Asia Grace

Palace gardens

Srinagar, Kashmir

The Mogul and Persian influence reached east into India and especially into Kashmir. The Kashmir kings, or rajs, ruled over a very fertile valley, and to celebrate the goodness of life in this sweet kingdom they used its abundant water to delight citizens. Water meant wealth and Kashmir had water. The Kashmiris also inherited the Persian appreciation of large urban green areas --or parks -- fairly rare in the rest of the Indian subcontinent.

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