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Srinagar

Dal Lake:

Dal Lake famous for its houseboats is one of the most significant natural landmarks of the city of Srinagar. Spread over an area of 26 square Kms with a shore line if 16 Kms, Dal Lake attract tourists and nature lovers alike. Known as Srinagar's jewel, the Dal Lake is ideal for kayaking and canoeing attracting adventure tourists from all over the world. Tourists can explore the Dal Lake on houseboats known as Shikaras making it one of the most picturesque excursions of Srinagar town. Dal Lake gets frozen in the winter season making for a perfect opportunity for visitors to enjoy the scenic beauty of Srinagar at its very best.

 

Jama Masjid:

Jama Masjid is one of the oldest shrines of Srinagar attracting a large number of pilgrims from all over India. Believed to be one of the oldest mosques of Srinagar, Jama Masjid has withstood the test of time being restored a number of times. Originally built in 1674, Jama Masjid with its four spiral pillars made out of deodar trunks is one of the most uniquely built shrines of the Kashmir valley. Built in a perfect Mughal style of architecture, Jama Masjid attracts pilgrims for daily prayers especially on Fridays, the most holy day for the Muslim devotees.

 

Mughal Gardens:

MughalGardenslocatedon the eastern banks of the Dal Lake is one of the most widely visited landmarks of Srinagar. Mughal Gardens attract a large number of tourists and nature lovers to witness the scenic beauty of the gardens offering a magnificent view of the surrounding snow capped Himalayan Mountains. The terraced lawns of the Mughal Gardens with lovely fountains and flower beds make it one of the most beautiful natural locations in Srinagar. Mughal Gardens attract tourists, nature lovers and photography enthusiasts alike.

 

Shalimar Gardens:

Shalimar Gardens also known as Shalimar Bagh is one of the most picturesque landmarks of Srinagar. Built in 1616 by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his wife, Nur Jahan as an Abode of Love, Shalimar Gardens is modeled on the Chahar Bagh of Persia. Spread over an area of 31 acres surrounded by dense line of pine and chinar trees, Shalimar Gardens attract tourists, nature lovers and photography enthusiasts alike. Located at a distance of 15 Kms from Srinagar, Shalimar Gardens is one of the most widely visited natural landmarks of Srinagar.

 

Nishat Bagh:

Nishat Bagh constructed by father of Mumtaz Mahal in 1633 is one of the most well known tourist landmarks of Srinagar. Located on the banks of the Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh offers a wonderful view of the surrounding mountain peaks including the Zabarwan Hills. Nishat Bagh is famous for its huge lawns and water fountains and flowerbeds making it one of the most picturesque gardens in India.

 

Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden:

Indira Gandhi Tulip Gardens are one of the most picturesque and widely visited gardens in Srinagar city. Located at a distance of 8 Kms from Srinagar city center on the banks of Dal Lake adjoining the Zabarwan Mountains, Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden is famous for its annual tulip festival. The gardens have more than 70 different varieties of tulips on display in the weeklong festival making it one of the most beautiful sights in the world. With tulip flowerbeds all around amid the mighty mountain peaks in the background, Indira Gandhi Tulip Garden attracts tourists, nature lovers and photography enthusiasts alike.

 

Hazratbal Mosque:

Hazratbal Mosque located on the banks of Dal Lake is one of the most significant religious shrines of Srinagar. Also known as Dargah Sharif and Asar-e-Sharif, the Hazratbal Mosque is built in white marble making it a perfect blend of Kashmiri and Mugahl styles of architecture. The shrine is famous for its ancient relic believed to have a hair of the Prophet Muhammad. Hazratbal Mosque attracts a large number of devotees from all over India.

 

Shankaracharya Temple:

Shankaracharya Temple is one of the most ancient religious shrines of Srinagar attracting a large number of tourists and devotees alike. Built around the 200 BC by son of Emperor Ashoka, Shankaracharya Temple is located on a hilltop at an elevation of 1100 feet from the main city of Srinagar. Shankaracharya Temple offers panoramic view of the surrounding Pir Panjal mountain ranges attracting a large number of nature lovers and photography enthusiasts. Shankaracharya Temple is built in an octagonal shape with a number of inscriptions inside the main shrine.

 

Khanqah of Khwaja Moinuddin Naqshbandi:

Khanqah of Khwaja Moinuddin Naqshbandi also known as Naqshabnd shrine is one of the most well known religious monuments of Srinagar. The sacred hair of Prophet Muhammad was kept at the mosque in Naqshbandi before it was moved to the Hazratbal Mosque. Belt by Emperor Shah Jahan, Khanqah of Khwaja Moinuddin Naqshbandi is famous with art lovers and archeology enthusiasts for its wonderful art work and Khatamband ceilings.

 

Dastgir Sahib Shrine:

Dastgir Sahib Shrine is one of the most significant religious shrines of Srinagar city. Considered to be a fine specimen of the social fabric of the city, Dastgir Sahib Shrine has always been free from any communal disturbances. Known for its lovely carvings, pilgrims visiting Dastgir Sahib Shrine tie a thread on its wooden ledge for fulfillment of their desires.

 

Wular Lake:

Wullar Lake is the largest fresh water lake in India and one of the prominent tourist attractions in Srinagar. Wullar Lake has a number of small islands in its periphery attracting tourists and nature lovers alike. A bird sanctuary known as the Nal Sarovar sanctuary is located adjoining the Wular Lake. Wullar Lake attracts a large number of migratory birds from Trans Siberia in the winter season. The size of Wullar Lake ranges from 30 Square Km to 250 square Kms depending on the season and temperature. Wullar Lake also has a number of exotic fish varieties including the alpine swift and golden oriole.

 

Pari Mahal:

Pari Mahal also known as Quntilon is a famous tourist landmark of Srinagar attracting a large number of tourists and historians. Originally a Buddhist monastery, Pari Mahal became the headquarters of astrological studies under Emperor Shah Jahan and his son Dara Shikoh. Located at a distance of 10 Kms from Srinagar city center, Pari Mahal has a huge lawn surrounding the monument offering various fruits and flowers in the spring season.

 

Sri Pratap Singh Museum:

Sri Pratap Singh Museum is one of the most widely visited tourist attractions in Srinagar. Sri Pratap Singh museum has a large number of ancient artifacts dating back to the 3rd century including terracotta heads from Harwan. Sri Pratap Singh Museum has some of the most beautiful brass models and statues including that of Lord Vishnu sitting on Garuda. Apart from its religious idols, statues and paintings, Sri Pratap Singh Museum has a large number of ancient coins and Ladakhi handicrafts making it one of the complete museums showcasing each and every civilization that has existed in the Kashmir valley from time immemorial

 

Khanqah-e-Moulla:  

Also known as the shrine of Shah-e-Hamdan, this is the first mosque built in Kashmir during 13th century. It is located on the beautiful sandy banks of the Jhelum River. The shrine houses a wooden structure with beautifully carved roofs and rich interiors carved with ancient religious sermons and historical inscriptions.


Saffron fields:

As the name suggests, these fields are famous for their saffrons.
It was a local tradition to watch the beautiful saffron fields in. Srinagar is also famous for its Saffron festival, held annually.

 

Nagin Lake:  

Known as the 'Jewel in the Ring’, this is a popular lake in east Srinagar. The lake with its numerous houseboats dwindling in the serene waters is an exciting picnic spot. There are also opportunities for water skiing and sailing on fibre glass boats