Chashme Shahi Gardens
Chashme Shahi, is one of the Mughal gardens built around a spring by Ali Mardan, a governor of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1632. The garden is located in the Zabarwan Range, near Rajbhawan (Governor‘s house) overlooking Dal Lake in Srinagar, Kashmir.
The garden presents Mughal architecture as used in different Mughal gardens. The artistically build garden has Iranian influence in its art and architecture and the design is based on the Persian gardens. The topography and the steepness of the land has led the formation of the garden.
The main focus of the Chashme Shahi is the spring which flows down in terraces and is divided into three sections: an aqueduct, waterfall, and fountains. A two-storey Kashmiri hut stands at the first terrace which is the origin of the spring. The water then flows down through a water ramp into the second terrace. The second terrace serves as a water pool and a large fountain stands at its centre. The water again flows down through a water ramp into the third terrace, which is a square five-fountain pool. It is the lowest pool at the entrance of the garden. The visitors are received through a flight of stairs on both sides of the terraces which leads up to the origin of the spring. The English writer and traveler Amit Kumar wrote about the garden that “the little Chashma Shahi is architecturally the most charming of the gardens near Srinagar”. The water of the spring is believed to have some medicinal properties. The former Premier of India, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, used to get the water of the spring to Delhi.
- AddressNear Rajbhawan, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
- CategoryTourist Places
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