Srinagar

Srinagar is the largest city and the summer capital of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies in the Kashmir Valley on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus, and Dal and Anchar lakes. The city is famous for its natural beauty, gardens, waterfronts and houseboats. It is also known for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dried fruits.

Other Sightseeing In And Around Srinagar

Dal Lake :

On a trip to Srinagar, Dal Lake finds the first place on the itinerary. The alluring Shikara or the wooden boats that float on the beautiful waters impart a view of the circumference of the lake that promenades the Mughal gardens. The colourful hues of the nature and the sunrise and sunsets from the lake are impeccable. The lofty mountains, the blues both of the sky above and water below and the fragrances of the fresh flowers from the edging gardens makes the entire lake serene and tranquil.

Shalimar Bagh :

Laid out with the Persian style of architecture, the Shalimar Bagh garden is sprawled in 31 acres of land. Built on the periphery of the Dal Lake the garden was built to please Queen Noor Jahan by Shehenshah Jahangir. Laden with trees on the sides and a canal flowing through the middle of the garden paved with polished stones the garden is a mesmerising beauty. With three terraces each portraying different views of the garden, Shalimar Bagh is drenched in its own beauty.

Shankaracharya Temple :

Dating back to 200 BC the temple is built on the top of Shankaracharya Hill. Being devoted to Lord Shiva the temple holds a prime significance to the Buddhists as well. The temple involves a little trekking for the devotees and is said to stand on an octagonal pavement. The temple has been renovated a several times and the premises of the temple impart a breath-taking view of the valley below.

Pari Mahal :

It is counted amongst the star attractions of Srinagar. It is also known as The Fairies Abode, it is a seven terraced garden situated to the southwest of Dal Lake, above the famous Chashme Shahi Garden in Zabarwan mountain range.
Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's son Dara Shikoh built this garden in the memory of Mullah Shah Badakhshi. It was established in the mid 17th century on the remnants of an old Buddhist monastery. The monumental garden was used as an astronomical observatory and an important learning centre for astrological science.

Hari Parbat :

Hari Parbat (SHARIKA PEETH) is a popular tourist attraction situated at the periphery of Srinagar city, is an ancient and one of the holiest place of Kashmir. It is the abode of Maha Shakti. The Divine mother of Shri Jagat Amaba Sharika Bagwati also known as Maha TRIPURSUNDHARI OR RAJESHWARI locally called HARIE. The EIGHTEEN ARMED goddess SHARIKA is regarded as the presiding deity (ISHT-DEVI) of Srinagar city. It is the site of several important edifices, which include the Durrani Fort, Parvati Temple, a Gurudwara and shrines of Akhund Mullah Shah and Khwaja Makhdoom Sahib. The earliest fortifications on this hill were established by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1590, when he planned to build a new capital named Nager Nagor. However, not everything went according to plan. The present citadel was constructed in 1808 under the supervision of Shuja Shah Durrani.

Dachigam National Park: :

Dachigam National Park is wildlife and environment conservation is located 22 kilometers from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. It covers an area of 141 km2. The park has been a protected area since 1910.
This national park has a rich flora that includes about 500 herb species, 50 types of trees and 20 varieties of shrub. From dense forests to sprawling grasslands, it has a variety of ecosystems that are inhabited by various animals. This place earns widespread recognition for being the habitat of the last surviving population of Hangul (Kashmir Stag), besides these Himalayan Black Bear, Long-tailed Marmots, Leopard, Jackal, Red Fox and Common Palm Civet, other animal species and about 145 bird species can be spotted here.

Badaamwari (Almond garden) :

Badamwari Garden is located in downtown Srinagar. It is one of the most prettiest sight to see in Spring where the Almond trees are in full bloom. Situated on foothills of Koh-e-Maran, the 300 kanals garden was dotted with trees, flowers and cascades providing a soothing experience to the visitors. This is for all the crazy nature lovers, a place which can't be missed in spring n summer in Kashmir.

Manasbal Lake:

Manasbal Lake is a picturesque water body that lies towards the north of Srinagar in Safapora area of Ganderbal. The name Manasbal is said to be a derivative of the sacred and mythological lake of Mansarovar and is stated to be the deepest lake (at 13 m or 43 ft depth) in India. The green waters of this lake are dotted with beautiful flowers of lotus that add to its beauty. Several birds can be spotted on the shore of this lake, which make it a paradise for birdwatchers and ornithologists. The lake is a good place for bird watching as it is one of the largest natural stamping grounds of Aquatic birds in Kashmir and has the sobriquet of "supreme gem of all Kashmir Lakes".