Srinagar " Jewel of Kashmir"
A jewel of a destination, Kashmir is one of the most amazing holiday destinations in India. Srinagar, the state’s winter capital, is the first stop for most travellers to Kashmir; and with its great lake and meandering river, its exquisite pleasure gardens and romantic shikara rides, the old-world charm of its houseboats and the ageless grace of its architecture, the city is a fitting introduction to the many enchantments of the valley. The vast Dal lake is, of course, Srinagar’s emblematic feature, and its deep waters carry the most popular of Srinagar’s attractions: houseboats and shikaras. Many visitors are content to spend a great part of their holiday aboard these waterborne hotels, watching the lake’s traffic float by from cushioned balconies, venturing into the houseboat’s walnut-wood interiors for delicious, fragrant Kashmiri cuisine. If at all one can bring oneself to leave the boat, it is to step into the dainty, canopied shikaras. Fitted with generously cushioned seats and footrests, these elongated little boats constitute one of the great luxuries of the world, and have long been the very epitome of romance.
The Dal Lake which has the length of 8 Km long and a width of 4 Km, spreads over a total of 26 Sq. Km.
Pari Mahal is as much a monument as garden. This was initially a garden built by Dara Shiko for his Sufi teacher, Mulla Shah.
Jamia Masjid is known as one of the sacred shrines of Islamic followers. Be it the holiness or the constructional elegance.
Hazratbal’s special significance is derived from the fact that it houses a hair of the prophet Muhammad.
A beautiful Shiva temple situated on a picturesque location on the Gopadari Hill on the South East of Srinagar.
Shalimar Gardens are the piece de resistance of Srinagar’s many gardens and parks.
Nishat Garden, Srinagar
Nishat Bagh, though smaller than Shalimar, is more intensely beautiful.
Shah Jehan is reputed, also, to have laid out the gardens of Chashma Shahi, so named because of a mountain spring that waters it.
- Elevation: 1,585 m
- Getting there: 5 h 30 min flight
- Population: 898,440 (2001)
There are daily flights to Srinagar from Delhi, Mumbai and Jammu. Srinagar airport is 14 kms from the city.
By Rail/ Train
Jammu is the nearest railway station for Srinagar, about 305 kms where trains arrive from Delhi, Calcutta, Pune, Mumbai, Kanyakumari, Ahmedabad, etc.
National Highway 1-A, connecting Srinagar with Jammu, is a good, all-weather road with several sharp inclines and hairpin bends. It is maintained by the Border Roads Organization (BRO), which clears the road of any obstructions resulting from natural causes like landslides and heavy snowfall. The famous Jawahar Tunnel that connects Jammu with the Kashmir Valley across the Pir Panjal range falls en route. Before the Jawahar Tunnel was completed, the journey took two days with an overnight stop at Batote. Now, it can be covered in one long day. It is also possible to travel by taxi from Jammu to Srinagar in about 8 hours.