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Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar - Adobe of Love

Shalimar Bagh is one of the beautiful gardens in Srinagar. Srinagar is the largest city of the Kashmir Valley and the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The term Shalimar comes from Sanskrit language which means “Adobe of Love”. This famous garden lies at the far end of the Dal Lake. The garden is currently owned and managed by Jammu and Kashmir tourism department. It is the best among the Mughal gardens and a must visit place if you are in Srinagar. The garden is clean,well maintained and beautiful. Best time to visit this place is in April or May when the flowers are full bloom. I recommended you to visit this place which is also great place for Photography.

Attractions of Shamilar Bagh

This garden covers an area of approximately 31 acres. Apart from the abundant flowers, huge variety of plants, lush green gardens, ancient fountains, this place also offers scenic natural beauty in the surroundings. There are several Chinar (Sycamore) trees, one such being 400 years old. It is also linked with the water of Dal Lake through a canal. Other attractions of the Shalimar Bagh include a number of fountains, shaded trees and varieties of flowers. The Shalimar garden offers an amazing view over the other gardens, lakes and shallow terraces.

The design of the garden is based on the design of the popular Chahar Bagh of Persia. There is a Canal with polished stones that run through the middle of the garden which has four terraces. One connected with the road at the lower area, second is at the outside area with a pavilion that was used earlier as a public garden and also as the Diwan-i-Am or Hall of the public audience. The third terrace has the wider area which has two shallow terraces with hall of the Private Audience. The fourth terrace of the garden was, at one point of time, reserved for royal ladies. Apart from this, in this garden there is a light and sound show organized in every evening, during the period of May to October, is simply superb.


It was built in 1616 by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his wife, Nur Jahan. This Garden has four terraces, rising one above the other. The fourth terrace of the garden was reserved for royal ladies. The Shalimar Bagh was built not merely as garden but also served as the summer residence of the Mughals. Emperor Jahangir built Shalimar Bagh, which was his dream project to please his queen.
In 1630, under Emperor Shah Jahan’s orders, Zafar Khan the governor of Kashmir got it extended. He named it ‘Faiz Baksh’ (the bountiful).
Apart from Mughals many other rulers also altered Shalimar at various time intervals. During the rule of Maharaja Ranjit Singh the marble pavilion was the guest house for European visitors. Maharaja Hari Singh the last ruling King of Jammu and Kashmir from Rajput clans electrified Shalimar. All the rulers gave Shalimar many different names but the name Shalimar was mush popular among all which stays even today.

How to Reach

Shalimar garden is easily accesible by road. It is situated at a distance of 15 km from Srinagar and around 25 km from the nearest airport. The Srinagar International Airport is the nearest one which is 25 km far from Shalimar Bagh. The Shamilar Bus Stand is very close to the garden which is at the walking distance of maximum 10 minutes. One can take taxi to reach this garden.