arguably a city that embodies romance and beauty is the summer capital of
Jammu and Kashmir; perfectly placed in the center of the Kashmir Valley.
Srinagar literally meaning 'the city of wealth & abundance' in Sanskrit,
was founded around 150 AD by King Pravarasen II. Situated on the banks of
the river Jhelum, Srinagar is surrounded by beautiful lakes like Dal,
Nagin and Anchar, whose glittering waters reflecting the rays of the sun
is a sight to behold. Its vividly vibrant & beautiful houseboats sailing
along the scenic Dal Lake against the backdrop of the majestic Himalayan
snow clad mountains makes Srinagar a dream destination for every traveler.
Dal Lake the largest lake, spread across 26 sq.km is home to the
maximum number of houseboats & Shikara's. No trip to Kashmir is complete
without a stay on one of its luxurious house boats & a boat ride on a
Popularly known as 'Srinagar's jewel' the Dal Lake, spread over a
straggling 26 sq.km, is the most popular tourist attraction in Srinagar.
Renowned for its house boats and Shikara boat rides, set against the slow
clad glorious Himalayas, the Dal Lake continues to be on the canvas &
subject of several poets & artists.
Mughal Gardens is combination of three renowned gardens namely the Nishat
Bagh, Shalimar Gardens and Chashm-e-shahi. These gardens are every
travelers delight with beautifully laid out manicured gardens, with
vibrant flowerbeds, terraced lawns and well long stretches of cascading
fountains. Mughal period is a marvel located around 13 km from Srinagar.
These gardens are the major attractions for tourists coming to Jammu and
Kashmir. These gardens are a fine example of the Mughal style of
architecture & design.
Nishat Bagh, meaning the 'The garden of joy' located on the eastern side
of the Dal Lake is a marvelous garden designed by Asaf Khan, Nur Jahan's
brother. Laid out in 1633 it is among the largest of the Mughal Gardens.
The garden with rare species of flowering plants and long avenues of
chinar & cypress trees, has 12 terraces out of which the second terrace is
considered the most impressive with 23 niches provided in its arched
recess, just behind the cascade. It can be reached through the Dal Lake
using water taxi of Kashmir, the Shikara.
Chashme Shahi founded in 1632 with a length of 108 meters and breadth of
38 meters, is a small beautiful garden, the smallest among the famous
Mughal gardens. This garden, also known as Royal Spring, is located near
the Nehru Memorial Park in Srinagar and is easily reachable by road.
The garden is established in three sections with an aqueduct with
fountains and waterfalls located along the middle. Different varieties of
beautiful fragrant flowers and manicured lawns are the main attractions in
Pari Mahal (House of Fairies) also known as Quntilon, is a historic
monument placed above the beautiful Chashma Shahi Gardens near Srinagar.
The ancient monument brings out the architectural brilliance of the fore
gone age. A well-laid spacious garden surrounds this structure, which was
once a Buddhist monastery and later served as a school of astrology
promoted by the eldest son of Shah Jahan, Dara Shikoh.
The garden, in the lawn of Pari Mahal with a small spring in the middle,
with blooming flowers and fruits overlooks the picturesque Dal Lake.
Rickshaws can be taken to reach Pari Mahal. It is a five minutesí drive
from Chashme Shahi Garden. Char Chinar is also a good place to visit.
Shankaracharya Temple, known to be built by Jaluka, the son of Emperor
Ashoka around 200 BC, is an ancient shrine located on the Shankaracharya
Hill (Takht-e-Suleiman) in Srinagar. This sacred site, situated at a
height of about 1100 feet on the south-east of the city, offers splendid
views of the valley and the snow clad mountains of the Pir Panjal range.
Local folks tell a story that saint Shankaracharya spent some of his time
at this site during his visit to Kashmir to revitalize Sanatan Dharma.
Shankaracharya Temple, constructed on an elevated octagonal plane, can be
reached through a flight of steps bounded by side-walls. The inner sanctum
adorns a modern ceiling & several Persian inscriptions.
Also known as Dargah Sharif, Assar-e-Sharif and Madinat-Us-Sani, the
Hazratbal Mosque on the western banks of the majestic Dal Lake is
considered to be one of the most important shrines for Muslims. With the
impressive Nishat Bagh in the vicinity, this enchanting white marble
mosque offers great views of the Lake in the back drop of the majestic