Nishat: Garden of Joy but an anecdote of jealousy at the backdrop.
The garden was designed and built in 1633 by Asif Khan, elder brother of Noor Jahan and father-in-law of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is narrated that when Shah Jahan visited the garden in 1633, he repeatedly expressed great appreciation of its beauty with the hope of getting it as a gift. But when Asif Khan demurred, Shah Jahan ordered that the garden's water supply which came from his own Shalimar Garden, be cut off. The garden was then deserted for some time and Asif Khan felt desolate. One day, Asif Khan while resting under the tree in the garden heard the sound of water and fountains in action as his bold servant turned on the water supply from Shalimar. Asif Khan feared the worst reaction from the emperor for this wanton act of disobedience. Fortunately, shah Jahan was not annoyed by the disobedience of his orders. Instead, he appreciated the servant for his loyal service to his master and then ordered full restoration rights for the supply of water to the garden, the same garden we are enjoying today.