Srinagar, the crowning glory of hill stations, is the celebrated capital city of
Jammu & Kashmir. Srinagar is called the city of lakes, which has facinated
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 holiday resort.
Reasons to visit
We welcome you to the most exciting tourist attractions and travel destinations which are given below. We take into notice each and every details about recreation, entertainment, adventure and relaxation. By looking at the things to do in a city one can see if that spot offers romance, family fun, sightseeing or adventure. Drill down into the tourist attractions below to find out more about each place and see how the local customs create a unique atmosphere.
The Dal is famous not only for its beauty, but for its
vibrance, because it sustains within its periphery, a life that is unique
anywhere in the world. The houseboat and Shikara communities have lived for
centuries on the Dal, and so complete is their infrastructure on the lake, that
they never have to step on land! Doctors, tailors, bakers- one can see them all
in tiny wooden shops on the lake, near picturesque vegetable gardens and acres
of lotus gardens.
Nagin Lake, which is usually thought of as a separate
lake, is also divided from Dal Lake only by a causeway. The causeways are mostly
suitable for walkers and bicycles only so they make a very pleasant way of
seeing the lake without having to worry about traffic or Shikaras. The main
causeway across the lake carries the water pipeline for Srinagar's mains water
Kashmir was a favourite of the Mughal emperors who visited
it as often as they could. 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. Cheshma 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.
Across the Dal from Shalimar is the mosque of Hazratbal,
the only one of its kind architecturally in Kashmir. Made of white marble with a
dome and a minaret, Hazratbal is the repository of a single hair of the Prophet
Mohammed, exhibited to the public on certain days of the year.
Gulmarg & Pahalgam
Gulmarg is 52 km southeast of Srinagar and is located at an
altitude of 2730 m above sea level. In summers, the meadows of Gulmarg are laden
with flowers. In winters, the snow-covered slopes of Gulmarg turn into a skiing
resort, which attracts the traveler seeking adventure and thrill. It is a
popular trekking destination and boasts of the world's highest golf course.
Pahalgam is 95 km east of Srinagar and is located in the quiet Liddar valley, at
a height of 2130 m. It provides an ideal setting for activities like hiking,
trekking and fishing. It is also the starting point of the annual pilgrimage to
the holy cave of Amarnath.
Shopping in Srinagar is a truly an overwhelming and delightful experience. A
shopper's paradise, Kashmir offers numerous shopping attractions to its
visitors. The amazing handicrafts truly match its scenic beauty. Some of the
main shopping attractions of Srinagar include Carpets, Papier-mache, Shawls,
Silk and Tweeds, Woodwork, Pherans, Brass, Copper and Silverware,Wall hangings
with naqqashi work, Chain Stitch Embroidery, Saris Cricket Bats, Wicker baskets,
Crewel Furnishings, Namdas etc.
Apart from all National festivals celebrated here, the major traditional
festivals celebrated here are Naureh Mavas,Durga Ashtami,Vetal Shasti,'Jyeshtha
Ashtami'or Kher Bhawani fest,Navroz,Urs,Ramzan.
How to get there
By Road : An extensive network of road covers Srinagar and connects it to important cities in Jammu and Kashmir and North India, namely Chandigarh, Delhi, Jammu, Leh, Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Pahalgam.
By Air : Srinagar has a domestic airport which is serviced regularly by several private and public airlines, which connect the city to important cities in India, such as Delhi, Mumbai and so on.
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