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Srinagar

 

Srinagar

SRINAGAR

Places of Interest in Srinagar:

Dal Lake,  Nishat Garden, Shalimar Garden, Chashmashahi, Tulip Garden, Shankryacharya Temple, Nagin Lake, Hazratbal shrine, Dachigam National Park, Jama Masjid, Hari Parbat

 

Srinagar is the summer capital  city of state of  Jammu and Kashmir India.  Srinagar is located in Kashmir Valley of state  and lies on the banks of the Jhelum River.It  is also called the city of lakes, which has attracted tourist's and visitors  from centuries, with its beautiful scenic mountains backdrop, glittering lakes that are surrounded by shikaras and houseboats and the grandeur of Mughal architectural. Srinagar is the favourite tourist destination. Tourism is the most significant segment of the city's economy. Srinagar  city  is also a gateway to some of the most scenic and beautiful places of the World.
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Dal Lake:

Dal lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in India and is the second largest lake of the state of Jammu and Kashmir after Wular lake. It is encircled by mountains on three sides, the banks of this lake are adorned by several blooming gardens and orchards. The lake is also famous for its Shikaras and Houseboats for which it is visited by number of tourists. The Shikaras available at the lake provide travellers with ferry rides to and from the banks to the houseboats. Doctors, tailors, bakers- one can see them all in tiny wooden shops on the lake, near picturesque vegetable gardens and acres of lotus gardens.  Some of the main features of this lake include five basins and numerable channels, which are well linked with each other.

Mughal Gardens:

Kashmir was a favourite of the Mughal emperors who visited Kashmir in thr summers. Cool and refreshing after the plains of North India where the business of governance kept them, they planted gardens with stepped terraces and flowing watercourses. The three Mughal Gardens of Chesmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar are the Mughal Emperors' concept of paradise and these are today very famous places for tourists. Chashma Shahi is the first Mughal garden one will pass after Nehru Park. Built at a height above the city, its views are as stupendous as its layout. The next garden along the road that encircles the Dal is the Nishat, built by Empress Nur Jahan's brother Asaf Khan. The third Mughal garden, the Shalimar, was planted by Jehangir, the Mughal emperor, whose love for Kashmir was legendary.

Shankaracharya Temple:

It is a Hindu temple on a hilltop near Dal Lake dedicated to Lord Shiva. . It can be reached by a car or taxi. The temple was believed to be constructed in 371 BC by Raja Gopadatya, who gave it the name Gopadri. The philosopher Shankaracharya stayed at this site when he visited Kashmir ten centuries ago to revive "Sanatan Dharma". The temple is visited by large number of travellers owing to its architecture as well. This temple is supported by a high octagonal platform, which can be approached by a flight of hundred steps. In addition, tourists visiting the temple can also see a Persian inscription inside, which dates back to the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan.

Hari Parbat:

It is a 18th century fort on the top of  Sharika Hill,  rising to the west of Dal Lake. It was constructed by Atta Mohammed Khan from 1776 but the surrounding wall is much older, it was built between 1592 and 1598 during the rule of Akbar. Hari Parbat has the famous Shakti Temple on the western Slope and  shrines of Khwaja Makhdoom Sahib and Akhund Mullah Shah on the southern slope. . On the southern side there is a Gurudwara, which signifies the visit of Guru Hargobind.

Hazratbal Shrine:

Hazratbal Shrine is a sacred Muslim pilgrimage destination that is situated on the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar opposite Nishat Bagh. Visit to this shrine can be a special experience as the Prophet Mohammad's hair, that is the Moi-e-Muqqadus, is preserved in this shrine. The Moi-e-Muqqadus is usually on public display inside a glass casket on certain sacred and holy days. Visit to the Hazratbal shrine gives you an opportunity to participate in the colorful and vibrant fairs that are held at Hazratbal every year, the most important among these is the Shab-e-Meraj. The Watul mela is also very popular among the tourists and the pilgrims.

Nagin Lake:

Nagin Lake is considered as one of the impressive lakes in Srinagar. Its name derived out of the name of the trees surrounding the lake, is popular as the 'Jewel in the Ring’ . This is a small lake looking pretty in deep blue. Nagin lake is separated from the Dal lake by a thin causeway and is an exciting tourist spot with number of houseboats dwindling in the calm water.Nagin i s a perfect place to go for swimming as it Lake is less crowded and mor deeper tha Dal. Water Skiing and swimming  can venture out in this lake. Skiing facilities and fiberglass sailing boats are available for hire.