Location of Nishat Bagh: - Nishat Bagh is located on the eastern bank of the famous Dal lake. It is located 24 kms from the international airport of Srinagar, 21 kms from the railway station and 11 kms from the Lal chowk of Srinagar. The city centre of Srinagar is around 11 kms from the Nishat Bagh. You can also reach the Nishat Bagh using the Shikara’s of Dal lake.
Features of Nishat Bagh: - Nishat Bagh was created and designed by the mughals, Asaf khan the brother of mughal queen Noorjahan designed and crafted the terraced gardens, Asaf khan was a Persian by blood, he is also known to be the father of Arjumand Bano begum the beautiful mughal empress for whom the Taj Mahal was built. It is said Mughal emperor Shahjahan was so impressed by the gardens and design of the garden that he led Asaf khan his father in law ultimately to gift him the gardens. Mughals have built gardens at many places but mostly these gardens are designed on the Char Bagh patterns. The char bagh pattern is based on the square design with walk ways cutting across the square into four equal parts. Unlike the charbagh nishat Bagh is based on a rectangular design. There are twelve terraces based on the 12 zodiac signs, the gardens slope down at the centre of each respective terrace as the water flows down it forms “Abshaar” cascades flowing in to water channels with gravity fed fountains. The gardens even today are very well maintained with proper blooming flowers beds. You take the flight of steps to scale up the respective terraces. Even the outer boundary of the gardens was made with security cupolas. The water supply comes from the natural cascade flowing down the mountains in to the nishat Bagh this water gently flows down in to the dal lake. During the mughal times the garden was properly divided in to areas to be used by the royalty and area to be used by the common people.
Nishat Bagh Entrances: - There is a nominal entrance fee of INR 10 to be paid for seeking entry to the nishat bagh.
Nishat Bagh Timings: - The garden is open from 9 am to 10:30 pm everyday.