Thursday, August 11, 2005

Nishat Bagh and Shalimar Bagh

Nishat Bagh :
The Garden of bliss laid down by Asif Khan father of Empress Noorjahan in 1633AD on the bank of Dal Lake with Zabarvan Massif at the back. In Nishat commands magnificent view of the Lake and the Snow capped Pir Panchal Range to the west of the valley.

Shalimar Bagh :
The Abode Of Love.’ Is said to have been a village, built by Paravarassna II. He used to stay here when on a visit to Sukhswami a saint living near Harwan. In 1619 Jehangir ordered a garden to be laid out this spot, calling it, Ferrah Bakkash (Delightful). In 1727 A.D Zaffar-Khan. A governor during the reign of Shah Jahan made an extension of it and called it ‘Faiz Baksh’ (Bountiful). The garden is laid down in four terraces, rising one above the other. A canal runs through the garden lined with polished stones and supplies with water from Harwan.Chasma – Shahi : East of Srinagar. Built in 1634 A.D by Shah- Jahan. It commands a superb view of the Dal Lake it has the advantage of having a natural spring of Pure, Cool and Sparking water known as Chasma- Shahi (Royal Spring).

Wednesday, August 10, 2005


Manasbal is the deepest lake in Kashmir 32 km from Srinagar. Flanked on its eastern shores by the craggy Mount Baladar, the lake has a placid beauty uniquely its own. All through the summer the lotus blooms in profusion on its surface and it is home to a variety of aquatic birds, making it a naturalist's delight. One can stay in lovely cottages and make use of a boat club...

Monday, August 08, 2005

The Wular Lake..

The largest fresh-water lake in India is 60 km from Srinagar Spreading over a 12 km area the lake, by drawing off excess water from the Jehlum, acts as a natural flood reservoir. Interesting ruins in the centre of the lake are the remains of an island created by King Zain-ul-abidin With its turbulent waters perpetually wind ruffled its exciting variety of avain life and the sheer beauty of its setting, Wular represents Nature at her most untamed.