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View through the arch at Verinag

Verinag is towards the end of the Kashmir valley not far from the Banihal Pass. The Mughal Emperor,Jahangir built a palace and garden here, he wrote.... 'When I was a prince I had given an order that they should erect a building at this spring suitable to the place. It is now completed. There was a reservoir of an octagonal shape...Round halls with domes had been erected and there was a garden in front of them ...round the reservoir was a stone walk...'

 

Today only the octagonal reservoir with its stone walkway and arched recesses is left of what was the fountain court of Jahangir’s palace. Inside some of the recesses are small flights of steps which must have once led to rooms above, and there are the remnants of some finely carved stone brackets jutting from the wall which may have supported balconies. Two original stones, inscribed in Persian, are set into the wall along the walkway – one gives the date of the building, 1609, and the other tells the name of the builder, ‘constructed by Haidar, by order of Jahangir’.

(from Travels in Kashmir, by Brigid Keenan)

 

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Taken on April 26, 2010