Srinagar is a place that is often called as the ‘Venice of the East’ or the ‘Kashmiri Venice’. This summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir has all the reasons to justify the title of being the Kashmiri Venice. It won’t be an exaggeration to say that visiting this place only once would just not be enough.
The city’s popular drawcard cannot be singled out from the vast array of options. Mughal Gardens, the mesmerising and serene Dal Lake, and many picturesque locations makes it one of the top tourist destinations in India.
Though there is no denying the fact that this region experiences the heat of political and military tension most of the time, Srinagar never ceases to be our second love, for Pari Mahal is the first. It is and will continue to rein the tourism charts with its mystic sightseeing options and places to visit. If nothing, you can just wander around and breathe in fresh air for a change here and feel like your hard-earned is money well-spent.
If Dal Lake attracts you for it serene and calm space, Pari Mahal will appeal to you with its extravagance wrapped in relaxed air. If, by now, you are motivated and not manipulated, read on and get to know it better.
All about Pari Mahal
Also known as the ‘Abode of Fairies’, Pari Mahal is a six terraced garden that sits on top of the Zabarwan mountain range and overlooks the Dal Lake. The place looks straight out of a fairy tale and has good reasons to justify its title.
It is just a 5 min drive from Chashmasahi and is a unique historic monument. Wander around to experience the architectural brilliance of the bygone era that gets reflected from the exquisite monument built in the area. The grandeur of this monument exudes the majestic tastes of Mughal emperors. The ruins of the Pari Mahal still echo the grand history of Mughal period, one of the prominent reasons for it to become a star attraction of Srinagar.
Pari Mahal is actually the garden including a small spring, surrounded by beautiful flowers that have been planted and well-groomed in terraces being vanquished by the remains of the majestic monument. It is different from other Kashmiri gardens, as it is not characterised by cascading waterfalls but terraced gardens that add beauty to the structure.
History of Pari Mahal
The Pari Mahal was initially a school of astrology and a Mughal observatory, which was built by the eldest son of Shah Jahan, Prince Dara Shikoh in 1640 CE. The prince loved Kashmir and was a great admirer of mysticism. So, he loved visiting Kashmir and liked having discussions with learned men, who visited with him. During his visits, Dara Shikoh used to live in Pari Mahal.
However, legends believe that there is another reason how Pari Mahal got its name. There is, however, debate among scholars as to how Pari Mahal got its name.
While some scholars believe that this palace got its name after Dara Shikoh’s wife, Pari Begum, others believe that the place was originally known as Pir Mahal, which later changed to Pari Mahal.
Best time to visit Pari Mahal
This tourist attraction can be visited all year round. However, the weather remains pleasant during the months of April and October, which is the best time to visit it.
All in all, Pari Mahal, the Abode of Fairies, deserves a visit when you plan a visit to Srinagar. The variety of flowers, serene environment, elegant monument and pleasant weather are some of the things that will make this trip an exciting one.