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
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
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.
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).
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-
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.
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.
Popular for water sports like water skiing, swimming, diving
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
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.