Achabal GardenAchabal, also known as 'the princess's place,' is a spectacular Mughal garden in the Anantnag district, some 58 kilometers south of Srinagar, that dates back to the 17th century. It was once known as Begumbad, after Empress Noor Jehan, Queen of Jahangir, who commissioned the construction of the park in 1620. Achabal, a popular garden of Srinagar, sits at the base of a Himalayan mountain, whose rocks and trees blend seamlessly with the garden's stone and trees. A sacred mountain spring enters the garden like a cascade, crashing down between two modest pavilions into a big basin and presenting an attractive image beneath this hill.
The garden is an imitation of a Persian pleasure garden called Chahar Bagh. It is divided into four sections, each of which is surrounded by Chinar clusters, lush plants, and beautiful blossoms. The garden's terraces are adorned with glistening water cascading from fountains, adding to the garden's charm. Achabal garden is divided into three such terraces. Along the north-south axis, a powerful water stream runs through the center. Two paths flank this creek, where visitors frequently wander and rest while taking in the beauty of this old garden.
It was once much larger, according to locals. A Hammam (a Turkish bath) was afterwards added by Jehanara Begum, Shah Jehan's daughter. Prince Dara Shikoh constructed a mosque on the site during the late Mughal dynasty. The garden deteriorated after that, and it wasn't restored and renovated until the 19th century, under Ranjit Singh's rule.
Take another bus to Achabal from the Anantnag bus station. Alternatively, you can also hire direct cabs to reach the garden.
April to November