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Nishat Bagh: A Glimpse of Paradise

Nishat Bagh with the backdrop of Zabarwan Mountain
Nishat Bagh with the backdrop of Zabarwan Mountain
The entrance to the garden
The entrance to the garden
A beautiful scene at Nishat Bagh
A beautiful scene at Nishat Bagh
Visitors sitting under the shade of Chinar trees at Nishat Bagh
Visitors sitting under the shade of Chinar trees at Nishat Bagh
Kids enjoying a swim in a pool at Nishat Bagh in Srinagar
Kids enjoying a swim in a pool at Nishat Bagh in Srinagar
A boy enjoying a dip on at hot summer day at Nishat Bagh
A boy enjoying a dip on at hot summer day at Nishat Bagh
I love the expression on the boys face as his father dips him in a pool at Nishat Bagh
I love the expression on the boys face as his father dips him in a pool at Nishat Bagh
A group os boys watching their peers take a swim in the pool at Nishat Bagh
A group os boys watching their peers take a swim in the pool at Nishat Bagh
Chinar trees in summer at Nishat Bagh
Chinar trees in summer at Nishat Bagh

After visiting Nishat Bagh, I felt as if I had stolen a glimpse of Paradise. There was something magical about the place. 

Separated by just a road from the Dal lake, Nishat Bagh is a 12-terrace garden designed in Persian style. The Zabarwan mountain acts as a perfect backdrop for this garden. The garden looked surreal and inexplicably beautiful. The grandeur of the garden is difficult to match. In terms of size, it is next only to Shalimar Bagh. 

The garden looks beautiful from both ends; the Zabarwan mountain on one side and the Dal lake on another side. A water canal runs through the garden from the spring called Gopi Thirst, which is also the main attraction for kids. These canal and fountains are made from polished stones and add grandeur to the place.  

The overbearing Chinar trees are colossal and cast perfect shades to sit under them. Some of these are centuries old and have seen many changes through time. Yet they have remained, growing and reaching towards the sky. Looking from afar, these lines of dark green tips are just like silhouettes of mountains. 

The garden was borrowed from Persian architectural style. The twelve terraces stand for the twelve zodiac signs. The garden still has some old Mughal structures.

Nishat Bagh is literally translated from Hindi as, ‘garden of joy’.  The garden exudes unmatched energy.The beauty of the garden was the reason of discontent between Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and his father-in-law Asif Khan, who designed and built the garden. When Shah Jahan saw the garden in 1633, right after it was built, he was very much impressed with its beauty. He expressed his appreciation to Asif Khan more than once with the hope that he would be gifted with the garden but no such thing happened which annoyed him. He then issued an order to block the water supply to the garden. The garden became dysfunctional for a while and broke Asif Khan’s heart. The garden, however, was restored to its full glory later. 

There is not another garden in India with such grandeur and grace. It is a great example of natural beauty blending with man-made beauty. 

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