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Best time to Visit April-June
STD Code 0194
Location of Srinagar:
Situated on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the
famous Indus River, the city of Srinagar is a heavenly abode
on earth with numerous lakes and large expanses of green
valleys spread throughout. The Jhelum River runs through the
city and the valley, emptying in the Wular Lake. The city at
876 km north of Delhi is famous for its nine ancient bridges,
linking the two parts of the city.
Tourist Attractions of Srinagar
Srinagar is located in the picturesque Kashmir valley and one
of the most beautiful cities in India in terms of natural
splendor. The tourist attractions of Srinagar are mainly
related to natural beauty like lakes, gardens, etc. Other than
that, there are some shrines that form the tourist attractions
of Srinagar. The state of Srinagar embodies the poetry of
nature, which no human language can interpret in words.
Majestic ice capped mountains, verdant woods, lively rivers
and placid lakes form the landscape of the state.
Mughal Gardens, as the name suggests, built in the Mughal
period is a marvel located in Srinagar. These gardens are the
major attractions of the tourists to Jammu and Kashmir. These
gardens are the nice example of the Mughal style of
constructing attractive places. The name Mughal Gardens is
given for the combination of three renowned gardens namely the
Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Gardens and Chashmashahi. These gardens
are tourists’ paradise and are beautifully decorated with
bright flowerbeds, terraced lawns and well maintained
cascading fountains. No tourist can miss these three nice
Dal Lake, most populated tourist attraction in Srinagar, is
renowned for its house boats and Shikaras. Dal Lake appeared
and still continues to appear as a subject matter of many
poems and articles.
The wonderful scenic lake extending an area of 26 square
meters has been partitioned in to four areas by four
causeways. Western part of the lake is enchanting with many
Islands attracting tourists with its serenity and solitude.
Pari Mahal means House of the Fairies also known as
Quntilon, is a historic monument placed above the beautiful
Chashma Shahi Gardens near Srinagar. Ancient old monument
brings out the architectural brilliance of the foregone age. A
well-laid spacious garden surrounds this house, which was once
a Buddhist monastery and later served as a school of astrology
promoted by the eldest son of Shah Jahan, Dara Shikoh.
A shrine known by different name, such as Dargah Sharif,
Assar-e-Sharif and Madinat-Us-Sani, Hazratbal Mosque is placed
on the banks of the majestic Dal Lake in its western side and
is considered as one of the most important shrine of Muslims.
With the impressive Nishat Bagh in the opposite, this
enchanting white marble mosque offers a verdant look of the
Lake in the back drop of scenic mountains.
Shankaracharya Temple, assumed to be built by Jaluka, the
son of Emperor Ashoka around 200 BC, is an ancient shrine
located on the mount Shankaracharya Hill (Takht-e-Suleiman) in
Srinagar. This site, situated at a height of about 1100 feet
above the city, is believed to be a sacred one and offers
splendid view of the down valley and the snowy 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.
Chashm-e-Shahi Garden, 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 nearby the Nehru
Memorial Park in Srinagar.
Welcome to the most beautiful Garden in Srinagar, renowned
as the monument of love. The Shalimar Garden, constructed by
great Emperor Jahangir in 1616 for his beloved beautiful wife
Nurjahan, “Light of the world�?, has four terraces and draws
water through a canal from Harwan with imposing fountains. The
highest terrace called as “Abode of Love�? was reserved for
the king and the royal ladies.
The garden is illuminated by colorful electric lights which
add to the charm of the place. There is a big tank around
which nearly 150 fountains amaze the tourist with their
display. Don’t miss this garden while visiting Srinagar. Many
newly wedded couples visit this garden and spent their spare
time in memory of the abode of love.
Shikara boats which operate around the picturesque lakes
are cheap and have access to most of the important places of
interest in Srinagar.
Best Seasons, Climate, and Clothing:
The climatic conditions in Srinagar are mostly alpine.
Summers (April-June) are gentle and soothing while the winters
(November-February) are icy cold. During December-February it
is blessed with heavy snowfall. Srinagar is best visited
during summers between the months of April and June. You will
need to carry heavy woolens while traveling to Srinagar.