|Sight Seeing in Srinagar
|NISHAT BAGH (Garden of pleasure)
Completed in the year 1634 during the reign of Emperor Jehangir, 9 kms from Tourist
Reception Centre, is the largest and the most popular of the mughal gardens having seven
terraces with lush green lawns, beautiful flower beds, imposing chinar trees and a stream
flowing down the centre . It provides a breath-taking view of Dal Lake and is visited by tourists
and locals in huge numbers
SHALIMAR BAGH (13 Kms)
The "Garden of love"? built by Mughal Emperor Jehangir, from 1616-1619, for his beautiful
queen Noor Jehan with black marble carved "Diwan-e-Khas " used for Royal banquets and
"Diwan-e-Aam"? for public audience .The cascading fountains and bright flower beds in
Summer and mighty chinars with golden leaves in autumn make it more charming.
CHASHMA-SHAHI (Royal Spring- 9 Kms)
The spring of refreshing sweet water with medicinal properties cherished by the Mughals is
surrounded by a garden laid out by Shah Jahan in 1632.
PARIMAHAL : (Palace of fairies)
3 kms from Cheshma-shahi, the mystic monument, surrounded by a beautiful garden, was built
by Dara Shikoh, the son of Shahjahan, in pursuit of his interest in spirituality and astrology.
Tulip Garden located on the entrance to Cheshmashahi, Srinagar has become a major
attraction for tourists and the lovers of flora and fauna in early Spring to watch hundreds of
thousands of Tulips in widespread variety and multiple colours in full bloom. The garden—a
dream project of nature loving former chief Minister Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad—is all set to
become one of the largest Tulip gardens of the World. His passion for gardening made the
laying out of the garden possible in record time. The Tulips last for a very short time in
Spring—precisely the month of March .A visit during "Tulip Season"? with cool and fresh
breeze will prove soul lifting in our own backyard of mother nature instead of having to travel
to Amsterdam incurring huge amount
It was established by the State Government for research in floriculture under the guidance of
Mr. Kaul (Popularly known as Mamaji) an uncle of Late Mrs. lndira Gandhi. The garden with a
large variety of flowers and plants is located next to "Tulip Garden"? .
Dal lake, 26 Sq.Kms in area, with fields of lotus blossoms, has remained heart and soul and an
important landmark of Srinagar. It is divided by causeways into four parts having three Islands,
Rupa lank popularly known as Char-Chinari deriving its name from four chinars on it, the Sona
Lank or Golden Island and Nehru Park. The Nagin lake completes the fourth part. The only
way of exploring the lake is by a Shikara. Dal lake and Nageen have facilities for swimming,
boating, water skiing or surf- riding. Groups can also take a daylong excursion of different
parts of the lake in a large dwelling boat called "Donga"? having complete kitchen facilities for
an unforgettable experience. A visit to the world famous house-boats anchored in the lake is a
ZABARVAN PARK (500 Metres from Nehru Park)
The beautifully landscaped Park in the foothills of Zabarvan on Boulevard is a popular
rendevous for the evenings with famous Kashmiri, Mughlai food, kahwa etc served in the
Food Court. Also an enthralling evening of kashmiri Music, Songs, indoor games sets the
mood for nocturnal yearnings.
DACHIGAM NATIONAL PARK
It is about 140 Sq. Kms in area and home to about twenty species of wild life including the
endangered Kashmiri white patched stag "Hangul"?, brown and black bear, leopards, musk
deer and numerous bird species. The "Hangul"? uniquely sheds horns in early spring and
ascends to upper reaches and descends to lower areas with the re-growth of horns in Autumn.
The park has a wide range of fauna and flora, a trout fish farm and beautiful huts sites. A visit to
Dachigam sanctuary is real treat of jungle safari. However, entrance passes for a visit is a prerequisite
and should be obtained from the office of the Wild-life Department in advance.
HAZRATBAL SHRINE (7 Kms)
Hazratbal or Dargah Sharief or Aasar-i-Sharief, by whatever name you call it, is the mostrevered muslim shrine in Kashmir. It is situated on the Western Shore of Dal lake, close to
Mughal garden Naseem Bagh and the only marble mosque in Kashmir with a domed roof is the
repository of a sacred hair or Moi-e-Muqqadus of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
displayed to believers assembled in huge numbers on certain occasions related to the life of
prophet (PBUH) and his four companions.
THE SHANKARACHARYA TEMPLE
Located on top of 1000 ft. hill known as Takht-i-Sulaiman, reachable by 5 Kms of tarred road
from Nehru Park or on foot from Durganag side, the historians differ about who amongst the
King Solomon, King Ashoka’s son Jaluka or Emperor Jehangir built the temple dating back to
3000-200 BC .The common belief, however, is that the temple got its present name from a
great Hindu saint Shankaracharya who visited Kashmir about 1000 years ago for revival of
Hinduism in the region. He is believed to have stayed on top of the hill by the side of the temple.
A visitor can have a panaromic view of Srinagar city from here and as such is also a
KHEER BHAWANI TEMPLE (27 Kms)
The temple, in the middle of a Spring, and most sacred to kashmiri pandits is among the living
Hindu heritage sites in Kashmir .It symbolizes the godess Ragnya Devi believed to be another
form of Durga Mata and is affectionately known as Kheer Bhawani because of the tradition of
offering “kheer’ by large number of devotees to the sacred spring. It is said that before a
catastrophe in Kashmir the spring water turns black.
HARl PARBAT FORT (KOH-I-MARAN) 6 Kms
The fort was built by Ata Mohammad Khan, the Afghan Governor to Kashmir in 18th Century
atop the hill Koh-i-Maran. The hill is surrounded by a wall built by Emperor Akbar during the
last decade of 16th Century. The hill is considered sacred to Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs alike.
For the Hindus its sacredness lies due to the presence of the temple of Sharika, a form of godess
Durga or Shakti. On its southern side is the historic shrine of Hazrat Sultan or Makhdoom
Saheb, a sufi saint revered by people of all faiths. Further down the hill is the historic
Gurdawara Chatti padshahi near the Kathi Darwaza gate of the fort and is dedicated to the sixth
Guru of Sikhs who stopped here during his Kashmir Visit
ROZABAL TOMB (Jesus Christ’s Tomb—Peace be upon him)
It is believed that after Jesus Christ’s resurrection he travelled to Kashmir in search of the lost
Israeli tribe and this Tomb is said to be the last resting place of Jesus. Some historians say that
God sent Jesus to Kashmir as a prophet to end Idol worshipping. The Tomb located at Khanyar,
Srinagar is visited by large number of visitors especially Westerners.
JAMlA MASJID (THE GRAND MOSQUE 4 Kms)
Jamia Masjid is a superb example of architecture, its roof supported by 370 wooden Columns
each of which is carved out of a single tree trunk .The mosque was rebuilt by Emperor
Auranghzeb after the previous one built by Sikandar, the Ruler of Kashmir was gutted in a
devastating fire. There are huge congregations for Friday prayers and on the occasion of
important muslim festivals.
MARTAND OR VISHNU OR SUN TEMPLE (65 Kms)
This medieval temple lies atop a hill a few kilometres off the road to Pahalgham. The temple
has a pond -locally believed to have been created by Lord Vishnu—full of fish. It has been a
major traditional hindu pilgrimage .The devotees believe that the pilgrimage to holy cave of
Shri Amarnathji is complete only when the pilgrims feed atta to fish in the pond on their return .
AVANTIPURA RUINS (30 Kms)
Avantipura—once the Capital of Kashmir—on the national highway enroute to
Pahalgam/Jammu—as the ruins of the ancient Township founded by Raja Avantivarman who
ruled Kashmir during the 9th century AD. It consists of two imposing Stone Temples: the
larger one of Lord Shiva is marked by huge stone walls while the smaller one of Lord Vishnu is
about 800 metres from the main complex. An important archeological and historical site to
PARIHASPURA BUDHISTVIHARA CQMPLEX (25 Kms)
Parihaspura located on the Srinagar - Uri Road has ancient ruins of Budhist Vihara Complex. It
was the capital of Kashmir during eighth century King lalitaditya Muktapidya. The
archeological excavation of site in the early 20th Century found a monastery, Budhist Stupa,
Shiva temples and Raj Bhavan constructed with large stones.
BURZAHAMA RUINS (22 Kms)
On the outskirts of Srinagar, the archeological excavations of the stone like remains of a
culture that is so old that it is impossible to date with any certainty. Some experts date the life in
the valley to 2500 BC.
OTHER PALCES OF SIGHTSEEING FOR DAY EXCURSION
ACHABAL (56 Kms) : The cool and fresh breeze in the air rejuvenate the minds while the
shades of the imposing chinar trees lining the spring enable anyone to breath in comfort .No
wonder why the Empress Noor Jehan chose to develop this terraced mughal garden which
went on to become her pleasure retreat . It has a spring flowing out of sosansar hills. Achabal
has a trout hatchery as well.
KOKERNAG (78 Kms) : A popular family and School picnic spot, a beautifully laid garden,
a fresh water spring with curative properties, a botanical garden full of roses, a flowing water
stream, the dense mountain-forests around with its serene and soul lifting atmosphere, is what
Kokernag can be described as.
VERINAG (80 Kms) : Verinag is considered to be the source of water of river Jehlum The
water flows from the base of a densely wooded hill. The spring, embanked by Mughal Emperor
Jehangir, narrows down into a canal and thus begins the historic river Jehlum.
DAKSUM (83 Kms) : Daksum located on Anantnag-simthan-Kishtwar road is one of the
most scenic spots with awesome surroundings of dense lush green pine forests, rich flora and
fauna and trout-rich gushing stream.
AHRABAL FALLS (51 Kms) : It is a terrifically beautiful 24.4 metre waterfall formed by
vishavsar river. Accomodation available.
KAUSARNAG LAKE : This trekkers delight situated at an altitude of 4000 metres is a large
magnificent lake with glaciers rounded by mountains. It can be trekked in two days throughKungawattan—an unbelievably beautiful meadow.
YUSMARG (47Kms) : Yusmarg has some highest peaks in Pir panjal range like Tatakoti
4725 mts, Romesh Thong 5000mts, Sunset Peak 4750 mts which contribute to the formation of
the mighty Doodh ganga river supplying water to large areas through a reserviour. lt is believed
that Jesus Christ (pbuh) passed through this valley while traveling to Kashmir. "Yus"? is the
short form of Youza or Jesus (pbuh) and marg means a meadow.The scenic beauty of Yusmarg
mesmerizes the visitors.
WULAR LAKE : Asia’s largest fresh water lake has a depth upto 14 metres and its bed is
deeper than the river Jehlum which flows into it from South whereas Madhumati and Erina
nallahs enter it from east. Wular surrounded by mountains and hill-forests is an important
habitat for fish. It is estimated that 50 percent of total fish production in Kashmir comes from
this lake alone.The singhara or water nuts are also grown on some parts of the lake thereby
providing source of income to the residents residing on fringes of the lake.