Pari Mahal, Anantnag
About Pari Mahal
The Pari Mahal, or Palace of Fairies, was built as a library and residence for the Mughal prince Dara Shikoh in the mid-1600s. Dara Shikoh was said to have lived in this area in the years 1640, 1645, and 1654. It was further used as an observatory, useful for teaching astrology and astronomy. The gardens have since become the property of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.The Pari Mahal has also been used as a top-secret interrogation centre and as a base for high-level bureaucrats.