Picturesque landscapes, majestic mountains, exotic gardens, houseboats and a pleasant weather- if the very thought of a perfect holiday conjures up these images in your mind, the Srinagar is the right place to be. This city is also famous as the Land of Lakes and Gardens and is flocked by tourists from all corners of the world. If you are planning to visit Srinagar soon, then here is a list of must see places for you:
1. The Gardens
As we have mentioned earlier that Srinagar is also known as the land of Lakes and Gardens, so a visit to the famous gardens in the city is a must. Srinagar has a host of well manicured gardens which include the beautiful Shalimar Bagh and Nishat Mughal Gardens. Shalimar Bagh was built by the Mughal Emperor Jehangir in 1619. The Nishat Mughal Garden was designed and built in 1633 by the brother of Noor Jehan, Asif Khan who was also the Father-in-law of Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. This garden borders the Dal Lake and offers a stunning view of the lake. Apart from that, gardens such as Pari Mahal palace garden is also a must visit. Enjoy the Tulip Festival in Botanical Garden in April.
2. The Dal Lake
No trip to Srinagar is complete without a shikara ride and a stay in the houseboat in the Dal Lake. A stay in a houseboat will offer you a lifetime experience. Explore the floating life in Dal lake. You can even take an early morning ride to the floating vegetable market.
3. The downtown Srinagar
Enjoy the rustic charm of Srinagar by exploring the old alleys and pathways of the downtown Srinagar. Take a stroll through the downtown and witness the timeless beauty of the city. This important part of the city is home to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in Kashmir. This mosque was originally built in 1394 and was later restored in 1672. More than a thousand devotees can pray here at a time. The ceiling of this mosque is supported by 378 wooden pillars. Also visit the Shah Hamdan mosque at the bank of Jhelum river. The walls of this mosque are adorned by intricate Kashmiri artwork.
4. Shankaracharya Temple
This is yet another most visited place in Srinagar. This hill offers a great panoramic view of the entire city and the Dal Lake. Devout Hindus visit this place. It is said that originally, it was a Buddhist temple. The Hindu philosopher Adi Shankaracharya, on his visit to this place, put a Shivlinga here and from that time, it became the abode of Lord Shiva.
5. Hazratbal Mosque
Every year, thousands of devout Muslims visit this mosque as the hairs of the Prophet is carefully preserved here. The architecture of this mosque resembles Iranian and Persian architectural style.
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