Amer in Jaipur
In the ancient citadel of Amer in Jaipur, the stunning Dil-e-Aaram Gardens is where the elements of nature, majestic views of the land and a stunning geometry of design coalesce. Built within the sandstone fort in a syncretic style that skillfully blended elements from Rajput and Mughal architecture, its beauty lies in its Charbagh format (an Islamic principle based on Chahar Bagh or four gardens), with channels of running water cross-crossing a manicured garden and embraced by a lattice-like marble walkway. It is here, in the Mughal Gardens at Amer Fort, that a love for natural beauty and symmetry is ever-present.
Butchart Gardens | British Columbia
The Villa d'Este
A 16th-century villa in Tivoli, Rome, finds itself surrounded by a terraced hillside of gardens and an extraordinary design of fountains. The Villa d'Este has an artful maze of greenery, interspersed with beautiful niches, grottos and nymphaeums fed by the nearby River Aniene.
The gardens are home to a remarkable network of cascades, waterfalls and fountains, furnished by the diverted river that travels through the town of Tivoli, and each intricate channel operates without any pumps, entirely by the wonder of gravity.
Each water channel is fed by the nearby River Aniene, that journeys through
the old town of Tivoli. The fountains operate by the wonder of gravity, without any pumps.
Nishat Bagh | East of Dal Lake, Srinagar
In the springtime, a meandering wooded pathway into the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands can leave you spellbound: tulip fields until the eye can see, dotted with colourful narcissi, daffodils, hyacinths and bluebells. Each year, 7 million bulbs blossom into a riot of colour.
Shalimar Bagh | Lahore, Pakistan
The Alhambra Palace
The Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, was known by Moorish poets as ‘a pearl set in emeralds’, an allusion to the breathtaking mosaic of gardens and architecture.
With a host of wildflowers, roses, myrtles, orange trees and English elms, the gardens sally into palace courtyards and rooms, with flowers climbing over moulded stucco walls and vines draped across gorgeous architectural niches. A mesmerizing interplay of fountains, cascades, shaded walkways and pergolas decorate the complex, transporting you to a bygone era.
The palace is a mosaic of breathtaking gardens, fountains and architecture.
Kawachi Fuji Gardens | Kitakyushu, Japan
Rich lavender wisteria flowers decorate the gardens.