Pari Mahal, also known as the name of The Abode of Fairies, is a seven terraced garden located at the top of Zabarwan Mountain in Srinagar and south west of Dal Lake. It is as much a monument as garden and is just a five minutes drive from Chashmasahi.
An ancient Buddhist monastery located inside the garden has been converted into a school of astrology. The garden was established by Dara Shikoh, the son of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the mid of 1600s on the ruins of the Buddhist monastery. He dedicate the garden to his Sufi teach Mullah Shah. Now, the garden has become a property of the government of Srinagar.
Depicting Islamic architecture, this structure was built by Dara Sikoh and used as a place for learning astronomy and astrology. Perched on the Zabarwan Mountain, Pari Mahal offers a panoramic view of Srinagar. Set against a spectacular backdrop, Pari Mahal is an interesting tourist place to visit in Srinagar. A prominent feature of Jammu & Kashmir tourism, this resplendent example of architectural taste of the Mughals narrates many glorious stories.
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.
The gardens were established by Prince Dara Shikoh in the mid-1600s on the ruins of a Buddhist monastery. Dara, the son of Emperor Shah Jahan, followed the Qadiri order of Sufi Islam and made the garden for his tutor; it was further used as an observatory, useful for teaching astrology and astronomy.