Srinagar Travel Guide
Srinagar Travel Guide: Embraced by the majestic Himalayas, Srinagar overflows with nature’s bounties. While the placidity of its aqua heart – the Dal lake- spreads tranquility, its scintillating sights exhilarate. Walk through the beauteous Mughal gardens, amidst the multihued canopies, paradisiacal fountains that never cease to amaze. Step into the monuments of faith and discover how Kashmir reposes it’s faith in secularism. For the adventurous, water and icy delights is just a short way away!
Place To Visit in Srinagar
Srinagar’s focal point is its watery heart- and soul – the Dal Lake. It actually is not homogenous has within two enormous sheet-like expanses of water-Lokut-dal and Bod-dal, interspersed with man-made strips of land inhabited by whole colonies of people and vegetation. Consequently, the lake turns out to be a labyrinth of waterways, supporting unique lifestyles not found elsewhere.
The smaller Nagin Lake too is circumferenced by willow and poplar trees that reflect languidly in the lake. Ride in the traditional Kashmiri boats- the “Shikaras” to enjoy the wondrous vistas of the spectacular surroundings of Srinagar. Explore the intricate maze of waterways connecting to and from Dal Lake. Hire out water-skis and motor launches if you’re adventurous. At sunset, the gentle soothing motion of the boat, as it glides along the water, is unbelievably romantic.
Uniform panoply of terraced lawns, cascading fountains, paint-box-bright flowerbeds with the Dal in front – led Mughal Emperors’ to believe that paradise is here.
Built by Emperor Jehangir it overflows with sweeping vistas over gardens and lakes, and shallow terraces. The four terraces raise one above the other with a canal lined with polished stones running
With the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, (11 km. from TRC), this ‘garden of bliss’ has a magnificent backdrop of the lake and the snow capped Pir Panjal mountain range?
Originally laid out by Shah Jehan, it is cut into terraces, and commands a magnificent view of the Dal Lake below and surrounding mountain ranges. The cool water of the spring is highly refreshing and digestive.
Once a royal observatory, Pari Mahal has a charmingly laid out .It is illuminated at night.
Hazratbal Mosque reflects its pristine white marble elegance on the waters of theDal. Said to house a hair of the prophet Muhammad, Hazratbal is remarkable for being the only domed mosque in Srinagar; the others having distinct pagoda like roofs. Prayers are offered at Hazratbal and attended by throngs of people
The impressive mosque is built around a courtyard and is supported by 370 wooden pillars. Thousands congregate for the Friday prayers that sharply contrast with the bustle of the old bazaars surrounding it.
The sacred temple of Shankaracharya tops the hills of Takht-I-Sulaiman and is the site where the philosopher Shankaracharya stayed .
Khanqah of Shah Hamadan
Situated on the banks of the river Jhelum, between the third and fourth bridge, it is the first mosque ever built in Srinagar. It has a wooden structure with richly carved and painted interiors. Its beautifully carved eaves and hanging bells and the antique chandeliers give it an air of opulence.
The old city
The old city of Srinagaris redolent with sights, smells and sounds that is as enchanting as its labyrinthine roads and bustling bazaars. Traditionally dressed men and women on their way to the city’s many mosques and shrines, burnt brick buildings with their rich warm colour, these are some of the old city’s gives an eternal characte4r to the city.
Eating Out in Srinagar
Rich and redolent with the flavor of the spices used –cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, saffron, etc. — Kashmiri food is rich and spicy with rice being the staple diet. . Pure vegetarian dishes include dum-aloo – roasted potatoes in curd-based gravy, and chaman- fried paneer (cottage cheese), in a thick sauce. Non-vegetarian dishes are mutton, chicken or fish based combining vegetable and meat like Mutton and turnips, chicken and spinach, fish and lotus root. At a Wazwan or banquet, rista (meat balls) made of finely pounded mutton and cooked in a gravy; seekh kababs, tabak maz, or roganjosh, Yakhni, Gushtaba, and Dam-Aaloo and chaman are the commonly served . Several restaurants in Srinagar serve Kashmiri Wazwan on their menus.
Unique shopping in Srinagar
Srinagar is famous for its traditional Kashmiri handicrafts. Exquisite papier-mâché items such as boxes, vases, replicas of samovar (metal container used for heating water for tea), houseboat models, etc., in all shapes and having bright colors and designs are true delights. Apart from regular woolen shawls, you can also buy Pashmina shawls (made from the hair of ibex), as also intricate carvings on walnut wood to make items like tables, chairs, stools, fruit bowls, partitions, etc., that have rich floral and trellis patterns carved on them. Woolen and silks here are not only known for their highly intricate decorations and patterns, which show a strong Islamic/Persian influence, they are also renowned for their durability and subtle colors. Chain-stitch carpets from Srinagar are also popular craft items.
How to Reach Srinagar
The hill resort of Srinagar is easily accessible. In terms of air transport Srinagar is linked with Delhi through Jammu. The Jammu Taw railway station is the nearest rail head. Srinagar boasts of excellent road network and is linked with places like Chandigarh, Delhi, Jammu, Leh, Kargil, Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam, through road.