heart of the Kashmir Valley, Srinagar, still preserve the imprints of the
Mughals and the legacy of the British can be seen in the luxurious
If there is a heaven on earth, it's here, it's here, it's here
- exclaimed, the Mughal Emperor Jahangir on his first visit to this place.
Srinagar, the pride of the beautiful valley of Kashmir is famous for its
lakes, gardens and the charming rows of houseboats floating on them and so
is named as the paradise on earth. Known for traditional Kashmiri
handicrafts, kashmiri clothes and dry fruits it is surrounded by five
districts. To the northern side it is flanked by Kargil, in the South by
Pulwama, and in the north-west by Budgam.
Srinagar is located in the western part of
the state of Jammu and Kashmir, in the northern region of India.
Srinagar is at a distance of about 295 kilometres from Jammu.
Summer temperature ranges between 29.5 °C
to 10.6 °C ,while it is too cold in the winters with temperature
remaining between 7.3 °C to -1.9 °C. The Best time to visit this
Godly beauty is around April to June.
Travelling in Srinagar India
Srinagar has the distinction of having a unique cultural blend, making it
different from the rest of the country, not only from the cultural front,
but from geography, demography, ethics and social entities, which forms a
distinct spectrum of diversity. With its beautiful picturesque Himalayan
backdrop, glittering lakes, the crowning glory of hill stations Srinagar is
preferred most for its luring houseboats, shikaras and the grandeur of
Mughal Gardens, besides it breathtaking and eye-soothing natural beauty.
Travel Attractions of Srinagar
The Dal Lake -
The Dal Lake is not only unique for its
beauty but also for its pulsating surroundings, since it sustains a life on
waters not found anywhere else in the world. Most houseboats on the Dal Lake
are situated in long straggling rows on the bank of the lake and can be
accessed directly from the land without the help of shikaras. The houseboat
and Shikara communities have lived for centuries on the Dal, and every
possible thing is found nearby the houseboats itself including doctors,
tailors, bakers in tiny wooden shops on the lake. The picturesque lotus
flowers and gardens adds to their mystic beauty of Srinagar.
Mughal Gardens -
The mughal emperors planted gardens to
feel the presence of heavenly bliss in this place. Chesmansahi is the first
mughal gardens with a stupendous layout and magnificent view. It has three
terrace in addition to a natural spring of water enclosed in a stone
Nishar garden built by Empress Nur Jahans Brother Asaf Khan has
several terraces and a central water course which gives a wonderful sight
between the Dal and the Zabarwan Hills. The third one the Shalimar was
planted by Jehangir and was shaded by magnificent chinar trees with paint
box bright flower beds..
Srinagar is also a convenient base for trips to Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
Gulmarg offers fine trout fishing, and enjoys the distinction of having the
highest golf course in the world. An wonderful views of Nanga Parbat, one of
the highest mountains in the world can be experienced from there. It is the
starting point for treks into the hills and mountains. Pahalgam, yet another
popular hill resort is the base for pilgrimages to the sacred Amarnath.
Other adventure destination are the Dachigam National Park, the exquisite
Nagin Lake close to the Dal Lake and the Hazratbal Shrine, the holiest
Muslim shrine in the country.
How to Reach Srinagar
By Air -
Srinagar has its own airport.
By Rail -
The nearest railway station to Srinagar is
Jammu, which is about 300 kilometres away.
By Roads -
National Highway 1-A, connecting Srinagar
with Jammu, and is a good, all-weather road with several sharp inclines and