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Srinagar

TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City
Breathtaking vistas, stunning landscapes, spectacular water bodies, verdant forests, an old-world charm, and romantic ‘shikara’ rides, all make Srinanagar, the capital of Jammu & Kashmir a stunning city to explore and savour. Visit the sacred Shankaracharya Temple, Hazratbal Shrine, the Jama Masjid to pay your respects to the revered as well as admire the brilliant architecture of those times. The Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh, the Pari Mahal, all exude and narrate beautiful tales of the days of yore. The Indira Gandhi Tulip Gardens enchant you with the colourful tulips in full bloom in the summer. The apple orchards offer an experience that is one-of-a-kind and a trip to Hokesar enthralls you with the vast population of migratory birds that flock here. Shop for the best in Kashmiri items at the many ‘chowks’ in the city, and do gorge on the popular local dishes that is sure to appease your palate. With astounding sceneries around and a serene and tranquil ambiance, Srinagar dazzles you with its mystical beauty.
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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City  Shikara Ride on Dal Lake

Shikara Ride on Dal Lake

Dal Lake is surrounded by the Zabarwan Range and is one of the main sights of interest in Srinagar, which lures tourists and locals alike. Spread over an area of approximately 15-20 sq km, it is made up of a network of waterways and channels, floating villages, gardens, markets, and houseboats. Hop on a ‘shikara’ (water-taxi) and glide past the rows of houseboats parked next to each other to get a glimpse of the life of locals living on quaint little floating islands. Vendors are sure to woo you with snacks, tea and souvenirs while you are enjoying floating in the ‘shikara’. You can also try waterskiing on Dal Lake.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Shankaracharya Temple

Shankaracharya Temple

Shankaracharya Temple is situated at an elevation of about approximately 1,100 ft atop the hill formerly known as Takht-i-Sulaiman. This ancient shrine is also known as Jyesteshwara Temple and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It derives its present name from the revered saint Shankaracharya who attained enlightenment at this very holy spot. The octagonal-shaped shrine was built using grey stones and the interior of this sanctuary is ornate with Persian inscriptions on the ceiling. To reach the temple you need to climb up about 220 steps and you shall be rewarded with a stunning panorama of the city and snow-capped mountains of the Pir Panjal Range.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Hazratbal Shrine

Hazratbal Shrine

Tour the opulent complex of Hazratbal Mosque located on the western shore with the garden overlooking the beautiful Dal Lake. This shrine houses the Moi-e-Muqqadas—a strand of hair of Prophet Muhammad, which is regarded as a holy relic by the Muslim population. This holy relic is displayed publicly only during religious events. It is articulately designed using silver white marble and showcases a blend of Mughal and Kashmiri style of architecture. It is the only dome-shaped mosque in Srinagar and is one of the most important Muslim shrines in India.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Nishat Bagh

Nishat Bagh

Visit Nishat Bagh, a perfectly sculpted rectangular terraced garden, built on the eastern banks of the stunning Dal Lake. This striking garden was built on the orders of Emperor Jehangir, which was dedicated to his wife Nur Jahan and designed by Asaf Khan. The name of the garden means ‘garden of joy’” and true to its name it is sure to fill your heart with joy as you stroll along the walkways lined with colourful flower beds, towering Chinar trees and water pools with fountains. Watch the spectacular sunset while standing in the lower pavilion overlooking the Dal Lake with the lofty Zarbarwan Mountains as the backdrop.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Chashme Shahi

Chashme Shahi

Located near Raj Bhawan, this garden is the third and the smallest amongst the other three Mughal gardens. . Chashme Shahi Garden meaning ‘the royal springs’, is named aptly because it is constructed around a fresh water spring and was built under the supervision of the Mughal Governor Ali Mardan Khan in 1632. This garden was designed on orders of Emperor Shah Jahan for his eldest son Dara Sikoh. Admire its main feature, the spring water, which is said to be rich in minerals. This three-terraced garden is well-decorated with flower beds, numerous trees and water fountains with great views of Dal Lake.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Shalimar Bagh

Shalimar Bagh

Explore the largest Mughal Gardens of Kashmir valley and soak in the green ambiance of this fine example of Mughal horticulture. Originally, this site was said to be a village built by King Pravarsena II, which later, during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan, was converted into a royal garden. This was dedicated to his wife Nur Jahan. Apart from three terraces, the two distinct features of the garden are the ‘Chini Khanas’, which means arched niches positioned behind the waterfall, and the four doors Baradari (pavilion). Shalimar Bagh literally means ‘abode of love’ or ‘garden of love’ and is strategically located on the right bank of the Dal Lake.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid, which is also addressed as Jamia Masjid sits in the heart of old city in Nowhatta and was built in 1400 AD by Sultan Sikander. One of the most sacred mosques, it is said to have been damaged thrice in a fire. The mosque underwent plenty of reconstruction and restoration work during the reign of Maharana Pratap Singh. A significant aspect of this religious site is that it has a courtyard with 370 pillars and the complex is built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. A contrast feature is that in spite of being in the middle of the city, a calm and serene ambiance prevails inside it.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Excursion to Avantipur

Excursion to Avantipur

Avantipur is famously known for its two ancient temples built in the 9th century by King Avantivarman. Having faced destruction during the period of Muslim rulers these glorious temples were eventually lost in the annals of time. This site was recovered during an excavation by the British in the 18th century. The Shiva-Avantishvara temple here is larger than the Avantisvami-Vishnu temple, which is situated just a kilometre away. Appreciate the architecture inspired by the Greek style and admire remnants of beautiful carvings that express the grandeur of these glorious sites. Few of the recovered artefacts are preserved in the Shri Pratap Singh Museum in Srinagar.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Day trip to Pahalgham

Day trip to Pahalgham

Embark on a magical journey to Pahalgam and marvel at the splendour of Mother Nature. Take in the stunning vistas of snow-capped peaks, gurgling rivers, pine trees, and lush greenery throughout. Explore the beautiful Betaab Valley and Chandanwari known for its striking nature scenes. Trek in Lidder Valley up to Kolahoi Glacier, go horse riding in Baisaran, or enjoy the tranquillity of the Tulian Lake. Admire the panoramic views at the Sun Temple and the magnificence of the Shehnag Lake. Shop to your heart’s content for Kashmiri handicrafts and tee a ball at the Pahalgam Golf Course. Engage in activities such as fishing, angling, sledging, paragliding, and rafting.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Day trip to Sonmarg

Day trip to Sonmarg

This enchanting destination is aptly known as ‘Meadows of Gold’ as it is decked with lakes and glaciers amidst the towering Himalayan range. Sonmarg is located at an altitude of 2,740 m above sea level and is located 87 km from Srinagar. It is not only a getaway to the charming city of Ladakh, but also serves as a base camp for multiple trekking expeditions. Explore this natural abode riding a pony, or engage in activities such as trekking and mountaineering. Trails range from moderate to advanced levels and the famous routes to take from here are Thajiwas Glacier, Gangabal, Satsar, Kishansar, Vishansar, Gadsar, and others.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Trip to Gulmarg

Trip to Gulmarg

Gulmarg literally means ‘Meadow of Flowers’; this charming valley is dotted with innumerable colourful flowers blooming in all their glory. The grassy slopes, the well-spaced pine trees and the lovely hues of nature during the different seasons make Gulmarg a paradise on earth. Known as India’s premier ski resort, it is frequented by adventure enthusiasts for not just skiing, but also snowboarding, heli skiing, hiking, trekking, and more. Quaint locations such as Khilanmarg, Ningle Nallah and Alpather Lake offer a bouquet of spots perfect for picnicking and camping with enchanting vistas of the lush green landscape and fragrant blooms all around during summers.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Wazwan

Wazwan

The word Wazwan is literally broken into two words ‘waz’ meaning ‘cook or cooking’ and ‘wan’ translating to ‘shop’. Wazwan is the traditional formal meal, which comprises of 36 courses, half of which are prepared using meat and are cooked overnight. Popular food items to relish are Rogan Josh (Lamb Gravy), a variety of ‘kebabs’, ‘Murgh Yakhni’ (Chicken Gravy), ‘Methi Korma’ (a combination of fenugreek and white or red meat), ‘Tabak Maaz’ (Lamb rib dish), and others. Conclude your meal with ‘Phirni’ (dessert) and ‘Kahwa’. We recommend you try the ‘Adhoos’ and ‘Mughal Darbar’ to enjoy a slice of Kashmiri cuisine.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Shopping

Shopping

The beauty of shopping in Srinagar is to buy things that are unique to this place and are made using traditional techniques or are simply handmade. Shop for pâpier mâché, Pashmina shawls, Kashmiri dresses, carpets made using natural vegetable colours, dry fruits, saffron, and beautifully carved walnut wood items. Wander in the narrow streets, lanes and by-lanes of the popular markets of Lal Chowk, Badshah Chowk and Polo View, which are best explored on foot. Pâpier Mâché makes a perfect souvenir item, which is less expensive, hand-painted and comes in different shapes and sizes.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Dachigam National Reserve

Dachigam National Reserve

Dachigam National Reserve has been a protected area since the year 1910 and was finally acknowledged as a National Park in the year 1981. It is spread across an area of 141 sq km and is located about 22 km away from Srinagar. The park is divided into two sections—Lower and Upper Dachigam and has a versatile terrain comprising of slopes, alpine pastures, rocky outcrops, ravines, meadows, and cliffs. The park is mainly known for Hangul or the Kashmir stag, which is best viewed during winter. Spot other fauna and avifauna such as the Himalayan Black Bear, Musk Deer, Himalayan Marmot, Markhor (wild goat), Ibex, Koklass Pheasant, and more.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Nigeen Lake

Nigeen Lake

Nigeen Lake is part of the Dal Lake, which is separated by a very narrow causeway. ‘Nigeen’ means the ‘Jewel in the Ring’ and it owes its name to its deep blue waters bordered with a number of Willow and Poplar trees. This pristine waterbody lies in close proximity of landmark sites such as Hari Parbat, Dal Lake, Lal Bazaar and Hazratbal. Plunge in the water and enjoy a nice swim in this peaceful lake, or try waterskiing and sailing on a fibreglass boat. The thin causeway between the two lakes is accessible on foot or on a two wheeler. Spend some time in this picturesque and tranquil environment.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Royal Spring Golf Course

Royal Spring Golf Course

Sprawling across 300 acres, this stunning golf course sits amidst Zabarwan Hills, a deciduous forest, lakes, and more scenic beauty. This course is designed by the internationally renowned designer Robert Trent Jones Jr II. Royal Spring Golf Course is named aptly owing to the fact that it is home to four water springs in close proximity. Perfect your swing at the 18 holes, 6,445 m course at a par of 72, catering to a novice to advanced players. The Course is located in close vicinity of Chashme Shahi Garden, Pari Mahal and the Dal Lake.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Wular Lake

Wular Lake

A beautiful picnic spot, Wular Lake is the largest fresh water lake in India and is located about 50 km from Srinagar city. Jhelum River flows into the lake and it is surrounded by rolling hills and forests boasting of coniferous, apple and walnut trees. On orders of King Zain-ul-abidin an artificial island called Zaina Lanka amidst the lake was built, which served as a shelter to the boatmen during heavy rainfall and storms. Its remains can still be seen in the lake. This water body teems with terrestrial birds such as the Eurasian Sparrowhawk, the short-toed eagle, Himalayan golden eagle, and others.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Pari Mahal

Pari Mahal

Visit the charming historic monument located in close proximity of Chashme Shahi Bagh. Pari Mahal was originally founded by Emperor Shahjahan’s eldest son Dara Sikoh, for his Sufi teacher, Mulla Shah. It was used as an observatory and also as a school of astrology and astronomy to aid Sufi scholars. Pari Mahal was earlier known for a number of springs out of which today only a handful remain. Stroll in the multi-levelled terraced garden surrounding this classic structure and enjoy the views of the Dal Lake and Royal Springs Golf Course with the Zabarwan Hills in the backdrop.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Indira Gandhi Tulip Gardens

Indira Gandhi Tulip Gardens

Indira Gandhi Tulip Gardens, formerly known as ‘Model Floriculture Centre’, located close to the Mughal Gardens is known as the largest tulip garden in Asia and is spread over 12 hectares of land. It is home to the annual Tulip festival, which usually commences in the month of April. It is truly a sight to behold with millions of tulip bulbs budding along with other variety of flowers. The Zarbarwan Mountains in the background add to this blissful environ alluring tourists from around the world. The best time to visit the gardens is March to May.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Hokesar

Hokesar

Bird lovers should visit ‘Hokersar’, the wetlands located about 14 km north of Srinagar and sprawling over an area of over 13.75 sq km. Many migratory birds from Siberia and Central Asia flock to the wetlands in Kashmir between September and October. This ecosystem serves as a sanctuary for the avifauna and helps sustain a large population of wintering, staging and breeding birds. Spot the Garganey, Greylag Goose, Common Teal, Mallard, Common Merganser, Northern Pintail, Common Pochard, Ferruginous Pochard, Red-Crested Pochard, Ruddy Shelduck, Tufted Duck, Northern Shoveler, and Eurasian Wigeon. Keep your eyes and ears open along with a set of binoculars handy to enjoy bird watching at its best.

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TraveLibro India Srinagar Featured City Apple Orchards

Apple Orchards

For a one-of-a-kind experience can visit the apple orchards located on the outskirts of Srinagar. Eighty percent of the produce is distributed within the country and also exported to neighbouring countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal. The orchards boast of the Golden Apple, which is sold at a high price and other variety of apples are also grown here in abundance. Pluck apples or pick the fallen ones with your kids, which is one of the fun activities to indulge in during summer.

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