Laid out in the 17th C. (1634 AD) by Mirza Abul Hasan, the Nishat Bagh is amongst the most prominent gardens that the Mughals developed in the erstwhile Hindustan. The bagh or garden is located directly along the eastern bank of the Dal Lake on the foot of Zabarwan mountain range. The garden stretches out over a rectangular area of approximately 116.70 acres, and measures about 556.50 x 350.00 m, which equals 6 quarters (3 x 2) of the traditional chahar bagh concept.
Nishat Bagh’s exceptional quality lies therefore in its setting, the complex terraced layout, the play of water cascades, the views it offers, and its ecology. Length-wise, the garden consists of twelve terraces, supposedly symbolizing the twelve signs of the zodiac. The width of the garden consists of seven linear sections, which make up three main sections; a central wing with the main water features and two lower laying side wings.
The terraces in the garden rise not only from the Dal Lake up the mountain side, along the length of the garden, but also along its width from the side wings to the central channel axis. The sophisticated geometrical manner by which the chahar bagh concept and terraces have been adapted to the contours of the mountainside contribute towards making Nishat Bagh one of the finest representations of traditional chahar bagh garden layouts spread across the Islamic world.
SP HazratbalIrshadHussain Rather flagged off the run which started from Duck Park and culminated at Nishat Garden. Around 800 girls from various schools and institutions participated in the event.
The marathon culminated with a prize distribution ceremony at Nishat Parking where SMC Commissioner Athar Amir Khan was the chief guest.
Nighat Aman SSP Security Secretariat, SP HazratbalIrshadHussain Rather, Dy Mayor ParvaizQadri, famous singers Irfan and Bilal were present on the occasion.
Sara of New Convent bagged 1st position, Nazia of Manigam Higher Secondary Ganderbal 2nd position and Iqra of Govt Middle School Krishipora bagged 3rd position.
The winners of the event were congratulated and prizes were distributed among them by the officers. Addressing the participants, SP Hazratbal appreciated them for taking part in the marathon and their determination to make the event a success.
He hailed the enthusiasm shown by very young girls in displaying their commitment to complete the run.