Srinagar is the capital
of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India, and is situated in the valley
of Kashmir. The city lies on both banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary
of the Indus River. The city is famous for its lakes and houseboats
floating over them. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts
and dry fruits. Srinagar is 876 km north of Delhi
Tourism is the most significant segment of the city's economy. The city
of Srinagar has been serving as a gateway to some of the most scenic and
beautiful places of the India
Dal Lake, going from the Mughal Gardens side back to Srinagar.Srinagar is
well known for its lakes. Dal Lake with its houseboats is famous all over
the world. Srinagar is a small and beautiful city with a wonderful
climate in the summer. Just outside the city are found the beautiful
Shalimar Gardens created by Jehangir, the Mughal emperor, in 1619
Srinagar has several gardens which are part of the several such gardens
laid by the Mughal emperors across the Indian subcontinent, and which are
known as Mughal gardens. The Mughal Gardens located in Srinagar and its
close vicinity include Chasma Shahi (the royal fountains); Pari Mahal
(the palace of the fairies); Nishat Bagh (the garden of spring); Sahlimar
Bagh; and the Nashim Bagh
Dal Lake , 8 km has a total area of 26 sq km. At Dal Gate, a gate lets
out the lake water to prevent it from flooding. Dal has three islands,
Silver Island ( Ropa Lank) popular as Char Chinar, built by Prince Murad,
son of Emperor Shah Jahan, Golden Island ( Sona Lank) at the south end
and Nehru Park, as island just few yards away from the road side.
Water skiing is a favorite sport among tourists during summer. Motor
launches with ski boards are available on hire. During the Winter season,
migratory birds float in the lake making it a magnificent scene, The lake
offers splendid colours and moods with every change in the weather that
mesmerizes the visitors and locals too. Dal is a photographers delights.
Expansion of houseboats was carried out during Mughal period and later
this British further modernised them along with the boatmen of the day.
Dal lake is home to more than a thousand houseboats know for their unique
The houseboats are designed with Walnut and Deodar wood work and the base
is make of a special wood that makes it float for decades, It is
advisable to book a room in advance directly with the owner or a travel
Shikara are boats used as means of transportation from ghats to
houseboats and for sights sing in the lake, While on shikara ride one
gets immersed in the panoramic view of the Zabarwan range and in the
vastness of the lake symphonized with waves formed by the shikarawala's
rowing. A boat ride of interior Dal is an adventure. The water borne life
of the people inside the lake is a different experience. The floating
shops on the boats are the main markets of the people.
Most pleasurable day picnic spots for the tourist, the famed Mughal
Gardens are located between Dal Lake and Zaborwan mountain range on
Boulevard. These gardens are memorials of love for mankind and the
Shalimar Garden : 15 km from City, Built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife
Nur Jehan in 1616. The garden has some attractive Mughal structure carved
from black marble in Diwan - e - Khas used for the guests of the Emperor
as Banquet halls.
Cheshmashahi . Situated on the foothills of Zabarwan range, the garden
has a spring known for its medicinal properties . Cheshmashahi was laid
out in 1632 by Mardan Khan. It is considered as most serence since the
garden is 4 km away form Boulevardís hustle and bustle.
On the way of Cheshmashahi, on can visit a marvelous garden spread over
several acres of land. The Botanical Garden was established by the State
government for floricultural purpose and is now open to the public.
Pari Mahal : 3 km ahed
of Cheshmashahi is a school of astrology built by Prince Dara Shukho,
eldest son of Shah Jahan who had keen interest in observation of stars &
Sufism. Situated amidst the Zabarawan hills at a height, the breathtaking
scene of the lake and city makes every visitor stay for a little longer.
Nishat Bagh : 11 km from Srinagar City, The Garden Designed by Abul
Hassan Asif Khan eldest brother of Nur Jehan, who was governor of Kashmir
during the reign of Jehangir, this garden has 7 terraces and a stone
channel for running water in the centre
Shankar Acharya Temple : 5 km from Nehru Park, the temple stands atop
Takht e Suleman Legend describes the building of temple by King Solomon
in 3000 BC to store the treasure of 300 golden and silver statues.
Hazratbal Shrine : 15 km enshrines the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad The
relic was brought to India in 1634 by Syed Abdullah and acquired by
Khwaja Noor ud Din Ishbari a Kashmiri trader in 1692. It is displayed to
the devotees on various religious occasions during the year when people
of every class stand in a row to have a glimpse of the holy relic to get
blessed. The complex is carved with wonderful white marble work which
shines over the years with same glow and stature. The Shrine can also be
visited via Dal Lake in a shikara.
Shrine of Maqdoom Sahib : A revered saint of Kashmir commonly know as
Hazrat Sultan, is on the southern side of the hillock making it a
precedent of religious solidarity in Kashmir..
Shah Hamdan Mosque : 7 km is one of the oldest mosques in Srinagar
originally built in 1395 by Sultan Qutab ud din in respect of Syed Ali
Hamdani Rh Shah Hamdan played a major role in spreading Islam in the
Valley with the help of 700 other saints who followed his from Hamdan in
Persia. The mosque has breathtaking woodcarvings and fine papier Mache
Kohi Maran (Hari Parbat) 6 km Surmounted by an 18 the century fort
constructed by Atta Mohammad Khan an Afgan governor. The hill is
surrounded by a wall built by Akbar in Ad 1592 -98 . Almond orchards used
to be a favourite picnic spots fo Kashmiri people in spring during
Srinagar Airports is connected with Indira Gandhi Airpots, New Delhi by
daily direct flights via Jammu operated by Indian Airlines, Jet Airways,
Air Shahara, Kingfisher, Spice Jet, Air Deccan and GoAir.
One can hire a taxi from the airport taxi stand at reasonable charges the
14 km journey from airport to the city provides a view of modern Srinagar
city full of daytime hustle bustle.
By Rail :
Jammu Tawi Railway Station connects J&K State with rest of the country by
a of number of regular and special holiday trains starting from all major
cities of India. At the railway station, buses and taxis are available
daily from Srinagar, particularly in the morning.
By Road : Jammu to Srinagar