Hailed as the largest of the three Mughal Gardens in Kashmir, Shalimar Bagh is a pristine attraction that was built in the year 1619 by the Mughal emperor Jahangir for his beloved wife Nur Jahan. This beautiful structure lies overlooking the scintillating waters of the Dal Lake and is now a public park known as the "crown of Srinagar". The Chini Khanas or arched niches placed behind waterfalls and the chinar trees are the highlights here. The garden lends its name 'Shalimar' from a Sanskrit word meaning 'Abode of Love'. This marvelous masterpiece is also popularly known as the 'house of love' was originally called ‘Farah Baksh’, which literally translates to 'delightful'.
The king Pravarsena II of the Vakataka Dynasty was the founder of the Srinagar city who built a cottage named "Shalimar" bounded by a park in close proximity to Dal Lake. Although the cottage got ruined due to the lack of proper maintenance, the name Shalimar got stuck to the village which was given the same name. However, it was Emperor Jahangir of the Mughal Dynasty who chose to build a garden to please his wife close to Shalimar. He renovated the old garden and named it "Farah Baksh" meaning "the delightful".
Shalimar Bagh is a typical Mughal Garden with a vast area of 31 acres along the Dal Lake. It has a Persian Garden layout of three terraces each of which is comprised of water fountain and pool with water supply in series. The garden is divided into private and public section. The private terrace is known as the Diwan-e-Khas while the public terrace is called the Diwan-e-Aam. Each section leads to Diwan-e-Khas and Diwan-e-Aam respectively. The third terrace of the garden is Zenana Garden with two pavilions made in Kashmiri style. One of the unique features of the Shalimar Bagh is its 'Chini Khanas' or ached niches which are situated right behind the garden waterfall. In the olden times, these niches were lighted at night and imparted a magical amber hue to the gardens.
The timings to visit the Shalimar Garden differs from season to season. Between the months of April to October, the timings to visit the garden is between 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Whereas, between the months of November to March, the timings are 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM.
The best time to visit Shalimar Garden is either during Spring or Autumn Season between the months of mid-February to mid-April or from September to October. It is considered to be a pleasant time to visit when the flowers are in their full bloom and Chinar trees change their colour from green to orange and yellow giving a warm glow to the garden.
You can easily reach Shalimar Garden through various modes of transportation. The Shalimar bus station is only 650 m away and taxis can be availed from anywhere in the city
You can easily reach Shalimar Garden through various modes of transportation. The Shalimar bus station is only 650 m away and taxis can be availed from anywhere in the city.
The cost of ticket per person to visit the Shalimar Garden is INR 10.
The best time to visit Shalimar Garden is during Spring and Autumn seasons.
Srinagar is in abundance of places where one can visit. Few of the places that you can visit are Pari Mahal, Dal Lake, Nigeen Lake, Badshah Tomb and many more.