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Srinagar is a gorgeous and idealistic city located in the elegant Kashmir valley. Srinagar is the summer center of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and is the pride of the beautiful valley of Kashmir.
Srinagar is famous for its lakes and the charming rows of houseboats floating on them. Srinagar is also known for habitual Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. Srinagar is positioned in the western part of the northern state of India called Jammu and Kashmir. River Jhelum passes all the way through Srinagar city. Srinagar is 876 km north of Delhi.
Places of interest
Dal Lake: The Dal is well-known not only for its beauty, but for its vibrance, because it sustains within its periphery, a life that is distinctive anywhere in the world. The houseboat and Shikara group of people have lived for centuries on the Dal, and so complete is their communications on the lake, that they never have to step on land! Doctors, tailors, bakers- one can see them all in tiny wooden shops on the lake, near picturesque vegetable gardens and acres of lotus estate.
Nagin Lake: Nagin Lake, which is usually thought of as a separate lake, is also separated from Dal Lake only by a causeway. The jettys are mostly suitable for walkers and bicycles only so they make a very pleasurable way of seeing the lake without having to worry about traffic or Shikaras. The main walkway across the lake carries the water pipeline for Srinagar's mains water supply.
Mughal Gardens: Kashmir was a preferred of the Mughal emperors who visited it as often as they could. Cool and stimulating after the plains of North India where the business of governance kept them, they planted gardens with stepped veranda and flowing watercourses. Cheshma Shahi is the foremost Mughal garden one will pass after Nehru Park. Built at a height above the city, its views are as stupendous as its draft.
Nishat Garden: The next garden along the road that surrounds the Dal is the Nishat, built by empress Nur Jahan's brother Asaf Khan. The third Mughal garden - the Shalimar - was lodged by Jehangir, the Mughal emperor, whose feel of affection for Kashmir was legendary.
Hazaratbal Mosque: From corner to corner, the Dal from Shalimar is the mosque of Hazratbal, the only one of its kind architecturally in Kashmir. Made of white granite with a dome and a minaret, Hazratbal is the storehouse of a single pelt of the Prophet Mohammed, exhibited to the community on certain days of the year.
Shankaracharya Hill: Within Srinagar, on its uppermost hill is the Shankaracharya temple, nearly one thousand feet above the city. It is faithful to Lord Shiva. The site dates back to 2,500 BC. The philosopher Shankaracharya settled at this site when he visited Kashmir ten centuries ago to revive "Sanatan Dharma".
Hari Parbat Fort: The 18th century castle tops the Sharika Hill, which is clearly visible, rising to the west of Dal Lake. The fort was raised by Atta Mohammed Khan from 1776 but the surrounding wall is much older, it was built sandwiched between 1592 and 1598 during the rule of Akbar.
The best time to visit
The best time to visit Srinagar is during summers between April and June.
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