My previous post was Part One of our trip to Lister Park in Bradford. After wandering around the botanical gardens, we saw a sign which said Mughal Gardens so we went to see what that was all about.
The Mughal Gardens have been modelled on the fabled Mughal gardens of Northern India and Pakistan. Most of the Mughal Emperors were lovers of nature and comissioned a number of gardens including the Shalimar gardens in Srinagar, Kashmir and the gardens of the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Formal Mughal gardens are a geometric ordering of nature. The avenue of trees, pathways, flowering plants, water cascades and fountains are an example of a fusion between Muslim and Hindu styles.
I love how water is used in this garden, I think most people are drawn to water, myself included.
This is certainly a very different style of garden from the botanical gardens we'd seen earlier, water features in both, but in totally different ways.
Lister Park is perfect for a day out. I'd definitely like to return, though next time we'll leave Archie at home so that we can visit Bradford's civic art gallery which is housed in Cartwright Hall in the grounds of Lister Park, as well as the gardens.
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