Srinagar is one of several places that has been called the "Venice of the East" or the "Kashmiri Venice". It is the summer capital of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated in the Kashmir Valley and lies on the banks of the Jhelum River, a tributary of the Indus. The city is famous for its gardens, lakes and houseboats. The city is packed with numerous sublime lakes, which offer the best setting for sports like Canoeing and Kayaking. Tourists can also enjoy rides on traditional Kashmiri boats- “Shikaras”. Kashmiri Houseboats offer a unique experience of living on water. Besides, Srinagar is probably the best place to explore the arts and crafts of the state.
The traditionally rich markets of the city are popular for a number of handicrafts and dry fruits. It is a unique city with breathtaking physical environment, lakes, Mughal gardens, springs, golf course, hills & mountains, cycling tracks, trekking opportunities, angling, water sports.
PLACES TO VISIT
Pari Mahal (House of Fairies) also known as Quntilon, is a historic monument placed above the beautiful Chashma Shahi Gardens near Srinagar. The ancient monument brings out the architectural brilliance of the fore gone age.
lake in srinigar, Popularly known as 'Srinagar's jewel' the Dal Lake, spread over a straggling 26 sq.km, is the most popular tourist attraction in Srinagar. Renowned for its house boats and Shikara boat rides, set against the slow clad glorious Himalayas, the Dal Lake continues to be on the canvas & subject to several poets and artists.
No trip to Srinagar is complete without staying on one of the several luxurious houseboats. Anchored along one of the largest lakes in India, the Dal Lake, these houseboats are complete with vibrantly furnished bedrooms, a drawing room, kitchen & bathroom.Your stay on the houseboat is as luxurious as it can get with cedar paneled elegant rooms, fine wooden furniture, wall to wall carpeting & modern bathroom fittings. As elegant as the houseboats themselves are the unique & whimsical names given to each of the houseboats.
Mughal Gardens, as the name suggests, built in the Mughal period is a marvel located around 13 km from Srinagar. These gardens are the major attractions for tourists coming to Jammu and Kashmir. These gardens are a fine example of the Mughal style of architecture & design.
Constructed by the great Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619 for his beloved wife Nurjahan, the sprawling garden with four terraces, imposing fountains, well laid out manicured gardens, tall trees & fresh mountain air is one of the must visit places while in Srinagar.
The quintessential reasons why people come to Srinagar are the houseboats & the Shikara ride. Taking the ride across the scenic Dal Lake at the backdrop of the majestic slow clad Himalaya's is indeed an experience in itself both enjoyable and unforgettable.
Wullar Lake, the largest fresh-water lake in India, serves as a natural reservoir by drawing the excess water from the River Jhelum. Remains of a wonderful island built by King Zain-ul-abidin can be seen in the midst of the lake.
An ancient mosque, which was destroyed and restored several times over the centuries, Jamia Masjid is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The present mosque, an impressive building without an opped dome, was built in 1674.
HOW TO REACH HERE
Srinagar domestic airport is connected with many airports of the major cities in India. Regular flights operate between Srinagar and Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh and the tickets are moderately priced. International travelers get the connecting flights from Delhi International airport, which is at a distance of 876 km from Srinagar.
Jammu is the nearest railway station to Srinagar, which is at a distance of 290 km. Jammu railway station is well connected to all major cities in India by rail. Direct train services are available from Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Trivandrum. Taxi services are available from Jammu to Srinagar and the fare is about Rs 6,000.
Many tourist bus service providers arrange deluxe luxurious bus package tours from many neighboring cities to Srinagar. Srinagar is well connected to Chandigarh (630 km), Jammu (290 km), Delhi (876 km), Leh (434 km) and Phalgam (96 km) by tourist bus services. Packaged tours charge about Rs 4-5 per km.