Achabal Gardens

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Achabal Gardens
Achabal Gardens is located in Jammu and Kashmir
Achabal Gardens
Location in Jammu and Kashmir
Achabal Gardens is located in India
Achabal Gardens
Achabal Gardens (India)
LocationAchabal, Anantnag district, India
Coordinates33°40′59″N 75°13′20″E / 33.6831°N 75.2222°E / 33.6831; 75.2222Coordinates: 33°40′59″N 75°13′20″E / 33.6831°N 75.2222°E / 33.6831; 75.2222
TypeMughal Gardens
Length467 feet (142 m)
Width45 feet (14 m)
Area21,015 square feet (1,952.4 m2)
BuilderNur Jahan
Founded1620 A.D.
CulturesMughal Empire
Site notes
Public accessPublic garden

Achabal Gardens, "the places of the princes", is a small Mughal garden located at the southeastern end of the Kashmir Valley in the town of Achabal, Anantnag district, India. Located near the Himalayan Mountains, the site may have been a Hindu sacred site known as "Akkshavala" previously.[1]


It was built about 1620 A.D. by Mughal Empire Emperor Jahangir's wife, Nur Jahan, called the "greatest garden lovers of them all." The garden was rebuilt on smaller scale by Gulab Singh and is now a public garden.[1] A main feature of the garden is a waterfall that enters into a pool of water.[2]

This place is also noted for its spring, which is finest in Kashmir and is supposed to be the re-appearance of a portion of the river Bringhi, whose waters suddenly disappear through a large fissure underneath a hill at the village Wani Divalgam in the Brang Pargana. It is said that in order to test this, a quantity of chaff was thrown in the Bringhi river at a place its water disappears at Wani Divalgam and that chaff came out of the Achabal spring. The water of the spring issues from several places near the foot of a low spur which is densely covered with deodar trees and at one place it gushes out from an oblique fissure large enough to admit a man's body and forms a volume some 18 inches high and about a foot in diameter.[3]



  1. ^ a b Achabal Gardens. Archived 23 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  2. ^ Achabal Gardens. GardenVisit. 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  3. ^ Koul, Pandit Anand: Archaeological Remains in Kashmir page 94. Mercantile press, 1935.

Further reading[edit]

  • Brookes, John. (1987). Gardens of Paradise: History and Design of the Great Islamic Gardens. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
  • Crowe, Sylvia; Haywood, S.; Jellicoe, S.; Patterson, G. (1972). The Gardens of Mughal India. London: Thames and Hudson.
  • Petruccioli, Attilio. "Gardens and Religious Topography in Kashmir." Environmental Design. 1-2 (1991):64-73.

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