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Shopping: Hand-woven silk fabric and shawls, world famous carpets, traditional embroidery craft
History of: 2000 years
Population: 9 Lac

Situated on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the famous Indus River, the city of Srinagar is a heavenly abode on earth with numerous lakes and large expanses of green valleys spread throughout. The Jhelum River runs through the city and the valley, emptying in the Wular Lake. The city at 876 km north of Delhi is famous for its nine ancient bridges, linking the two parts of the city.

Major Attractions

 

Dal Lake
the most important tourist attraction in Srinagar, the Dal Lake has, within its periphery, four enormous water bodies, Lokut Dal, Bod Dal, Gagribal and Nagin. The lake is not a flat, continuous mass of water, but an intricate labyrinth of waterways, that constitute a spectacular sight and an amazing locale to explore.

Wular Lake
the largest freshwater lake in India, Wular Lake lies about 32 kms to the northwest of Srinagar city. The lake is surrounded by high mountains on the north and north-east of the valley, which augment the scenic charm of the region.

Hazratbal Shrine
A sacred Muslim pilgrimage destination lying on the banks of the famous Dal Lake in Srinagar, Hazratbal Shrine reflects the devotion and respect of Muslims for Prophet Mohammad and his relics stored here.

Shankaracharya Temple
Located on top of a hill known as ‘Takht-e-Suleiman’, this ancient temple stands at an altitude of about 1100 feet above the surface level of main Srinagar city. The sacred temple can be visited only through a trek to the top of the hills.

Khanqah-e-Molla
Also called Shah-e-Hamdan, this shrine is believed to contain "the secret of Allah”. One of the oldest Muslim shrines located on the banks of the river Jhelum in Srinagar city, the Khanqah-e-Molla exhibits exemplary specimen of wood architecture.

 

Fun Festives

 

Navroz Festival in Srinagar
Festivals and Events at Srinagar in India include the Navroz festival. This festival is celebrated by the Shia Muslims in March or April. This festival comes a week after the New Year day. The Shia Muslims celebrate this 9-day festival with great food items and wearing fine clothes, praying at mosques, greetings and feasting at home.

Urs (Ziarats) Festival in Srinagar
Festivals and Events in Srinagar in India feature the Urs festival. The Urs (or Ziarats) is a typical Kashmiri festival which is held annually at the shrines of Muslim saints on their death anniversaries. Urs is celebrated in different parts of Srinagar, not only by Muslims but also by Hindus and Sikhs. An interesting feature of the Urs celebrations at Batamaloo and in Anantag is that both Muslims and Hindus do not take meat during the course of this festival. Urs (or Ziarats) has a significance of its own in the sense that it reflects an inter-communal participation unnoticed in most other festivals in India.

Ramzan Festival in Srinagar
Another popular festival celebrated in Kashmir is Ramzan. It is a month of fasting as in the Muslim calendar. During the month of Ramzan, Muslims abstain from eating or drinking during the day. It is only after sunset that they have fruits and all types of food. The festival also marks a spirit of charity and showing love towards the poor and needy.

 

Distance from major cities
Jammu 290 Kms
Leh 434 Kms
Gulmarg 48 Kms

 

How to reach there

by Air Srinagar Airport is well connected with Delhi, Mumbai & many cities of India.
by Rail Srinagar does not have a Railway Station. The nearest railway station is in Jammu.
by Road Srinagar is well connected by road to all important cities in Jammu and Kashmir.

Recommended Restaurants

  • Swiss Hotel, Srinagar

  • Lala Sheikh And Sons, Srinagar

  • Hatrick Restaurant, Srinagar

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