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Srinagar - Known as the 'Venice of the East'

The City of Wealth & Abundance

Srinagar, the summer capital of the State of Jammu and Kashmir, is situated in the Kashmir Valley on the banks of river Jhelum. It is situated at an altitude of 1,585 m above the sea level and is bounded by the beautiful and magnificent Himalayan Ranges.

Srinagar, literally meaning ‘City of Wealth & Abundance' in Sanskrit, was founded around 150 A.D. by King Pravarasen II. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations of India, attracting thousands of visitors every year.

Also called as the “Venice of the East”, Srinagar is known for its natural beauty, gardens, lakes, shikara and houseboats. It is also famous for traditional Kashmiri handicrafts and dry fruits. Tourists can enjoy the long walks, exploring the beauty of the city. Srinagar is also a perfect honeymoon destination as it offers a wide range of things and places to explore. Tourists can also enjoy the tasty and delicious traditional Kashmiri cuisines and can also spend quality time in shopping for the famous Kashmiri handicrafts, woollens, carpets, etc.

Places of Interest

Below are the main places of attraction:

  • Dachigam National Park

  • A beautiful wildlife sanctuary surrounded by mountains and beautiful flora.

  • Dal Lake

  • One of the most popular tourist destinations of Srinagar for its house boats and Shikara boat rides.

  • Hari Parbat

  • An ancient Mughal Fort.

  • Hazratbal Shrine

  • A white marble mosque which is a sacred pilgrimage center for the Muslims.

  • Jama Masjid

  • One of the oldest mosques in Srinagar.

  • Manasbal Lake

  • One of the most beautiful lakes in Srinagar.

  • Mughal Gardens

  • One of the finest gardens depicting the Mughal style of architecture & design.

  • Nagin Lake

  • Popularly known as the 'Jewel in the Ring' where tourists can enjoy stay in houseboats.

  • Pari Mahal

  • Known as 'House of Fairies' is a historic monument which offers breathtaking views of the city.

  • Shankaracharya Temple

  • A Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

  • Wular Lake

  • The largest fresh water lake in India.

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Best Time to visit Srinagar

The best season to visit Srinagar is from April to June; but if you want to enjoy the snow-covered peaks and various adventurous sports, then the ideal time to visit is from December to February.

How to reach Srinagar

Srinagar is easily accessible by air as it has its own airport; and the nearest railway station is the Jammu Tawi Railway Station which is about 305 kms from Srinagar.

To see other famous tourist places in Kashmir, check out: Tourist Places in Kashmir.

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