Srinagar – A Glimpse of Heaven
Laced along the banks of the Jhelum and in the heart of the Kashmir valley, Srinagar is important tourism town in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Situated at an altitude of 1, 730 meters above the sea level, this charming town attracts a huge of tourists from not only in India but across the world. Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir and as a tourist destination blessed with enormous beauty of nature by forming a panoramic tour through the mountains, where nature plays the role of both, the backdrop and the director. The stunning glimpses of white-snow covered peaks and trees welcome you with refreshing breezes as you reach here. The stunning placid mountain-backed Dal and Nagin lakes, the blossoming gardens, the unique accommodation in houseboats and the tranquil waterways with their own appealing lifestyle makes Srinagar truly a paradise for nature lovers and holiday makers.
Srinagar is known to be established by Pravarasena-II and Hiuen Tsang in 631 AD during their stay in Kashmir. Later on, the famous Mughal Emperor, Akbar captured Kashmir and built some fabulous monuments, mosques, gardens and shrines here, which today have become popular tourist attractions of this hill resort. Besides being a famous tourist destination of India, Srinagar is also known for several other things as well like, the famous walnut furniture, authentic Kashmiri food (especially Wazwan), Papier Mache Kashmiri handicrafts, peshmina shawls and other traditional garments. Leaf through this article to know some of the famous tourist attractions of Srinagar which you must visit while in here.
Popular Attractions of Sri Nagar:
Dal Lake: A beautiful destination to go for a romantic boat ride with your lover or to take your family for a picnic, Dal Lake is a famous tourist spot in Srinagar. This stunning lake is cuddled amidst the valley and, taking Shikara rides through the waters or living in Victorian-style wooden houseboats is truly a one-of-its kind experience here. In addition, the superb view of the lake is a visual treat for the nature lovers.
Pather Masjid: Situated on the bank of Jhelum, it is a famous mosque is located right opposite to the Shah Hamdam Mosque. This beautiful mosque is built in typical Mughal architecture with abundant use of limestone. It is to be noted that this ancient mosque is not in use these days, however known for its lush gardens.
Shah Hamdan Mosque: It is amongst the oldest surviving mosques in Srinagar city. It is located on the bank of Jhelum River and is entirely made of wood. Apart from that, this mosque is popular for the unique papier-mâché work on the roof and its walls.
Situated on the southeastern side of the Dal Lake, Chasma-I-Shahi, also known as Royal Spring, is the smallest of the elegantly laid out Mughal gardens. Firstly planned and laid out by Jahangir, this tourist visual treat of Srinagar was completed by Shah Jahan in the year 1632.
Located on the left bank of the Dal Lake and opposite to Nishat Bagh, Hazratbal shrine is considered as one of the holiest Muslim pilgrimage destinations located in Kashmir. Commanding a regal view of the lake and mountains in the backdrop, this charming white marble shrine has a special sanctity because it enshrines a sacred hair of Prophet Mohammad (which is put on show to the public on special occasions). Apart from these, Shankaracharya Temple, Tulip Garden (Siraj Bagh), Hari Parbat Fort and Nagin Lake are some of the other famous attractions of Sri Nagar.