On the Zabarwan Mountain in Srinagar sprawls majestically Pari Mahal which was constructed by Dara Sikoh, the Mughal Prince in 1600s. Pari Mahal or the Abode of Fairies is adorned with a seven-terraced garden. Festooned with a variety of flowering plants, trees, and shrubs, the garden adds to the beauty of the Isalamic style structure.
The palace was built to be used as a residence and a library for Dara Sikoh. It was further used as an observatory to teach astronomy and astrology. In the night, the entire mahal gleams with light and its reflection can be seen in Dal Lake. Dara Sikoh is believed to have dedicated this garden to his Sufi teacher, Mullah Shah.
A prominent feature of Jammu & Kashmir tourism, this resplendent example of architectural taste of the Mughals narrates many glorious stories.