(3 out of 5 based on 2 Ratings)
Pin-Code - 190 001
STD Code - 0194
State - Jammu and Kashmir
Famous for - Picturesque Lakes, Beautiful Gardens, Royal Palaces
Best time to visit - Between the months of April to October
Places to visit - Dal lake, Pari mahal and Pratap Singh Museum
Weather - Summer temperature ranges between 12 to 28°C, Winter temperate ranges between -3 to 13°C
Altitude - 1,585 m (5,200 ft)
Official Language - Kashmiri, Urdu
Languages spoken - Kashmiri, Urdu
Srinagar at Glance:
Srinagar, another jewel in the crown of Kashmir is another major tourist attraction. A trip to Srinagar brings the tourists in a world marked with number of beautiful and picturesque lakes, beautiful gardens, royal palaces and so on. This town enjoys the position of being called the summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is situated in the beautiful valley of Kashmir, on the banks of the famous river of Jhelum.
Sightseeing in Srinagar:
The very mention of Srinagar, brings to the memory the picturesque Dal lake, which forms the major attraction for the tourists here. Tourists can have the plethora of funs and merriments at this spot and included in the list are the aqua sports like surfing in water, taking dives, angling and canoeing, kayaking and having delight in making houseboat and shikara rides on the watery surface of this lake. Included among other tourist places to visit in Srinagar are Pari mahal, Pratap Singh Museum, Mughal gardens and so on. Pari mahal is a beautiful construction of a place reflecting the architectural art of the rulers of gone by times. This palace is set amidst a picturesque garden called Chashm-E-Shahi. Picturesquely built magnificent Mughal gardens form the other major attractions for the tourists embarking on Srinagar tourism. There is a group of such gardens viz. Chasme shahi garden, Shalimar bagh and Nishat bagh. All of these gardens are equally beautiful and well manicured which add color to the beautiful ambience of Kashmir valley. While the construction of Shalimar Bagh had been commissioned by the Mughal emperor Jahangir for the amusement and joy of his wife, Nur jahan, in current time, the garden has been open for the delight of tourists and public at large. To reach this beautiful garden, the journey undertaken is also joyous. One has to hire a Shikara from Dal lake and ride it to reach this garden and to make a stroll around in an ambience marked with manicured gardens, swanky swaying clusters of trees, influencing fountains, and so on. The shikara which takes you to Shalimar bagh, the same water taxi takes to another marvelous spot the Nishat bagh. The literal meaning of Nishat bagh is garden of joy and this bagh boasts of being one of the largest gardens in the valley of Kashmir. Included in the list of other tourist places in Srinagar are Nagin lake, Wular lake, Shankaracharya temple and many other such worth touring places. There are scores of activities to do in Srinagar such as skiing, trekking, water rafting, paragliding, kayaking and many others for adventure aficionado. Golfing can also be undertaken. There is an array of things to be incorporated in the list of shopping in Srinagar such as Pashmina shawls and number of other Kashmiri handicrafts. Other things that can be shopped for are carpets, walnut wood articles, boxes, bells , vases and many others. Lal chowk, polo view, government run emporia and badshah chowk are some of the best places to shop in Srinagar. Numerous hotels in Srinagar in varieties and all kinds and budget range can be effortlessly availed.
As per the Puranic anecdotes, there lived a colossal and horrendous monster in one of the lakes here. Because of the waters, he would remain out of sight and thus had created the safty wall around him. However, sage Kashyap by dint of his divine powers caused the lake to go dry and all waters in it evaporate into thin air. After that, the dreaded monster fell into the field of vision and was slain by one strike of a huge mountain by goddess Parvati and that part of the mountain that had been used in killing can be till date is seen. This was how this picturesque town got the birth. As per the recorded history this city had been founded by the great India ruler Ashoka who patronized Buddhism.