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Srinagar – summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir famous for gardens, lakes and houseboats.

Srinagar is the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The largest city is Srinagar in the Kashmir region. It is situated in the Kashmir Valley. It lies on the banks of the Jhelum River which is a tributary of the Indus.
Srinagar is composed of two Sanskrit words, Sri (venerable) and nagar, which means “city”. The city is located on both the sides of the Jhelum River which is known Vyath in Kashmir. The river passes through the city and meanders through the valley. It deepens in the Wular Lake.
This city is famous for its gardens, lakes and houseboats. This city is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. The city is famous for its nine old bridges which connects the two parts of the city.

About Hokersar – a wetland situated near Srinagar

– Hokersar is a wetland that is situated near Srinagar—the capital of Indian Kashmir.
– Thousands of migratory birds come to Hokersar from Siberia and other regions during the winter season.
– They migrate between September and October and again around spring.
– Hokersar is 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) north of Srinagar.
– This world class wetland is spread over 13.75 square kilometres (5.31 sq mi).
– This wetland includes lake and marshy area.
– It is the most accessible and well-known of Kashmir’s wetlands.
– This includes Hygam, Shalibug and Mirgund.

Tourist Attractions in and around Srinagar

• Shalimar Bagh
• Nishat Bagh
• Dal Lake
• Shankaracharya Temple
• Mughal Gardens
• Chashme Shahi Garden
• Shikara Ride
• Hazratbal Mosque popular
• Pari Mahal (Quntilon)
• Nagin Lake popular
• Dastgir Sahib Shrine
• Khanqah of Shah Hamdan popular
• Sri Pratap Singh Museum
• Jamia Masjid
• Wular Lake
• Sangin Darwaza
• Masjid of Akhund Mullah
• Hari Parbat Fort
• Pathar Masjid
• Rozabal Shrine
• Kathi Darwaza
• Tomb of Madin Sahib
• Rainawari
• Naseem Bagh
• Harwan Garden
• Burzahom
• Garden of Char Minar
• Chatti Padshahi Gurudwara
• Khanqah of Khwaja Moinuddin Naqsbandi
• Jyeshtheshvara Temple
• Imambara Hassanabad
• Makhdoom Sahib Shrine
• Houseboats

Must go places in Srinagar

1. Dal Lake
• This lake is 8 km long and 4 km wide.
• The Dal Lake in Srinagar is one of the most important and beautiful tourist destinations.
• There are four other water bodies that surround the Dal Lake.
• They are Lokut Dal, Bod Dal, Gagribal and Nagin.
• The beauty of its landscape is that it has snow covered peaks. This makes the lake look more beautiful.
• The lake has a number of attractive houseboats which have converted into hotels.

2. Wular Lake
• Wular Lake is one of the largest of its kind in Asia.
• Boating on this lake is an added fun.
• Fishing in this lake is an important occupation.
• The fish species found here are:
– Common carp
– Rosy barb
– Mosquito fish
– Chirruh snowtrout
– Chush snowtrout

3. Hazratbal Shrine
• The relics of prophet Mohammad are kept at Hazratbal Shrine.
• This is a sacred pilgrimage center for the Muslims.
• It is located by the bank of Dal Lake.
• The name, Hazratbal has been derived from an Arabic word Hazrat, meaning holy.

4. Shankaracharya Temple
• This temple is located on Gopadari Hills.
• On the hill top called Takht-e-Suleiman, this temple is stationed which is over an altitude of 1100ft.
• It is in the southeastern part of Srinagar.
• This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
• It is known to be one of the oldest shrines of Kashmir Valley.
• You will have to trek to reach the temple.
• This temple was built by King Sandhiman, who belonged to the Gonanda dynasty.

5. Khanqah-e-Molla
• It is believed that this shrine holds the secret of Allah.
• This shrine is also famous by the name of Shah-e-Hamdan.
• The shrine is situated by the bank of Jhelum.
• One can see creative wooden architecture here.
• This shrine was built in 1395.
• Till today it is one of the most important tourist attractions in Srinagar.

6. Jama Masjid
• This was built by Sultan Sikandar in 1400 AD.
• Jama Masjid is located at Nowhatta.
• This mosque has been ruined by fire three times. Reconstruction has been done as well.
• There are 370 wooden pillars and the courtyard makes it a beautiful place to visit.

7. Chashme-e-Shahi
• It is one of the famous mughal gardens, discovered by female saint Rupa Bhawani.
• The spring Chashme Shai is dedicated to Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
• The spring waters in this garden are believed to have therapeutic powers.

8. Shalimar Bagh
• It is one of the famous mughal gardens, created by Jahangir in 1619.
• It is also called as the Garden of Love.

9. Nishat Garden
• It is the second largest Mughal gardens, built in a terrace fashion.
• It is also called as ‘Garden of Happiness or Gladness or Bliss’.
• It has twelve terraces, one for each sign of the zodiac.

Best time to visit/climate of Srinagar

Srinagar has a humid subtropical climate. It is best to visit the place from April to October.

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How to get to Srinagar

1. Srinagar by Air
• Srinagar domestic airport is connected with many airports of the major cities in India.
• Regular flights are operated between Srinagar and Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Shimla.
• International travelers get the connecting flights from Delhi International airport.
• This is at a distance of 876 km from Srinagar.

2. Srinagar by Train
• Jammu is the nearest railway station to Srinagar.
• This is at a distance of 290 km.
• Jammu railway station is well connected to all major cities in India by rail.
• Direct train services are available from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum.
• Taxi services are available from Jammu to Srinagar.
• The fare is about Rs 6000.

3. Srinagar by Bus
• Many tourist bus service providers arrange deluxe luxurious bus package tours from many neighboring cities to Srinagar.
– Srinagar is well connected by tourist bus services to
• Chandigarh (630 km)
• Jammu (290 km)
• Delhi (876 km)
• Leh (434 km)
• Phalgan (96 km)
– Packaged tours charge about Rs 4 – Rs 5 per km.

4. By plane
• Sheikh ul Alam Airport is commonly known as Srinagar Airport.
• It is an international airport.
• Flights are operated by Jet Airways, Air Deccan, Spice Jet, Kingfisher Airlines, Go Air, Jet Lite and Indian Airlines from Delhi and Mumbai to Srinagar.
• The frequency is once or twice a day by each airline.

5. By Taxi
• Hiring a TATA Sumo SUV from Jammu costs approximately Rs 1,900-2,700 depending on time of year or even time of day.
• The journey takes around 8 hrs.

6. By Bus
• J&K State Road Transport Corporation (J&KSRTC) operates fairly comfortable buses from Jammu costing around Rs 350 and does the journey in around 12 hrs.
• 2 day buses run between Srinagar and Leh staying overnight in Kargil.
• There are also direct buses from Delhi taking almost 24 hrs to reach Srinagar.

Some travel books from Amazon about Srinagar

The Vale of Kashmir Travels in Kashmir: A Popular History of Its People, Places and Crafts Agony Of Dal Lake

Places to Stay in Srinagar (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

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Blogs/Sites about Srinagar

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Images and Photos of Srinagar

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Videos of Srinagar

Journey from Kashmir to Ladakh ( Srinagar to Leh )

Boating at Dal Lake, Srinagar

SRINAGAR tourist attractions

My Kashmir

Paradise on Earth : Jammu and Kashmir Calling

Fountain & Chinar Tree at Dal Lake, Srinagar, Kashmir

Srinagar to Sonamarg, tourist spots, travel, Jammu and Kashmir

Tulips garden Kashmir Srinagar_2008

Srinagar valley and Dal lake from Shankaracharya

Srinagar, Kashmir, A Quick Visit, by Stephen Knapp

On Shankracharya hill, Srinagar

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