Nishat means “joy”, and the garden was aptly named as it brought lots of joy to people who experienced its beautiful vibes. It is known to be the second largest Mughal Garden in Kashmir, after the famous Shalimar Bagh.
Nishat Bagh was designed and built in the year 1633 CE by Asif Khan, who was the elder brother of Nur Jehan – the twentieth wife of the fourth Mughal emperor Jehangir.
Zuhra Begum, a Mughal Princess and daughter of the Mughal Emperor Alamgir II and granddaughter of the Emperor Jahandar Shah (who was the grandson of the sixth Mughal emperor Aurangzeb) was buried in this garden.
Nishat Bagh garden is located on the bank of the famous Dal Lake in Srinagar. It has a stunning look with a beautiful mountain backdrop and views of the lake beneath the Pir Panjal mountain range in the region.
The layout of the garden was planned according to the water supply and other conditions in the area. An axial stream flow design was crafted for it to fit the hill condition which had a water source originating at the top of the hill’s end.
A garden was finally laid out in a rectangular structure with east-west length of 548 metres (1,798 ft) and width of 338 metres (1,109 ft).
Nishat Bagh is open to visitors between 9 AM and 7 PM every day, on all days of the week, but the best times to visit the garden are said to be between 10 AM to 5 PM.
An entry fee of INR 10 per head is applicable for every visitor to this place. Entry is free for kids up to the age of 3 years.
Srinagar is the summer capital of the northernmost Indian state Jammu & Kashmir, which is also known as the crown of India. It is well connected to major cities across India. The city can be reached by air, rail or road.
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