist monastery turned school of astrology. It’s evening lights beautifully reflect in the Dal lake and is just a five-minute drive from Chashme Shahi.
One of the most popular places to visit in Jammu and Kashmir, Shalimar means “abode of love” and was built by Jehangir for his wife Nur Jahan along the Dal lake about four centuries ago. It has four terraces strewn with flower beds, dense chinar trees, several pavilions and fountains. The chinar trees delightfully change from green to orange during autumn and spring.
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Known as the “garden of bliss” this garden hosts twelve terraces corresponding to the zodiacs, each laid out with different coloured flowers such as asters, geraniums, lilies and roses. This is perhaps the best garden to view a sunset from, on Dal lake with the Pir Pinjal ranges as another backdrop. A memorable evening to have with loved ones, with plenty of photo-ops indeed.
Yet another garden located along the Dal lake, Naseem Bagh is believed to be the oldest Mughal garden in Kashmir. Popular as the “garden of morning breeze”, there are vast expanses of the huge chinar trees that bring a riot of colours with changing seasons. With the option of camping here with your family, it is believed to be one of the most serene places to be.
When touring around with families, spectacular locations are not the only requisite. There’s always a balance desired between traditional, cultural experiences of the place along with the lifestyle and comforts you are used to. This is where Club Mahindra’s resort in Srinagar shine in your favour.
While you get the Shikara experience, the gardens to let your children wander in, you also get the urban comforts your family is accustomed to. This is further combined with fine hospitality, understanding staff, well planned tours and a multitude of interactive family activities or children’s workshops involving local arts and crafts, ensuring memorable holidays. To believe this, see for yourself as members share their experience in Club Mahindra reviews.
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