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Mughal Gardens (Nishat Bagh)

Walk the polished paths of the "Garden of Bliss" and enjoy tranquil landscapes with fountains and measured Mughal architecture. 

The Mughal Gardens (Nishat Bagh) have been a sanctuary of peaceful contemplation since the site’s construction centuries ago. Take your time climbing the manicured landscape, enjoying shady cedar trees and fountain displays along the way.

These gardens were built on the eastern bank of Dal Lake in 1633 by Mughal Emperor Asif Khan. Note the distinctly Persian feel to this 46-acre (18.5-hectare) commons. A central aqueduct, which carries water down a terraced structure, is typical of Mughal design. The 12 terraces represent the signs of the zodiac. 

Begin your exploration from the lower end, where a bardari (pavilion) showcases dignified Mughal architecture. Look uphill and admire the central aqueduct bordered by symmetrical plant displays on either side. 

Walk the polished stone paths that flank this stream as you climb to the second terrace. Experience the beauty, both visual and aromatic, of the shallow pool decorated with fountains and Persian lilacs. Note the decorative patterns and small arched niches behind the water feature. It is said these arches were once filled with candles, which would reflect off the water to create a flickering light show. 

Climb past the square pools of the third and fourth terraces to rest on benches located on the fifth. Admire the intricate paving pattern that begins at the sixth terrace. On the ninth terrace, rest on an octagonal bench and admire the nine fountains of its rectangular pool. 

Before reaching the 12th and final terrace, take a moment to admire its 18-foot (5.5-meter) façade. This arched wall makes a great backdrop to the pool below, which is decorated with 25 fountains. 

From the 12th level, relish a satisfying view down onto terraces you just conquered. Two octagonal towers offer views of Dal Lake and beyond. Take a moment to admire the upper bardari, which was the favorite rest stop of noble visitors.

The Nishat Bagh gardens are located 6.8 miles (11 kilometers) from Srinagar's downtown. This public park is open daily. Get there via taxi or tour bus.


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Fortune Resort Heevan - Member ITC's Hotel Group Rs6,000
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Gupt Ganga, Ishber Nishat, Srinagar
     
    4.7
    of 5, from 3 reviews
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    Located in Nishat-Shalimar, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Mughal Gardens and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Shalimar Bagh. Royal Springs Golf Course and Botanical Garden are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    Vivanta Dal View Rs12,500
    Vivanta Dal View

    Vivanta Dal View

    Kralsangri Brein Srinagar, Srinagar
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 35 reviews
      5.0 out of 5.0

      This family-friendly Srinagar hotel is located in Nishat-Shalimar, within 3 mi (5 km) of Botanical Garden, Royal Springs Golf Course and Chashma Shahi Garden. Mughal Gardens is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) away.

      Grand Noora Palace Rs1,500
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      Grand Noora Palace

      Nishat Brein Link Road, Srinagar
         
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Nishat-Shalimar, this golf hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Mughal Gardens and within 3 miles (5 km) of Botanical Garden and Shalimar Bagh. Royal Springs Golf Course and Chashma Shahi Garden are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        OYO 4759 Nishat Hill Resort Rs2,089
        OYO 4759 Nishat Hill Resort

        OYO 4759 Nishat Hill Resort

        Brein, Near HDFC Bank, Srinagar
           
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Nishat-Shalimar, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Mughal Gardens and within 3 miles (5 km) of Botanical Garden and Shalimar Bagh. Royal Springs Golf Course and Chashma Shahi Garden are also within 3 miles (5 km).

          Walisons Resort Rs1,249
          Walisons Resort

          Walisons Resort

          Near Syed Rehman Sahib, Srinagar
             
            4.0
            of 5, from 6 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Nishat-Shalimar, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Mughal Gardens and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Shalimar Bagh. Royal Springs Golf Course and Botanical Garden are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Hotel Ash Vale Rs3,500
            Hotel Ash Vale

            Hotel Ash Vale

            Ishbar Nishat Road, Srinagar
               
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Nishat-Shalimar, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Mughal Gardens and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Shalimar Bagh. Royal Springs Golf Course and Botanical Garden are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              Ronak Resort Rs4,400
              Ronak Resort

              Ronak Resort

              Brein Nishat, Srinagar
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 1 reviews
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                Located in Nishat-Shalimar, this resort is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Mughal Gardens and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Shalimar Bagh. Royal Springs Golf Course and Botanical Garden are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                Aziz Palace Rs1,600
                Aziz Palace

                Aziz Palace

                Ghat No. 9, Golden Dal Lake, Srinagar
                   
                  5.0
                  of 5, from 2 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Dal Lake, this houseboat is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Mughal Gardens and within 3 miles (5 km) of Botanical Garden and Shalimar Bagh. Royal Springs Golf Course and Hari Parbat Fort are also within 6 miles (10 km).