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Shalimar Garden

Location North Delhi, near northern ridge behind Delhi University
How to Reach Take an auto or cab or disembark at University Metro station
Timing Anytime, weeklong, preferably during the spring season

Shalimar Garden in DelhiIf you start walking away from the Hansraj College towards north you will bump in to a village called Badli Sarai. Just take a few paces and you will hit the road that leads to the village that has the Shalimar Garden, where Aurangzeb crowned himself in 1658.

The place looks desolated and barren but it was not like this always. There were many buildings at the time of emperor Shah Jahan but all of them except Shish Mahal have lost into oblivion. Even the Shish Mahal that boasted of unspeakable grandeur in past is somehow depleted. The beautiful central pavilion built by Shah Jahan is now in a fairly advanced state of decay. Some of the original painted flower decoration and naqqashi is what left to admire.

The garden, which has been renovated and re-laid in 2006 with imported grass and crystal clear water bodies, was earlier known as 'Aizzabad-Bagh'. There is no authentic account of it but it is believed that Shah Jahan perhaps built it in the memory of his mistress Aizzu'n-Nisa Begum. Aurangzeb used it as his summer retreat. European travelers such as Francis Bernier and Alfred Cotrou have mentioned that one Sir David Ochterlony, The British resident commissioner of Delhi, used Shalimar Bagh as his residence.