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Nishat Bagh, a rejoicing garden

Arresting view of Nishat Bagh

Srinagar, July 22 (UITV): Nishat Bagh, a Hindustani word which means "Garden of Joy", "Garden of Gladness" and "Garden of Delight". It is a charming garden which was built by Mughals on the banks of picturesque Dal Lake. Nishat Bagh is located close to Srinagar in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India.

It is considered as second largest Mughal garden in the Kashmir Valley, first place goes to Shalimar Bagh which is also located on the bank of the Dal Lake. Another name for Nishat Bagh is "the garden of bliss".

The entire layout of Nishat Bagh was based on the basic conceptual model of the Persian gardens, the architecture of the garden is astounding and rouse to everyone who visits it. It offers a splendid view of the Dal Lake as well as the snow-capped Pir Panjal mountain range. Nishat Bagh has twelve terraces representing twelve Zodiacal signs.

View of terraces leading to Dal lake

There is an interesting story about a real incident happened after the garden was built. Beholding delightful garden by Emperor Shah Jahan due to jealousy, the Bagh was designed and built in 1633 by Asif Khan. After its completion in 1633, Shah Jahan visited the garden and he expressed great appreciation of its grandeur and beauty. He had appreciated three times intentionally with a hope that his father-in- law Asif Khan would gift it to him. As no such offer was made by Asif Khan, Shah Jahan was piqued and ordered closure of the water supply to the garden.

Asif Khan was heartbroken and when he was resting under the shade of a tree, he heard the sound of water and the fountains in action he was startled and immediately order closure of water supply as he feared the worst reaction from the emperor for this wanton act of disobedience and the water supply was turned on by servant of Asif khan.  Emperor Shah Jahan appreciated the servant for loyal service to his master and then ordered full restoration rights for the supply of water to the garden to Asif Khan.

Nishat Bagh during winter

One would get utmost cheerfulness and it must be added to itinerary of the tourists in the highest prioritized place.

Written by Adithya Dithu