Last month, I got an opportunity to visit Srinagar with my cousin, who was going there for some official work. I had nothing much to do while he planned this trip so I too decided to accompany him.
Popularly known as ‘Venice of the East’, Srinagar is the capital of Jammu and Kashmir.
It lies in Kashmir valley, on the banks of Jhelum river. I had heard a lot about the lakes and houseboats of Srinagar, so that was perfect opportunity for me to explore them.
Soon, we were in Srinagar. My cousin completed his official work same day and then we had ample time to explore the city, so we embarked on Srinagar City Tour to make the most of it.
We went to see the famous sites of the area like Dal Lake and Gulmarg or Yusmarg. Besides these beautiful locations, we also visited historical places of pilgrimages like Shankaracharya Hill and the Vedic Shiva Temple. Many devotees were there to do puja among the heavy security.
The beauty of Mughul Gardens captivated me for some time. It was one of the best gardens I have seen in India. We also saw the Shri Pratap Singh Museum that had large rock sculpted idols of Vishnu and other Vedic divinities. Another famous place I visited is Shah Hamdan mosque which is dedicated to Shah Hamdan.
Following are several other attractions which became a part of our exploration during the tour:
Hari Parbat Fort
The 18th century fort is located at the Sharika Hill. This fort was constructed by Atta Mohammad Khan. Lies to the west of the Dal lake, this fort is a famous tourist attraction.
Situated on the western shore of Dal Lake, it is an important Muslim religious place. Its amazing white marble elegance can be seen in the crystal clear waters of the lake.
Pari Mahal or the ‘House of the Fairies’ is located just above Chashma Shahi Gardens, which is around 10 km from Srinagar. Pari Mahal is a historic monument and a well-laid garden. It also overlooks the beautiful Dal Lake.
Tomb of Zain-ul-Abidin
The tomb of King Zain-ul-Abidin shows a clear Persian influence in its amazing domed construction and glazed tiles.
Our curiosity to explore the Excursions of Srinagar took us to following places:
The valley of Gulmarg is located at an altitude of 2730 m above sea level. It is a pleasant hill town situated around 52 km southeast of Srinagar. Flowering plants, golf course and snow sports activities during winters are some popular attractions of the place.
It is located 95 km east of Srinagar in the Liddar Valley. The place is famous for its several adventure sports activities like trekking, hiking and fishing.
Sonamarg lies around 80 km in the northeast of Srinagar. Situated at an altitude of 2740 m above sea level, the place offers breathtaking views of snow covered Himalayan peaks.
After enjoying Shikara Ride, we came back to our hotel in late evening. Next morning, we left for home with delightful memories.