Monday, July 31, 2017
Srinagar, the largest city in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is home to some of the country’s most stunning landscapes. The city attracts local as well as international tourists, who instantly fall in love with its pristine beauty and untouched serenity.
People visiting Kashmir can enjoy a wide range of tourist attractions in Srinagar, with the most popular ones described below.
Considered as an identity of Srinagar, the iconic Dal Lake is one of the must-see attractions of the city. The lake stretches for over 8kms, with the calm waters reflecting the mist-capped peaks of nearby mountains. The highlight of the lake are the shikaras, which you can rent for a 120-140 minutes’ ride across the lake. The shikara ride is one of the most romantic activities for couples visiting the city.
Jammu and Kashmir has six Mughal Gardens and each one of them is a perfect example of the beauty of nature.
The Sankaracharya Temple is one of the oldest shrines in the state, believed to have been built by Raja Gopadatya in 371 BC. Perched on a small mountain, it is a must-visit for Hindus, as well as non-Hindus who come to admire its architecture. One of its highlights are the hundred steps found inside the temple with valuable inscriptions on them.
Hazratbal Mosque is located very close to Dal Lake and is one of the most significant religious spots for Muslims in Srinagar. Built during the early 17th century, it is the only domed mosque in Srinagar. Visitors can feast their eyes upon the intricate architectural designs which exhibit a strong Persian and Iranian influence.