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The entrance to Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar

The entrance to Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: Photo 883/(35)

Item number: 88335

Genre: Photograph

View taken along the tree-lined canal towards the Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar from the 'Album of Indian Views' taken by Samuel Bourne in 1864. Shalimar Bagh was built by Jahangir (r.1605-27) for his wife Noor Jahan in 1616. One of the few surviving Mughal gardens, it was based on the Persian charbagh plan. This garden is secluded, reached by a tree-lined canal. It is divided into three parts- the public part, the private garden for the Emperor and the zenana-laid out in ascending terraces. The entire garden is divided by a wide stream that comes from the mountains and runs the entire length of the garden, surrounded by fountains and water chutes.

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