Srinagar, dubbed as the ‘Pride of Kashmir Valley’, is an ideal getaway for travelers who want to weigh down their worries and rest on the lap of Mother Nature. However, it’s not just the travelers who are smitten by its ethereal beauty. Even, the Mughal emperor Jehangir could not take his eyes off this beauty and exclaimed "Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin asto ((If there is a heaven on earth, it's here, it's here, it's here). Besides its picturesque lakes, houseboats, canals and gorgeous greenery, Srinagar is also famous for its rich cuisine that includes Kashmiri biryani, kathi kababs, zafrani pulao, rista, and not to forget, the aromatic Kahwa tea. The best time to visit this lovely place is from April to June. If you truly wish to experience the real charms of the city, then hit this place during the wintertime as this is one time when you can have loads of fun playing with snowballs and indulging in ice-skating. To know more about places to visit in Srinagar, check out the following write-up.
Tourist Attractions In Srinagar
The popularity of Dal Lake is such that very often Srinagar is referred to as the ‘City of Dal Lake’. Situated on the eastern end of Srinagar city, Dal Lake offers exciting boat rides for the tourists. You can sip on hot kahwa tea and enjoy the cool breezy air as you indulge in a boat ride in the lovely Kashmiri houseboats or ‘Shikaras’. What’s more, you can indulge in shopping and buy some souvenirs for your loved ones too on your visit to this famous lake.
Shalimar garden has a rich history behind it. Located 11 kms off the district headquarters in Srinagar, the garden is splendid and visually appealing. Colorful flowers adorn the Shalimar garden during autumn and spring. Built by Mughul emperor Jehangir, this tourism spot flaunts fountains, terraces and floral beds, in style. Evenings are generally crowded and are the best time to visit this garden. People of different age groups come here and while away their time while watching the splendid garden.
Jama Masjid is one of the most revered sites in Srinagar. The first thing that you will notice once you step inside this scared spot is the beautiful Indo-Sarcenic architecture, spiral towers and the courtyard. The mosque is jam-packed on Friday when thousands of Muslims gather to offer their prayers. Those who want to seek peace and spend time in solitude can head to the picturesque garden that is situated right besides the building.
Wular Lake, sprawling across an area of about 125 sq. km, is a perfect place to watch the migratory birds. The dense forests, alpine pastures and orchards surrounding the lake make this picturesque spot even more breathtakingly beautiful. Another interesting feature of the lake is an ancient island called Zaina Lanka, which was built by the great ruler, King Zain-ul-abidin.
Khir Bhawani Temple
Khir Bhawani temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Ragnya Devi, is one of the most frequented temples in Srinagar. Every year, an annual festival is conducted and during this time, the Hindus flock to the place to seek blessings from the deity. Khir Bhavani, set amidst the unique Chinar trees and rivers, is situated at Tulamula village. Also, don’t forget to visit the spring situated right beside the temple.