Though we have not seen real Heaven in mortal life, those stories, poems, and imaginations of people about it definitely trigger our creativity and make us wish that at least once we could see it. Though we can not visit actual Heaven while alive, there is one place on earth that easily surpasses Heaven's concept on earth, and that is none other than Kashmir in India. And, such a place surely needs its capital to be equally charmed; Srinagar in Kashmir takes the title of being "the Capital of Jammu and Kashmir."Though Srinagar is the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir due to official reasons, it remains the state's actual capital in the minds of people.
Srinagar India has maintained its position in the thoughts of poets, shayar, sufiaits, painters, photographers, and many artistic people for centuries now. Its scenic surroundings of snowy mountain peaks of mystical Himalayan ranges, Pir panjal ranges which are engulfing the azure blue lakes connected with narrowed streams, beautiful and copious rivers; Meadows covered with grasslands, pine and apple forests, tulip gardens, and many other aspects makes justice to its given title by Mughals as "the Heaven on Earth."
On the bucket list of almost everyone, Jammu Kashmir Srinagar offers many gorgeous and serene tourist attractions to its visitors. At the same time, local people here offer many prolific services and experiences to tourists keeping them entertained and coming back.
Here are the Srinagar tourist places list will surely help you to make your itinerary easily
Dal lake Srinagar
The most infamous names that go hand in hand are Srinagar, and Dal lake one is nothing without the other. Known for few but outstanding experiences like Shikara ride, Houseboat stay and loving Mir Bahris community living on and around the lake, who runs floating markets on Shikara and other activities on Dal Lake, surely to remind you of a fairyland.
Another lake that connects to Dal Lake by a narrow stream in Nigeen Lake is also an attraction for tourists to make memorable Houseboat stays and shikara rides.
The largest freshwater lake and the wetland in India have spread around 200 sq km in the Bandipora district of Srinagar, being another picnic spot for tourists and locals.
A Gift of Mughals to Srinagar, Shalimar Bagh was built by Shah Jahan for his beloved Mumtaz in 1619. Shalimar, with the actual Sanskrit meaning of "The Abode of Love," is also called Faiz Baksh and Farah Baksh. The largest among the other gardens in Srinagar, Shalimar Bagh, is an intricate example of Mughal's artistic side with well-trimmed trees and artificial edifices.
Chashma Shahi Garden
Chashma Shahi, or the Royal Garden, is the smallest of all three gardens in Srinagar, was built by Ali Mardan Khan in 1632. He was governor of Shah Jahan, who ordered him to create this Marvelous creation for his eldest son Prince Dara Shikoh. Structured around the natural Spring founded by Kashmiri Female Saint Rupa Bhawani or Sahibi, the Chashma Shahi Garden is named after.
Built-in 1633 by Asif Khan, elder Brother-in-law of Shah Jahan, Nishat Bagh, or "The Garden of Joy," is a pure example of architecture. The second-largest garden among the other two was once a reason for Shah Jahan's envy because of its allure.
Built for Prince Dara Shikoh in mid-1600, Pari Mahal, or the Palace of Fairies, is a seven-storied Garden situated at the top of the Zabarwan ranges. Used as an astrological and astronomical observatory by Dara Shikoh as his residence for a brief period is another precedent of Mughal's rich Architecture.
Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
The Largest Tulip Garden in Asia, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden, is housed with more than 40 species and was opened for the public in 2007. Along with tulips, other plants like Hyacinths, Daffodils, Narcissus were added in this terrace structured garden at the Zabarwan mountains foothills.
Those who have seen the Bollywood movie "Mission Kashmir" can surely remember the famous temple of Shankaracharya. Shankaracharya temple devoted to Lord Shiva dates back to 200 BCE, though the temple's recent construction probably dates from the 9th century AD. Along with Hindus, the temple is also sacred to Buddhists, celebrating Mahashivratri, a Hindu festival, every year.
Another brief referral, from the Bollywood Movie "Mission Kashmir," Hazratbal masjid, is the abode of the Moi-e-Muqqadas, or Prophet Muhammad's Hair, the Relic. Worshiped by Muslims is another shrine in Srinagar that stands as a blessing for many devotees.
Hari Parbat or Koh-i-Maran is a hilltop in Srinagar, famous for fort from Durrani Era, Mosque, Hindu Temple, and Gurudwara.
Sher Garhi Palace, Gulab Bhawan are some of the Srinagar Palaces that are now used as administrative buildings of government and the Lalit Grand Palace Hotel. Apart from the above, the Jawaharlal Nehru memorial botanical Garden, Jamia Masjid Srinagar are some other places to see in Srinagar, which will hold your interest.
Apart from Srinagar local sightseeing, it has many activities hidden up its sleeves for everyone who visits. Water sports, trekking, hiking, camping, shikara ride, Houseboat stay on lakes, shopping, and many more.
There is the meaning behind Srinagar being the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Due to heavy snowfall during winter, from November to March, Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir are cut off from India's other parts. Making it difficult for tourists to reach Kashmir during winter. On the contrary, during summer, from April to June, all the ways open after snow melts and allow tourism to flourish throughout Kashmir, making it the best season to visit Kashmir and Srinagar. From July to October, though it is the rainy season all over India, in Kashmir, it's mild drizzling or Spring, making it the season of new life, in the form of flora and fauna, allowing all the visitors to gawk at the beauty of dazzling Kashmir.
Srinagar is one of the best locations to visit, and while doing that, many unique and luxurious stay options are available.
Homestay in Srinagar
Srinagar offers excellent hospitality in their homestays.
Srinagar houseboat, Homestay Hari Parbat, Ikraam Inn Bed and Breakfast, Shamus Javed Homestay are some of the Well known homestay options.
5 star hotels in Srinagar Kashmir
While visiting tourist places in Srinagar Kashmir, you are offered with best services from 5 star properties like
Vivanta Dal View,
The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar,
Feast Inn Hotel,
Regenta Central Point,
The Orchard Retreat & Spa,
New Jacquline Heritage Houseboats NIgeen Lake,
Lily of Nageen and many other
Places to eat in Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir
The best eateries in Srinagar Kashmir India
Cafe de Linz,
The Chinar at The Lalit Grand Palace
Jade Dragon, Vivanta by Taj,
Besides the above, if you are a fan of more authentic and local food, you can visit many small eateries near Dal lake, which serves Kebabs and other Local delicacies. Apart from that, you can go to Shikara Srinagar and have some ice creams and other beverages like Kehwa, a local herbal tea, at small stalls inside Dal Lake.
An easy and time-saving transportation option is by Air to reach Srinagar Kashmir. Srinagar Airport is connected with all Major Cities of India, which has many connecting flights for International flights. You can hire taxis, buses, or pre-booked private cars from Srinagar Airport to take you to your hotels and other destinations.
Though Srinagar does not have any railway stations, the nearest Railway stations are the Jammu Tawi Railway station and Udhampur Railway station. Many local buses frequently travel to Srinagar and other parts of Jammu and Kashmir from these railway stations. You can take taxis or arrange a pre-booked car with the hotels.
By Road, you can reach Srinagar via NH1 or NH44 from any part of India, which is the most scenic route, which is best for Road trips. While traveling to Kashmir from Jammu, you can surely pass through The Jawaharlal Nehru Tunnel, another experience altogether.
Apart from so many Srinagar tourist attractions, Dachigam National Park, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Betab Valley, Kokernag, Yousmarg, Sinthan Top, Doodhpathri, Fotu la, Manasbal Lake are some of the tourist places near Srinagar.
Srinagar is the best place to come and relax with ample activities to rejuvenate yourself and go back with lots of memories to hold on till the next visit.
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