Srinagar has everything to make you fall in love with it - be it nature's ambience, the richness of culture, the Dal Lake, colourful Shikharas, or the pure air.
The beautiful city is known to be the summer capital of the state and is an epitome of beauty and a true reflection of the culture and traditions of the state. The beautiful houseboats in the middle of the lakes are a sheer delight to watch and being in one of them is no less than experiencing something divine.
If you are planning a trip to Srinagar then the best time to wander here would be in 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 would do you good.
Going back in the historical lanes, we will find Srinagar was ruled by the Mauryan rulers who were also responsible for introducing 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 1947, Britishers left 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. 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; thus if you ever plan a trip here then, Dal Lake must be on your travel bucket list without a doubt.
Mughal Gardens. 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 one and all
Nishat Bagh. Nishat Bagh was built in 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.
Shankaracharya Temple. The Shankaracharya Temple also goes by the name, Jyesteshwara temple. Situated on the Shankaracharya hill, this temple has a unique spiritual 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 a longer period of time.
Trekking. Srinagar is the kind of city that offers tourists with a great scope of things to get themselves indulged into, such as skiing, eating out at modern and traditional restaurants, and even trekking to the beautiful hilltops.
Being situated in a cold geographical location, Srinagar has a lot in store for the foodies, in terms of 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).
As far as clothing is concerned, the Kashmiri fabric is famous for its complex embroidery which looks very unique. The men here generally go with Pheran, which is a long gown and is very loose in fitting. Apart from this, men also don skullcap and churidar pyjamas.
On the other hand, the Kashmiri women also go with Pheran which has embroidery of Zari on its hemline. The ladies also prefer suit and Burkha.
Srinagar is renowned for its natural beauty so much that it feels as if, God has painted it with its finest colours. It is located at an approximate distance of 811, 2,987, 2,170, and 2,336 km from Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kolkata respectively. Here is how you can reach here by the following means of transportation.
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 mode of travelling to Kashmir then flight booking is the best option to go with. Once you deboard, you will need to cover the remaining distance via public transport.
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.
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.
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