Mughal Gardens which have truly
changed the face of the Mughal Empire is one of the
most popular and the most visited tourist
attractions of Srinagar. During their rule, the
Mughals began to build several types of gardens in
Persian architecture, and the combination of these
gardens is referred to as the Mughal Gardens. The
natural beauty of the place filled with lush green
grass and the scented flowers is a stress-buster and
pleasing to the eyes. The tourists who come here
take long strolls in the garden or sit and admire
the beauty of the place.
The Mughal Gardens in Srinagar comprise of Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Chashme Shahi, Pari Mahal, Achabal and Verinag Garden. The grandeur of the gardens is dedicated to Emperor Jahangir who always had an undying love for Kashmir. Jahangir was responsible for the selection of the site and planning the requirements of the paradise gardens. It is always a lot of fun in exploring the history behind these gardens. They follow a Persian style of architecture and have been influenced by the Persian gardens. Some typical features of Mughal Gardens which are a treat for its visitors include canals, pools and fountains.
Dal Lake Lake
Dal Lake, Srinagar Overview The jewel of Srinagar, the Dal lake is synonymous to a visit to Srinagar and almost a visual definition of the town. Spread over 26 square kilometres, it is the most photogenic stretch of paradise on earth and undoubtedly also the most sought after attraction. It is situated in the midst of beautiful lush green mountains and is the most pristine view of nature in all its glory.
Facilities such as shikara boat rides, house boats and lake markets make this place a favourite among tourists. Srinagar has always been a pleasant place to visit in summer, therefore, making it one of the favourite places the Mughals and the Britishers liked to go during summer. One of its main attractions was the Dal Lake which was not left unnoticed.
The Dal lake consists of four main char chinars in the middle of the lake which is a means of its recognition. The Mughals saw the potential in the Dal lake and surrounded it with beautiful gardens and pavilions and also built the Shalimar and Nilshad Gardens exactly at a place where the beautiful outstretched lake can be seen in all its glory. The Britishers brought forward the concept of boat houses in the Dal Lake, which further promoted tourism to the lake. A tourist hub, one should not miss the pristine beauty of Dal Lake. .
Nigeen Lake Located Srinagar City, Popularly known as the '"Jewel in the Ring", it is one of the impressive lakes in east Srinagar. The lake with its deep blue waters is separated from the Dal Lake by a thin causeway and is an exciting tourist spot with number of houseboats dwindling in the calm waters.
Nigeen Lake is a perfect place to go for swimming as it is less crowded and deeper. Hazratbal Mosque is a close by attraction to visit. NigeenLake in Srinagar is a deep blue water offshoot lake of Dal Lake that is interconnected by a thin causeway.
The lake is located to the east of the city of Srinagar, at the foothill of the Zabarwan Mountain.
The Shankaracharya Hill on the south and Hari Parbat on the west enclose the Nigeen Lake offers breathtaking views to the visitors. It is flanked by beautiful willow and poplar trees. Good numbers of houseboats and shikaras can be seen in Nigeen Lake where tourists enjoy their peaceful vacations in Srinagar. Unlike Dal Lake, Nigeen Lake is a calm, serene and peaceful getaway for those who want to spend holiday in sheer nature. Apart from houseboat staying and shikara ride, tourists can also enjoy water skiing, motor rides and sailing over there.