Pari Mahal (House of the Fairies) is situated just above Chashma Shahi Gardens
, about 10 km from Srinagar
, in Jammu and Kashmir
. It was once a Buddhist monastery, later converted into a school of astrology by Dara Shikoh - eldest son of Mughal
Emperor Shah Jahan
Pari Mahal is a historic monument as well as a well-laid spacious garden. Situated around a small spring, the garden has beautiful flowering plants and various kinds of fruit. Although Pari Mahal boasted a large number of springs earlier, only a few can be seen today.
The mahal, on the spur of a hill, is illuminated at night and can be seen from most places in Srinagar. It overlooks the picturesque Dal Lake.