Chashme Shahi or Chashma I Shahi (interpretation: the imperial spring), additionally called Chashma Shahi, is one of the Mughal nurseries worked in 1632 AD around a spring by Ali Mardan Khan, a legislative leader of Mughal sovereign Shah Jahan according to the sets of the Emperor, as a present for his senior child Prince Dara Shikoh. The nursery is situated in the Zabarwan Range, close Raj Bhawan (Governor’s home) sitting above Dal Lake in Srinagar.
The nursery presents Mughal design as utilized in various Mughal gardens. The masterfully manufacture nursery has Iranian impact in its specialty and engineering and the plan depends on the Persian nurseries. It is worked around a freshwater spring, found by Rupa Bhawani, which moves through its middle in patios. The geology and the steepness of the land have prompted the development of the nursery. The primary focal point of the nursery is the spring which streams down in patios and is separated into three areas: a reservoir conduit, cascade, and wellsprings. A two-story Kashmiri hovel remains at the main patio which is the starting point of the spring. The water at that point streams down through a water incline (chadar) into the subsequent patio. The subsequent patio fills in as a water pool and a huge wellspring remains at its middle. The water again streams down through a water slope into the third patio, which is a square five-wellspring pool. It is the most minimal pool at the passage of the nursery. The guests are gotten through a trip of stairs on the two sides of the patios which paves the way to the root of the spring. The English essayist and explorer Amit Kumar expounded on the nursery that “the little Chashma Shahi is structurally the most beguiling of the nurseries close Srinagar”. The water of the spring is accepted to have some restorative properties. The previous Premier of India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, used to get the water of the spring to Delhi.
Attractions: Pari Mahal, BOTANICAL GARDEN, Royal Springs Golf Course.
Best Time to Visit: Visit in the blossoming period of May or June to see the nurseries at their generally beautiful. The nurseries are open each day aside from Friday.
How to Reach
- By Air: Srinagar International Airport has regular domestic flights. Chashme Shahi 14 Kms from Sheikh ul Alam International Airport Northeast from the Srinagar.
- By Rail: The closest railway station to Srinagar lies in Jammu. It is situated at Jammu Tawai. This is a main railhead for the region. It connects Srinagar to other cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh. Chashme Shahi 17 km from Srinagar Railway Station.
- By Road: Srinagar is connected by a network of well-maintained roads. It can easily be connected from Chandigarh, Gulmarg, Jammu, Sonamarg, Delhi, and Pahalgam via road. The Chashma Shahi Garden is located 5 miles (8 kilometers) east of Srinagar, on the way to Harvan. Get there via taxi or prearranged tour bus.
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