A Mesmerizing Trip to ‘The Heaven on Earth’- Srinagar
Often labeled as ‘India’s Switzerland’, Srinagar is indeed a paradise on earth. Peaks clad with snow, River Jhelum, cool mountain breeze, dense forests of Deodar and Chinar – Srinagar brims with beauty. This is why it has been alluring visitors from all walks of life – famous Bollywood celebrities, politicians, families going on picnics and love-struck couples, to name a few. In addition to the beauty of this place, there is an array of things to do in Srinagar. Don’t forget to check out these places the next time when you are here:
Spread across an area of over 26 sq. ft., Dal Lake is one of the most photographed spots of Srinagar. Popularly known as the ‘Jewel in the Crown of Kashmir’, the lake is enveloped by the skyrocketing peaks of Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas. Visitors can enjoy a number of activities such as swimming, shikara (colonial era house boats), riding, canoeing and much more. Some of the shikaras sell trinkets, which you can buy as souvenirs to gift to your family.
Located at an altitude of 1100 feet, Shankaracharya Temple is believed to be constructed by the son of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, Jaluka. Situated atop the Shankaracharya Hill (which is also known as Takht-e-Sulaiman), the temple overlooks the snowcapped mountains. While you will have to hike all the way up to this temple, the beautiful interiors of the temple make it totally worth the trek. Persian inscriptions adorn the walls of this temple.
Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden
Nestled along the foothills of Zabarwan Mountains, Indira Gandhi Memorial Tulip Garden is thronged by tourists all throughout the year. Situated on the banks of Dal Lake, the garden is a visual delight, which abounds with 1.3 million varieties of multi colored Tulip flowers. It sprawls across an area of 9 acres and hosts a 7 day-long Tulip Festival annually. You can also take a detour to the other nearby attractions such as Nishat Garden, Chashm-e-Shahi Garden and Shalimar Garden.
Known by a number of names such as Dargah Sharif, Madinat-us-Sani and Asar-e-Sharif, Hazratbal Mosque is a popular center of pilgrimage for local inhabitants and travellers alike. It is a revered site housing the heir of the Prophet Muhammad. It is situated on the western banks of Dal Lake, against the jaw-dropping backdrop of misty mountains. Drenched in an aura of tranquility, it is the sanctuary of peace for those looking for some moments of serenity. Carved out of white marble, this mosque enjoys an exclusive position of being the only domed mosque in Srinagar.
Spread over 31 acres, Shalimar Bagh Garden is one of the most iconic places in Srinagar, for it was built with the patronage of the Mughal Emperor, Jahangir. It flaunts elements peculiar to the Persian style of architecture. An interesting fact about this garden is that it was built with the intention to impress Queen Noor Jahan, Jahangir’s beloved wife. This ‘abode of love’ is home to a wide variety of flowers. A beautiful canal flows across the garden, making it a great place to click selfies.