The capital city of the state of Jammu & Kashmir, Srinagar, has everything to make you fall in love with this place. The ambiance, the beauty, the richness of culture, the Dal Lake, the colorful Shikharas, the pure air, and what not! Srinagar is known to be the summer capital of the state. The beautiful houseboats in the middle of the lakes are a sheer delight and being in one of them is divine.
Srinagar is undoubtedly the largest state of Jammu & Kashmir and is the landing spot that is well connected to all your tourist destinations in and around the state. Srinagar is an epitome of beauty and a reflection of the culture and traditions of the state.
Going back in the historical lanes we will find Srinagar had been ruled by the Mauryan rulers who also introduced Buddhism in the region. In the 1st and 2nd century Srinagar was ruled by the Kushan dynasty. Buddhism remained the prominent religion of the region until the 14th century when Mughals invaded and enforced their rule and religion in the valley. After Mughals, the valley came under the rule of Sikhs which was headed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Britishers were on a spree to capture all the princely states and make India their colony. Kashmir was no exception as it also became part of the bandwagon. In the year 1947, Britishers left the Kashmir under the administration of Maharaja Hari Singh. For some time Kashmir continued being an independent princely state but later became a part of the Union of India through the Treaty of Accession.
Dal Lake is considered as the jewel of Srinagar. It won’t be wrong to say that Dal Lake is more or less an amazing visual depiction of the town itself. The surroundings of the lake are one of the most photogenic stretches situated in Srinagar. If you ever visit Srinagar then Dal Lake must be on your travel bucket list.
As the name suggests these gardens were particularly built in the era of Mughals. We can say that this garden is a combination of Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Gardens and Chasm-e-shahi. Moreover, the most prominent feature of these gardens is the cascading fountains which are definitely a must-watch for anyone.
Nishat Bagh was built in the year 1633. It is very interesting to know that this tourist spot is also known as the ‘Garden of Joy’ particularly owing to its phenomenal beauty. The picturesque landscapes along with the long avenues of Chinar make the whole place immensely beautiful.
The Shankaracharya temple is also known by the name of Jyesteshwara temple. Situated on the Shankaracharya hill, this temple has immense charm and aura which will make you fall in love with it. Now, this is needless to say that the divine vibes of this temple will certainly make you stay for longer periods of time.
Srinagar is the kind of city that offers tourists with all kinds of the scope of things to get themselves indulged into such as skiing, eating out at modern and traditional restaurants and even trekking on the beautiful hilltops.
Shopping for your loved ones would be a great idea, isn’t it? And when you are in Kashmir then there are a lot of options to consider and purchase such as Pashminas, papièr mâchè bangles, carved wooden boxes, embroidered scarves, wicker baskets, silver jewelry, spices, and Kashmiri carpets and what not!
Navroz is a 9-day long festival which is celebrated by the Shia Muslim community in the months of March and April. During this time, people gather around in mosques and offer their prayers in the form of Namaz and conclude the prayer by greeting each with a hearty embrace. Wearing new clothes and preparing delicious food items is a part of this festival.
The Ganga Ashtami is known as the day of performing the shraddhas in the memory of the departed souls. Kashmiri pandits perform the holy rituals on the day and spend the praying for everyone’s good health and prosperity.
Being situated in a cold geographical location, Srinagar feasts a lot on both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. If in Srinagar one cannot resist trying dishes like Rogan Josh, Madur Pulao, Matschgand, Yakhni (lamb curry), and Haak(spinach).
If you are planning a trip to Srinagar then the best time to wander and explore the place is between the months of April to October. However, any time of the year is apt to visit Srinagar but if you wish to avoid the spine chilling cold weather then sticking to the summertime is great.
By Air. Sheikh Ul Alam Airport which is also known as Srinagar airport is the nearest airport. So, if you are looking for a comfortable, fast and reliable mode of traveling to Kashmir then flight booking is the best option to go with. Flights from all the major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chandigarh arrive here regularly.
By Road. Srinagar is a city which is very well connected with other towns and cities by road network. So, if you are planning to visit Srinagar by road then taking a bus or driving on your own are the options worth considering. In any case, you have to cover an approximate distance of 800, 2100, 2200 and 2900km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively.
By Train. Srinagar railway station is where you have to deboard the train to explore the summer capital Srinagar. From the station, one may take a taxi or a bus to reach the desired location in the city. Trains from all parts of India arrive at the station hence opting for a train journey is a budget-friendly and convenient choice.
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