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Kashmir Local Sightseeing Tour

Srinagar – City of Lakes & Mountains:

Srinagar, the state’s capital, is a lush green valley at 5,000ft. That abounds with beautiful lakes, rivers, gardens, fruit orchards and is surrounded by mighty snow-capped Himalayan peaks. The natural beauty of the valley is enhanced by the charm and hospitality of its people, and the wonderful artistry of its craftsman who are world renowned in their works. The bustling city of Srinagar has been famous throughout central Asia, for it is the place wherefrom the caravans passed for thousands of years carrying goods from China to the Kingdoms of Persia and India, and still has much of an Arabian Nights atmosphere. Narrow streets shrouded by aromatic sweet and tea stalls; silversmiths, carpet sellers, wood carvers, leather craftsmen and hoards of tailors, each able to bargain the gold fillings out of your teeth! Srinagar, founded by Emperor Ashoka in the third century BC, has a largely Muslim population, with a small but strong Hindu minority, well known for its intellectual pursuits.

Dal Lake:

The Dal Lake is a prime tourist attraction of Srinagar. It is located on the eastern end of the city. The Dal Lake consists of a series of interconnected lakes and rivers that make the city a visual delight for travelers. Tourists coming to this place can enjoy taking a ride on traditional Kashmiri boats or the Shikara’s to explore the intricate maze of waterways of this lake. The highlight of this sheer mass of water is the Shikara. These small boats maneuvered by a person or two can take you to the entire length and breadth of the lake. The exploring areas are of course the floating markets and the backwaters. Within the lake are two islands which are popular picnic spots. Sona Lank ( Golden Island) and Rupa Lank (Silver Island) both are also known as Char Chinar because they each have four Chinar trees on them planted by the Mughal Emperor Akbar.

Shalimar Garden – Abode of Love:

Built by Emperor Jehangir for his wife Nur Jehan, the beautiful garden has sweeping vistas over the lake. The garden is 539 m by 182 m and has four terraces, rising one above the other. A canal lined with polished stones and supplied with water from Harwan runs through the middle of the garden. The splendid garden with fountains and a water channel was laid out by Emperor Jehangir in 1616 and was extended in 1727 A.D by Shah Jehan. During the Mughal period the top-most of the four terraces were reserved for the Emperor and the ladies of the court.

Nishat Garden- Garden of pleasure:

Situated on the banks of the Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, this 'garden of bliss' commands a magnificent view of the lake and the snow capped Pir Panjal mountain range which stands far away to the west of the valley. The Nishat Bagh was designed in 1633 by Asif Khan the brother of Nur Jahan. With ten terraces of carefully laid out flower beds and magnificent lawns topped with fruitful trees and the giant Chinar’s, acting as silent sentinels the garden is by far the best known in comparison to it counterparts of Lahore and Delhi.

Pari Mahal - Palace of the Fairies:

Once the royal observatory, Pari Mahal has a charmingly laid out garden and is a five-minute drive from Cheshmashahi. A Buddhist monastery at one time, it was converted into a school of astrology by Dara Shikh, Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan's eldest son. Situated on the spur of a mountain overlooking the Dal, the ancient monument, with a well-laid spacious garden in front, is connected to Cheshmashahi by road.

Shankaracharya Temple:

The sacred temple of Shankaracharya is located on the top of a hill, southeast of Srinagar and is commonly known as the Takht-i-Sulaiman. This temple is situated at a height of 1100 feet above the Srinagar city. The temple is devoted to the worship of lord Shiva. This ancient temple dates back to 250 B.C. It is believed that the saint Shankaracharya stayed here when he visited Kashmir ten centuries ago to preach the Sanatan Dharma. In the ancient times this temple was known as the Gopadri. The main shrine has a circular cell inside. An inscription in Persian inside the shrine indicates that the origin of this sacred place dates back to the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan. The saint Adi Shankaracharya visited Kashmir in the first quarter of the ninth century with the basic aim of spreading the philosophy of Vedanta. The saint also popularized the worship of lord Shiva in Kashmir.

Hazratbal shrine:

The Muslim pilgrimage destination of the Hazratbal shrine is situated on the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar opposite Nishat Bagh. The shrine houses a relic that is known as Moi-e-Muqqadus. The history of this shrine dates back to the seventeenth century. The Hazratbal shrine is a marble structure that was specifically constructed by Muslim Auqaf Trust with the objective of preserving the Prophet's hair, this piece of hair arrived in Kashmir in the year 1699. The architecture of the shrine is a combination of Mughal and traditional Kashmiri. The Moi-e-Muqqadus is usually on public display inside a glass casket on certain sacred and holy days.

The Jama Masjid:

In the heart of the old city, lies the ever imposing and the most important mosque of Srinagar. Of great proportions, the mosque is built around a courtyard and is supported by 370 wooden pillars. The hushed quiet of the mosque counterpoints the bustle of the old bazaars surrounding it. Originally built by Sultan Sikandar in 1400 AD, and enlarged by his son, Zain-ul- Abidin, it is a typical example of Indo-Saracenic architecture. Destroyed thrice by fire and rebuilt each time, the mosque, as it now stands, was repaired during the reign of Maharaja Pratap Singh.

Mughal gardens are a group of gardens built by the Mughals in the Islamic style of architecture. This style was heavily influenced by the Persian gardens particularly the Charbagh structure.Significant use of rectilinear layouts are made within the walled enclosures. Some of the typical features include pools , fountains and canals inside the gardens.

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