Pari Mahal

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Pari Mahal
Pari Mahal1.jpg
Type Garden
Location Dal Lake, Zabarwan mountain Range, near Cheshmashahi, Srinagar
Opened 1650 AD
Founder Prince Dara Shikoh, son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan
Operated by State Government

Pari Mahal (Hindi: परी महल ) or The Fairies' Abode is a seven terraced garden located at the top of Zabarwan mountain range over-looking city of Srinagar and south-west of Dal Lake.[1] The architecture depicts an example of Islamic architecture and patronage of art during the reign of the then Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is five-minute drive from Cheshmashahi, Srinagar.


The gardens were established by Prince Dara Shikoh in the mid-1600s on the ruins of a Buddhist monastery. Dara, the son of Emperor Shah Jahan, followed the Qadiri order of Sufi Islam and made the garden for his tutor. It was further used as an observatory, useful for teaching astrology and astronomy.[2] The gardens have since become the property of the Srinagar government.[3]


  • Brookes, John. Gardens of Paradise: The History and Design of the Great Islamic Gardens. New York: New Amsterdam, 1987.
  • Kak, Ram Chandra. Ancient Monuments of Kashmir. New Delhi: Sagar Publications, 1971.
  • Sharma, Suresh K., and S. R. Bakshi. Encyclopaedia of Kashmir. New Delhi: Anmol Publications Pvt Ltd, 1995.
Pari Mahal
A view of terraced structure of the Mahal
A view of terraced structure of the Mahal 
Pari Mahal at night
Pari Mahal at night 
the board at parimahal 
the details about parimahal-board ner parimahal 
upper layar a view 
devadar trees at himalayas view form parimahal 
the jail at the top 
garden at parimahal 
the garden 
garden another view 
srinagar-a view from parimahal 
a distant view of parimahal 
view of dal lake from parimahal 
the tank at second floor 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Name *. "Pari Mahal: The Fairies Abode | Jammu and Kashmir". Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  2. ^ "Srinagar Municipal Corporation ::. Official Website of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, J&K-Pari Mahal". Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  3. ^ "Pari Mahal - Srinagar". Retrieved April 26, 2012. 

Coordinates: 34°05′N 74°53′E / 34.083°N 74.883°E / 34.083; 74.883