Nishat Bagh Srinagar- Beautiful Mughal Art
After exploring the beauty of the gardens and the shikharas at the Dal Lake, it was time to move on to our next destination which was the Nishant Bagh. We knew that it was the second largest garden built by the Mughals in Kashmir, next to Shalimar Bagh which is not far away from here. We didn’t have to travel much to reach the destination as it was located near the Dal Lake. On entering the garden, we could see why it is named as the Garden of Delight or Garden of Gladness or Garden of Joy. My children were extremely delighted as they could run around and get drowned in the scenic view.
We were mesmerized by the view of the garden from the front. We could see the Dal Lake flowing on one side and the Zabarwan Mountains in the background. We were mesmerized by such a tantalizing view under the Pir Panjal Mountains which remain covered with snow. We came to know that it was Asif Khan, brother of Nur Jahan, who had built the garden in 1633.
The local residents also told us about a legend associated with the garden. It is believed that Emperor Shah Jahan was extremely impressed with the beauty and grandeur of the garden and wanted it as a gift from his brother in law. After his failed attempts, he ordered that the garden be deserted by closing its water supply. But one day, one of the gardeners decided to open the water supply without any kind of fear. Shah Jahan was very impressed with the bravery and made sure that the beauty of the garden be restored.
We saw terraces decorated with avenues comprising of cypress and chinar trees. It is made of twelve terraces showcasing twelve different Zodiac signs. We came to know that both Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh had the same source of water, Gopi Thirst. We could also spot some ancient Mughal style buildings in the nearby regions. There is also a canal which runs through the heart of the garden. Water flows down terraces over steps of ramps made of stone. We could also find fountains and pools along the channel at all the terraces.