is the capital of the state of
Jammu and Kashmir in India, and is situated in the valley of Kashmir.
The city lies on both banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the
Indus River. The city is famous for its lakes and houseboats floating
over them. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry
fruits. Srinagar is 876 km north of Delhi
Tourism is the
most significant segment of the city's economy. The city of Srinagar has
been serving as a gateway to some of the most scenic and beautiful
places of the India
Highest temperature: 41 °C; lowest −20 °C
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 February.
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.
Lake, going from the Mughal Gardens side back to Srinagar.Srinagar is
well known for its lakes. Dal Lake with its houseboats is famous all
over the world. Srinagar is a small and beautiful city with a wonderful
climate in the summer. Just outside the city are found the beautiful
Shalimar Gardens created by Jehangir, the Mughal emperor, in 1619
Srinagar has several gardens which are part of the several such gardens
laid by the Mughal emperors across the Indian subcontinent, and which
are known as Mughal gardens. The Mughal Gardens located in Srinagar and
its close vicinity include Chasma Shahi (the royal fountains); Pari
Mahal (the palace of the fairies); Nishat Bagh (the garden of spring);
Sahlimar Bagh; and the Nashim Bagh
Like the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar too has a distinctive
blend of cultural heritage. Holy places in and around the city depict
the historical cultural and religious diversity of the city as well as
the Kashmir valley.
Dal Lake , 8
km has a total area of 26 sq km. At Dal Gate, a gate lets out the lake
water to prevent it from flooding. Dal has three islands, Silver Island
( Ropa Lank) popular as Char Chinar, built by Prince Murad, son of
Emperor Shah Jahan, Golden Island ( Sona Lank) at the south end and
Nehru Park, as island just few yards away from the road side.
is a favorite sport among tourists during summer. Motor launches with
ski boards are available on hire. During the Winter season, migratory
birds float in the lake making it a magnificent scene, The lake offers
splendid colours and moods with every change in the weather that
mesmerizes the visitors and locals too. Dal is a photographers delights.
houseboats was carried out during Mughal period and later this British
further modernised them along with the boatmen of the day. Dal lake is
home to more than a thousand houseboats know for their unique luxury
The houseboats are designed with Walnut and Deodar wood work and the
base is make of a special wood that makes it float for decades, It is
advisable to book a room in advance directly with the owner or a travel
Nine Kms from
Dal, is yet another lake with serene waters, " Nagin Lake " It has some
of the most luxurious deluxe houseboats. this area is preferred by
people looking form calm and quiet environments. For this reason
foreigners find it more interesting to stay at Nagin Lake, The Lake is
approachable by road through the old city and Fore shore Road alongside
Dal Lake . The Shikara ride in this Placid lake is a memorable
boats used as means of transportation from ghats to houseboats and for
sightssing in the lake, While on shikara ride one gets immersed in the
panoramic view of the Zabarwan range and in the vastness of the lake
symphonized with waves formed by the shikarawala's rowing. A boat ride
of interior Dal is an adventure. The water borne life of the people
inside the lake is a different experience. The floating shops on the
boats are the main markets of the people.
pleasurable day picnic spots for the tourist, the famed Mughal Gardens
are located between Dal Lake and Zaborwan mountain range on Boulevard.
These gardens are memorials of love for mankind and the natural beauty.
Garden : 15 km from City, Built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife
Nur Jehan in 1616. The garden has some attractive Mughal structure
carved from black marble in Diwan e Khas used for the guests of the
Emperor as Banquet halls.
Situated on the foothills of Zabarwan range, the
garden has a spring known for its medicinal properties . Cheshmashahi
was laid out in 1632 by Mardan Khan. It is considered as most serence
since the garden is 4 km away form Boulevards hustle and bustle.
On the way of
Cheshmashahi, on can visit a marvelous garden spread over several acres
of land. The Botanical Garden was established by the State government
for floricultural purpose and is now open to the public.
: 3 km ahed of Cheshmashahi is a school of astrology built by
Prince Dara Shukho, eldest son of Shah Jahan who had keen interest in
observation of stars & Sufism. Situated amidst the Zabarawan hills at a
height, the breathtaking scene of the lake and city makes every visitor
stay for a little longer.
11 km from Srinagar City, The Garden Designed by Abul Hassan Asif
Khan eldest brother of Nur Jehan, who was governor of Kashmir during
the reign of Jehangir, this garden has 7 terraces and a stone channel
for running water in the centre
Acharya Temple : 5 km from Nehru Park, the temple stands atop Takht
e Suleman Legend describes the building of temple by King Solomon in
3000 BC to store the treasure of 300 golden and silver statues.
15 km enshrines the holy relic of Prophet Muhammad The
relic was brought to India in 1634 by Syed Abdullah and acquired by
Khwaja Noor ud Din Ishbari a Kashmiri trader in 1692. It is displayed
to the devotees on various religious occasions during the year when
people of every class stand in a row to have a glimpse of the holy relic
to get blessed. The complex is carved with wonderful white marble work
which shines over the years with same glow and stature. The Shrine can
also be visited via Dal Lake in a shikara.
Maqdoom Sahib :
A revered saint of Kashmir commonly know as Hazrat
Sultan, is on the southern side of the hillock making it a precedent of
religious solidarity in Kashmir..
7 km is one of the oldest mosques in Srinagar originally
built in 1395 by Sultan Qutab ud din in respect of Syed Ali Hamdani Rh
Shah Hamdan played a major role in spreading Islam in the Valley with
the help of 700 other saints who followed his from Hamdan in Persia. The
mosque has breathtaking woodcarvings and fine papier Mache work.
6 km Surmounted by an 18 the century fort constructed
by Atta Mohammad Khan an Afgan governor. The hill is surrounded by a
wall built by Akbar in Ad 1592 -98 . Almond orchards used to be a
favourite picnic spots fo Kashmiri people in spring during blossom time.
Airports is connected with Indira Gandhi Airpots, New Delhi by daily
direct flights via Jammu operated by Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air
Shahara, Kingfisher, Spice Jet, Air Deccan and GoAir.
One can hire a
taxi from the airport taxi stand at reasonable charges the 14 km journey
from airport to the city provides a view of modern Srinagar city full of
daytime hustle bustle.
By Rail :
Railway Station connects J&K State with rest of the country by a of
number of regular and special holiday trains starting from all major
cities of India. At the railway station, buses and taxis are available
daily from Srinagar, particularly in the morning.
By Road :
Jammu to Srinagar