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Welcome to Srinagar...
 
The Jammu and Kashmir’s Summer capital more than 2000 years old in the heart of Kashmir valley spreads out on both side of river Jehlum. Srinagar has been called the “Venice of the Orient”

Elevation: 5214fts-1700mtrs
Population one million, majority of Muslims
Gateway to Ladakh:

The quaint charm of Houseboats of Dal Lake, Nageen Lake and Naseem Lake in Srinagar to stay is a MUST .The Houseboats are having two Bed rooms, three bed rooms and four bed rooms with attached bath, with dining and Sitting room also with Sun-deck. Each houseboat is having the attendant who can also serve the food. Explore lapping journeys on a Shikara (Gandola) in the lakes, past floating gardens.
 
ABOUT HOUSE BOATS

Houseboat were introduced accidentally in Kashmir. Most of British Civil and Military officers serving in the plains used to come to Kashmir with their families for holidays. They wanted to built houses for themselves but the Maharaja (King) of Kashmir of that time was suspicious of their designs and did not allow them to buy land, so they built the first Houseboat- named Victory designed by Mr M T Kenhard in 1888. Later other copied this design and now there are about 500 Houseboats in Srinagar for commercial purpose .
 
 
THE KANGRI- A VIRGIN OF PARADISE

A kangri is an oriental coal fire. Made of a small earthenware bowl encased in wickerwork and someone adorned with rings and brilliant colors.
In winter time the Kashmir’s fill it with charcoal as protection against the biting cold. The Kangri is inexpensive and effective comfort. Kangri is an important part of life to the Kashmiri. Various stories are told about the origin of the kangri. According to Sir Aurel Stein, it was introduced from Italy during Mughal rule. Other sources, however, claim that it has been in use since early times.
The Kangri provides work to thousands of people in the valley, long before the winter begins, the braziers are for sale in shops throughout the region.
 
 
Mughal Gardens

NISHAT BAGH :
The Garden of bliss laid down by Asif Khan father of Empress Noorjahan in 1633AD on the bank of Dal Lake with Zabarvan Massif at the back. In Nishat commands magnificent view of the Lake and the Snow capped Pir Panchal Range to the west of the valley.

SHALAMIR BAGH :
The Abode Of Love.’ Is said to have been a village, built by Paravarassna II. He used to stay here when on a visit to Sukhswami a saint living near Harwan. In 1619 Jehangir ordered a garden to be laid out this spot, calling it, Ferrah Bakkash (Delightful). In 1727 A.D Zaffar-Khan. A governor during the reign of Shah Jahan made an extension of it and called it ‘Faiz Baksh’ (Bountiful). The garden is laid down in four terraces, rising one above the other. A canal runs through the garden lined with polished stones and supplies with water from Harwan.Chasma – Shahi : East of Srinagar. Built in 1634 A.D by Shah- Jahan. It commands a superb view of the Dal Lake it has the advantage of having a natural spring of Pure, Cool and Sparking water known as Chasma- Shahi (Royal Spring).

 
Historical Places:

PARIMAHAL ( The palaces of Fairies)
it was a school of Astrology built by Dhara Shikua, Shah Jahan’s eldest son for his tutor Muhlah Shah. School of observatory.

HARI PRABAT: The Hill of Hari Parbat crowned by the pathan fort who his visible from every part of the city. 400 feet above the plain, Legend says the hill grew from a pebble dropped by the goddess Paravati to crush a demon, in the form of Sharika bird (Maina). This is called now Hari Parbat.

SHANKRANCHARYA TEMPLE: This Temple is situated at the height of 1000ft above the plain. The earliest of all the Temples built in 200 BC,. By Jalaka the son of the Great Buddhist convert Ashoka. The temple was subsequently rebuilt and dedicated by Raja Gopadittya in 6th Century. It is said to be that “ the Takhut-I-Sulaiman (throne one of the Solomon).
Panoramic view of whole Srinagar City .

HAZRAT BAL: It is the most important Muslim Religious place, situated on the western shore of Dal Lake.

JAMIA MASJID: The largest Masque built by Sultan Sikandar Constructed in 1400 A.D. Enlarged by his son Zain-Ul- Abdin.

TOMB OF ZAIN-UL-ABDIN: The most attractive chapter of Muslim rule in Kashmir (1421-1472) in the reign of Zain- Ul-Abdin.

PATHER MASJID: Pather Masjid of the Mughal Mosque built by emperor Noor Jahan in 1620 A.D. wife of Jahangir. Muslims did not however use it for prayers.

SHAH HAMDAN: Originally built in 1953 AD. To commemorate the visit of Mir Syed Ali Hamdan destroyed by fire in 1479 and 1731 AD. It was rebuilt in 1732 by Abdul Barket Khan and since then stand as a land mark in the City. Built of timber, not a nail or Screw was used in the construction.

MAKHDOOM SAHIB:The Ziyarirat of the saint is situated on the southern slope of Hari Paribat. This is one of the most popular Shrines of Muslims.
 
Lakes:

DAL LAKE:
In Srinagar’s Aquatic Plaza around the lake. Villages and Orchids and the Famous gardens built by the Moghul Emperors famous for Shikra ride. Most of the House Boats around in Dal Lake. From the Lake one can see the Historic Shankara Charya Hill in the east and the west Hari Parbat.

NAGIN LAKE:
Popular for water sports like water skiing, swimming, diving and sailing.

MANASBAL LAKE:
This Lake is famous for Lotus flowers during summer and Paradise for Bird Watchers,. Between the river and foot of the Mountains spurs lower end of the Sind valley famous for Picnic spot.

WULAR LAKE:
The Largest fresh water Lake in India 26 Kms long and 8 Kms wide. Surrounded by the mountains. The river Jehlum pases right through the Lake the deepst part is near the Hill Called BABA SHUKR-UD-DIN on the north west side.
 
 
 
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