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Shalimar Garden

In the heart of Lahore, the Shalimar Gardens stand as a testament to the grandeur of Mughal architecture and the exquisite artistry of Islamic garden design. Erected in 1641 under the patronage of Emperor Shah Jahan, these gardens embody the zenith of Mughal landscape aesthetics, offering a serene retreat from the contemporary world. This garden occupies some 80 acres of land and was completed at a cost of rupees six hundred thousand. Khalilullah Khan, Ali Mardan Khan and Mulla Alaul Maulk Tuni took charge of the project. In 1981, the Shalimar Gardens were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

“THE INSPIRATION BEHIND SHALIMAR GARDENS”

The Shalimar Gardens in Lahore were inspired by the Shalimar Gardens in Kashmir, which had been built by Jahangir, Shah Jahan’s father, in 1620. Shah Jahan desired a similar garden that was to be used exclusively by his family and court men. The gardens were constructed in 1641-and are laid out in the form of a rectangle aligned along a north-south axis.

“A HARMONIOUS SYMPHONY OF NATURE AND DESIGN”

As you step into the Shalimar Gardens, prepare to be enchanted by the symmetrical precision of its layout – a stunning display of the Mughal love for harmony and order. Spanning over forty acres of land, the gardens are divided into three descending terraces, each symbolising a different aspect of the cosmic world.

THE UPPER TERRACE

‘Farah Baksh’ (Bestower of Pleasure) Behold the top level, originally reserved for the royal family. Here, the grand marble pavilion offers a panoramic view of the entire garden, perfectly capturing the essence of regal leisure.

THE MIDDLE TERRACE

‘Faiz Baksh’ (Bestower of Goodness) Experience the heart of the garden, adorned with a splendid array of fountains and centrally located water pools that reflect the azure Lahore sky, creating a mesmerising effect.

THE LOWER TERRACE!

‘Hayat Baksh’ (Bestower of Life) Immerse yourself in the bustling energy of the lower terrace, where once flowed water cascades and life thrived in its most exuberant forms. This area resonates with the vibrancy of nature and life.

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