About Srinagar !
Srinagar, the "heart of Kashmir" is the summer capital of Jammu
Kashmir which lies on the banks of the river Jhelum. The word Srinagar is derived
from Sanskrit which literally means the "city of wealth and abundance". Srinagar
is known for its beautiful gardens, glittering water bodies and magnificent houseboats
which has attracted tourists from all over the world since time immemorial.
Defying seasons of all types Srinagar manages to attract tourists throughout the
year so that they could witness its everlasting beauty, in winter visitors would
get to see its snow clad mountains which makes it irresistible and compels visitors
to visit Srinagar at least once in a while, summer is equally charming as winter,
it is the season when it puts the best of its beauty on display.
Some of the best places to visit in Srinagar are:
- Dal Lake: Dal lake is the most distinctive landmark of Srinagar,
which has a length of about 8 kms and the width of 4 kms. It is divided into four
parts, one among of which is the Nagin lake. Dal lake is also famous for its house
boats, inhabited mainly by fishermen. Dal lake could be better explored by taking
a ride through shikara. Srinagar’s main attraction is the charm of staying in a
houseboat which is decorated by cedar panels and gives it a look of palace and thus
makes it a memorable experience for the visitors.
- Mughal Gardens: Another eye grabbing feature of Srinagar are the
famous Mughal gardens, decorated by terraced lawns, cascading fountains and bright
flowerbeds. One of those gardens is the "Shalimar garden" which was built by romantic
Mughal king for his beloved wife Nur jehan as a token of love. It is the farthest
of the three gardens and about 15 kms away from Srinagar. Another emblazoning garden
is the "Nishat garden" which was built by Asaf khan, brother of the Empress Nur
jehan, in 1633 A.D which is an exemplary of the Mughlian architecture, it is 11
kms away from Srinagar. The most cherishable garden among the Mughal gardens is
the "Chashmashahi", the royal spring, it is the spring of refreshing sweet water
which is surrounded by a lovely garden laid out by the Emperor Shahjahan , it was
built in around 1632 A.D
- Shankaracharya Temple: Another prominent landmark of Srinagar is
the Shankaracharya temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is situated on a high octagonal
plinth, on the hill known as "Takht-i-Sulaimani". Every year thousands of devotees
visit the site to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.
- Jamia Masjid: One of the historic masjids, built in the Indo-Saracenic
tradition by Sultan Sikandar in 1400 A.D and situated at Nowhatta in the old city.
It is supported by about 370 wooden pillars .It was later renovated by the Sultan’s
- Hari-Parbat: : It was actually a Mughal fort and because it was
built on the hill called Hari Parbat and hence the name. It was further renovated
to its full size by the Afghan governor; Ata Mohammed Khan in the 18th century.
The hill of Haribat holds a great significance to hindus, muslims and Sikhs equally.
Among the hindus this site is sacred due to the presence of the "temple of Sharika"
one of the incarnations of Goddess Durga or Shakti. It is sacred for muslims because
it shelters the shrine of Sheikh Hamza Makhdum (RA), also known as Makhdoom Sahib,
Mehboob-ul-Alam and Sultan-Ul-Arifeen, one of the great sufi saints, revered by
the people of all faiths. And Sikhs consider this site sacred because of the presence
of historic Gurudwara Chatti padshahi which is associated with the visit of sixth
sikh guru to Kashmir.