Cheshmashahi Garden in Srinagar is one of the three Mughal Gardens famous for its gorgeous fountains and magical landscapes where one can easily get lost in nature’s beauty. The garden charges a nominal entry fee of Rs.10/- per person and is open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm for all days of the week except Fridays. The name of the garden is an urdu word meaning Royal Spring that rightly justifies for the natural spring that flows from. The garden was built on the slopes of the Zaberwan Hill in 1632 by Ali Mardan Khan who was the governor of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
The garden consists of a dome and three terraces. As it is located on an elevated plane above the city, it has the advantage of offering the entire bird’s eye view of the city. The garden is at a distance of 9 kms from the Tourist Reception Centre and very near to the state Governor’s house. Such a strategic location makes it a convenient spot for tourists to visit. The garden offers excellent sites for photo enthusiasts. Other famous places worth visiting near the garden are the PariMahal,Tulip garden and the City Botanical Garden.