To the south of Srinagar’s famous Dal Lake is the Pari Mahal, perched on Zebanwan. This garden was built by the Prince Dara Shikoh, one of the sons of Shah Jahan, in the middle of the 17th century. Dara Shikoh is perhaps better known as the prince who was supposed to have succeeded his father, only to perish from assassination at the hands of his sibling, Aurangzeb.
Pari Mahal-which translates to the Abode of Fairies-is said to have been built upon an old Buddhist monastery that had fallen into disuse and disrepair. The garden then served as an observatory whereby the nobles and the Sufi mystics would discuss the study of [Read more…]