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Srinagar Information

Srinagar is located on the banks of the Jhelum River.  This summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir is known for its elegant shikaras (water-taxis) that ply back and forth on the Jhelum River.  Srinagar city is also the headquarters of the Srinagar district.

Located at an elevation of about 1700m, Srinagar is a splash of temples, mosques and beautiful people, in colourful costumes.  Srinagar can be used as a base to trek into the mountains in the Ladakh region.  An early morning ride on the shikara can be a beautiful experience, as the beauty of the city, amidst the morning mist is truly a sight to behold. 

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Places of Interest Srinagar

Mughal Gardens

There are several beautiful gardens in Srinagar, and the most beuatful among these are attributed to the Mughal rulers.  The Chashma Shahi (meaning, the royal spring), is a 17th century garden created during Shah Jahan’s reign.  Laid out high on the slope of a hill, Chashma Shahi offers a beautiful view of the Dal Lake nestling among the surrounding hills.  It is the smallest among the Mughal gardens in Srinagar and the closest to the city.
The largest mughal garden is Nishat Bagh (the garden of bliss), located between the Dal Lake and the mountain ranges.  Twelve terraces cut by cascading sheets of water, with the snow-capped Pir Panchal Mountains in the background, this garden is truly a sight to behold.  The Shalimar Bagh (the abode of love) is also a beautiful garden with many pools and waterfalls.  It was laid out in 1619 by Hehangir for his wife Nur Jahan.  The oldest mughal garden here is the Nassem Bagh (the garden of morning breeze), which was planned by Akbar in 1586. Now a part of the engineering campus, this beautiful garden is particularly known for its many chinar trees and an exotic spread of streams, fountains and flowerbeds.
The Nehru Park at Dal Lake, off Boulevard, the Gandhi Park near New Secretariat, the Polo Ground between Maulana Azad Road and Shervani Marg and the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Park at Shirazi Bagh are the other gardens and parks in this beautiful city.

Lakes

Located in the eastern part of the city at the foot of Mt.  Shridhara, the busy yet beautiful Dal Lake is 6km along and 3 km wide.  You can spend the entire day cruising around the lake on the elegant shikaras, picnic on the islands that dot the lake or visit the mughal gardens or just relax on the balcony of the houseboats, amidst beautiful surroundings. 
The Nagin Lake is rightly called so, as Nagin literally means “jewel in a ring”.  True to it’s name, this sparkling blue lake is surrounded by lush green trees, like sapphire set among emeralds. The facilities for swimming, water-skiing and sailing add to its attractions.

Hari Parbhat Fort

This 18th century fortress is located atop the hill of Sharika, and the walls were built much earlier by Akbar in 1598.  The fort presents a beautiful sight in spring as the almond gardens surrounding it add a delicate touch to these ancient walls when in full bloom.

Harwan

This reservoir supplies water to Srinagar.  A trout hatchery and a pretty garden also located here.

Hazratbal

Located ont eh western bank of the Dal Lake, this historic mosque is set against an amazingly beautiful background of snow capped peaks.  Built by Shah Jahan, this mosque is a pleasing mix of Mughal and Kashmiri styles of architecture.  A hair of the Prophet Mahammed is enshrined here and is displayed to the public on special occasions.

Jami Mashid

Thrice destroyed by fire, the present structure dates back to 1674.  The root of this mosque is supported by 300 wooden pillars.

Pari Mahal

This once-beautiful building with its arched terraces and fine view was intended to be a school of Sufism and observatory by its builder Dara Shikoh.  It has now been turned into a pleasant well-kept garden.

Pather Mashid

This unused yet fine stone mosque dating from 1623 was built by Nur jahan as a place of worship for the Shia Muslims.

Shah Hamdan Mosque

Destroyed by fire and re-built many times, the present structure dates back to 1731.  The cubical wooden with a pyramidal roof narrowing to a spire has some fine papier-mache work on its walls and ceilings.

Shankaracharya Hill

Named after Shankaracharya, the great Hindu saint philosopher who travelled to Kashmir in the early years of the present era to spread Hinduism there.  He is said to have lived on this hill.  The hill also has a large stone temple dating from Jehaingir’s time, though the original temple was built by Ashoka’s son Jaluka in 200 BC.  The stroll up the hill is a pleasant experience and the view from the top of the snow-capped Pir panjal Mountains encircling the Dal Lake is truly exhilarating.

Shri Pratap Singh Museum

This museum is Lal Mandi has a good collection of kashmiri exhibits Timings 10 am to 5pm, Closed on Wednesdays.

Jhelum River and its Bridges

The beautiful Jhelum river which flow trhough Srinagar from Verinag (80 km south of Srinagar) to the Wulvar lake in the north, is known for its old bridges such as the Amira Kadal, Habba Kadal, Fateh Kadal, Zaina kadal, Ali Kadal, Nawa kadal and Saffa Kadal.

Tomb of Zain-ul-Abidin

King Zain-ul-Abidin was the son of Sultan Sikander, who built the Jami Masjid.  His tome, built with glazed tiles, moulded bricks and dome is located between the Ali Kadal and the Zaina kadal.

Pandrethan Temple

Built around 900AD, this Siva temple attracts a steady flow of pilgrims.

Houseboats

These colourful floating landmarks of Srinagar can be found all along the Jhelum River and on the Dal and again lakes.  It is interesting to note that houseboats were first built in 1888 by the British, when the Maharaja forbade them from buying land and constructing houses.  Today, staying in a houseboat is surely a not-to be-missed experience for tourists.

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Excursions
Sonmarg

This beautiful place on the Srinagar-ladakh highway is known for its beautiful treks and verdant scenery.  Thajiwas, the glacier near this place offers delightful walks and treks.

Pampore (12km)

Pampore is the center of Kashmir’s saffron industry, with saffron being grown on the Karewas beyond Pampore.

Dachigam National Park (21km)

This sanctuary is one of e last bastions of the Hangul or Kashmir Stag, which is an endangered species now.  Originally a royal game preserve, it is now a protected wildlife preserve that also shelters the brown bear, musk deer and the Himalayan black bear.

Ganderbal (14km)

A good camping site on eh banks of the Sindh.

Burzahom (2km)

Recent excavations have revealed ancient settlements that date back to about 250BC.  Exhibits in the site museum include bone weapons and stone pottery.

Sangam (35km)

Known for its strong local industry that manufactures cricket bats.