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Pari Mahal

Pari Mahal or The Angels' Abode is a seven terraced garden located at the top of Zabarwan mountain range over-looking city of Srinagar and south-west of Dal Lake. The architecture depicts an example of Islamic architecture and patronage of art during the reign of the then Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is five-minute drive from Cheshmashahi, Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, India.

The Pari Mahal was built by Mughal Prince Dara Shikoh in the mid-1600s. It served as a library and an abode for him. Dara Shikoh was said to have lived in this area in the years 1640, 1645, and 1654. It was further used as an observatory, useful for teaching astrology and astronomy.

Built around a small spring, Pari Mahal houses vivid varieties of flowers laid out in its terraces.This ancient monument cum garden is illuminated at night and can be seen from most part of the Srinagar.Placed on the very edge of a mountain, Pari Mahal casts its reflection in the waters of the Dal Lake with a well-laid spacious garden in front.