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Srinagar Travel Guide


Srinagar Travel Guide

The city of Srinagar is the capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. This is located in the region of Kashmir Valley and is also flanked by the River Jhelum that runs through it. One of the main attractions of life in Srinagar is the presence of houseboats in which you can accommodate yourself in huge luxury boats in the various lakes that are located here. Prime among these are the houseboats on the Dal Lake. They have been greatly affected by the presence of militancy and insurgency. However in recent years things have moved back to normalcy. Tourists have returned to Srinagar.

You can also enjoy the climate and the landscapes of the region that is aplenty with lush greenery and beautiful flowers. This is also a place of the chinar trees along with others that make for some of the beautiful woods of the hillsides. Srinagar is also a city of gardens. These have been planned enclaves of beautiful flowers and trees amidst greenery and fountains that were created. You can visit places like the Shalimar Gardens, Nishat Bagh, Chashma Shahi, Pari Mahal and Naseem Bagh. These are also places of rare flowers.

The Dal Lake and the Nagin Lake are two of the most important lakes in the city. These are also the locations of large scale houseboats that are available for tourists. It makes for some of the most important accommodation experiences here. However there are other hotels and guest houses available too.

There are several places of worship that is located within the city of Srinagar. Among these there is the famous temple of Shankaracharya and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is part of a very ancient Hindu legacy and was built during the 3rd century BC by Jaluka. He was a son of Ashoka the Great. Then there is also the famous shrine of Hazratbal. This is also considered to be one of the holiest of Islamic worship as the shrine contains a relic of Prophet Mohammad.

One of the main parts of the state economy is tourism. There is another big portion that derives itself out of handicrafts and weaves that are traditional here. A beautiful example of these is the carpets and the rugs coupled with the shawls and pashmina wraps that are available. It is a blend of some of the finest of warm fabrics with beautiful handwork of embroidery in traditional patterns.

The best time to visit the city is in the summer months between April and June. But the climate and intrinsic beauty of Srinagar attracts a large number of tourists even in the winter months. The city is also in close proximity to places like Sonamarg,Gulmarg and Pahalgam. There are day trips and short excursions into neighboring regions that are always undertaken. 

Last Updated: 29/03/2012

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