When we talk about places to visit in Kashmir the list is never ending, there is a lot to see in Kashmir from nature’s beauty to splendor of historic architecture. From this massive treasure, one of the gems is Pari Mahal.
Pari Mahal or Abode of Fairies is located in Sri Nagar, Kashmir. Pari Mahal is a seven terraced garden Situated on Zabarwan Mountain range. It is located at about 5 Min driving distance from another major attraction Chashme Shahi. It is a beautiful example of Mughal architecture and famous tourist attraction of Sri Nagar. Nature lovers must add this stunning garden to their itinerary when on Srinagar tour.
Pari Mahal was built in the mid 17 century by the eldest son of the then Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Prince Dara Shikoh. The prince built this terraced garden in the memory of his Sufi teacher Mullah Shah Badakshi. This beautiful terraced garden was once a Buddhist monastery. It is said that the place was built on the remnants of an old Buddhist monastery.
The reason why Dara Shikoh chose this place to build this monumental garden was his love for nature and Kashmir. Dara Shikoh lived here in the Mid 1600s. Later Pari Mahal served as astronomical observatory and learning center for astrology.
Today this monumental garden is taken care of Government of Jammu and Kashmir. It previously had numerous springs within it, most of which have dried now. The garden is adorned with a variety of flowers and fruits trees. Every evening this beautiful garden is illuminated with lights and this makes it visible from most of the locations of Srinagar.
Pari Mahal remains open on all days of week one can visit it from 09:30 am – 05:30 pm (Everyday).
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