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Shalimar Bagh of Kashmir

The Heaven on Earth

Natallia Savitskaya, Author

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"The Shah Jahan Nama" pp.125-126

"On the eastern side of the city lies a lake which they call Dal, the like of which no eye has yet beheld on the face of the globe. It is surrounded by a collection of gardens, studded with numerous villas."

"Kashmir also pocesses charming gardens and pleasing parks, the best of which is the Bagh-i-Farah Bakhsh constructed by his Majesty's command during the late Emperor Jahangir's reign. This garden is irrigated by a canal resembling the Kausar, the nectar-flowing river of Paradise. After flowing through the villa in the middle of the garden, and after supplying countless reservoirs and fountains, it expands as it glides through the picturesque domain for another 1,000 yards. It passes lovely avenue of plabe and poplar trees gracing both banks, until its waters are eventually merged in the Dal."

"In these days by the sublime command, at the rear of the Farah Bakhsh garden, another garden was laid out which was designated Bagh-i-Faiz Bakhsh; and it was directed that the terraces should be constructed so as to admit of the great canal flowing through at its full breadth."

Begley, W.E., ed., Desai, Z.A., ed. The Shah Jahan Nama. Oxford University Press, 1990.
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