Primarily famous for its natural spring, Chashme Shahi Garden in Srinagar is part of the Mughal Gardens. Commissioned by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan for his elder son, Dara Sikoh, Chashme Shahi was built by his governor Ali Mardan in 1632. In the close proximity to the garden was the residence of Dara Sikoh, Pari Mahal.
The natural spring in this top attraction in Srinagar catches the eyes of the tourists. Believed to have been discovered by great female saint of Kashmir, Rupa Bhawani, who was from the Sahib clan of Kashmiri Pandits, the spring got its name from her clan name and was originally called 'Chashme Sahibi'.
Chashme Shahi is a three-terraced garden through which flows the water of the natural spring. On the top terrace of the garden, a double storey hut is built which is believed to be the origin source of the water. The gardens have the Persian/Iranian influence in its architecture and well-manicured offering a visual treat to the visitors.