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Tourist Attractions in Srinagar

Tourist Attractions in Srinagar

Situated in the heart of Kashmir Valley Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir. It is one of the most sought after tourist destination for visitors across the world. Lovely lakes, snow capped mountains, scintillating gardens, floating houseboats, breathtaking sceneries and great food makes it a paradise for travellers. The state changes its color with the change of season that makes it even more alluring. It is a summer retreat for the visitors however it can be visited at any time through out the year. There are many scenic spots and tourist attractions that make it worth visiting. Some of the major tourist attractions of Srinagar are:

Dal Lake
8 km long and 4 km wide, the Dal Lake is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations of Srinagar and is now become an icon of tourism in Kashmir. It is one of the world’s largest natural lakes with five basins and number of channels which are well connected with each other. Sparkling crystal clear water of the lake surrounded by Snow capped mountains on its three side makes it stunningly beautiful. It has numerous gardens and orchards all along it shores. Floating houseboats and Shikaras are an indispensable part of Dal Lake that takes the tourist to the romantic and peaceful rides that soothe their nerves and offer the most exotic scenes of the surroundings.

Mughal Gardens
The other major attraction of the city is its Mughal Garden. Just on the outskirts of Srinagar lie Chashmashahi(“The Royal Spring”), Nishat (“Abode of Peace”) and Shalimar(“Abode of Love”) are built by the Mughal Emperors during their regime. With their terraced lawns, cascading fountains, flowerbeds, overlooking the panoramic Dal Lake represents the style of architecture and their zest of life. Mughal emperors visit these exquisite gardens along with their queens for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Shalimar Bagh
This royal garden was laid out 400 years ago by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir for his life. Shalimar Bagh is located on the northeast side of Lake Dal, approximately fifteen kilometers away from the center of Srinagar. The garden is an adaptation of the formal Persian Chahar Bagh is traditionally uniform in shape with water source in its center and four radiating streams that divide the garden into four sections. The mesmerizing beauty of the garden makes it worth visiting.

Nishat Bagh
Nishat Bagh, though smaller than Shalimar, is more intensely beautiful. It offer splendid views of Dal Lake and snow capped Pir Pranjal mountain range. The garden is decorated with terraces each representing a different Zodiac sign. Other attraction of Nishat Bagh is its stately Chinar trees which are imported to Kashmir from distant Persia by the Mughals.

It is the smallest among all the three Mughal Gardens meaning Royal Spring. Mughal emperor Shah Jehan set up the garden in 1632 AD. The medicinal spring inside the garden is one of the major attractions for the tourists besides its striking beauty.

Shankaracharya Temple: Built on a high octagonal plinth, on the hill known as Takht-i-Sulaiman at an altitude of 1,100 ft above the sea level, the Shankracharya temple is one of the ancient Hindu temples of the town. Built by Raja Gopadatya is dedicated to Lord Shiva dates back to 250 BC is associated with the Hindu philosopher Shankracharya who resided here for few days about 10th centuries ago.

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