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"Lakhon hai nigahon mein" song at Nishat Bagh. Sig

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"Madhno" song amidst the beautifully landscaped ga

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Description

The Nishat Bagh is one of the Mughal Gardens in Kashmir, with its 12 terraces which descend gradually and seem to almost merge into the lake. Nishat Bagh is a garden of bliss that commands a magnificent view of the lake beneath the snow capped Pir Panjal mountain range that stands far away to the west of the valley. It is situated on the banks of the famous Dal Lake in the backdrop of the Zabarwan hills. With its flowerbeds, trees, fountains, the Nishat presents a dramatic sight. The gardens were designed in 1633 by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jahan, and follow the same pattern as the Shalimar gardens with a polished stone channel running down the centre and a series of terraces. Even though the layout of Nishat Bagh was based on the basic conceptual model of the Persian gardens, it had to be remodelled to fit the topographic and water source conditions at the site chosen in the Kashmir valley. Its the largest of the Mughal gardens measuring 548 metres by 338 metres, and often the most crowed. The walks beside the channel are bordered with lines of cypresses and Chinars. Also found within its vicinity are some remains of Mughal period buildings including a double storey pavilion enclosed on two sides latticed windows.

How to Get There

Nishat Bagh located in the Srinagar District is 11 kilometres from the city centre. By road, the National Highway NH1A connects the Kashmir valley with rest of the country. Jammu Tawi is the nearest Rail Head which is 300 kilometres away. The nearest Airport is 25 kilometres away at Badgam. The Airport connects to all major cities of India. Another interesting way of visiting the Bagh is through the Dal Lake using the famous "water taxi" of Kashmir, the Shikara.

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