Srinagar, the crowning glory of hill stations, is the celebrated capital city of Jammu & Kashmir. Srinagar is called the city of lakes, which has fascinated tourist's from centuries, with its beautiful picturesque Himalayan backdrop, glittering lakes that are surrounded by houseboats and Shikaras and the grandeur of Mughal architectural. This summer capital of the state Jammu & Kashmir is also a business centre and a favourite oliday resort.
With a mixed Hindu, Mughal and Sikh past, the city is bunch of various cultures. Srinagar is one of the major tourist and honeymoon spots of Kashmir or India owing to its pleasant weather and many tourist attractions, which include the majestic Dal Lake & Nagin lake, with floating luxurious and budget houseboats, Nishat and Shalimaar the Mughal Gardens, Chashmashahi Bagh, the Heritable Shrine, Shankaracharya Temple and many fountains and water bodies -
Tourist Places in Srinagar
The Dal lake and the Shikharas are the two most famous symbols of Srinagar, and tourists come from far and wide to spend a few hours on the lake. Those who have time for a longer stay can rent houseboats. They say that watching a sunset or sunrise over the Dal lake is a truly uplifting and awe inspiring experience
floating market at sunrise have it own charm,someone have rightly said that visiting night without staying in houseboat is incomplete
2 Nagin lake
The not so touristy step sister of the Dal lake, Nagin lake offers a great view, serene waters, sweet bird songs and good opportunities for angling. Apart from the houseboats and shikharas, trade boats also ply along, selling fruit and vegetables, papier mache figurines, decorative boxes, wool products and even jewellery. This lake is more charming than the Dal lake because it is less crowded.
3.Nishat and Shalimaar
The Mughal Gardens in Srinagar reflect the sense of beauty and the lavish styles of the Mughal era in India. There are 3 gardens in all.
Nishat Bagh is situated on the banks of the Dal Lake. The 12-terraced garden has beautiful flowering trees and regal Chinars. The garden has water canals flowing down the middle. The beautifully landscaped terraces of Nishat Bagh nearly reach the waters of the Dal Lake down below.
The second garden, Shalimar Bagh, is also marked by the presence of terraces that are separated by water channels. There are four terraces in this garden. There is a pavilion on the 4th terrace, which used to serve as a banquet hall. The pavilion gets its support from black marble pillars that have beautiful engravings on them. The fountains and the trees in this garden converge towards the horizon..
Asia’s largest tulip garden on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar is an awesome floral extravaganza which attracts million of tourists every year. The tulip garden is known as Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip garden
20 million multi-coloured tulip bulbs of 60 varieties provides a heavenly view to all visitors. The Tulip Garden is surrounded on three sides by the Nishat Bagh and Chashma Shahi Mughal Gardens of Srinagar.
The delicate flowers in different hues and colours are developed with to provide tourists with an added incentive to visit the Valley. The Flower bed sprawls all over the foothills of the towering Zabarwan Mountain Range, overlooking the beautiful and the world famous Dal Lake in Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital Srinagar imparts a mesmerising ambience to this 90-acre tourist attraction.
The Srinagar Tulip Festival is held during the first two weeks of April each year. Due to only 15 to 20 days shelf life of this fragile flower (depending on weather & temperature), the window of opportunity for viewing the tulips is limited.
The Shankaracharya temple is situated in the Srinagar district on the hill known as Takht-e-Suleiman. It is housed at a height of 1100 ft. above surface level of the main city on the hill. It is believed that Raja Gopadatya got the temple constructed in 371 BC, giving it the name of Gopadri. The great philosopher Shankaracharya is supposed to have stayed here when he visited Kashmir to revive Sanatan Dharma. This incident, which took place ten centuries ago, led to the renaming of the temple as the Shankracharya temple.
Chashmashahi (meaning "Royal Spring") received its name from its water source, a spring located on its uppermost terrace. The design of the garden, similar to other Kashmiri gardens, is a version of a traditional Persian garden that has been modified to fit the steep site. Here too, you will find gardens of beautiful flowering trees and elegant Cypresses and Chinars
Pari Mahal in Srinagar was at one time a Buddhist monastery with a beautifully laid out garden. It was later converted into a school of astrology. The beauty of the Pari Mahal in Srinagar is enhanced by glowing lights which light up the night and enhance the beauty of this place.
most important mosques in Srinagar and is highly revered. Like other mosques, women are only allowed This alabaster white Hazratbal Dargah (mosque) is really serene and beautiful. It is one of the in the outer area of the mosque. The market outside the mosque is a good place to find local food, particularly meat based food.