Nishat Garden (The
garden of Spring)
Nishat Bagh was built by Empress Nur Jahan's brother Asaf Khan. The largest of the Mughal gardens, Nishat has 12 terraces representing the 12 signs of the zodiac, which descend gradually and seem to almost merge into the lake. These terraces viewed along with the flower-beds, a riot of brilliant colors, present an unforgettable sight. Directly behind the garden is the Gopi Tirth, a small spring gushing forth crystal clear water, which feeds the garden water. Also found within its vicinity are some remains of Mughal period buildings including a double storey pavilion enclosed on two sides latticed windows.
How to Reach
Air : The nearest Airport is approx. 25 Kms away in Badgam Distt.This Airport is connected with major cities of India.
Rail : The nearest Rail Head is at Jammu which is 300 Kms
away and from there National Highway NH1A connects the Kashmir valley
Road : Buses to Taxis ply on this Highway. It Takes around 10 to 12 hours to cross this mountaineous road which crosses some beautiful spots and the famous Jawahar Tunnel linking Kashmir Valley with India. Transport is freely available from anywhere in the City with nominal costs.
Nishat Garden lies in Srinagar District and it is 11 Kms from the Distt Headquarters.
Where to Stay
The Boulevard road is lined with Hotels and Restaurants suiting every budget. Alternatively you can stay at Houseboats which is altogether a new experience. the accomodation is available for every budget.
What to Do
1. Shikara riding can be undertaken to Nehru Park from the Garden.
2. Picnicking in the Garden
3. Talking long walks in the Garden and enjoying the beauty
Some shopping can be undertaken on the shopping stalls opposite the garden.