If you visit Lahore, you should not forget to have tour to Shalimar gardens or Shalamar gardens. Shalimar gardens tell the glory and grandeur of the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan. Shalimar gardens are situated near Baghbanpura Lahore. These gardens are amalgamation of five geographical sources of inspirations i.e. Central Asia, Kashmir, West Punjab, Persia, and Delhi Sultanate.
These beautiful gardens were built in 16th Century by Shah Jehan, the greatest patron of Architecture. It was used as the Royal pleasure Garden by the Mughals during 16th to 19th century. In 1818, It saw its worst days when it was destroyed by the Sikh ruler Ranjit Sing and was used as stable. During English times (1842- 1947) It regained its value as the Garden and was open to Public. After English, the Garden was restored by the Pakistan Government and it is in use today as popular hangout site.
Shalimar Gardens consist of three level beautiful terraces. Its 410 fountains give a paradise view on Earth and there is a proper canal system to irrigate the gardens. Building of gardens is built on royal Mughal style. There are numerous varieties of odoriferous and non odoriferous and fruit giving plants like apple, apricot, cherry, almond, mango, peach and many more.
Shalimar gardens have the proud privilege of being the stage of all important state receptions. Outside its walls, the annual festival of Mela Chiraghan is held every year during the month of March. Special lights on the first and second terraces of the Gardens give an awesome view especially after half-an-hour after sun-set.