The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar is a scintillating hill resort located ideally in the Kashmir valley. Lovely lakes and roomy houseboats, dry fruits, Chinar trees and traditional Kashmiri handicrafts are the highlights of the region. Mughal Emperor, Jehangir, was so astounded by the beauty of Srinagar that he exclaimed 'Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin asto', which means 'If there is a heaven on earth, it's here, it's here, it's here'. Jhelum River flows through Srinagar, the city of natural wealth and is often referred to as the land of lakes and gardens owing to the abundance of both.
Dal Lake has become an icon of Srinagar but there are several
other lakes on its eastern side, Nagin Lake being the most
famous one. A ride on the 'Shikaras' or the floating gardens is
a delight in itself and the backdrop of the sunset infuses a magical
charm to the panoramic views of the lake. The favorite of Mughals,
Srinagar has many well laid out Mughal styled gardens such as Chashme
Shahi or the Royal Spring, Shalimar Bagh or the Garden of
Love and the Nishat Bagh or the Pleasure Garden, on the far
eastern side of the Dal Lake. The waterworks in the gardens add to their
rich greenish beauty. While animal lovers would like an excursion to the
Dachigam National Park, the wildlife reserve 22 km from
Srinagar, skiing in winters attract the adventure lovers to
Srinagar but it is living in the beautiful houseboats on the Dal Lake,
which is to be missed by none.
The capital of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar is known for its lakes, houseboats, dry fruits, Chinar trees and traditional Kashmiri handicrafts.