The Mughal Gardens comprise of three small gardens - the Chashmashahi Garden, Nishat Garden and the Shalimar Garden. The spectacular beauty of these Mughal Gardens makes them one of the most popular tourist attractions in Srinagar. Shalimar Garden was built by Mughal Emperor Jehangir in the year 1619 AD and called it "Farah Baksh" (the delightful). Eleven years later during Emperor Shah Jahan’s reign, the Governor of Kashmir Zaffer Khan extended the garden and called it "Faiz Baksh" (the Bountiful). The garden was graded in three sections. The outer garden known as the Diwan-i-Aam, the central portion is the Emperor's garden called as the "Diwan-i-¬Khas" and the uppermost by far the best garden was meant for the Empress and her ladies. The romantic effect of numerous fountains in large tanks and central water channel, cascades, monumental pavilions, mighty chinars, lush lawns laden with colour and fragrance speak volumes for the taste of Great Mughal.
Nishat garden, the garden of Delight, the largest Mughal Garden on Dal-Lake was laid out by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jahan, wife of Jahangir, in the year 1632 A.D. It is located on Dal-Lake about 2.5 Kilometers to the south of Shalimar and commands a magnificent view in the west and has a panoramic back drop of mountains in the East.