Popularly known as the ‘Garden of Bliss’, the Nishat Garden or Nishat Bagh, as it is called by locals, is the second-largest Mughal Garden in Kashmir valley, after the Shalimar Bagh and one of the most popular tourist attractions near Srinagar. This beautiful garden is situated on the eastern side of the picturesque Dal Lake, at a distance of 11 km from the Srinagar city center, Nishat Garden is nestled against the backdrop of the magnificent Zabarwan Mountains. This surreal garden is a place of sheer delight for tourists and offers them a spectacular sunset view of the Dal Lake.
The Nishat Bagh was designed by Asaf Khan, the brother of Nur Jahan, in 1633 AD. It is believed that Emperor Shah Jahan, on witnessing the grandeur and beauty of the Nishat Bagh, was so impressed and awestruck that he expressed his gratitude to Asaf Khan three times. Like all Mughal Gardens, the design and layout of the Nishat Bagh was hugely influenced by Persian Architecture. It has a beautiful water channel flowing through the middle, which further adds to the romantic charm of the garden. The Nishat Bagh is famous for its 12 terraces decorated with beautiful flowers like roses and lilies with each terrace representing a zodiac sign.