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SRINAGAR TOURIST PLACES
Famously known as "Heaven on Earth" Srinagar is every bit the epitome of
paradise on earth. As picturesque as the most stunning painting to ever be
painted, Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir, lies on the banks of
the Jhelum river, and has a cool, pleasant climate all year round,
contributing to the perpetual influx of tourists visiting this city which
offers a plethora of gorgeous scenic vistas.
Tourist Attractions of Srinagar
Srinagar is located in the picturesque Kashmir valley and one of the most
beautiful cities in India in terms of natural splendor. The tourist
attractions of Srinagar are mainly related to natural beauty like lakes,
gardens, etc. Other than that, there are some shrines that form the
tourist attractions of Srinagar. The state of Srinagar embodies the poetry
of nature, which no human language can interpret in words. Majestic ice
capped mountains, verdant woods, lively rivers and placid lakes form the
landscape of the state
INDIRA GANDHI MEMORIAL TULIP GARDEN in Kashmir is Asia's largest tulips
garden. The tulip garden, formerly known as Siraj Bagh , is located at the
foothills of Zabarwan mountains and on the banks of Dal lake. The major
attraction here is the large variety of Tulips found in thousands of
numbers. There are over 60 varieties of early, mid and late blooming
tulips. Department of Tourism organises “Tulip festival ”every year.
Mughal Gardens which have truly changed the face of the Mughal Empire is
one of the most popular and the most visited tourist attractions of
Srinagar. During their rule, the Mughals began to build several types of
gardens in Persian architecture, and the combination of these gardens is
referred to as the Mughal Gardens.
The natural beauty of the place filled with lush green grass and the
scented flowers is a stress-buster and pleasing to the eyes. The tourists
who come here take long strolls in the garden or sit and admire the beauty
of the place.
The Mughal Gardens in Srinagar comprise of Nishat
Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Chashme Shahi, Pari Mahal, Achabal and Verinag
Garden. The grandeur of the gardens is dedicated to Emperor
Jahangir who always had an undying love for Kashmir. Jahangir was
responsible for the selection of the site and planning the requirements of
the paradise gardens. It is always a lot of fun in exploring the history
behind these gardens. They follow a Persian style of architecture and have
been influenced by the Persian gardens. Some typical features of Mughal
Gardens which are a treat for its visitors include canals, pools and
Dal Lake Lake
Lake, Srinagar Overview The jewel of Srinagar, the Dal lake is synonymous
to a visit to Srinagar and almost a visual definition of the town. Spread
over 26 square kilometres, it is the most photogenic stretch of paradise
on earth and undoubtedly also the most sought after attraction. It is
situated in the midst of beautiful lush green mountains and is the most
pristine view of nature in all its glory.
Facilities such as shikara boat rides, house boats and lake markets make
this place a favourite among tourists. Srinagar has always been a pleasant
place to visit in summer, therefore, making it one of the favourite places
the Mughals and the Britishers liked to go during summer. One of its main
attractions was the Dal Lake which was not left unnoticed.
The Dal lake consists of four main char chinars in the middle of the lake
which is a means of its recognition. The Mughals saw the potential in the
Dal lake and surrounded it with beautiful gardens and pavilions and also
built the Shalimar and Nilshad Gardens exactly at a place where the
beautiful outstretched lake can be seen in all its glory. The Britishers
brought forward the concept of boat houses in the Dal Lake, which further
promoted tourism to the lake. A tourist hub, one should not miss the
pristine beauty of Dal Lake.
Nigeen Lake Located Srinagar City, Popularly known as the '"Jewel in the
Ring", it is one of the impressive lakes in east Srinagar. The lake with
its deep blue waters is separated from the Dal Lake by a thin causeway and
is an exciting tourist spot with number of houseboats dwindling in the
Nigeen Lake is a perfect place to go for swimming as it is less crowded
and deeper. Hazratbal Mosque is a close by attraction to visit. NigeenLake
in Srinagar is a deep blue water offshoot lake of Dal Lake that is
interconnected by a thin causeway. The lake is located to the east of the
city of Srinagar, at the foothill of the Zabarwan Mountain.
Situated opposite the Nishat Bagh on the banks of Dal Lake, the Hazratbal
Shrine houses the Moi-e-Muqqadus (preserved sacred hair) of Prophet
Mohammad. It is one of the most popular shrines in Srinagar, revered by
Hindus as well as Muslims.
The Shankaracharya Hill
The Shankaracharya Hill on the south and Hari Parbat on the west enclose
the Nigeen Lake offers breathtaking views to the visitors. It is flanked
by beautiful willow and poplar trees. Good numbers of houseboats and
shikaras can be seen in Nigeen Lake where tourists enjoy their peaceful
vacations in Srinagar. Unlike Dal Lake, Nigeen Lake is a calm, serene and
peaceful getaway for those who want to spend holiday in sheer nature.
Apart from houseboat staying and shikara ride, tourists can also enjoy
water skiing, motor rides and sailing over there.
Geography of Srinagar
The weather of Srinagar may be generally described as alpine. The city has
mild summers during the months of April-June, and cold winters of
November-February. The city generally gets heavy snowfall from December to
The city is located on both the sides of the river Jhelum, which is called
Vyath in Kashmir. The river passes through the city and meandering through
the valley, moves onward and deepens in the Wular Lake The city is famous
for its nine old bridges, connecting the two parts of the city.