The summer capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the city of Srinagar is considered to be the mother of all hill stations in India. Located on the banks of the Jhelum River, which is a tributary of the Indus River, the city of Srinagar at 876 km north of Delhi is almost paradise on earth with numerous lakes and valleys spread throughout the land. Such unparalleled beauty and historic associations make it one of the highlights of tourism in Jammu and Kashmir.
Owing its name to two Sanskrit words, Sri (meaning profusion and wealth) and Nagar, (meaning a city), Srinagar was discovered by the King Pravarasena II over 2,000 years ago. A visit to Srinagar, one of the loveliest tourist attractions in India, will help you discover a different facet of the nation’s history. Going back at least to the 3rd century BC, the city was originally a part of the Mauryan Empire, which was one of the major empires of India.
The tourist attractions in Srinagar are varied and numerous. Natural beauty being the main attraction of the city, it is full of captivating landscapes. Gliding down the Dal Lake in the houseboats or a visit to the Mughal Gardens or Shalimar Gardens can be an experience of a lifetime. There are also a number of nice places to be visited near Srinagar. Most of these sites are located in lovely scenic backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. Besides offering natural beauty, they are some of the finest destinations for adventure loving travelers.
Being one of the major tourist attractions in India, Srinagar is visited by large number of tourists every year. Accordingly, the city offers a huge range of accommodation options. Most of them are located at convenient distance from the main transport depots and the different hotel packages offer first class facilities. The well-furnished and well-decorated rooms equipped with most of the modern make for excellent stays in Srinagar. You will have the luxury of choosing your type of accommodation according to your own preferences.
Easily reachable through road, air and rail from almost all the other major Indian cities, the city of Srinagar is a favorite tourist destination among most nature lovers and a visit to this city of unbeatable charm will mesmerize you to the hilt.
Srinagar Attractions - Simply Unparallaled Wonders
Srinagar is probably one of the most gifted city in terms of natural wonders. The city is nestling amidst the splendorous mountain range in the Kashmir valley. Starting from stunning Mughal Gardens to serene Dal Lake, tourists will have the best time of their life in the most important part of Paradise on earth.
The Dal Lake
Dal Lake is one of the most picturesque lakes in the entire country and is also the most visited tourist destination in Jammu and Kashmir. The Dal Lake is the second largest lake in Jammu and Kashmir and covers an area of 18 sq. km. The lake is divided into four parts by causeways and are named as Gagribal, Lokut Dal, Bod Dal, and Nagin Lake. The lake of shimmering blue waters never lets you have a dull moment when you are around it. The lake is full of Shikaras that give people a ride from the banks of the lake to the many house boats inside the lake. The lake also offers option for many water sports like Kayaking and canoing. Even you can hire a Shikara and row to the middle of the lake for an enchanting solitary moment. The lake also serves as a major boost to the fishing industry of J & K which is the second largest industry of the region. Although for fishing in the lake, one needs to have a license which is not possible to get for a tourist, but you can always enjoy looking at people who by permit are fishing in the lake.
The Mughal Gardens
The Mughal Gardens with their terraced gardens, numerous maple trees, refreshing fountains and blooming flowers, have become the outstanding attributes of Srinagar. Situated in the far eastern side of panoramic Dal Lake, The Shalimar Bagh(garden) and the Nishant Bagh are the most beautiful of all that are there in the city. Even Chashmashahi, though small, has made its mark as a successful tourist spot due to its spring of sweet and refreshing water which was once used for drinking by the Mughals.
The Temple of Shankaracharya
The Temple of Shankaracharya is balanced on a high octagonal plinth, on a hill called as Takht-i-Suleiman in Srinagar district. The temple dates back to 250 BC and over the time has become an important landmark on the face of Srinagar. It is said that the legendary philosopher Sri Shankaracharya stayed in this temple when he came to Kashmir to spread Sanatan Dharma. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and holds a lot of importance in religious as well as architectural context. The temple is built up of specially smoothened rocks which have been set at the peak of the hill with unimaginable precision. From the height at which this temple is located, you can have a scintillating bird's eye view of entire Srinagar.
Dachigam National Park
Spread over an area of 141 sq. km., Dachigam National Park is the best getaway for all animal and nature lovers. Situated just 22 km from Srinagar, the park is not only rich in flora and fauna but also turns out to be great bird watching spot. The parks has been divided into two sectors, the Lower Dachigam and the Upper Dachigam. The altitude difference between the lower and upper section is quite prominent which makes the climate drastically different. Dachigam has more than 20 species of mammals like Leopard, Himalayan brown bear, Langur, but the prize possession of this park is the Rare Kashmiri Stag called Hangul which is an endangered species of red deer. The place is also great for spotting beautiful birds of more than 150 species. Few of them are Golden Oriole, Golden Eagle, Black Bulbul, Bearded Vulture. The park remains closed between January and April and the best time to visit this park is may to August for Upper Dachigam and September to December for Lower Dachigam.
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