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Achabal Garden, Srinagar

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  • This is very beautiful garden. Garden is very well maintained and full of greenery. Spring water flowing middle of the garden make this garden more beautiful.  more »
  • The road to Achbal is flanked by Apple orchards and Walnut trees and the drive is smooth and refreshing. At the rafting point the River Lider widens and there are number of scenic hotels. The place is...  more »
  • Achabal is the town which is located at a distance of 60 km from srinagar city. It is a beautiful tourist place. I visited it many times along with verinag and kokarnag. It is a complete day tour.  more »
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  • Achabal Gardens, also referred as ‘the places of the princess’, is a small Mughal Garden located in Achabal, a town in Anantnag district of Kashmir valley. Lies at a distance of 58 km south of Srinagar, this garden is considered as one of the best Mughal Garden in India. It is believed to be built by Mughal Empress Nur Jahan, wife of Emperor Jahangir. Later, the garden was rebuilt on smaller scale by Dogra King Gulab Singh. The most attractive feature of the garden is that it is watered by one of the sacred mountain spring of the neighboring hill. The fountains in water springs of the garden represent a romantic history of the ancient era. Resting at a foot of a Himalayan hill, Achabal Gardens covers an area of 6.20 hectares. Rows of majestic Chinar trees offer captivating views of the garden. The stepped terraces, fountains, waterfalls, sparkling shrubs and flowers add to the beauty of the Garden.
  • Famous Mughal garden and the tourist destination of Kashmir valley , the maintenance of the park is great
  • Thiz is a wonderful place with lush greenery around and the spring and fountain has very clear water which attracts more n more.
  • Awesome place to go in spring and summer season to steal the scorching heat and get mesmerized by natural beauty n water...
  • Achabal Bagh (Garden)- located in the town of Achabal town, about 8 kilometers to southeast of Anantnag at the southeastern end of the Kashmir Valley. It is Considered as one of the smaller Mughal gardens in Vale of Kashmir, the site of Achabal Bagh may have formerly been a Hindu sacred site known as "Akkshavala". A summer retreat for the Mughals, the garden is the work of Nur Jahan, wife of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. In addition to her interest in gardens, Nur Jahan also had a great interest in the arts. Built c. 1620, and later remodeled between 1634-1640 by Shah Jahan's daughter Jahanara, Achabal (lit., "the places of the princes") is also called"Begamabad" after its commission by the then-reigning "Begum" (queen), Nur Jahan. The garden was known for its gushing waters, and its design is an adaptation of the traditional Persianchahar bagh(four gardens). Achabal is located on a hillside, with its water source at the top. The typical chahar bagh design had to be altered tofit the site's topography, as the source of water shifted from the traditional center of the square garden to the highest point of the garden. In this manner, one axial stream is emphasized and the other streams were minimized or even removed from the design.Although Achabal was once larger than it is today, its original dimensions are unknown. Today it has a rectangular shape, 247 meters long by 155 meters wide. It is aligned along the north-south axis, with the southern edge along its highest point (the site of the water source). The garden is segmented into three terraces, with a central water stream along the north-south axis that features three fountain basins. There are two walkways on either side of the axial water stream. Smaller side water channels to the east and west parallel the principal axial stream, and receive water from a stream running east-west on the third terrace. The smaller side water channels do not have fountain basins, but each channel features two achadars between the three terraces of the garden. Achadar is a special water ramp that transfers water between garden terraces; the surface of achadar is usually treated with engraved patterns that influence the appearance of the water flowing over it. The garden is accessed at its northern end, from the street level: one enters through two small pavilions on the first terrace. Passing the gate, the visitor finds the first pool, which has a square shape and features nine fountains. This pool receives water from the second terrace, which is accessed by two sets of stairs on either side of the axial water stream. On the second terrace, the axial water stream leads to the second pool, which is square in shape with a five-by-five array of fountains. Water entering the second pool passes under a two story baradari, or large pavilion. This baradari has three archeson its southern elevation and one along its northern elevation.Beyond the baradari on the second terrace lies the third pool, which is rectangular in shape. In the center of this rectangle, a one-story baradari and its walkways divide the pool into two squares, each of which contains a five-by-five array of fountains. The third terrace is also the most private part of the garden; named the zenana (harem, or women's) garden, it has a rectangular water tank flanked by two small square pavilions. This water tank was used as a women's bathing pool. At this point, water from the central water spring also feeds side channels, running parallel to the axial water stream. Today, Achabal is a public garden. A half of it has been changed into a fisheries site n it houses exotic Trout fish brought from Switzerland. Though the gaming is not allowed but one can fish down in the waters n there is no prohibition. The fish from its waters is tasty n has lot of sugar in it.....