Pari Mahal

Distance 2 km uphill from Cheshmashahi garden on the Zabarwan Mountain

Pari Mahal was laid in mid-17 century by Dara-Shikoh, eldest son of Shah Jahan in his risalah-e-rumuzai. Dara refers to Pari Mahal as a residential school of Sufism headed by a spiritual guide, Akhun Mulla Shah, a sufi saint. Of the seven terraces, the upper five are retained by walls having recessed arches in the first, second, fourth and fifth terrace which were originally plastered. Water for the garden was taken from a spring on the hill above and was passed pari-mahalthrough various terraces by means of earthen pipes (Kulfa) and open channels in the middle of each terrace. The first and the third terrace also have the pavilion. The retaining wall of the fourth terrace is projected having square pigeon holes which are interesting features. On the second and fourth terraces there are tanks. Entry to the garden is from third terrace, through an arched doorway, having chambers on either side, the one on the north being a hammam. Recently it has been turned into a very pleasant garden, attractively situated on Zabarwan mountain.