The largest and the most famous of the Mughal gardens in Kashmir, Shalimar gardens were laid out by Jahangir for Noor Jahan. A garden of immense beauty with wonderful vistas and shallow terraces is worth all of Hindustan. It is 539 by 132 meters wide and occupies the space at the far end of Dal Lake. The periphery is marked by giant chinars. The Persian lilacs are still a huge tourist draw in summers, preceded by the flowering of the cherry trees. The stepping stones across the stream are a delight to use.